Somalia -
  • Children bear the brunt of Somali conflict
    24 august 2008 15:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The recent conflict in the town of Belet Weyne (Hiran Region, Central Somalia) calls for immediate humanitarian response, the UNICEF office here has said. Full text...

  • Disagreements in Somalia irk big brother Ethiopia
    23 august 2008 11:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Expressing worry about complications facing the p eace process in neighbouring Somalia, Ethiopia said on Saturday that the latest d evelopments were causing friends of Somalia serious unhappiness, almost to the p o int of losing hope. Full text...

  • AU welcomes deal between Somalia's TFG and opposition ARS
    21 august 2008 08:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) will work closely with the United Nations to ensure the early deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation in Somalia, AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping has said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia blames Mogadishu bus blowup on Al-Shabbab militants
    19 august 2008 13:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia Tuesday refuted allegations that its sol diers in Somalia last Friday killed 11 passengers on a public bus travelling wes t ward from Mogadishu to Afgoye town. Full text...

  • EU approves patrol of Somali sea-coasts
    13 august 2008 16:42:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the Eur opean Union (EU) has approved the principle of a co-ordinated action in terms of fighting against maritime piracy at the Somalian coasts, with the purpose of app l ying resolution 1816 of UN Security Council. Full text...

  • UN envoy pleased with resumption of Somali crisis talks
    13 august 2008 14:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali's rival factions, the government and the oppositi on, are set to begin fresh negotiations on the implementation of the Djibouti ac c ord, which mandated the exit of Ethiopian troops from the war-scarred state. Full text...

  • AU concerned over resignation of ministers in Somalia
    11 august 2008 08:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has expressed deep concern at the difficulties facing the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia, noting in particular the resignation of a number of cabinet ministers and its impact on the ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts. Full text...

  • Canada to provide escorts for food ships heading to Somalia
    07 august 2008 21:00:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday welcomed Canada's decision to deploy a frigate to Somalia to protect the agency ' s food ships against pirates, who have launched over two dozen attacks so far th i s year off the East African country's coast. Full text...

  • UN envoy "deeply saddened" over Somalia bombing
    05 august 2008 10:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations top envoy to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has deplored Monday's bombing in Mogadishu, which killed 20 people, mostly women cleaners working to clean up streets in the war-scarred capital. Full text...

  • UN envoy demands "bold, decisive and fast action" on Somalia
    24 july 2008 22:26:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The United Nations envoy to Somalia told the Security Coun cil on Wednesday that there were limited choices for bringing peace to the viole n ce-wracked Horn of Africa country, but that the time had come to make a final de c ision on the best possible option. Full text...

  • 'Attacks on aid workers jeopardising lives in Somalia'
    22 july 2008 08:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has said attacks on aid workers on the ground and threats to ships delivering food aid to Somalia are jeopardising the lives of millions who now need urgent food assistance. Full text...

  • Somalis needs urgent aid, says WFP
    19 july 2008 19:20:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- On-going violence and a devastating drought in Somalia have forced millions of people into a situation where the need for aid has become urgent, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has said. Full text...

  • UN concerned over indiscriminate killing of aid workers in Somalia
    16 july 2008 08:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Wednesday expressed grave concern at the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country, after two Somali aid workers were killed on Friday. Full text...

  • Somali gunmen kill WFP-contracted driver
    09 july 2008 17:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali gunmen shot and killed a UN World Food Programme (WFP)-contracted truck driver, Ahmed Saalim, in southern Somalia, bringing to fo u r, the number of drivers killed while delivering UN agency's food assistance thi s year. Full text...

  • UN condemns murder of senior staff in Somalia
    07 july 2008 18:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- United Nations humanitarian agency Monday condemned the brutal murder of Osman Ali Ahmed, head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) of f ice in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia. Full text...

  • Kenya urges world to stabilise Somalia
    02 july 2008 17:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has called on the international co mmunity to stabilise neighboring Somalia which it said was the source of illicit weapons threatening the stability of the entire region. Full text...

  • UN agency calls for immediate release of abducted staff
    23 june 2008 08:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN refugee agency UNHCR Monday called for the immediate and unconditional release of its staff who was abducted by unknown armed men on Saturday night from his home outside Mogadishu. Full text...

  • UN appeals for naval escorts for shipments to Somalia
    13 june 2008 22:36:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appealed on Thursday to naval powers to help protect its food delivery ships from pirate att a cks, saying that as many as two million Somalis could go hungry without this pro t ection. Full text...

