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Bandit Attacks Cause Havoc in Somalia MOGADISHU (Feb. 29) XINHUA - Fortune-seeking through armed banditry is surfacing in the Somali capital Mogadishu and Middle Shabelleh region, causing havoc for both the business and humanitarian activities .....

Five wounded as gunmen attack Mogadishu's SOS Kinderdorf Hospital NAIROBI , (Feb. 29) AFP- Five people were wounded after Somali gunmen raided Mogadishu's Austrian-funded SOS Kinderdorf Maternity and Pediatric Hospital, terrifying patients and medical personnel, an SOS .....

Somalis Raise Funds for Reconciliation MOGADISHU (Feb. 28) XINHUA - More than 70 local Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and civil groups in Somalia decided Sunday night to open a donation account for the Djibouti reconciliation conference that is aimed to establish .....

SOMALIA: Task force reports 28 cholera deaths MOGADISHU, Feb 28 (IRIN) - Between 1 January to 18 February, 28 people died from cholera in parts of Somalia. A total of 326 cases were reported. An update from the Somalia Aid .....

KENYA: "High alert" on Somali border NAIROBI, Feb 28 (IRIN) - Kenyan security forces in the Northeastern province have been placed on high alert following threats from Somali militia that they would attack Kenyan border settlements which they claim are .....

Re-open Kenya-Somalia border, govt urged Published Saturday, February 28, 2000, in the Kenya Daily Nation - More than 10 councillors in Wajir Town yesterday asked the government to re-open the Kenya-Somalia border that has been closed for the last six months .....

KENYA: "High alert" on Somali border NAIROBI, Feb 26 (IRIN) - Kenyan security forces in the Northeastern province have been placed on high alert following threats from Somali militia that they would attack Kenyan border .....

Cholera kills 39 in two days in southern Somalia: locals MOGADISHU, Feb 25 (AFP) - Cholera has in the past two days killed 39 people in villages and towns in southern Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, elders and a doctor .....

Fighting for Control of Bridge Flares in Southern Somalia MOGADISHU, Feb. 25 (XINHUA) - Fierce fighting erupted early on Friday for control of the strategic Garawlay bridge in the southern Somali region of Lower Shabelleh .....

Clan "peacekeepers" sent to troubled southern Somali village MOGADISHU, Feb 24 (AFP) - Some 100 militiamen supported with battle wagons took up defensive positions to create a buffer zone between warring sides in the troubled Mirtuugo village in Somalia's middle Shabelle region, witnesses contacted by radio said Thursday .....

SECURITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES SOMALIA UN Department of Public Information (DPI) (Feb. 24)) - The Security Council began its work today with a briefing on Somalia by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast. He discussed recent peace efforts on Somalia, including the initiative of the Government of Djibouti, as well as on the humanitariansituation there ...

Nine Killed Factional Violence in South somalia MOGADISHU, Feb 23 (AFP) - At least nine people have been killed and 14 wounded in two separate incidents of factional violence in southern Somalia during the past 24 hours, elders and witnesses said on Wednesday ......

UN Security Council "Satisfied" with Djibouti Proposals on Somalia UN Department of Public Information (DPI) (Feb. 23)) - The UN Security Council said Wednesday that it was satisfied with progress made by Djibouti in drawing up a plan to restore peace to Somalia .....

Security Council discusses Somalia, Guinea-Bissau and DR Congo UN Department of Public Information (DPI) (Feb. 23) - The Security Council began its work today with a briefing on Somalia by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast. He discussed recent peace efforts on Somalia, including the initiative of the Government of Djibouti, as well as on the humanitarian situation there ........

Security Council Condemns Attacks Against U.N. Workers in Somalia UNITED NATIONS (Feb. 23) XINHUA - The U.N. Security Council Wednesday condemned the attacks against U.N. personnel and other humanitarian workers in Somalia, and those supplying arms to the African country .....

BCCP Urges Warlords To Stop Depleting Somalia's Marine February 23, 2000, Baidoa City (Southern Somalia) - Conflict Monitoring Officials of "Bay Centre for Conflict Prevention" (BCCP) have reported to the Centre's security team today that Somali warlords entered into fishing vessel licensing arrangements with a number of foreign countries .....

