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Struggling Mudug Farmers Depleted of Food Reserves Amidst Harsh Droughts and Floods

(Ergo) - Families engaged in agriculture in Dhardhaar village in central Somalia's Mudug region are facing challenges in recovering from the crop damage caused by sudden flooding last year, following a prolonged period of severe drought. Abdi Isse Ereg, one of the local farmers, planted his crops in September 2023 when the seasonal deyr rains finally arrived, signaling an end to the four-year drought. Unfortunately, heavy downpours started on 25 October 2023, leading to floods that destroyed all the newly planted crops on…

Empowering Somalia: WFP Launches $228 Million Campaign to Combat Hunger and Improve Nutrition

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is urgently in need of $228 million to amplify its humanitarian operations in Somalia to combat widespread food shortages and malnutrition affecting millions. Securing this funding is crucial for the period spanning from April to September of this year, with a staggering $208 million needed for life-saving interventions. Recent evaluations depict an alarming scenario where approximately 3.4 million individuals will grapple with acute food scarcities between April and June. There…

Somalia’s Defense Minister Acknowledges US-Trained Danab Officers Engaged in Food Ration Resale Scandal

Somalia's Minister of Defense has admitted that officers from the US-trained Danab Special Forces were involved in the sale of food rations that were donated by the US government. The theft was confirmed two weeks ago, and some officers were caught in the act a week ago. Multiple officers have been arrested in connection to the theft. The Minister did not disclose the exact number of people detained but confirmed that the rations were sold in the market. The government made a statement regarding the incident and promised to…

Somali Defense Minister acknowledges that Danab soldiers, trained by the United States, have been involved in the unauthorized sale of food…

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia's Minister of Defense, Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur, admitted that the Danab Special Forces had sold food rations donated by the United States government. This acknowledgment came a few days after the federal government of Somalia addressed the incident. Nur disclosed in an interview with Universal TV that the theft of Danab rations was confirmed two weeks ago, and some of the involved officers were apprehended about a week ago. Following the theft, several officers have been taken into custody.…

Reports from Somalia indicate that there has been a case of food aid being redirected by soldiers who have received training from the United…

At the Baledogle Military Airfield in Somalia, the Somali army celebrated the graduation of Danab Advanced Infantry Brigade recruits after completing an intense training program on April 9, 2023. The Somali government acknowledged that rations meant for elite soldiers, trained by the United States, were misused within a specific unit. Following an investigation, several officers were suspended and detained, although their identities have not been disclosed. A statement released on Thursday highlighted the government's…

The Unspoken Tale of US Food Aid Gone Missing in Somalia

In Somalia, Danab commandos face food ration theft allegations from the US government. Soldiers detained for diverting rations to markets for profit. US stopped support in 2024 due to misappropriation. Senior leaders aware of diversions during combat. Corrupt incidents revealed, including arms sale in Mogadishu market. Ministry of Defense appreciates US support but arrests seen as a scapegoat. Investigations launched for accountability and transparency. Somali forces transitioning logistic needs for sustainability. US…

Somalia arrests U.S.-trained elite soldiers for stealing food provisions

Somalia has taken action against U.S.-trained commandos for stealing donated rations, halting their duties and detaining them as the government steps in to provide supplies. The Danab unit, trained by the United States to combat Al Shabaab, has had financial support suspended due to suspicions of corruption. The U.S. is investigating the incident and aims to establish safeguards to prevent similar occurrences in the future. The Danab forces were trained in 2017 to counter Al Shabaab's insurgency against the Somali…

For fear of food shortages, Algeria bans

The crisis in Ukraine raises concerns about the consequences on the African continent. Some states take the lead. This is the case with Algeria, which in the Council of Ministers on Sunday decided to ban the export of certain consumer products whose raw…

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