Tag: Somalia

Japan gives US$3 million to keep Somalia’s drought affected children healthy, in school and protected

Japan gives US$3 million to keep Somalia’s drought affected children healthy, in school and protected

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
MOGADISHU, SomaliaThe Government of Japan is providing generous funding to UNICEF to support children with proper sanitation facilities in schools, keep them in education and provide abused women and children with support services, UNICEF said today. The US$3 million grant will, over the course of the next year, help some of the communities worst affected by the prolonged drought in central and southern regions of Somalia. Somalia is still facing an ongoing malnutrition and displacement crisis, with 2.8 million children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance due to failure of successive rainy seasons. The coping mechanisms of the population have been weakened and the threat of famine could rapidly reappear without continued support from key donors such as Japan. The drou...
UCU finishes second best African university in global law moot contest

UCU finishes second best African university in global law moot contest

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, KENYA, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA
Washington DC, USA Uganda Christian University(UCU) has emerged the second best African university in the just concluded 2018 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition that test a law student’s comprehension of principles of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law among Universities globally. The Church of Uganda founded University also secured a place among the world’s top 50 universities in this prestigious competition which is held annually in Washington DC, USA. According to the final team rankings, UCU was the second best African team after University of Pretoria, which won all its four rounds becoming the best in Africa and the 5th globally. UCU won three out of the four rounds and was the second best in Africa and 47th globally out of the 121
UPDF flags off AMISOM battle group 24 to Somalia.

UPDF flags off AMISOM battle group 24 to Somalia.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
Singo, Uganda Uganda's Chief of Defense Forces Commander Gen David Muhoozi, has flagged off Amisom's Battle Group 24  at the Peace Support Operations and Training Center Singo in Nakaseke district. The chief of Defence Forces who officiated the flag off ceremony, called upon UPDF officers and men to be conscious of their discipline and well fare while in somalia. "With the training you have attained here, I expect a lot from you and expect you to come back alive. Take caution, be vigilant but not cowards" he cautioned." he said Gen Davidrequested the soldiers to be good ambassadors to themselves, their families and motherland, Uganda in order to keep the Ugandan flag high in the mission area and the outside world. UGANDA Battle Group 24 is replacing UGABAG 21 which is ba
Applications open for the third cycle of Innovate Ventures Accelerator in Somaliland

Applications open for the third cycle of Innovate Ventures Accelerator in Somaliland

AFRICA, BUSINESS, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
HARGEISA, Somaliland Innovate Ventures  pioneer in the Somali start-up space, has just opened applications for the next round of its Hargeisa-based tech accelerator. To date, the programme has graduated 25 startups and has invested almost $50,000 in its graduates. "Building on last year’s success, this year’s program will accept 12 startups and will invest up to $30,000 in the teams with the highest potential." said Warda Dirir, Co-Founder of Innovate Ventures The programme aims to support young entrepreneurs in Somaliland and Somalia and grow the nascent start-up ecosystem in the country. Innovate Ventures is the leading Somali start-up accelerator and technology fund, and works with VC4A Telesom and Oxfam under the Work In Progress project to make this programme po
UN Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab attack against the Ugandan contingent

UN Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab attack against the Ugandan contingent

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
NEW YORK, United States of America The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack of 1 April 2018 perpetrated by Al-Shabaab against the Ugandan contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Lower Shabelle in Somalia in which a number of soldiers were killed and injured. "We express our deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Uganda. We wish them a speedy recovery to those injured."  said the Security Coucil The members of the Security Council underscored their full support to AMISOM in delivering their mandate to reduce the threat posed by the terrorist group Al Shabaab and armed opposition groups in Somalia. The members of the Security Council un
EU Continues to support women and children affected by prolonged drought in Somalia

EU Continues to support women and children affected by prolonged drought in Somalia

AFRICA, EUROPE
MOGADISHU, Somalia The European Union, through the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department, has provided €3 million euro toward UNICEF’s humanitarian response for children and women caught in Somalia’s prolonged drought. After several failed rainy seasons and a massive loss of crops, livestock and livelihoods, on 2 February 2017, a pre-famine alert was issued for Somalia by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator. With early, scaled-up response led by the authorities and supported by the international community, famine was successfully averted. However, some 5.4 million people continue to require humanitarian assistance, including 2.8 million children. "The crisis triggered measles and cholera outbreaks, affecting 20,000 and 78,000
Somaliland journalist detained without charge

Somaliland journalist detained without charge

AFRICA, KENYA
NAIROBI, Kenya: Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Aabi Digaale, the Hargeisa bureau chief for the London-based broadcaster Universal TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Mohamed on February 17 and have been holding him without charge, Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairperson of the advocacy organization Human Rights Center, and Abdullahi Hersi Kulmiye, the East Africa director of Universal TV, told CPJ. Authorities on February 19 brought Mohamed to court, where he was remanded to the Counter Terrorism Unit for seven more days while investigations continued, Guleid and Abdullahi told CPJ. Mohamed was relocated today to Hargeisa’s central police station, Guleid said. Guleid and Abdullahi separately told CPJ that Moham
Cabinet endorses director of Somalia’s Communications Authority

Cabinet endorses director of Somalia’s Communications Authority

AFRICA
MOGADISHU, Somalia: The Cabinet has unanimously endorsed Abdi Sheik Ahmed for the post of Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA) of Somalia, which is established under Somalia’s Communications Law 2017. Speaking after the endorsement, the minister for Post, Telecom and Technology, H.E. Abdi Ashur Hassan, thanked the Cabinet for the endorsement of the director who will lead Somalia’s first communications regulator. “This is another milestone by the Ministry to have the director endorsed in due course because it will bring us closer to the establishment of the regulator,” said the minister. This is another milestone by the Ministry to have the director endorsed in due course because it will bring us closer to the establishment of the r
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