  • Somali gunmen kill WFP driver
    13 june 2008 18:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) --The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday that unknown gunmen have shot and killed the agency's contracted truck driver in southern So m alia. Full text...

  • Egypt commends Somalia peace efforts
    12 june 2008 09:31:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt has welcomed a ceasefire deal reached on Monday in Djibouti to end ongoing fighting in Somalia. Full text...

  • Sicilian trawler, UNHCR help 27 Somalis
    12 june 2008 08:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two Sicilian fishing boat captains due to be honoured on World Refugee Day next week for saving people at sea were recently involved in the rescue of another 27 boat people in the Mediterranean. Full text...

  • UN Security Council team meets Somali leaders
    04 june 2008 07:06:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Members of a Security Council delegation currently touring Africa on have met with Somali leaders in Djibouti, where talks are being held between representatives of the Government and the opposition in the neighbouring strife-torn nation under the auspices of the United Nations. Full text...

  • PSC urges global support for new Somali peace talks
    30 may 2008 14:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Welcoming the first round of the technical inter-Somali talks held 10-16 May 2008 in Djibouti, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) Friday called on the international community to fully back the talks. Full text...

  • FAO says more than 2.6 million Somalis in food crisis
    23 may 2008 18:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has sound ed an alarm over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia where more t han 2. Full text...

  • Xenophobic violence spreads to Cape Town
    23 may 2008 13:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town was on a knife-edge Friday after anti-immigrant violence reached the port city where angry mobs mobs attacked Som alians and Zimbabweans and looted their homes and shops. Full text...

  • `Ethiopian troops instrumental to positive change in Somalia'
    21 may 2008 12:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian troops supporting the transitional government in Somalia will not pull out of the war-ravaged country until they make sure that Ethiopia faces no security threat from that side, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somali rivals strike fresh breakthrough on relief aid access
    17 may 2008 09:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia's rival factions have resolved to ease the flow of relief food and key humanitarian supplies across the country as peace talks i n Djibouti, aimed at easing tension between the various factions, yielded their f i rst major breakthrough. Full text...

  • Somali Government, opposition group talk
    13 may 2008 22:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Talks between the Somali Government and an opposition grou p began on Monday, and the top United Nations envoy to the war-torn Horn of Afri c a nation said that he was pleased that leaders had made the well-being and safet y of their people their priority. Full text...

  • Amnesty International denounces war crimes in Somalia
    06 may 2008 23:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- International rights group Amnesty International (AI) has strongly denounced "war crimes and crimes against humanity" committed with impu n ity by both sides in the Somali crisis. Full text...

  • UN says Somalia humanitarian situation worsening very fast
    14 april 2008 20:42:00
    Accra Ghana (PANA) -- The humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating fast er than expected, owing to an unusually harsh dry season, rising insecurity and s oaring inflation rates, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humani t arian Affairs (OCHA) has said. Full text...

  • Burundian peace keeper dies in Somalia
    09 april 2008 11:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A soldier has died of his injuries following a truck bomb attack by an Islamic terrorist group against the base of the Burundian peacekeeping contingent in Mogadishu, Somalia, National Defence Force (FDN) Spokesman, Lt. Full text...

  • UN launches fresh bid for peace in Somalia
    02 april 2008 10:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations has formally launched preparations for reconciliation talks aimed at reaching a permanent compromise among the rival Somali political factions, in line with a newly-created reconciliation strategy. Full text...

  • More action needed to spur Somali economic growth and peace
    01 april 2008 23:43:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A meeting hosted by the United Nations and the World Bank has ended with participants underscoring the need for stepped-up local and inter n ational involvement to spur economic growth and bring a durable peace to Somalia . Full text...

  • WFP calls for efforts to alleviate suffering of Somalis
    28 march 2008 20:59:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called o n Somalia's international partners to bolster their efforts to alleviate the suf f ering in the strife-torn East African nation, where close to one million people h ave been uprooted by fighting and insecurity is hampering humanitarian efforts i n some areas. Full text...

