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North Western of Somalia’s President Boldly Negotiates for International Recognition

Seated stiffly in his presidential stronghold, Mr. Bihi articulates the case for North Western of Somalia’s independence. This territory, now claimed by North Western of Somalia, was once a British protectorate, whereas southern Somalia, with Mogadishu as its hub, fell under Italian stewardship. Although these two colonies fused in 1960, the union was fraught with discord. North Western of Somalia's rebels revolted against a tyrannical regime, leading to the massacre of thousands and Hargeisa being bombed to rubble—a…

Saudi Arabia Nabs 14 in Major Mecca Crackdown for Fake Hajj ID Sales

The nab happened in Mecca, snagging folks on visit visas. The coppers snatched up wads of cash, stamps, phones, and computers tangled in some scam. Not long ago, 11 foreigners got pinched for hustling bogus Hajj tours. Plus, fake pilgrimage passes and dodgy Hajj wristbands got seized.Lieutenant General Mohammed Al Bassami, the top dog of Public Security and Hajj Security honcho, spilled the beans on busting 140 sham Hajj gigs and collaring 64 transporters flouting the Hajj code. Saudi's playbook is tough: fines, booting out,…

Mogadishu Locals Rally Against Cemetery’s Displacement for New Somali Navy Base

"We rolled in this morning and got hit with the news: snag a permit from the Banadir Region stat. While we can’t blow off the government’s command, we're begging for mercy on the fee," one person with kin resting in the graveyard lamented. "This fee’s out of our league. Digging up our families after eons is emotional toil enough. We plead with the powers-that-be to cut us some slack on this cost burden." Many shared this plea, urging the authorities to scrap the order given the Herculean task of pinpointing the exact…

Urgent Call: Somalia Seeks $230 Million for Vital Flood Recovery and Aid for 2.5 Million People

The latest Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report, jointly prepared and unveiled today by the Government with support from the United Nations, World Bank, and the European Union, lays bare the staggering US$176 million in damage and loss inflicted by the 2023 Deyr floods across sixteen districts. The catastrophe claimed 188 lives and displaced over 2 million individuals. The report highlights that direct damages to critical sectors like agriculture, water and sanitation, and education topped US$126.6 million, with…

UN Financial Support for AU Peace Missions: Somalia’s Crucial Test

The transition of the AU Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), scheduled to conclude in December, might serve as an experimental ground. The African Union is contemplating soliciting funds for a successor mission under Resolution 2719. Insiders from the Institute for Security Studies hint that this new mission could widen the spectrum and reach of troop-contributing nations, possibly bringing in forces from East and Southern Africa.Can Resolution 2719 be tapped to bankroll a post-ATMIS operation? Is that the wisest use of the…

Somali Government Urges Rapid Removal of Burials from School Policia Cemetery in Mogadishu

Mogadishu (AX) - Residents of Mogadishu have ten days to remove their relatives' remains from the School Policia cemetery, where a naval base is set to be constructed.At a press briefing held at the cemetery Monday, Defense Minister, Somali Police Force Commander, Banadir region's Deputy Security Commissioner, and notable Sheikhs demanded the immediate exhumation of bodies.Defense Minister Abdulkadir Mohamed Noor underscored that the land, originally federal property, is intended to serve as a command hub for the Somali Navy…

Prime Minister Barre Commends Brave Somali Forces for Liberating Bulo Haji from al-Shabab Control

Kismayo (AX) - Somali soldiers, along with local clan militias, seized Bulo Haji, a pivotal area around 80 kilometers south of Kismayo, Lower Jubba's capital, on Monday. Prime Minister Hamse Abdi Barre extolled the Somali National Army and the Jubbaland leadership for triumphing over al-Shabab in Jubbaland. "I commend the National Heroes Army for their valor, diligence, and integrity in freeing the country from the Khawarij," stated Prime Minister Hamse Abdi Barre. The Prime Minister assured that the liberated zones would…

Ruto Demands Harmony as Verbal Clashes Erupt within Kenya Kwanza

President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua (left) at the Akorino National Thanksgiving Prayer Conference in Nakuru County on June 9, 2024. Image: PCS President William Ruto has appealed to figures in the Kenya Kwanza administration to cool the fiery rhetoric that has plagued his tenure of late. During the Akorino Annual Prayer Conference held on Sunday, June 9, at Nakuru Boys High School, Ruto emphasized the need for national unity and called on leaders to set a sterling example. "Tuungane, tushirikiane,…

Aquaculture Dominates Global Fish Supply, Reports U.N. Food Agency

Aquaculture, or aquafarming, involves breeding marine life like fish, shellfish, mollusks, and marine plants in controlled setups. In 2022, the FAO reported a record-breaking 130.9 million tonnes of aquaculture produce, with aquatic animals comprising 94.4 million tonnes—making up 51% of the total aquatic produce."These figures highlight aquaculture’s ability to help feed the world’s swelling population," stated FAO assistant director general Manuel Barange."For fifty years, it's been the planet's fastest-growing food…

Desperate Somali Doctor Begs for Aid in Heart-Wrenching Viral Plea Amid Libyan Trafficker Torture

In a gripping, one-minute-and-thirty-seven-second clip, Dr. Mahad reveals his nightmare: "I'm a Somali lad stuck in Libya for five months now. They're torturing and beating me, broke my hand, and zapped me with electricity. My family’s broke, they can't pay the $15,000 ransom. For Somali solidarity's sake, I beg for your help to escape this hellhole." The video has ignited a social media push to gather funds and amplify awareness for his release. Dr. Mahad, an obstetrician and gynecologist, hails from a dirt-poor rural…

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