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Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Makes First State Visit to Kenya

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Makes First State Visit to Kenya

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed flew to Kenya Thursday, for his first State visit to the neighboring country ahead of a special summit on the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The President accompanying top Government officials jetted off to Nairobi to attend IGAD heads of State summit on Somali refugees which is expected to kick […]

10 Killed in Car Bombing; 26 Starve to Death Amid Risk of Widespread Famine in Somalia

10 Killed in Car Bombing; 26 Starve to Death Amid Risk of Widespread Famine in Somalia

Extremist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that police say killed 10 people Tuesday afternoon in Mogadishu, Somalia. At least 15 people were injured in the bomb explosion at a busy security checkpoint in the country’s capital, according to Somali federal police Maj. Ahmed Ibrahim. The blast was caused by an explosive-laden vehicle […]

Turkey Will Open Its Military Base in Somalia

Turkey Will Open Its Military Base in Somalia

According to the Yeni Safak newspaper, the Turkish Army will train Somalia troops and troops from other African countries at the base, which has been under construction near Somalia’s airport in Mogadishu since March 2015. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and General Staff’s Chief Gen. Hulusi Akar are expected to take part in the official […]

On the brink of famine: Celebrity social media push campaign to raise $1m for Somalia goes viral

On the brink of famine:  Celebrity social media push campaign to raise $1m for Somalia goes viral

A social media campaign aiming at delivering humanitarian aid Somalia, a country on the brink of famine, through a Turkish Airlines flight has gone viral with backing from celebrities and people across the world.  After being initiated with a tweet by Jerome Jarre, the French social media celebrity, on Wednesday, the Twitter hashtags #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia and […]

Putting the U.S. First, At Africa’s Expense

Putting the U.S. First, At Africa’s Expense

In November 2016, the United States (US) concluded one of the most divisive presidential elections in its history. It is also hard to identify any public policy issues around which there have been strong and stable bipartisan cooperation in recent years. However, US relations with Africa have, in large part, enjoyed just such cooperation. Since […]

Somali Pirates Release Oil Tanker and Crew

Somali Pirates Release Oil Tanker and Crew

Somali pirates have released a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew, according to Somali security official and the pirates, bringing the first hijacking since 2012 to a conclusion, apparently without the payment of a ransom. Thursday’s release followed a gun battle earlier in the day between the pirates and the marine force, […]

Helicopter Gunfire Kills Dozens of Fleeing Somalis

Helicopter Gunfire Kills Dozens of Fleeing Somalis

More than 30 Somalis have died after gunfire from a helicopter struck their boat off Hodeida’s coast in Yemen. It is not clear who was behind the attack. At least 33 migrants died and dozens of others were wounded after gunfire from a helicopter hit their boat on Friday, an official told AFP news agency. […]

President Kenyatta makes historic visit to KDF in Somali

President Kenyatta makes historic visit to KDF in Somali

President Uhuru Kenyatta today made a historic visit to Somalia, meeting Kenyan troops serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia at Dhobley Military Camp. The Commander-in-Chief, dressed in military fatigue, met KDF and thanked them for their sacrifice and service to their motherland. It was President Kenyatta’s first visit to Somalia in the context […]

UAE oil tanker Aris 13 reportedly hijacked off Somalia, first pirate attack of a commercial vessel there since 2012

UAE oil tanker Aris 13 reportedly hijacked off Somalia, first pirate attack of a commercial vessel there since 2012

Pirates in Somalia have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew onboard, the first time they have successfully taken a commercial ship since 2012. Mohamud Ahmed Eynab, district commissioner for Alula town in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland, said on Tuesday that a day earlier “the pirates hijacked the oil tanker and they […]

Khat in the Horn of Africa – A Scourge or Blessing?

Khat in the Horn of Africa – A Scourge or Blessing?

Throughout a Sunday afternoon in the Ethiopian capital, Yemeni émigré men in their fifties and sixties arrive at a traditional Yemeni-styled mafraj room clutching bundles of green, leafy stalks: khat. As the hours pass they animatedly discuss economics, politics, history, life and more while chewing the leaves. The gathering is a picture of civility. But […]

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