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  • Somalia’s electoral officials say ‘set to redraw electoral boundaries’
    26 april 2018 14:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) officials are now set to embark on the electoral boundary delimitation exercise following intensive three-day training in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • AUC organizes training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for Somalia
    23 april 2018 13:33:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is showcasing a training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) from 23 to 25 April, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Breakaway Somaliland region jails female poet for Somalia unity calls
    15 april 2018 18:12:19
    Hargeisa, Somalia – A court in Somalia’s northern breakaway region of Somaliland on Sunday sentenced a female activist and poet to three years in jail for what it said was “endangering the region’s bid for independence”. ) Full text...

  • AMISOM deputy head urges military commanders to heed transition plan
    15 april 2018 09:48:01
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, has asked military commanders of the AU peacekeeping force in the Horn of Africa country to implement the transition plan as per dictates of the United Nations Security Council resolution on gradual reduction of troops serving in Somalia. Full text...

  • UN envoy tells Somali refugees in Kenya ‘things are gradually getting better’ back home
    14 april 2018 06:18:15
    Dadaab, Kenya (PANA) - Meeting residents of the world’s largest camp for Somali refugees ­– sprawling Dadaab, located in north-eastern Kenya ­­– the top United Nations official for Somalia has expressed his solidarity with their situation and highlighted the gradual progress made in their home country. Full text...

  • Security Council condemns terrorist attack against AU mission in Somalia
    05 april 2018 05:38:48
    New Yorl, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on 1 April perpetrated by the Al-Shabaab group against the Ugandan contingent of the African Union mission in Somalia. Full text...

  • UN demining agency promotes public awareness about explosive hazards in Somalia
    04 april 2018 16:21:10
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Many years of armed conflicts in Somalia have bequeathed a lethal legacy of explosive devices, including landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) which, according to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), affect marginalized communities in conflict-affected areas and along border regions. Full text...

  • AU, UN Special Envoys assess funding for AMISOM
    02 april 2018 12:46:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Envoys of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have emphasized a gradual shift of security responsibilities from the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia to the Somali security forces, without retrogressing the progress already made in securing the country. Full text...

  • AMISOM troops repulse Al Shabaab terrorists from three AU bases
    02 april 2018 07:59:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, has lauded the AU troops in Lower Shabelle region for the gallantry they displayed, during a confrontation with Al-Shabaab earlier on Monday. Full text...

  • ICRC mourns loss of staff member killed in bomb attack in Mogadishu
    29 march 2018 17:04:52
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Thursday it was devastated by the loss of one of its staff, Abdulhafid Yusuf Ibrahim, in Mogadishu who passed away on Wednesday after succumbing to injuries from an improvised explosive. Full text...

  • Agriculture remains key to Somalia’s economic growth, poverty reduction - Report
    28 march 2018 16:35:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released on Wednesday a new joint report titled, ‘Rebuilding Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Somalia’, outlining the challenges and opportunities for Somalia’s agriculture sector. Full text...

  • IGAD raises concern over political tension buildup in Somalia
    27 march 2018 09:05:10
    Djibouti, Djibouti (PANA) - The Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has expressed concern over “the evolving new political tension in Somalia which threat to derail the significant progress registered in the past year.”Full text...

  • Former Somali president denied US entry under Trump’s travel ban
    26 march 2018 09:24:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has been denied entry to the United States under President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries, local Garowe Online news service reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Six killed in Mogadishu car bomb attack
    22 march 2018 15:12:05
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At least six people have been killed and several others wounded in a massive car bomb attack outside a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday afternoon, according to local news service Garowe Online. Full text...

  • Massive livestock losses severely impact livelihoods, food in Somalia
    21 march 2018 16:27:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - In Somalia massive livestock deaths due to drought - 60 per cent of herds in some areas - have severely damaged pastoralists' livelihoods. Full text...

  • Somali army officer murdered by armed men
    21 march 2018 09:52:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Armed men murdered on Tuesday evening murdered Somali army Mohamed Hassan Issa, near his house, before running away, the local media have announced.Full text...

  • Int'l community urges Somalis to respect constitutional process in resolving differences
    17 march 2018 10:52:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States were extremely concerned by recent political and security developments in Mogadishu, according to a joint statement they issued here Saturday. Full text...

  • Measles campaign aims to protect drought-hit communities in Somalia
    12 march 2018 17:58:23
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A measles vaccination campaign has been launched in Somalia in response to several months of drought, which has raised the likelihood of a catastrophic spread of infectious diseases, local health authorities and UN aid agencies said on Monday. Full text...

