Somalia -
  • Somalia's war fuelled by militias preying on wealth
    19 july 2004 17:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia has become a "magnate for predatory militias" because of its advanced state of urbanisation coupled with conflicts over resources in Mogadishu, its administrative capital, says a report released here Monday. Full text...

  • Somalis remember 47 students executed 16 years ago in Mogadishu
    18 july 2004 20:49:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Hundreds of Somalis including family members and religious leaders Sunday took part in a memorial service for the 47 university students executed in 1989 by soldiers during the regime of the late former President Mohamed Siad Barre. Full text...

  • Mogadishu hospital reopens after 14-year closure
    17 july 2004 16:53:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Banadir Hospital, the biggest health centre in Mogadishu reopened on Saturday to the public after being under the control of armed militiamen for 14 years. Full text...

  • Severe drought affects parts of Somalia
    17 july 2004 14:01:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- What locals describe as an unprecedented drought has forced thousands of pastoralists in Somalia to move to less affected areas, especially along the border with Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Registration of houses begins in Somaliland capital
    16 july 2004 20:11:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A six-month project took-off Friday to register houses, buildings and undeveloped lands in Hargeisa, capital of the self-proclaimed and hitherto unrecognised Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • Somali post-war parliament for inauguration 30 July
    16 july 2004 20:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali post-war Transitional Parliament is to be inaugurated 30 July, an official of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is mediating the country's peace process said in Nairobi Friday. Full text...

  • Over 172 Zanzibari refugees lack shelter in Mogadishu
    15 july 2004 22:10:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- An unidentified group of Somali gunmen has forced 172 refugees from Zanzibar Island in Tanzania to vacate a camp owned by the Mogadishu Water Agency where they had lived since late 2001. Full text...

  • Security Council praises AU peace moves on Somalia
    15 july 2004 16:32:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has welcomed the African Union (AU) plan to send military monitors to Somalia, and called on Somali leaders to support the initiative. Full text...

  • Floods hit Somalia's Lower Shabelle region
    14 july 2004 19:45:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Floods have devastated crops on 100 hectares of land and damaged several houses in Kunuwarey district of Lower Shabelle region, about 400 km from Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Full text...

  • Hargeisa faces acute water shortage
    14 july 2004 08:33:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- For the last four months Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland has been facing severe shortage of water. Full text...

  • Land dispute violence claims 46 lives in Somaliland
    12 july 2004 21:51:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The shooting to death of a policeman on Sunday while mediating in a land dispute in Hargeisa brings to 46 the number of persons killed over land related cases in the past six months in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • 120 Somali orphans enter new orphanage in Mogadishu
    11 july 2004 20:06:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- More than 120 orphans were re- admitted to a newly built orphanage here after most of them spent over one year on the streets of Mogadishu following the closure of their orphanages. Full text...

  • Doctors in Mogadishu warn against suspicious medicament
    09 july 2004 20:56:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Doctors here have warned city resident against a widely used local drug called 'Dawo Rabi' (God's medicine), whose peddlers claim it can cure several diseases, including cancer. Full text...

  • Somali returnees decry poor living conditions
    08 july 2004 23:00:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- More than 700 returnees brought back by the UN High Commission for Refugees from the Hartasheikh refugee camp in Ethiopia have decried what they said were poor living conditions at their transit center on the outskirts of Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • Coca-Cola opens a soft drink plant
    07 july 2004 22:30:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Coca-Cola has opened a soft drinks plant here with a consortium of Somali investors staking 8. Full text...

  • Annan meets Sudan, Somali peace mediators in Nairobi
    07 july 2004 21:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali and Sudan peace mediators are scheduled to meet here Thursday with UN secretary general Kofi Annan. Full text...

  • AU warns Somalis to form govt or face sanctions
    06 july 2004 10:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) has warned all factional leaders and parties in Somalia to observe the 31 July deadline for the formation of a government of national unity or face sanctions from the international community upon failure to comply. Full text...