Somalis are in the country with weapons, Say Kenya Police Published Wednesday, February 23, 2000, in Daily Nation (Nairobi) - Lack of adequate resources has hampered police effort to curb the influx of firearms into the country, Central provincial police boss .....

MORE THAN 700 BODIES DISCOVERED IN MASS GRAVE IN SOMALIA Nairobi, Feb 22, 2000 (EFE via COMTEX) -- The bodies of more than 700 people have been discovered in a mass grave in northern Somalia and they may have been killed more than a decade ago, United Nations officials in the Kenyan capital said Tuesday .....

Radio Banadir Starts Broadcasting in North Mogadishu MOGADISHU (Feb. 22) XINHUA - A new short wave radio station, Radio Benadir, started its broadcasting on Monday night in north Mogadishu. A group of Somali businessmen have established the radio station aimed at promoting peace, reconciliation, spreading Islam .....

Djibouti peace plan for Somalia runs into major hitch MOGADISHU, Feb 21 (AFP) - A plan drafted by Djibouti to restore peace to Somalia met a major new snag Monday, despite broad foreign backing, when a key player in the troubled country said he and his allies had no faith in it .....

UNHCR Repatriates Over 350 Somali Refugees NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 21 (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has repatriated 357 Somali refugees from camps in northern Kenya to their country of origin .....

Camp fire leaves at least 3,000 Somali refugees without shelter KAKUMA, Kenya February 19, 2000 (AP) _ Fire at a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya razed 500 huts and left at least 3,000 refugees without shelter, a police official said .....

INS dentist determines Somalian man an adult Published Saturday, February 19, 2000, in the Miami Herald - One day before celebrating what he says is his 18th birthday, Jama Abdulkhare Abshir -- a Somali youth fighting deportation .....

Somaliland Says No to Unity with Somalia HARGEISA, Somalia, Feb 19 (Reuters) - President Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland said his country will not unite with Somalia, from which it broke in 1991 .....

Main Faction Leader Calls for Reconciliation Among Somalis MOGADISHU (Feb. 18) XINHUA - Main faction leader Ali Mahdi Mohamed Friday urged the Somalis to forgive each other and called upon the politicians to make concession for the sake of the country which has not had a central government for nine years.....

Cholera cases and deaths reported in parts of Somalia IRIN News briefs, Friday 18 February - Eighteen people have died and 54 cases reported between 1-13 February following a cholera outbreak in Marka and Qoryooley in central Somalia ......

UNCHR begins voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees IRIN News briefs, Friday 18 February -UNHCR on Wednesday began the voluntary repatriation of about 1,000 Somali refugees from Dadaab and Kakuma camps in northern Kenya .....

Family, friends mourn loss of Somali Teen in Ottawa Published Wednesday, February 17, 2000, in The Ottawa Citizen - Relatives beg stabbing witnesses to come forward . They came from as far as Washington, Denver and Montreal yesterday .....

Cholera kills 29 in southern Somalia: doctor MOGADISHU, Feb 17 (AFP) - A cholera epidemic has killed 29 people in two southern Somali towns during the past two days, a local doctor told AFP Thursday ......

Explosion reported near government offices in Hargeisa Published Thursday, February 17, 2000, by Somaliland newspaper 'Jamhuuriya' - A blast that caused no damage is said to have occurred yesterday at 9.56 p.m. [local time] outside the offices of the Resettlement Ministry and Hargeisa's ......

UNHCR flies Somali refugees home NAIROBI, Feb 17 (AFP) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Wednesday began voluntary repatriation of nearly 1,000 Somali refugees from Dadaab and Kakuma camps in northeastern and northwestern Kenya......

Cholera Plagues Dozens of Somali Villages MOGADISHU (Feb. 17) XINHUA - More than 70 deaths from cholera have been reported in dozens of villages in southern Somalia, according to local authorities.......

