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UNHCR Reveals Nearly 40,000 Vulnerable Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Somalia: A Majority are Women and Children

The latest from UNHCR shows that a whopping 66% of these displaced souls — mainly women and kids hailing from Ethiopia and Yemen — have set up camp in Somalia's northern urban and semi-urban nooks, particularly in Woqooyi Galbeed and Bari.Diving deeper, 47%, tallying up to 18,559, hold refugee status. Another 20,727 folks are waiting on asylum. Meanwhile, Somalia grapples with relentless attacks from the militant faction, al-Shabab, fueling the dire circumstances.Since December 2014, UNHCR has lent a hand to 95,181 Somali…

US Intelligence Confirms: Yemen’s Houthis Negotiating Arms Deal with Somalia’s al-Shabaab, Reports Suggest

In an image captured December 2023, individuals trained by the Houthis flaunt their firearms and wave Palestinian flags while shouting slogans at an armed parade in Al-Sabeen Square, Sana'a, Yemen. Photo courtesy of Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images/File U.S. intelligence has unearthed chatter among Houthis in Yemen about arming the Somali militant group al-Shabaab. Three American officials told CNN that this troubling development could exacerbate an already chaotic situation. Authorities are now hunting for proof of Houthi…

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…

Watchdog Reports Grave Violations of International Law in Tigray Conflict

Ethiopian soldiers patrol Mekele's streets in the northern Tigray region, following the city’s takeover during the crackdown on the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesLONDON -- A report by the U.S. think tank New Lines Institute has unearthed "grave violations" of international law and crimes against humanity committed throughout the Tigray War’s two-year span.The study revealed a "solid basis" indicating that all sides involved in the strife perpetrated war crimes…

UN Reports 37 Migrants Vanished in Tragic Shipwreck En Route from Tunisia to Italy

A group of 37 migrants is unaccounted for following a tragic boat accident between Tunisia and Lampedusa, as reported by the International Organization for Migration on June 23, 2023. According to the IOM, the survivors, originating from sub-Saharan Africa, reached Lampedusa on Thursday night after being saved from the shipwreck by another vessel. Allegedly, the survivors embarked from Sfax, Tunisia, with 46 individuals on board, only to face a catastrophe due to harsh weather conditions resulting in the capsizing of their…

Amnesty International Reveals Alarming Rise in Executions in Somalia for 2023

In contrast to the rest of sub-Saharan Africa where many countries are working towards abolishing the death penalty, Somalia has experienced a significant increase in executions. Kenya, Liberia, Zimbabwe, and Ghana have taken positive steps to abolish the death penalty. Amnesty International reported that Somalia was the only country in the region to carry out executions in 2023. Most executions in Somalia were carried out by shooting, and the death sentences were given for a variety of crimes, often following unfair…

Ethiopia’s International Trade Thrives Thanks to New Chinese Railway: Government Reports

The railway from China to Ethiopia and Djibouti has greatly reduced shipping times and expenses, boosting trade in Ethiopia. According to the Ethio-Djibouti Standard Gauge Railway Share Company (EDR). A local conductor in Ethiopia recently received a notebook from a Chinese colleague at the Adama station. The 752-km railway is now a preferred route for import/export trade in Ethiopia, said Abdi Zenebe, CEO of EDR. The railway has optimized the transport of Ethiopia's major exports, like coffee. Almost all of the country's…

Mass Exodus from Rafah: UN Reports 800,000 Displaced as Gaza Suffers Fatal Israeli Attacks

In the central Gaza Strip, smoke billows after an Israeli airstrike on May 18, 2024 . Over the past week, approximately 800,000 Palestinians have been displaced from Rafah in the southern Gaza city due to Israel's offensive, according to Philippe Lazzarini, the head of the UNRWA. Lazzarini expressed deep sorrow over the consistent displacement of Palestinians in a statement issued on Saturday. "Throughout the conflict in Gaza, Palestinians have had to flee multiple times in search of safety, but they have never found it,…

Turkish drones wreak havoc in Somalia, claiming lives of 23 innocent civilians, including children, reports Amnesty International

The global watchdog urged Somalia and Turkey to investigate the incidents for possible "war crimes." Amnesty International accused the Somali government of killing over two dozen civilians using Turkish drones in attacks against Islamist insurgents, potentially constituting war crimes. The London-based organization reported the deaths of 23 civilians, including 14 children and five women, during drone strikes on March 18 in Lower Shabelle, southern Somalia, based on victim and witness accounts, satellite imagery, and medical…

Over 100 Migrants Liberated from Captivity in Southern Libya, Official Reports

The North African nation of Libya serves as a crucial passage for migrants attempting to reach Europe in search of better opportunities, according to TRT Afrika. A total of 107 migrants, including women and children, were rescued from confinement in a southeastern Libyan town, as per a security officer's statements on Monday. Spokesperson Walid Alorafi of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Benghazi revealed that the migrants had been held captive for as long as seven months with the desire to travel to Europe.…

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