NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The UN refugee agency said Sunday
it repatriated 832 refugees in the past two weeks to
Somalia as the UN agency stepped up returns from Kenya.
The UN High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in its bi-monthly
report released in Nairobi that some 83 refugees were
returned to Mogadishu city while 749 were taken to
Kismayo in southern Somalia between Sept. 1-15.
cumulative total number of persons repatriated from
Kenya to Somalia stands at 73,031,” the UNHCR said of
the number of Somalis who have been assisted in the
framework of voluntary return to Somalia since the
launch of the exercise on December 8, 2014.
agency said a total of 71,034 out of 73,031 individuals
were repatriated voluntarily from the Dadaab refugee
camp which is located in northeast Kenya.
government said the refugee situation continued to pose
security threats to Nairobi and the region apart from
the humanitarian crisis.
African nation which has been planning to close the
Dadaab refugee camp, cited the influence of Al-Shabaab
militants as among the risks of keeping the camps open.
UNHCR, currently there are 17,229 refugees who are
willing to return to Somalia, with 11,358 being
registered in 2017 alone. Registration is ongoing.
suspension of road movements, and returns to Baidoa
being put on hold until further notice, the Return Help
Desks (RHD) continue to receive a reduced number of
persons seeking return,” it said.
2 million Somalis have been displaced in one of the
world’s most protracted humanitarian crises that have
now entered its third decade.
1.1 million people are internally displaced (IDPs)
that strengthened political and security stabilization
progress in Somalia, along with growing pressures in
hosting countries, makes it a critical moment to renew
efforts to find durable solutions for Somali refugees.
Somalia Puntland forces
seize boat carrying illegal weapons
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Marine forces in
Somalia’s Puntland on Saturday captured a boat carrying
anti-aircraft guns and other illegal weapons in northern
Somalia, local officials said.
marine officer Mohamed Mohamud said the boat was seized
with a large amount of weapons in the coastal waters of
Somalia. An investigation has been launched.
Marine guards seized this boat which was carrying large
amount of weapons, ammunition with different sizes,” he
said. “The operation is still underway, we don’t know
the ownership of this shipment.”
weapons seized were anti-aircraft guns, machine guns,
AK-47 rifles and dozens of boxes of ammunition. The
weapons, whose final destination remains unknown, were
marine forces started tracking the vessel from Yemen
following a tip-off from international naval forces,
State Administration have been battling pirates, Al-Shabaab
and Islamic State (IS) militants in the region.
under United Nations arms embargo in 1992, after a civil
war broke out in the African nation. In 2013, the U.N.
Security Council eased the embargo for one year,
allowing the weak Somali government to buy light weapons
to strengthen its security forces.
pledges to support Somalia’s development
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua)
-- Chinese Foreign Minister
Wang Yi met with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire
on Thursday on the sidelines of the United Nations
General Assembly, pledging China’s support for Somalia’s
Somalia enjoy a long history of friendship, Wang said,
adding that China was one of the countries that first
recognized Somalia’s independence and Somalia was the
first country in East Africa to establish diplomatic
relations with China.
always supported Somalia in preserving its national
sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, and
supports peace and reconstruction in the country, he
authorization of related UN resolutions, China has
deployed its navy fleet to carry out escort missions in
the waters off Somalia, which has contributed to
maintaining security there, he added.
supports the Somali government in leading its people to
embark on the path of peaceful development soon, Wang
willing to cooperate with Somalia in various fields and
help Somalia preserve peace, develop its economy and
improve its people’s livelihood so as to continuously
strengthen its self-development skills, Wang added.
his part, said the Somali people always remember China’s
support and help for Somalia’s independence and
highly values China’s international status and its
important role in promoting Africa’s development, Khaire
supports the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and
hopes that it will play a unique role in jointly
building the Belt and Road, he added.
China donates to
orphanage school in Somalia
By Hashi MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua)
-- China on Saturday made
donations worth 36,500 U.S. dollars to an orphanage
school in Bodhere district of Mogadishu, officials said.
Ambassador to Somalia Qin Jian said Beijing will
continue to support the development and prosperity of
Somalia and strengthen cooperation between the two
Qin said the
donations included beds, chairs, foods, computers and
other equipments and office supplies.
children are the country’s hope and the future. I hope
you will study hard, grow healthily and build talent for
the national construction of development in future,” he
increased its humanitarian aid and education assistance
to the Somali government in recent years.
earlier this month offered scholarships to over 50
Somalia students across the country to study in China.