Somali Teen dies after bloody knife fight Published Wednesday, February 16, 2000, in The Ottawa Citizen - Two families huddled in hospital yesterday, one relieved their son is alive and the other distraught theirs is dead, hours after a bloody knife fight ......

Somali boy must wait to seek asylum Published Wednesday, February 16, 2000, in the Miami Herald - Jama Abdulkhare Abshir watched his father die at 14, and searched for his mother and two younger brothers in African refugee camps for nearly a decade to no ......

Kenya to register Refugees Published Wednesday, February 16, 2000, in the Daily Nation - The government has announced plans to register all refugees in the country afresh ......

Bay Centre Urges End To Somali Warlords Assistance Program Baidoa City (southern Somalia (Bay Centre For Conflict Prevention, February 14, 2000) - Conflict Monitoring Officials of "Bay Centre for Conflict Prevention" (BCCP)- a Platform for Rahanwein Intellectuals and Clan Elders - have reported to the Centre's security team today that increasing ......

Somali rights body accuses Islamic court of abusing minorities MOGADISHU, (Feb 14) AFP - A human rights group in Somalia on Monday protested an alleged bid by an Islamic court to seize property belonging to a member of a minority clan and accused the tribunal of persecuting small communities......

Food security concerns remain in south-central Somalia HORN OF AFRICA (Feb 14) IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Network) - The main humanitarian concern in Somalia continues to be the situation of agro-pastoralist families in rain-fed areas in the south and centre of the country......

Language, culture are barriers to count of Somalian immigrants (Feb 14) Star Tribune - Waiting for the elevator in her St. Paul apartment building recently, Halimo Mohamed barely glanced at a nearby poster promoting the U.S. census and featuring a black family......

African eyes opened by ex-leader's indictment NAIROBI, KENYA (Feb 14) Washington Post - Warlords in Somalia, where murder is part of everyday life and rape a common tool of war, were said to be following every twist in the case ......

Somali warlord pulls out of peace agreement MOGADISHU (Feb 13) AFP - A Somali warlord said Sunday he was pulling out of an agreement reached in December with four of his rivals to establish a joint authority to administer the Mogadishu region, accusing them ......

At least 20 killed in interclan violence in southern Somalia MOGADISHU (Feb 12) AFP - At least 20 people were killed during clashes between rival clans in the southern Somali town of Liboi, witnesses contacted by radio told AFP on Saturday.......

Closed hospital in Mogadishu to reopen MOGADISHU (Feb 11) AFP - A south Mogadishu hospital which was closed early this month due to insecurity is to reopen after successful negotiations with gunmen who had threatened to attack it.......

Famine deaths in Somalia MOGADISHU (Feb. 11) BBC- At least thirty people are reported to have died of famine in the past ten days in western Somalia........

Somali Peace Meeting Breaks Up MOGADISHU (Feb. 11) XINHUA - Somali Faction leaders broke up on Thursday night over the proposal of establishing an inclusive administration for Mogadishu and Southern Somalia as a whole.......

Continuing Murder, Torture, Raping By Militiamen Of Warlord Aideed Baidoa City (Bay Centre For Conflict Prevention, February 11, 2000) - The current conflict between militiamen of south Mogadishu warlord Hussein Aidid supported by Islamic Court Militiamen and the Rahanwein Resistance Army (RRA) are causing serious ........

Somali faction vows to shoot down planes using Balidogle airport MAOGADISHU ,Feb. 10 (AFP) - An armed faction in Somalia warned Thursday that as from Saturday it would shoot down any planes using an airport 90 kilometers (56 miles) west of the capital and controlled by a ........

Thirty People Die of Famine and Lack of Water in Somalia MAOGADISHU , Feb. 10 (XINHUA) - Thirty people, mainly children and elderly people, have died of famine and lack of water in Bulo Hawo district in the border region of Gedo, Somalia since the beginning of this month ........

Aid workers attacked in Somlia-Ethiopia border ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Feb 9 (BBC) - The medical relief organisation Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) has suspended its operations in the Ogaden region of eastern Ethiopia, following an attack on one of its vehicles in the region........

