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AFRICA: Somali president appoints new military commanders.

AFRICA: Somali president appoints new military commanders.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, somalia
The Somali head of state on Wednesday appointed new military commanders as part of the country's ongoing efforts to "improve security and reform the armed forces." ''The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo appointed Brigadier Gen. Abdulhamid Mohamed Dirir as the new chief commander for the Somali navy force and Brigade Gen. Abas Ali Amin as the new commander for the the infantry troops for Somali National Army,'' the state-run Somali National News Agency (SONNA) reported. The change is part of the government's efforts to reform the military, and strengthen the country's entire security apparatus, according to SONNA. Appointment comes a day after three people were killed in a suicide attack at a Turkish military base in the capital Mogadishu....
Somalia: AMISOM repel Al-Shabaab attack on Jubaland Security Forces in Bilis Qooqani

Somalia: AMISOM repel Al-Shabaab attack on Jubaland Security Forces in Bilis Qooqani

AFRICA, al shabab, ARMY, somalia
An African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) unit in Bilis Qooqani town on Friday stopped a late-night attack on Jubaland Security Forces (JSF), killing and arresting several terrorists in the process. AMISOM forces recovered several AK 47 rifles and rounds of ammunition from Al Shabaab elements who were neutralized during the foiled attack. The two Jubaland Forces wounded in the ensuing battle are currently receiving treatment at the AMISOM Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Bilis Qooqani. “At about 00:30 hours, Jubaland Security Forces stationed in Bilis Qooqani were attacked by about 20 Al-Shabaab terrorists from three different directions. Our Bilis Qooqani defense points immediately responded by dispatching one platoon to support our Somali counterparts.  Three Al-Shabaab mil...
Coronavirus: Somalia’s COVID-19 Response: More needed for persons with disabilities during pandemic

Coronavirus: Somalia’s COVID-19 Response: More needed for persons with disabilities during pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, somalia
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had tremendous impact on all areas of Somali society, with no group left unaffected. But for one group in particular, the impact of the virus takes a higher toll: persons with disabilities. Some civil society groups are trying to change that. “You can understand the impact of COVID-19 on the economy. People are suffering now and they will suffer even once the virus is defeated,” said the director and founder of the Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN), Mohamed Farah. “But,” he added, “persons with disabilities will be the ones who will be suffering more. Imagine: most of the people living with disabilities rely on family support or begging on the streets – imagine what will happen to them without support?” In Somalia, it i...
Coronavirus – Somalia: WHO supports accelerated response efforts for contact tracing in Somalia as cases surge

Coronavirus – Somalia: WHO supports accelerated response efforts for contact tracing in Somalia as cases surge

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, somalia
As the laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 surge in Somalia, the country has also intensified its operations response to contain the epidemic. The WHO country office in support of this intensified response operations has deployed over 4000 community health care workers, each having to visit at least 5000 households every month for active case identification and contact tracing throughout the country. These community health care workers are being supervised by an additional 44 rapid response teams, formed at the district level. Once the community health care workers identify a suspected case through their house-to-house visits, information on the location of the suspected cases are automatically relayed to the rapid response team of the respective districts using open data kit –...
The United Community of Somalia boosts the Uganda Government with 14.5Million to fight Covid19

The United Community of Somalia boosts the Uganda Government with 14.5Million to fight Covid19

Business, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, somalia, World Health Organization
Kampala, Uganda Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Minister of General duties in the Prime Minister’s office also the Political overseer of the Fund to Covid19 (R) with the Somali Community team led by their Chairman Siid Ahmed Sheikh Muse.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Following the Covid19 pandemic that has caused fatal setbacks in implementation of government programs globally and nationally, and in line with the President’s initiative to fight and control the spread of the disease, while reducing its effects on vulnerable communities, The Chairman of the Somali Community in Uganda team Siid Ahmed Sheikh Muse is seen with her team. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.  The Somali community in Uganda has donated 14.5 Million shillings to the National Response Fund to Covid1...
Coronavirus – Somalia: Migrants headed to Arabian Gulf stranded in Somalia as COVID-19 spreads

Coronavirus – Somalia: Migrants headed to Arabian Gulf stranded in Somalia as COVID-19 spreads

AFRICA, somalia
Hundreds of migrants are stranded in Bossaso, Puntland, Somalia, as a result of border and sea-crossing closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Every year scores of migrants, mainly from landlocked Ethiopia, pass through Bossaso seeking to cross the Gulf of Aden to war-torn Yemen, and hoping to proceed onward to Gulf countries, particulary Saudi Arabia. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that one day last month, approximately 600 migrants reached Bossaso in Puntland, in a single day. IOM data show that migration in the Eastern route is still taking place despite the new border restrictions in the region. In comparison to data collected in the first half of April in 2019, there have been 501 more arrivals in Bossaso, but departures have fallen, with 8,2...
Coronavirus – Somalia: WHO and European Union unite to fight a common enemy to humanity

Coronavirus – Somalia: WHO and European Union unite to fight a common enemy to humanity

