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Finally free of al-Shabaab, daily life resumes in El Bur

Life is steadily improving in Galgadud region’s El Bur since Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops removed al-Shabaab’s blockade of the town two months ago. A truck passes a roadblock set up by residents protesting al-Shabaab in Tobanka Buundo in Lower Shabelle on March 6, 2014. Allied forces removed al-Shabaab’s blockade of […]

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Syracuse Somali-Bantu community’s desire to be self-sufficient drives federal grant

Syracuse Somali-Bantu community’s desire to be self-sufficient drives federal grant Haji Adan, executive director of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Onondaga County Inc., speaks to the Syracuse Media Group editorial board Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The association has recently received an up to $450,000 grant from the federal government to provide refugee services. (Marie […]

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Two Sydney women flee to Syria to become IS jihahi terror brides

A TEENAGER and her 20-year-old friend have become the first Australian women to “go it alone” to join terrorists in Syria and offer themselves as potential jihadi brides, intelligence agencies believe. The girls, Hodan, 18 and Hafsa, 20, who are believed to have links with the Somali community, flew out of Sydney in the past […]

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After Barren Years in Somalia, Signs of Growth by the Bunch By ISMA’IL KUSHKUSHDEC. 13, 2014

AFGOOYE, Somalia — Armed with machetes, the men push their way through the densely packed rows of trees, emerging every few minutes with large bundles of green bananas over their shoulders. A guard, his chest crossed with bullet belts, his hands cradling a Russian-made rifle, scans the tree line for intruders as the men throw […]

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Somalia sexual offences bill hailed as vital step towards lasting change

Legislation addressing rape and other sexual violence – often committed by armed forces – will be presented to cabinet by year end A trio of young Somali women at a camp for internally displaced people. Sexual and gender-based violence is rife in Somalia. Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images The first bill to define and address sexual […]

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Somalia: Security Council calls for unity amid political crisis

 The United Nations Security Council announced today that it has taken note of a recent parliamentary vote of “no confidence” resulting in the political ouster of Somalia’s Prime Minister amid a surge of political instability and extremist violence in the East African country. The Somali Parliament dismissed Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed on 6 December […]

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First Somali refugees in Kenya decide to return home as part of a new pilot project

Kasmaal 10/12/2014 With the first Somali refugees crossing the border from Kenya to return home, new and significant steps are taken towards pioneering durable solutions to what for many has been years and even decades of displacement. This is a significant step to address the needs for lasting solutions to one of the world’s most […]

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‘Hate crime’: Taxi driver recounts brutal attack   

SEATTLE – Officers arrested a 26-year-old man early Sunday after he called a taxi driver a “terrorist” and beat him unconscious, causing the cab to drift out of control and strike several parked cars before slamming into an apartment building in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, police said. Investigators labeled the attack a “hate crime.” Adam Gaal, […]

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Police: SUV Involved in Teen’s Death Displayed Anti-Muslim Message in Rear Window

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (TheBlaze/AP) — An SUV involved in the death of a teenager outside a Somali community center had an anti-Muslim message displayed in the rear window at the time of the crash, Kansas City police confirmed. Ahmed H. Aden, 34, deliberately ran the boy over, authorities said, adding that they’re charged him with murder. The FBI […]

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Somali Prime Minister loses no-confidence vote

MOGADISHU, 06 Dec.2014 – The Somalia parliament officially dismissed the Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed through a motion of no confidence against his government, which the Lawmakers approved Saturday. Speaker of the House, Mohamed Osman Jawari announced the result of the vote moments after the counting, and announced that the PM lost his post […]

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