Recent floods damage supply routes, vital infrastructure in Somalia, UN relief wing warns
The floods caused by recent heavy rainfalls in South Central Somalia have led to an interruption of humanitarian aid delivery, an escalation of local commodity prices, and an epidemic in water-borne diseases, the United Nations relief wing has warned in the latest situation update on the country.
Family of Texas boy arrested over clock demands $15m in damages
The family of a Texas Muslim teenager arrested for bringing a homemade clock that was mistaken for a bomb to school demanded $15m in damages and an apology from the city of Irving and its schools to avoid a lawsuit, lawyers said on Monday.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Monday the number of Ethiopians needing food aid to survive had risen to 8.2 million. This is a rapid escalation in hunger since the beginning of the year, when around 2.5 million were needing food assistance.
With caution and luck, you can survive in Mogadishu
The small crowd of passengers waiting to board the plane at Terminal Two at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport 2 is animated, but I am apprehensive. A buibui-clad woman is talking animatedly to another in Somali when suddenly, the crowd burst into laughter. I lean over to a fellow next to me and ask, “Anasema nini?”
Updated | Human smuggler arrested, another on the run
The police arrested a Somali man suspected of having managed the trips of over 200 migrants who wanted to reach Malta from Italy. The man was held this afternoon but the police are still searching for another man linked to the racket.
Somali to consider rehabilitating Fanoole hydro dam
The Somali Government has submitted its Intended National Determined Contributions (INDC) to the UN this week. INDCs outline climate actions that individual countries intend to undertake under the new climate agreement to be decided at the COP21 conference in Paris, starting on 30 November. A US$28M project to rehabilitate the Fanoole hydropower dam has been suggested in the country's plans.
Puntland authorities arrest Somali Channel TV presenter
Authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland arrested Jama Yusuf Deperani, a reporter and presenter with Somali Channel TV, on Thursday, according to one of his colleagues and a member of the Media Association of Puntland, who both spoke to CPJ.