MSF-Belgium lifts suspension of activities in Somali port NAIROBI, Feb 9 (AFP) - The Belgian wing of medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres has decided to resume activities it suspended last month in the southern Somali port of Kismayo, an MSF statement said here Wednesday........

Moi Visits Ethiopia For Talks On Regional Issues ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Feb 9(PANA) - Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi arrived in Addis Ababa Wednesday for talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on peace and security in the horn of Africa........

New armed group captures town in south Somalia MOGADISHU, Feb 9 (AFP)- A splinter group of the main armed faction in southern Somalia has seized the town of Burhakaba from the region's mainstream movement, local newspapers reported Wednesday........

CARE aided US agents in Somalia BySUE NEALES and ANDREW CLENNELL Feb 9, (Herald)- The aid agency CARE Australia directly assisted United States operatives during the United Nations-sanctioned military and humanitarian intervention in war-torn Somalia .......

Aid body warns unrest preventing relief from reaching southern Somalia NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 8 (AFP)- Militia and factional rivalries are preventing delivery of humanitarian assistance to thousands of people in desperate need in many parts of southern Somalia, aid officials warned here Tuesday.......

One Killed in Attack in Somalia/Ethiopia border GENEVA, Feb 8 (AFP)-Ten heavily armed men attacked a Doctors Without Borders vehicle in eastern Ethiopia, killing the Ethiopian driver and seriously injuring a foreign aid volunteer, the humanitarian aid group said Tuesday. .......

Djibouti Peace Accord DJIBOUTI, Feb 7 -A peace accord has been signed to end the nine-year conflict in the tiny state of Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa.......

Six killed in factional fighting in southern Somalia MOGADISHU, Feb 7(AFP) -At least six people were killed and 11 wounded when an Islamic militia clashed with fighters of another armed faction in southern Somalia on Monday, witnesses said......

Somali faction denies Ethiopian involvement in battle MOGADISHU, Feb 7(AFP) -The Rahanwein Resistance Army (RRA) faction on Monday denied that Ethiopian forces were involved in renewed fighting which has rocked southern Somalia's Lower Shabelle region since the weekend.....

Thirteen killed in Somalia fighting MOGADISHU, Feb 5(Reuters) -At least 13 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in fighting between two militia groups in southern Somalia, witnesses said on Saturday....

Clashes continue in southern Somalia MOGADISHU, Feb 5(BBC) -At least thirteen people have been killed and more than a dozen wounded in clashes between militia groups in southern Somalia. ......

Kenya Cites Horn of Africa Fears NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 3(AP) - President Daniel arap Moi called a rare news conference Thursday to express Kenya's concern that instability in the Horn of Africa poses a serious threat to peace and security in the region........

RRA reportedly takes territory in Shebeellaha Hoose MOGADISHU, Feb 2(IRIN) - Rahanweyn Resistance Army (RRA) militia forces have reportedly captured territory in the southern Shabeellaha Hoose region.........

Famine alert in Bakol region MOGADISHU, Feb 2(IRIN) - The food security situation in the southern Bakol region is rapidly deteriorating, the Food Security Assessment Unit (FSAU) warned last week .........

Djibouti announces Somalia tax DJIBOUTI, Feb 2(BBC) - The government in Djibouti has announced plans for a tax to fund a Somali reconciliation conference, which is now expected to take place in Djibouti in early April. ......

Fee arrears cost Somalia vote in UN Assembly UNITED NATIONS , Feb 2(Reuters) - Fifty-two countries including somalia are so far in arrears on their U.N. budget and peacekeeping payments that most have lost their vote in the 188-member General Assembly, a U.N. spokesman said Tuesday.........

Ethiopians accused of Somalia attacks MOGADISHU, Feb 2(BBC) - Reports from southern Somalia say that many people have fled villages in the Lower Shabelle region following attacks by Ethiopian troops and local Rahanwein militiamen........

Ethiopians reportedly fighting in southern Somalia MOGADISHU, Feb 1(BBC) - Reports from southern Somalia say that many people have fled villages in the Lower Shabelle region following attacks by Ethiopian troops and local Rahanwein militiamen........

 


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