  • Three injured peacekeepers recovering at AMISOM hospital in Somalia
    04 march 2018 10:37:18
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Three soldiers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) who were injured in a terrorist attack on Friday in Middle Shabelle region are reportedly recuperating, the AU peacekeeping force said in a statement on Sunday. Full text...

  • Somalia, Troop Contributing Countries call for halt to AMISOM troop reduction
    04 march 2018 10:10:10
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Troop Contributing Countries to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia want the troop drawdown exercise which started last December halted.Full text...

  • Five policemen killed in Al Shabaab attack in North Eastern Kenya
    02 march 2018 19:49:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The Kenyan Police are in pursuit of an Al Shabaab operative, named Jamaa Nuh Abdille, who led an attack at the Fino Police camp in Mandera Friday, killing five border patrol Police officers and disabling telecommunication connection in the North Eastern region, Police said. Full text...

  • ‘Gains made in Somalia risk being eroded,’ warn AMISOM troop contributors
    02 march 2018 10:50:20
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Foreign affairs and defence ministers from troop contributing countries (TCCs) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have warned that gains made in the Horn of Africa country risk being eroded if outstanding issues such as inadequate troop numbers and unpredictable funding are not addressed. Full text...

  • Military chiefs from troop contributing countries urge more support for AMISOM
    01 march 2018 18:27:38
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Military chiefs from Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have called for more support to enable the Mission effectively execute its mandate of securing Somalia. Full text...

  • Car bomb kills 3 at traffic checkpoint near Somali capital
    01 march 2018 15:47:02
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At least three people were killed, including a suicide bomber who detonated an explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint near Mogadishu, the Somali capital, on Thursday, a local online news service reported, quoting a police officer. Full text...

  • AMISOM, Somali gov't reiterate commitment to eliminate Al-Shabaab
    28 february 2018 10:56:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali government have pledged to complement each other in the fight against the terrorist group Al-Shabaab. Full text...

  • U.S. government donates aerial surveillance system to AMISOM
    27 february 2018 13:22:27
    Baledogle, Somalia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has commended the United States for its continued support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in its fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns Friday’s terrorist attacks in Mogadishu
    26 february 2018 16:09:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Members of the Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms the two terrorist attacks of 23 February 2018 in Mogadishu that killed and injured innocent Somalis. Full text...

  • Child rights agencies concerned over gov’t decision encouraging FGM in Somaliland
    26 february 2018 11:54:59
    Hargeisa, Somaliland (PANA) – Child rights organizations operating in Somaliland have expressed concern on a recent ruling by the Somaliland government that encourages female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Full text...

  • UN chief condemns Mogadishu attacks
    25 february 2018 06:51:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the 23 February attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, which claimed the lives of many civilians and injured numerous others. Full text...

  • IMF Board praises Somalia’s commitment to reform programme
    24 february 2018 10:17:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Despite a severe drought and sporadic terrorist attacks, Somalia avoided a significant economic slowdown in 2017 with support from the national and international community, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • Three killed in car bombings, gun attack in Somali capital
    23 february 2018 18:37:53
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At least three people were killed in car bombings and gun attack near Somalia’s Presidential Palace in Mogadishu late Friday, according to media reports from cityFull text...

  • Rights group says detained children face abuse in Somalia
    21 february 2018 17:44:18
    Washington, DC., US (PANA) – Somali authorities are unlawfully detaining and at times prosecuting in military courts children with alleged ties to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Senior UN official says famine threat in northeastern Horn of Africa must be overcome
    20 february 2018 18:44:15
    Hargeisa, Somaliland (PANA) - The head of United Nations humanitarian efforts in Somalia on Tuesday underlined the importance of improving communities’ resilience to better withstand the effects of recurring droughts, such as famines. Full text...

  • Top UN humanitarian official says Somalia ‘not out of the woods yet’ on drought relief
    18 february 2018 10:38:43
    Garowe, Somalia (PANA) – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia has commended the drought relief and recovery efforts of the authorities in the northern state of Puntland, while cautioning that the current humanitarian crisis was far from over. Full text...

  • Violation of child rights increases in Horn of Africa region
    29 january 2018 19:40:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Violations against civilians, including sexual and gender-based violence, remained significant in the Horn of Africa region in 2017, according to a new report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).Full text...

