ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member
states discussed potential solutions concerning refugees condition and
reintegration of returnees in Somalia.
Representatives of IGAD member states drawn from refugee agencies and ministries
responsible for planning, local government and foreign affairs met in Ethiopia’s
capital Addis Ababa on Thursday to validate the roadmap and results of the
Nairobi Action Plan on durable solutions for Somali refugees and reintegration
of returnees in Somalia.
action plan was set to conclude preparatory work that laid out a regional
roadmap on how to deliver the commitments made by IGAD Heads of State and
Government at the Special Summit on Somali refugees held in Nairobi on March 25.
revealed in a statement issued on Thursday that the first progress report
concerning the preparatory work, which will take stock of the achievements by
the countries and progress made at the regional level, will be presented in
November 2017 at the Regional Inter-ministerial Committee meeting.
solutions in Somalia by creating an environment conducive for voluntary and
sustainable returns, and delivering durable solutions whilst maintaining
protection and asylum space are at the core of the Nairobi Declaration and its
accompanying Plan of Action.
promotes the self-reliance and inclusion of refugees in countries of asylum.
preparatory work was coordinated by a core group of regional and international
partners comprised of IGAD, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations
Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
organizations, such as the UNDP and the World Bank, have since joined the
initiative to support implementation of programs aimed at stabilizing Somalia
and enhancing self-reliance and access to services and assistance for refugees
and host communities across the East and Horn of Africa.
Al-Shabaab briefly seizes border near
MANDERA (Xinhua) --
Heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants on Saturday morning overran a Somalia
National Army (SNA) camp at Bula Hache, a few kilometers from Elwak town near
the Somalia border with Kenya.
Both Kenyan and Somalia officials said the militants briefly seized the town
before they later withdrew after a fierce gunfight that had begun on Friday
night and ended on Saturday morning.
Kenya’s Mandera South Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Bundotich said the
militants overran the camp operating under the African Union Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM) before burning SNA belongings and rifles.
Somalia residents said the militants looted food aid, computers and seized
some vehicles belonging to humanitarian agencies operating along the border.
Bundotich said Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) used aerial bombardment to free the
camp from the militants in picking up trucks and battle wagons.
"KDF have managed to recapture the camp plus five armoured personnel carriers
(APC) that the militants were trying to escaped with," said Bundotich.
"Our forces have managed to free the camp from the Al-Shabaab as they are our
neighbours and saw it prudent to create a buffer zone along the border, " he
Residents in Elwak which is near the Kenyan border said the town fell into Al
Shabaab hands after Somali government and Jubbaland forces withdrew from the
town and fled towards Kenya.
The Somali residents said both sides engaged in hours of gun fight but the
number of casualties has not yet been confirmed. Residents are in fear of
The latest attack came after Al-Shabaab gunmen overran a police camp in Bula
Hawa near Mandera town on Monday before Kenyan security forces recaptured it
from the militants.
East Africa bloc decries increased terror
attacks in Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
East Africa bloc said Friday it was dismayed by the recent wave
of terror attacks in Somalia by Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab, which has
left several people dead and others injured.
The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said Al-Shabaab is
bent on trying to destroy the gains that the people and Somali government have
achieved through their indomitable spirit, hard work and optimism.
"IGAD condemns in the strongest terms possible the recent Al-Shabaab terror
attacks on civilians carried out in Mogadishu and areas in the southern part of
Somalia, and in which so many innocent citizens lost their lives and as many
were injured within a span of two-week time," the bloc said in a statement.
The regional bloc offered its heartfelt condolences to all those who have
been affected by the terror attacks.
"May those who lost loved ones have the strength to withstand the pain and
may those who sustained injuries recover speedily," IGAD said.
The bloc, which comprises of Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and
Djibouti lauded the courage and bravery showcased by Somalia government soldiers
in defending their territory, their government, and their people against the
repeated attacks against the institutions of the country.
The regional bloc also appreciated the progress to the credit of the
government made in bringing the country back to normalcy.
"IGAD, yet again, affirms its unwavering solidarity with and support to the
government and people of Somalia," the bloc said.
The militants have recently increased their attacks against African Union and
Somali forces especially in Mogadishu and southern Somalia, which has seen a
surge of attacks that resulted in the loss of several strategic towns although
the militants mainly held those towns briefly.
The African Union Mission in Somalia and Somali forces backed by U.S.
military have also intensified airstrikes in southern Somalia recently,
resulting in the killing of several militants and some defections.
U.S. urges Somalia to build strong
democratic institutions to spur peace
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The United States on Friday called on Somalia government to build
strong and credible democratic institutions that will promote peace and
stability in the country.
The U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu lauded the government for its continued
progress towards a more inclusive democratic governance system and the peaceful
transition to a new government in early 2017.