  • Global Fund grants Somalia $8.9m to fight malaria
    06 july 2004 09:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has granted Somalia $8. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates Somali refugees from Ethiopia
    01 july 2004 21:11:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- What was once the world's largest refugee camp, hosting more than 250,000 Somalis in Ethiopia, has closed after the last return convoy left Wednesday for northwest Somalia, UNHCR said Thursday. Full text...

  • Somali youth to attend Real Madrid's summer camp
    09 june 2004 15:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Four young Somalis have been selected to attend a two-week summer camp at one of the world's most famous football clubs, Real Madrid of Spain. Full text...

  • Zambia worried by illegal influx of Somalis
    29 may 2004 12:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Immigration Department has expressed concern over the influx of Somali nationals entering the country with forged Kenyan passports. Full text...

  • UN agencies, NGOs worried by Somali drought
    29 may 2004 09:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Somalia, Maxwell Gaylard and officials of aid agencies have expressed great concern about the worsening drought in northern Somalia. Full text...

  • UN official warns of looming disaster in drought-stricken Somali
    28 may 2004 19:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Humanitarian Coordinator Maxwell Gaylard and other senior officials have expressed "concern" over the deepening humanitarian situation in war-torn Somalia, now ravaged by drought. Full text...

  • EU urges consensus for speedy resolution of Somali crisis
    28 may 2004 15:22:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union Friday welcomed the launching of the third phase of the national reconciliation conference on Somalia during the IGAD (Inter-Governmental Authority for Development) ministerial meeting held in Nairobi 21-22 May. Full text...

  • UAE provides $2 million for Somali water project
    27 may 2004 10:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UNDP office in Somalia and the United Arab Emirates-based Zayed Foundation for Charitable and Humanitarian Activities Thursday signed an agreement for the latter to provide $2 million for a water supply project in Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali refugees head home from Ethiopia
    27 may 2004 09:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nearly 1,000 Somali refugees who found asylum in Ethiopia over the past 16 years are now heading home. Full text...

  • Fresh fighting in Mogadishu shocks UN officials
    21 may 2004 14:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two top United Nations officials in charge of Somalia have expressed "deep regret and concern" about recent factional fighting in the capital, Mogadishu, which has claimed dozens of innocent lives, including women and children. Full text...

  • UN decries continued fighting in Somalia
    20 may 2004 14:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Senior UN officials responsible for Somalia have expressed deep concern about the recent factional fighting in Mogadishu, in which dozens of innocent civilians, including women and children were killed. Full text...

  • CPJ worries over jailed Somali journalist
    20 may 2004 13:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) confirmed Wednesday that Abdishakur Yusuf Ali, editor of the independent weekly War-Ogaal has been in jail without charge for almost a month in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland in Somalia. Full text...

  • IGAD wants African Security Council's action over Somalia
    06 may 2004 19:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Thursday declared its intention to seek tough action from the newly formed African Peace and Security Council against violators of the arms embargo imposed on Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali peace talks in financial crisis
    06 may 2004 17:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali National Reconciliation Conference has incurred one million-US-dollar budget deficit and this could affect the completion of the third phase of the peace talks in Nairobi, informed sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Somalia's Elman, Jamhuri of Zanzibar draw 1-1 in Kagame Cup
    03 may 2004 10:01:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Somalia's Elman FC Sunday drew one-all against Jamhuri of Zanzibar in a quarterfinal match of the Confederation of East and Central African Football Associations contest dubbed the Kagame Cup. Full text...

  • AU's PSC stresses UN arms embargo on Somalia
    30 april 2004 09:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union has re-emphasised to all AU member States to scrupulously adhere to the UN Security Council arms embargo on Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali peace talks hit new hurdles
    29 april 2004 13:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the 19-month long Somali Reconciliation Conference is about to resume here Friday for its final phase, civil society leaders have threatened to reject its outcome. Full text...