  • Drought, conflict drive high humanitarian needs in Horn of Africa
    29 january 2018 16:32:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Persistent drought, complex conflict and political dynamics continue to drive high humanitarian needs and serious protection concerns in the Horn of Africa, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said in a new report released on Monday. Full text...

  • Sub-drying fish, the Somalian way (An FAO feature)
    28 january 2018 05:33:04
    Bossaso, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia boasts the longest coastline of continental Africa. Yet, its fisheries industry is one of the least developed in the world; only about 1 percent of the county’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) derives from fishery. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges Somalis to make 2018 ‘year of implementation’
    24 january 2018 22:49:15
    New York, US (PANA) – Grappling with turbulent politics, persisting terrorism and the risk of famine, Somalia must make 2018 a year of carrying out reforms, a senior United Nations official said Wednesday, urging more international financial and technical support for the Horn of Africa country that underwent a peaceful transition of power to a new President a year ago. Full text...

  • Germany contributes EUR 25.6 million for urban resilience in Somalia
    23 january 2018 18:51:30
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The German Government on Tuesday announced its commitment of EUR 23.4 million to support infrastructure work in Somalia. Full text...

  • UN, partners seek US$1.6 billion to protect millions of lives from drought in Somalia
    17 january 2018 22:30:47
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – While Somalia, with the international community’s help, averted famine last year, long-term solutions for drought, conflict and displacement must still be found, the United Nations office in the country said on Wednesday, launching the 2018 humanitarian response plan, which calls for US$1.6 billion to protect the lives of 5.4 million people. Full text...

  • Al-Shabab threatening Somalis to hand over children for indoctrination - Rights group says
    15 january 2018 06:32:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The Islamist armed group Al-Shabab has threatened and abducted civilians in Somalia’s Bay region to force communities to hand over their children for indoctrination and military training in recent months, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...

  • UN envoy for Somalia calls for calm, dialogue during visit to Somaliland
    11 january 2018 19:21:56
    Hargeisa, Somaliland (PANA) - The top United Nations envoy for Somalia has called for calm and dialogue amid reports of clashes between security forces from ‘Somaliland’ and neighbouring Puntland. Full text...

  • Somaliland’s politics still divided on clan lines, despite peaceful presidential poll
    11 january 2018 16:59:31
    Hargeisa. Somaliland (PANA) - Despite a peaceful and democratic presidential election, held in Somaliland on 13 November 2017, voting was largely along clan lines, the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said in its weekly online review on Thursday. Full text...

  • Somaliland journalists sentenced to two years in prison on propaganda charges
    09 january 2018 11:16:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Somaliland regional court has sentenced journalists Mohamed Abdilaahi Dabshid and Ahmed Dirie Liltire to two years in prison on charges of conducting propaganda against the state, bringing Somaliland into contempt and "bringing the flag or national emblem of a foreign state" into contempt. Full text...

  • Over five million children vaccinated against measles in Somalia
    08 january 2018 18:36:25
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - One million children aged six months to 10 years in Puntland and 4.2 million across Somalia were vaccinated during a five-day measles campaign that wrapped up on Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. Full text...

  • UN concerned at reported destruction of housing for displaced persons in Somalia
    03 january 2018 06:06:23
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A senior United Nations official in Somalia has expressed deep concern over reports of the unannounced destruction of settlements for internally displaced persons (IDPs) as well as humanitarian infrastructure in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Sustained cooperation vital to address Somalia’s challenges, says UN envoy
    27 december 2017 22:31:50
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – In a year which saw millions of Somali civilians displaced by armed conflict and thousands more killed and wounded in violence, the United Nations envoy to the country has called for sustained cooperation to tackle a number of pressing challenges. Full text...

  • Keating says pervasive corruption in politics retards progress in Somalia
    26 december 2017 18:13:17
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – When the most powerful actors in Somalia cooperate, whether the Federal Government, Federal Member States, parliamentarians, clan elders, business or the international community, great progress can be made, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia Michael Keating said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'Refugees pressured to leave Kenya's Dadaab return to insecurity, drought, hunger'
    21 december 2017 06:38:01
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Thousands of Somali refugees who were pressured into leaving the Dadaab camp in Kenya are now facing drought, starvation and renewed displacement in Somalia, human rights organisation, Amnesty International, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somali Police Force marks 74th anniversary of its founding
    20 december 2017 19:54:19
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The Somali Police Force (SPF) on Wednesday marked the 74th anniversary of its founding in a ceremony held at the same location where a suicide bomber killed more than a dozen of the force’s members just six days ago. Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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