Somaliland votes despite lack of recognition

Voters in Somalia’s semi autonomous state of Somaliland went to the polls on Monday in a presidential election. The state has been seeking international recognition for 26 years without success.

For incumbent President Ahmed Mohamud Silaanyo, this was his last term in office. The president of the state that is internationally still treated as an autonomous region of Somalia, plans to handover power to one of three fresh presidential candidates: Muse Bihi of Silaanyo’s Kulmiye party, Abdirahman Iro and Fasyal Ali Warabe from the opposition. All are seasoned politicians.  Continue reading Somaliland votes despite lack of recognition

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Somalia praises ‘genuine brother’ Turkey for bombs response

Turkey’s swift response to Somalia’s deadliest truck bombing drew praise from survivors and officials who called Ankara their “only genuine” international partner.

It is an implicit challenge to Western backers that spend billions on security but have not, in the view of many Somalis; jumped to help. Continue reading Somalia praises ‘genuine brother’ Turkey for bombs response

Uganda says ready to deploy 5,000 troops in Somalia outside AU, UN mandate

KAMPALA, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) — The Ugandan military on Thursday said it is ready to deploy 5,000 troops in Somalia outside the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) mandate for an all-out offensive operations against the Al-Shabaab militants. Continue reading Uganda says ready to deploy 5,000 troops in Somalia outside AU, UN mandate

Somali family reaches milestone — welcomes 150th member to Canada

A Somali family celebrated a milestone Wednesday night when the 150th family member arrived in Canada, in the 150th year of Canada’s founding.

“I am feeling so joyful,” said Marcus Askar, who started it all 20 years ago when he fled civil war in Somalia and found refuge in Winnipeg. Continue reading Somali family reaches milestone — welcomes 150th member to Canada

Faiza Dhocob is Fighting Terror in Somalia in the Face of Destruction

As smoke and the initial shock cleared from the apocalyptic scene that follows a mass terror act, two little boys were running around in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu looking for their mother. They were eventually led to her. The boys went home carrying pieces of her burnt remains in a small box; she was killed along with more than 300 people on Saturday. 500 more were injured and almost 150 missing. Continue reading Faiza Dhocob is Fighting Terror in Somalia in the Face of Destruction

Arts, Culture and Talent Show Promotes Peaceful Coexistence in Baidoa, Somalia

Baidoa – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), supported an arts, culture and talent event in Baidoa, Somalia, on 26 October 2017. The event promoted social cohesion and common identity among communities from locations impacted by displacement and returns. Baidoa is currently hosting the highest number of drought-displaced people in Somalia. Continue reading Arts, Culture and Talent Show Promotes Peaceful Coexistence in Baidoa, Somalia

US Orders Staffers to Leave Somalia Over ‘Specific Threat’

The United States has ordered all non-essential employees of its mission to Somalia to leave the capital, Mogadishu, citing “specific threat information” against them. Continue reading US Orders Staffers to Leave Somalia Over ‘Specific Threat’

Somali PM visits UAE military training centre in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, 4th November, 2017 (WAM) — Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has visited the UAE-funded military training centre in Mogadishu, which offers training to members of the Somali Armed Forces. Continue reading Somali PM visits UAE military training centre in Mogadishu