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, somalia, World Health Organization
The WHO country office and the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Somalia have joined hands under a new collaboration in the country to strengthen operational response activities for COVID-19. The new collaboration aims to accelerate support for the frontline work of WHO in combating COVID-19 in a seemingly vast country where transportation of vital medical supplies and personnel needed for rapid response to the outbreak remain a perpetual challenge owing to suspension of commercial and cargo flights and the lockdown, which has cut off the capital city from rest of the country. In this challenging and testing time, WHO has been offered EU flights to airlift critical medical equipment and supplies from Mogadishu to its final destination in Kismayo, the capital of Jubaland state. T...
Coronavirus – Somalia: UNHCR provides critical assistance to flood victims in Somalia amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus – Somalia: UNHCR provides critical assistance to flood victims in Somalia amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, somalia, UNITED NATIONS
The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency have airlifted vital humanitarian assistance to approximately 8,100 Somalis affected by flooding in South-West,Jubaland and Puntland States this past week. UNHCR is one of the first responders to lead delivery of emergency kits that include jerry cans, soap, blankets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets and plastic sheets to Baidoa, Bardheere and Qardho. During the first phase of the airlift, the FGS provided a cargo plane to deliver essential items from the UNHCR warehouses in Mogadishu to Garowe (destined for Qardho) and Bardheere, while UNHCR airlifted the supplies to Baidoa. The second phase of the airlift will commence later this week and target 17,000 people in affected areas including Qardho, Bardheere, Beletwe...
Coronavirus – Somalia: Joint statement on reconciliation processes in Jubaland

Coronavirus – Somalia: Joint statement on reconciliation processes in Jubaland

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, INTERNATIONAL, somalia
International partners signed a joint statement welcoming the dialogue between the Jubaland administration and the leadership of the Jubaland Council for Change MOGADISHU, Somalia,-- The below statement was signed by United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United States and the United Nations. "We, the undersigned international partners welcome the dialogue between the Jubaland administration and the leadership of the Jubaland Council for Change which culminated in a reconciliation agreement signed on 23 April". "Disputed electoral outcomes in Jubaland and other Federal Member States over the past 18 months underscore the importance of credible electoral processes in which Somalis ma...
Coronavirus – Somalia: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and WHO partner to strengthen testing capacity for COVID-19 in Somalia

Coronavirus – Somalia: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and WHO partner to strengthen testing capacity for COVID-19 in Somalia

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, somalia, UNITED NATIONS
On Sunday 26th April 2020, the first batch of COVID-19 testing results were announced in Garowe, Puntland. A total of 11 tests had been conducted with five being positive. This remarkable milestone is a result of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the World Health Organization (WHO) who worked together to enable laboratory capacity to be in place in Garowe under the leadership of the Ministry of Health to ensure needed testing capacity for COVID-19. The achievement was made possible by adding specialized capacity to the existing Bureau of Forensic Science, which was established over the past three years through the support of UNFPA to allow analysis of DNA samples in real time to be used as evidence in sexual assault cases. Based on the already existing expert and technical...
Coronavirus – Somalia: COVID-19 Impact Update

Coronavirus – Somalia: COVID-19 Impact Update

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, somalia
Since 13 April, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Somalia has spiked rapidly from 25 to 390 (286 male,104 female) as of 25 April. Eighteen people have died and 10 others recovered. Those affected include 15 health workers. After a handful of initial cases related to travel, community transmission now accounts for the vast majority of cases. Concerns remain over the possible spread of the virus to some 2,000 congested IDP settlements where social distancing is impossible and adherence to infection prevention control measures is challenging. Banadir region is the most affected with 379 confirmed cases. Six cases have been reported in Somaliland – the first two in Berbera and Burao; one in Galmudug, one in Puntland and three in Jubaland. Apart from Mogadishu, Hargeisa and Garow...
AU Special Representative for Somalia extends message of goodwill to the people and the government of Somalia during the holy month of Ramadan

AU Special Representative for Somalia extends message of goodwill to the people and the government of Somalia during the holy month of Ramadan

AFRICA, ARMY, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, somalia
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, extends his best wishes to the people and the government of Somalia during this holy month of Ramadan. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira “As we enter, today, into Ramadan, we recall, with humility that this is the Holy month of fasting, spiritual reflection and worship, a month of expression of kindness and giving to the poor and the needy. May this period of Ramadan fill us with courage, strength and help us win every challenge of life”, Ambassador Madeira said. As we fast and offer prayers to Allah, the ...
Coronavirus: Somalia confirms 35 more cases

Coronavirus: Somalia confirms 35 more cases

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, somalia
 The Federal Government of Somalia on Monday confirmed 35 new cases of the novel Coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 60. 32 of the new cases were registered in Mogadishu, while two cases were recorded in Hargeisa and one was found in Borama, making it the first Corona case in the town. Somali Health Minister, HE Fowsia Abikar  In the daily COVID-19 update, Health Minister, HE Fowsia Abikar Nur explained that 52 of the confirmed cases are recovering in their houses where they self-isolated. One more patient is recuperating at an isolation center in the Halane camp. Minister Fowsia reiterated pleas to the public to stay at their homes, observe social distancing, and offer special care to the elderly and people with chronic illnesses.
Coronavirus: Somali Government Imposes a Night Curfew To Mogadishu City

