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  • 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...

  • UN envoy welcomes new Somali policy on role of youth in peacebuilding
    18 december 2017 20:19:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Welcoming the launch of a national policy for young people in Somalia, the United Nations Youth Envoy has expressed hope that with the new policy, young Somalis will be able to contribute to peacebuilding efforts in the country. Full text...

  • Drought, terrorist attacks take toll on Somalia’s economy - IMF
    13 december 2017 10:59:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Following the 2017 Article IV Consultation and the first review of the Staff Monitored Programme (SMP) with Somalia, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded that the 2017 drought and sporadic terrorist attacks took a toll on economic activity in the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • Not enough being done to shield civilians from violence in Somalia – UN report
    10 december 2017 16:00:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, according to a United Nations report launched on Sunday in the country's capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Somalia Partnership Forum stresses job creation, poverty reduction to promote stability
    06 december 2017 05:58:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A gathering of senior representatives of the Somali Government, the United Nations and the international community concluded in Mogadishu on Tuesday with a call for greater investment in the country’s economic development to create more job opportunities, rehabilitate essential infrastructure, and improve the living conditions of the Somali people. Full text...

  • UN voices support for Somali govt's efforts at first-ever security conference
    04 december 2017 21:27:26
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At Somalia's first-ever security conference, hosted by the country’s Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” in the capital, Mogadishu, participants have agreed to speed up security sector reform and develop a plan to transfer primary responsibility for the country’s security from the United Nations-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to its own security forces. Full text...

  • Intensified fighting forces over 10,000 people to flee in Somalia - NRC
    27 november 2017 05:58:51
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Aerial bombardment and ground fighting in Somalia’s Middle and Lower Shabelle regions this month have forced over 10,000 people to flee for their lives, an international humanitarian organisation said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council maintains partial lifting of arms embargo on Somalia for one year
    15 november 2017 07:00:54
    New York, USA (PANA) – The Security Council on Tuesday renewed until 15 November 2018 the partial lifting of the arms embargo on Somalia, authorization for maritime interdiction of illicit arms imports and charcoal exports, and the humanitarian exemption. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges ‘comprehensive response’ to piracy off Somali coast
    08 november 2017 05:33:40
    New York, USA (PANA) – Condemning the acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called for a comprehensive response to prevent and suppress such acts and tackle their underlying causes. Full text...

  • African Union troops launch new military offensive in Somalia
    06 november 2017 20:17:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The African Union force in Somalia (AMISOM) has launched a massive operation to flush out Al-Shabaab militants in Lower Shabelle region and secure main supply routes in the area, a field commander said on Monday.Full text...

  • Historic milestone for Somali football as SFF gets own secretariat
    30 october 2017 13:25:39
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Football is helping to bring a level of happiness to the citizens of Somalia in a country that has long been ravaged by upheaval, with last Saturday marked a historic moment with the laying of the foundation stone for the Somali Football Federation’s (SFF) new premises. Full text...

  • UN delivers coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings
    20 october 2017 04:59:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday’s massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured hundreds more, and is being called Somalia’s worst-ever such attack. Full text...

  • 'Somalia drought, conflict force one million people to flee'
    18 october 2017 07:13:08
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Over 1 million people in Somalia have been forced to abandon their homes this year seeking food and water, mainly due to drought, an international humanitarian agency said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somali bomb attack medical evacuation flight lands in Kenya
    17 october 2017 17:57:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A medical evacuation flight from Somalia with 14 of the injured casualties from the weekend terror bombing, which killed 300 people, has landed in Nairobi, the Kenya Red Cross said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya condemns Somali terror attack, launches humanitarian initiative
    17 october 2017 13:47:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has strongly condemned the horrific terror attack on Saturday 14, Oct., 2017, in Zobe District, southern Mogadishu, which until now has claimed over 300 lives and over 350 more injured. Full text...

  • Pretoria condemns Mogadishu bomb blast
    16 october 2017 14:56:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) said on Monday that no South Africans were among the more than 300 people killed in a terror attack on the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. Full text...

  • Rwanda FM extends condolences over terrorist bombing in Somalia
    16 october 2017 14:52:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise MUshikiwabo, on Monday sent a message of condolences to Somalia over a terrorist bombing in the capital city, Mogadishu, reiterating Kigali's solidarity with Somali people. Full text...

  • US: Guterres condemns attacks in Mogadishu; commends responders
    16 october 2017 07:33:32
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has commended the first responders and residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for mobilizing to aid in what is being called Somalia's worst-ever bomb attack. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN envoy condemns latest bombings in Somali capital
    15 october 2017 15:49:31
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – United Nations chief in Somalia Michael Keating has condemned Saturday’s bombings which killed a large number of innocent civilians in the capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Sudan: Somali President on visit to Sudan
    04 october 2017 17:49:58
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – President Mohamed Abdalla Mohamed Ali of Somalia arrived in Khartoum Wednesday on a two-day visit and he was received by Sudanese President Omar Bashir. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somalia minister warns severe hunger still major humanitarian concern
    03 october 2017 15:37:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali humanitarian affairs Minister, Maryam Qasim, warned on Tuesday that severe malnutrition and hunger remained a major threat to the Horn of Africa country despite the successful efforts to stop the region’s worst drought from becoming a major humanitarian catastrophe. Full text...

  • Somalia: IMF insists Somalia must improve fiscal discipline
    26 september 2017 19:05:08
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team on Tuesday recommended four critical measures for the authorities in Somalia to improve fiscal discipline, raise domestic revenue, and avoid new domestic arrears in order to keep the Staff-Monitored Programme (SMP) for the country’s recovery on track. Full text...

  • UN: Top UN envoy to Somalia welcomes parliamentary review of media law
    26 september 2017 06:35:24
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The top United Nations envoy to Somalia has welcomed the recent introduction of legislation that would amend the 2016 media law, and urged lawmakers to give due consideration to the concerns raised by prominent members of Somalia’s news media about the existing law and the proposed amendments. Full text...

  • Somalia: Federal parliament reviews Somalia’s 2016 media law
    25 september 2017 13:18:26
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Some provisions of Somalia’s current media law do not appear to comply with international standards of media legislation and regulation, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, said on Monday. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali senior officer killed in Mogadishu
    25 september 2017 11:50:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - A senior Somali Army officer was murdered on Sunday evening in the capital, Mogadishu, by unidentified armed men, the website La Nouvelle Somalie reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Somalia: Head of Somali security, intelligence unit killed in attack
    18 september 2017 10:35:07
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The head of Somalia's Security and Intelligence Unit of Mogadishu, Mahmoud Hassan, succumbed to his injuries, on Sunday evening, following an attack against his car by armed men on board a vehicle, Somali website "La Nouvelle Somalie" reported. Full text...

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