  • CPJ worries over detention of journalists in Somalia
    27 april 2004 11:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about reports that two local journalists have been detained in separate incidents in the self- declared autonomous region of Puntland, northeast Somalia, and the self-declared republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • Rwanda's APR beat Elmani of Somalia 2-0 at CECAFA Cup finals
    26 april 2004 20:09:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan club side APR beat Somalia's Elmani 2-0, as the 30th edition of Confederation of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) Cup finals kicked off here Monday evening at the Amahoro Stadium. Full text...

  • IGAD unveils guidelines on Somali peace talks
    22 april 2004 18:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is mediating the Somali conflict has issued guidelines to parties to the talks to facilitate the signing of a final peace deal by July. Full text...

  • Ugandan police for UN peace missions in Liberia, Somalia
    21 april 2004 19:43:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda is contributing more than 100 police officers for the UN peace mission in Liberia in May, a Ugandan official said Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU pledges more funding for Somali peace process
    16 april 2004 19:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has made a fresh injection of 350,000 euro to prod on the troubled Somali peace process until the end of May, a team of visiting EU officials disclosed here Friday. Full text...

  • UN Habitat trains Somali women in good governance
    08 march 2004 12:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Conflict resolution and peace remains the greatest challenge facing Somalia, women delegates from the country affirmed at the close of a three-week trainer's workshop organised in Nakuru, Kenya by UN Habitat under the Somalia Good Local Governance and Leadership Training Programme. Full text...

  • Somali leaders attend UN Habitat-organised training
    03 march 2004 15:05:00
    Nakuru- Kenya (PANA) -- For nearly three weeks, some 21 Somali leaders and university lecturers have camped in the central Kenyan city of Nakuru to map out ways of rebuilding their cities and towns ruined by a 14-year old clan war. Full text...

  • CPJ frowns at Somali journalist's jailing over radio report
    03 march 2004 13:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the overnight detention of Abshir Ali Gabre, news editor at the independent Radio Jawhar, on the orders of Somali faction leader Mohamed Omar Habeeb. Full text...

  • Refugees return to Somalia amid call for fresh aid
    02 march 2004 09:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Hundreds of Somali refugees are returning home from neighbouring Djibouti with the start of repatriation convoys under the UN refugee agency. Full text...

  • Aid agencies launch 111-million dollar appeal for Somalia
    27 february 2004 12:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN agencies and NGOs operating in Somalia launched an appeal to donors Friday for 111 million US dollars for the year 2004 to fund various emergency, recovery and development projects in the troubled country. Full text...

  • Released UN worker narrates ordeal with Somali kidnappers
    10 february 2004 11:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An abducted UN relief worker recently released by his Somali abductees, said Tuesday that in spite of the ordeal, he was willing to return to Somalia after spending some time with his family here in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Somali militia release abducted UN worker
    09 february 2004 11:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN has confirmed the release of staff member and German national Rolf Helmrich, who was abducted last month by an armed militia group in Somalia. Full text...

  • Abducted UN staff still held in Somalia
    07 february 2004 11:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) staff, German national Rolf Helmrich, who was abducted in Mogadishu a week ago is still being held by an armed militia group in the lower Juba region of southern Somalia, a UN official said Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister warns Somali warlords
    04 february 2004 15:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Defiant Somali warlords will be punished and sanctioned once the UN Security Council endorses the Transitional Federal Charter signed in Nairobi last Thursday, Kenyan foreign minister Kalonzo Musyoka announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kibaki nudges Somali leader to uphold peace accord
    29 january 2004 17:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has urged Somali factional leaders to fully implement the declaration on amendments to the Transitional Federal Charter of the Somali Republic, paving the way for peace in the country. Full text...

  • Somalis sign deal on new parliament
    29 january 2004 15:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali warlords and politicians Thursday signed an agreement to set up a new parliament that will elect a president as part of efforts to restore peace to their country that has had no central authority for 13 years. Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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