Coronavirus: Somali Government Imposes a Night Curfew To Mogadishu City

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, somalia
Mogadishu, Monday, April 13, 2020— After holding a press conference in Mogadishu, Somali police commander; General Abdi Hassan Mohamed (Hajar), Sunday announced that the Somali government enhances measures of combating COVID-19. The police commander underlined that number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is on the increase in the country, with two COVID-19-related deaths, and the government of Somalia recognizes that accelerating the combating process of the pandemic disease is more important. Somali police commander; General Abdi Hassan Mohamed (Hajar) “Considering the urgency to minimize the spread of the disease within the community, the federal government of Somalia announces that A dusk-to-dawn curfew (8 pm-5 am) would be enforced to Mogadishu from the evening April...
Somalia: Minister Of Religious Affairs And Religious Leaders Discuss Accelerating Efforts To Combat COVID-19

Somalia: Minister Of Religious Affairs And Religious Leaders Discuss Accelerating Efforts To Combat COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, somalia
Mogadishu, Sunday, April 12, 2020— The Minister of Religious Affairs, H.E Sheikh Nur Mohamed Hassan held a meeting with Somali religious scholars on April 11, 2020, and discussed ways to accelerate efforts to combat Coronavirus/COVID-19. Religious scholars and the minister discussed the best ways to curb the spread of the pandemic in the country. During the deliberations, the following was agreed that religious leaders to play a more active role in raising awareness about the deadly COVID-19 in the communities, To establish a committee to assist the most vulnerable people in the community, especially those whose livelihoods will be most affected by the spread of the Coronavirus as we are approaching the holy month of Ramadan. The Somali Minister of Religious Affairs, H.E Sheikh ...
The Somalia and Norway Discuss COVID-19 Control

The Somalia and Norway Discuss COVID-19 Control

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Norway, somalia
Somalia's Prime Minister, H.E. Hassan Ali Khaire  On Friday, Prime Minister, H.E. Hassan Ali Khaire and the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, held a virtual meeting to discuss the coordination of efforts between the two governments in order to control COVID-19 and other important issues of mutual interest.The Prime Minister thanked the Norwegian government for supporting Somalia’s Debt Relief process and in reaching the Decision Point. He emphasized that the government is doubling its efforts towards debt consolidation, until the Completion Point.Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide congratulated the government and the Somali people on the success of Debt Relief and pledged that the Norwegian government would continue to support the government in the recov...
The Federation of Somali journalists calls on news organizations & journalists in their country to exercise care in coverage of the coronavirus outbreak

The Federation of Somali journalists calls on news organizations & journalists in their country to exercise care in coverage of the coronavirus outbreak

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, somalia
The Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ) is urging journalists and news organizations to exercise care in their coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in Somalia to ensure accurate and fair portrayals of Somalis to avoid to disseminate false claims ,unfounded rumors and myths about Coronavirus which some Social media users are sharing their platforms that include What's App, Twitter, and Facebook FESOJ encourages journalists to refer and turn to reliable sources like the Ministry of Health of Federal Government of Somalia , World Health Organization (WHO) and or other officially authorized agencies to report the conditions and progress of Coronavirus in Somalia. Journalists reporting Coronavirus should exercise extreme caution and not risk their lives . Federation of Somal...
AMISOM Troops and Somali National Army successfully liberate Jannale from extremist group, Al-Shabaab

AMISOM Troops and Somali National Army successfully liberate Jannale from extremist group, Al-Shabaab

AFRICA, al shabab, ARMY, SECURITY, somalia
Mogadishu, March 18, 2020: – AMISOM troops in a joint military offensive with Somali National Army, SNA, on Monday, March 16, 2020, liberated the bridge town of Jannale, a stronghold of Al-Shabaab, in Somalia. Jannale, approximately 90km (55 miles) south-west of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital city, has been the hub for terrorists’ operations and activities – it was where they planned dastardly activities to wreak havoc – killing innocent civilians and destroying properties across Somalia. Speaking after the operations, the Sector I and Uganda Contingent Commander, Brig Richard Otto, commended both SNA and AMISOM troops on liberating the town with approximately, 30,000 people. He said it is currently under the full control of the joint forces – AMISOM and SNA. The AMISOM ...
AFRICA:  UPDF troops praised for improving security situation in Somalia.

AFRICA: UPDF troops praised for improving security situation in Somalia.

AFRICA, somalia, UGANDA, updf
The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces’ (UPDF) Joint Chief of Staff (JCOS), Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu has expressed his gratitude to Ugandan troops serving in Somalia for their contribution in changing the security situation of Somalia. He said the country has been made peaceful from once referred to as the most dangerous place in the world to a relatively peaceful country with many opportunities for its nationals and other people with interests in the Horn of Africa country. “We are happy with what you are doing here. Wherever the UPDF has gone, they have appropriately raised the Ugandan flag high. Everybody recognizes your efforts. I appreciate and congratulate you for your diligent service,” said Lt Gen Musanyufu. He made the remarks while addressing UPDF Officers at a Fo...