"We encourage all stakeholders to rise above political distractions in order
to work together to achieve progress in democratization and good governance,"
the embassy said in a statement issued to mark the International Day of
Washington also encouraged the Western-backed government to continue to
enhance its commitment to democratization by putting in place the legal and
institutional tools needed to make progress towards one-person one-vote
elections in 2020/2021.
The U.S. also called on Somalia to hasten completion of the constitutional
review, and build strong credible institutions that are accountable to the
people of Somalia.
The statement said the Horn of Africa nation is a country recovering from
many years of conflict, and the road to democracy is long and full of
"The United States remains a strong partner to Somalia in its effort to build
strong, credible, and democratic institutions that will promote peace and
stability in the country," it said.
The global community observes the International Day of Democracy on Sept. 15
to raise public awareness about democracy.
This year’s theme of democracy and conflict prevention focuses on the
critical need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote peace and
U.S. mourn death of Somali journalist in suicide attack
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The United Nations and the United States on Wednesday mourned the
passing away of Somali journalist, Abdullahi Osman Moalim, who succumbed to
injuries sustained from an Al-Shabaab terrorist attack on Sunday in Beledweyne,
embassy in Mogadishu extended condolences to the family of journalist Moalim,
who worked for Jubbaland TV and Radio Codka Hiiraan.
States condemns Al-Shabaab and its indiscriminate attacks on the Somali people,”
the embassy said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
and encourage Somali journalists to continue their work despite the daily
struggles and risks, in defense of the inalienable right of freedom of
expression on behalf of the Somali people,” the embassy said.
On its part,
the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) also regretted the death of the journalist who
was among other journalists seated at the teashop as they waited for the press
conference by the regional administration.
deeply regrets death of Jubbaland TV journalist Abdullahi Osman Moalim from
wounds in the Sunday suicide attack in Beledweyne,” UNSOM said.
Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said it was shocked to hear the death of
Moalim due to severe injuries he sustained during the attack.
At least four
people were killed and 15 others injured including two journalists during the
suicide bomb attack.
terrorists who have been fighting to topple the Western-backed government
claimed reasonability for the attack which comes amid surge in terror incidences
in central Somalia.
Abdi and Wang Xiaopeng MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- A
new radio station in Somalia that airs business programs round the clock is
behind hastening the Horn of Africa State’s recovery process through promotion
Somalia radio station spurs recovery process
through promoting enterprises
Business that has over 25 radio stations across Somalia usually airs content
rich in economics, finance and entrepreneurship to the delight of citizens and
operations early this year and has stood out as the only channel dedicated to
business while providing a platform for entrepreneurs and their clients to
Bare, the director of Goobjoog Business, told Xinhua recently that the decision
to start a business radio was informed by the growing need for specialized
coverage of topics related to entrepreneurship.
this idea because we realized there were no media outlets dedicated to covering
business and we felt the need to fill this gap in the market,” said Bare.
opportunities to make visible business ideas for entrepreneurs in Somalia. Since
we do not spend time on politics as most stations do, we are able to build our
expertise in covering business and gradually becoming a reliable source for
business news in Somalia,” he added.
Bank said in its Somali Economic Update last month, the country’s Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) is estimated to have reached 6.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2016,
adding the Horn of Africa country lost about 1.7 billion dollars in livestock
deaths and another 60 million dollars lost in crop production during the recent
Bare said the
increasing number of Somali Diaspora returning to the country and foreign
investors find it difficult to get a clear picture of the country’s investment
opportunities and challenges but Goobjoog Business is now addressing that need.
companies want to invest in Somalia because of the improvements in terms of
security and general business environment. We help them get accurate and latest
business news round the clock. We also carry out in-depth programming covering
market research,” Bare said.
out his daily business show, Abdisalan Ali Hussein, a business reporter told
Xinhua his choice as reporter with Goobjoog Business was an opportunity to bring
positive changes to the society.
“I wanted to
present our listeners with something new; something different from what we get
on radio every day. Most journalists in Somalia do not cover business but we are
fully committed to giving our listeners the best of business news and in-depth
analysis,” said Hussein.
keep the station on air sixteen hours a day is not easy for Bare since business
requires specialized understanding by the journalists and the absence of
established media schools in Somalia makes it more difficult for journalists to
Bare said his venture is slowly building a team of journalists who are keen on
developing their capacity and interest in business journalism.
also publishes online monthly market watch reports covering currency
performance, prices and other market developments.
A trader in
Mogadishu, Mahad Fiqi, told Xinhua he relies on Goobjoog Business for
information on business climate in Mogadishu and surrounding regions.
“I am happy
with this radio because it presents new business ideas and this for us is
encouraging. People know the new things in the market and this is another good
thing that was not previously available,” Fiqi said.
largely depends on foreign donor funding and Diaspora remittances is working to
reverse these trends by building its domestic market to finance its budget and
create job opportunities especially for the youths which account for some 75
percent of the population.