  • Somali authorities urged not to implement anti-expression laws
    26 march 2008 19:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A regional rights body, the Network of African Freedom o f Expression Organisations (NAFEO), has urged President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed of Somalia "not to assent to the media bill" recently passed by the country's parli a ment, arguing it "blatantly violates press freedom and freedom of expression", N A FEO said Wednesday in a press communique made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Ban calls on Somalia to seize opportunity for peace
    19 march 2008 20:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Despite the volatile security and dire humanitarian conditions many Somalis face, the window of opportunity to bring a durable peace to the war-torn Horn of African nation must be seized, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report made public on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'Somalis want empowerment, not Western handouts'
    17 march 2008 10:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Despite their charity to the needy in Somalia, Western humanitarian agencies are allegedly nurturing a culture of dependence that is likely to weaken the ongoing, albeit fragile, reconciliation process in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa country, according to a local analyst. Full text...

  • UN envoy lauds Somalia Government's willingness to talk with opposition
    13 march 2008 20:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The top United Nations envoy to Somalia has welcomed the n ews that the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) says it is ready to hold talk s with the opposition in the Horn of Africa nation which has not had a functionin g government since 1991. Full text...

  • UNHCR: Somalia still seen as having 'worst humanitarian crisis on earth'
    07 march 2008 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite international efforts to end the Somali conflict that has spanned two decades, the Horn of African nation still retains tag of the country with the the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today, UN humanitarian agency, UNHCR, says in its March-April 2007 newsletter made available to PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia calls for support of peace-building efforts in Somalia
    25 february 2008 17:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia Monday called on member states of the Af rican Union (AU) and the international community to renew their efforts towards p roviding an all-inclusive support and cooperation to the Transitional Federal Go v ernment (TFG) of Somalia in view of the improving security situation in the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • AU summit crucial for Somali peacekeeping operation
    30 january 2008 21:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The powerful alliance on Somalia, the Contact Group, has announced plans for a phased withdrawal of the Ethiopian troops in Somalia and launched a joint plan with the African Union to encourage states to provide more troops. Full text...

  • AU mulls Somalia reconstruction roadmap
    24 january 2008 16:23:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Despite its frustrating attempts to restore calm and sanity in bedevilled Somalia, the African Union (AU) intends to initiate a peace-building roadmap that would embrace all internal and external stakeholders in the country 's future, a top AU official said. Full text...

  • PSC pays tribute to Ugandan peacekeepers in Somalia
    21 january 2008 17:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the Afric an Union (AU) has paid tribute to the Ugandan peacekeeping contingent for the wo r k it has acomplished in strife-torn Somalia despite the challenging conditions o n the ground. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns shooting of Somali journalist
    12 january 2008 15:20:00
    Dakar-Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based media freedom watchdog, Committee to P rotect Journalists (CPJ), has condemned the shooting of a Somali journalist, Abd i kheyr Mohammed Jama, and called on authorities to "thoroughly investigate" the m a tter, a CPJ press release made available to PANA here Saturday said. Full text...

  • Two abducted Libyan diplomats freed in Somalia
    05 january 2008 19:57:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The two Libyan diplomats who were abducted Saturday morning, in the Bakara market in Mogadishu, Somalia, were freed unharmed later in the day, the Libyan press agency, JANA, reported, citing sources close to the people's general committee (ministry) for External Relations and International Cooperation. Full text...

  • Somali journalist held without charge
    28 december 2007 14:02:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A news reporter who took photographs of French journalist Gwen LeGouil in custody with his kidnappers in Somalia's semi-autonomous north-eastern region of Puntland has been detained since Sunday without charge, local journalists told the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ). Full text...

  • Burundian troops depart for Somalia
    24 december 2007 11:27:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A group of 96 Burundian soldiers Monday left Bujumbura for Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, where they are expected to be deployed under the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in the Horn of Africa nation, army spokesman, Lt. Full text...

  • UN envoy slams Security Council over slow action on Somalia
    18 december 2007 20:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- United Nations Special envoy to Somalia Ould-Abdallah on Tuesday criticised the Security Council for failing to act tough in Somalia, saying its decision to act selectively on conflicts was eroding the world body's image. Full text...

  • Somali pirates hijack Italian cargo ship
    17 december 2007 09:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia's notorious sea pirates have hijacked an Italian cargo ship en route to Kenya, days after releasing a Japanese ship, a senior international maritime official said here Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi waiting for money to send forces to Somalia
    14 december 2007 14:05:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi is still waiting for the financial contribut ion promised by Britain to be made available before sending two battalions to So m alia, the spokesman for the Ministry of National Defence and Veterans, Lieutenan t -Colonel Adolphe Manirakiza, said Thursday. Full text...

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