Mohamed Addow, Bondhere Orphanage manager, thanked China
for providing crucial assistance that would improve
conditions of the young girls at the school.
“We are very
grateful to Chinese embassy in Mogadishu that gave us
important equipment including a vehicle, computers,
school beds, basic foods, refrigerators and other useful
materials, we will remember China’s support in our
hearts forever,” Addow said.
District Commissioner Seynab Yusuf Wehliye also hailed
China’s continuous assistance to Somalia.
for us the National Theater, Benadir hospital, stadium
in Mogadishu and roads, and China’s projects have better
quality than others. Thanks China,” Mohamed said.
stakeholders appeal to parliament to amend media law
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somalia journalists, lawyers and civil
society organizations on Monday appealed to parliament
to amend the new media law before its approval.
In a joint
statement issued in Mogadishu following consultations,
the media stakeholders said the law which was approved
by the Cabinet on June 27 introduces strict media
restrictions and heavy fines on media workers.
stakeholders said the regulations dealing with media
registration; media accreditation; ethics of journalism
and qualifications; and exceptions to media freedom
including media license need some amendments.
Ibrahim Moalimuu, the Secretary General of the National
Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), called on the
lawmakers to seriously review and amend the clauses
contradicting the international freedom of expression
before officially passing the media law.
journalists have complained that the regulations failed
to take into account the years of experience a
journalist may have on reporting on Somalia’s
complicated clan-based and religious violence.
government has said the media law which was reviewed
following consultations with media stakeholders will
hugely help the media industry in the country to be
regulated and it will protect the freedom of expression
as enshrined in chapter 18 of the provisional
African Union helps in
preventing child soldiers in Somalia
By Abdi MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua)
-- The African Union Mission
in Somalia (AMISOM) said Wednesday it has trained 60
officers from the Somali security forces in the
prevention of recruitment and use of child soldiers.
Caetano Madeira, the Special Representative of the AU
Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, noted that
the use of child soldiers in conflict was widespread in
Somalia and expressed the need to establish the exact
numbers of children fighting wars in the country.
difficult to know exactly how many underage children are
involved in this battle. We have to say it’s widespread,
particularly within the Al-Shabaab ranks,” Madeira said
in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
training drew participants from the Somali military,
police and intelligence services. Representatives of
non-governmental organizations, federal and regional
level member states also participated in the training
which ended on Wednesday.
spare these children from being recruited into
radicalism, from being recruited into committing acts of
violence against their own people, against their own
country and against their own neighbors,” Madeira said.
focused on the identification of child soldiers, the
prevention of their recruitment, their rehabilitation
and reintegration into society.
Mulongo, Deputy Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for
Somalia, said the training would equip Somali national
security forces with skills and knowledge to effectively
contain the problem.
Ambassador to Somalia David Concar attributed the
widespread recruitment of child soldiers in Somalia to
violent extremism propagated by the Al-Shabaab militant
“It does a
huge harm to communities and it’s holding back the cause
of peace in this part of Africa,” Concar noted.
African Union police
equips Somalia police to enhance capacity
MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
police have handed over an assortment of critical office
equipment to the Somali Police Force to help enhance
their capacity to deter terror threats in the country.
Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Alalo handed over
the equipment donated by Denmark to the police in
Mogadishu. She said the consignment will help in
facilitating the work of police officers to maintain law
“We have a
mandate here in Somalia and our mandate is to build the
capacity of the Somali police forces. This is in terms
of training, mentoring, operational support; you see the
Formed Police Unit (FPU) that undertake day and night
patrols,” Alalo said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
“We also do
strategic advising, but most of all, we are supposed to
support them in terms of logistics and equipment, (and)
to equip the police stations,” she added.
equipment which included office furniture, desktop
computers, printers, folding chairs, tables, cabinets,
solar torches and solar lamps, will be distributed to
various police stations in Mogadishu.
mission’s police skills and mentors Somali police
officers to effectively maintain law and order across
train them on the consequences of sexual and
gender-based violence, human rights observance and
protection in conflict and post- conflict environments,
community policing, traffic management and basic
criminal investigation techniques, which are critical
areas in the maintenance of law and order.
Ahmed Hassan Malin, the commander of the Banadir Police
Station, said the cabinets will be used for storing
documents and the solar torches for night patrols.
grateful for the donation brought to us by our brothers
at AMISOM Police. We will distribute them to four police
stations in Banadir and I know they will enhance greatly
our operations,” Malin said.