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  • IOM provides shelter for 30,000 Somalis
    16 december 2011 12:06:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said its teams on the ground in Kenya have completed the pitching of 8,315 tents providing shelter to 30,000 Somalis displaced by drought, who could not be accommodated at the heavily over-crowded Daadab refugee camp. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges comprehensive strategy to tackle Somali crises
    14 december 2011 16:30:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday stressed the need for a comprehensive strategy to address the political, security and humanitarian Full text...

  • AU Panel of the Wise urges speedy peace process in Somalia
    07 december 2011 17:20:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Panel of the Wise of the African Union (AU) Wednesday welcomed the progress made on the ground by the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the forces of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG). Full text...

  • EU bolsters fight against piracy, insecurity in Somalia
    05 december 2011 15:20:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) said Monday it had agreed to boost funding to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), with an additional 50 million euros as part of efforts to help end the crisis in the Horn of African nation.Full text...

  • Kenyan military says Al Shabaab on the run in Somalia
    03 december 2011 16:48:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan forces in Somalia have nearly achieved their objective of diminishing the capacity of the Islamic militant, Al Shabaab, after dismantling its command structure, a Kenyan military spokesman said Saturday. Full text...

  • AU renews calls for no-fly zone over Somalia, wants 3 ports blockaded
    03 december 2011 16:44:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has renewed its earlier calls for a no-fly zone over Somalia and additional sanctions to blockade three ports in Southern Somalia with a view to cutting off supplies to Islamic militants in Somalia. Full text...

  • US 'extremely concerned' by al-Shabaab's ban on UN agencies, NGOs
    30 november 2011 10:54:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The United States has said it is extremely concerned by al-Shabaab’s announcement on Tuesday that it is banning some UN agencies and international non-governmental organisations from providing life-saving assistance in south central Somalia, and by its seizure of offices, property and equipment belonging to these organisations. Full text...

  • UN envoy commends Somalia, CAR on child soldiers
    29 november 2011 16:00:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, on Tuesday said new commitments by Somalia’s Transitional Government and the Central African Republic (CAR) to end the use of child soldiers are encouraging. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Kenyan military to avoid harming civilians in Somalia
    27 november 2011 09:03:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Kenyan government to Full text...

  • Kibaki reassures global community on Kenya's military operation in Somalia
    25 november 2011 18:39:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki concluded his State visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), unveiling a list of benefits to Kenyans and the region at large. Full text...

  • UN urges comprehensive global response to Somali pirates
    22 november 2011 19:42:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday reiterated its condemnation of maritime piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia, noting that the crimes continue to pose a threat to peace and security in the region and called for a comprehensive international response to the scourge. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges global support to restore stability in Somalia
    22 november 2011 16:45:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, has called for coordinated international efforts to ensure the implementation of the roadmap setting out a series of tasks to be completed ahead of concluding the country’s political transition process. Full text...

  • IOM highlights need for better protection of drought, famine victims
    22 november 2011 12:08:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Hungry and destitute Somalis walk over 1,000 kms to get help in Kenya and other food distribution centres, thus increasing threats of their being subject to rape, theft, extortion and sometimes death, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nkurunziza receives AU representatives in Somalia
    21 november 2011 15:41:29
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Monday received in an audience the High AU Representative in Somalia and former Ghanaian leader, Jerry Rawlings, and the head of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Boubakar Diarra, according to reports on the Burundian National Radio. Full text...

  • Ethiopia mulls sending troops to Somalia
    20 november 2011 09:01:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian government is still discussing whether or not to send troops to neighbouring Somalia, a government spokesperson said Sunday. Full text...

  • AU Security Council commends efforts at weakening Somalia's Al Shabaab
    18 november 2011 17:13:55
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union Peace and Security Council said it encourages its commission to facilitate ongoing efforts to fully secure Mogadishu, further weaken Al-Shabaab and deprive it of human and financial resources and help provide the much-needed humanitarian assistance to the affected populations in Somalia. Full text...

  • Poor weather, conflict exacerbate dire situation for Somali civilians
    14 november 2011 09:00:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Continuing conflict and bad weather in Somalia are further aggravating the dire humanitarian situation in Somalia, the UN agency said in a news dispatch. Full text...

  • Kibaki vows to step up war on Al Shabaab
    08 november 2011 18:45:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has reaffirmed the country's resolve in dealing with the militant group based inside Somalia that has sought to destabilize not just Kenya but the entire Horn of Africa.Full text...

  • Kenyan troops engage in door-to-door hunt for Al Shabaab
    08 november 2011 17:30:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan troops have embarked on a mop-up operation against the Al Shabaab remnants in liberated towns in Southern Somalia, a military spokesman said Tuesday, indicating that the operation includes door-to-door searches. Full text...

  • Kenyan navy sinks another boat on Somali waters
    04 november 2011 18:24:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s naval force, operating off the coast of Somalia, sank a second boat on Friday and shot at its occupants believed to be fishermen after the group allegedly declined to stop for identification, a military spokesman said. Full text...

  • UN refugee agency provides succour for Somali IDPs
    04 november 2011 15:46:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Friday said it provided emergency assistance to thousands of displaced Somalis, who were affected Full text...

  • Somalis heed warning of imminent air strikes
    03 november 2011 18:17:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali nationals have heeded warnings of imminent Kenyan air-strikes targeting suspected Al Shabaab bases in some 10 towns in southern and central Somalia, a Kenyan military spokesman said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan military plan big battles in Central Somalia
    01 november 2011 20:47:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan forces, backed by the navy, laid siege on Full text...

  • Angolan Methodist church collects foodstuff for hungry Somalis
    31 october 2011 17:19:40
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Members of the Angolan Methodist Church on Sunday began collecting foodstuff in a show of solidarity with victims of hunger and drought in Somalia, PANA reported, quoting the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • Kenyan soldiers kill 18 suspected Somali pirates
    28 october 2011 20:39:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan troops killed 18 suspected Somali pirates Full text...

  • Somalia: US military backing to Kenya confined to equipment, training
    28 october 2011 18:38:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The US is providing logistical support and training to Kenyan troops fighting in Somalia but is not involved directly in battle against the Somali militia group, the Al Shabaab, a US envoy said here Friday. Full text...

  • Somalia's Al Shabaab reportedly offers peace talks
    27 october 2011 17:17:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s Al Shabaab militia, which has rejected offers to join future governments there, has sent emissaries to Kenya, offering to negotiate an end to the ongoing military offensive, a Kenyan official said. Full text...

  • Somalis demonstrate against President Sharif’s rhetoric
    25 october 2011 21:12:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Residents of Dhobley town in Southern Somalia Full text...

  • Horn of Africa food crisis far from over, says UNICEF
    25 october 2011 18:43:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The massive international response to the child survival crisis in the Horn of Africa has already shown some positive results, but much more needs to be done, the UN child health agency, UNICEF, said in a report, released Tuesday in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • 10 Burundian soldiers killed in Somalia, 18 injured
    22 october 2011 18:21:41
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian Army Saturday reported a fresh killing of ten and the wounding of 18 members of its contingent during combat against the El Shebaab insurgents in Mogadishu, Somalia on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan troops hunt down escaped Al Shabaab commanders
    20 october 2011 22:29:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan troops continued their assault on Al Shabaab territories Thursday, foiling an apparent attack on the Kenyan soil and recovering 14 assault rifles left behind in a rebel hideout, a military spokesman said. Full text...

  • Kenyan cabinet approves Somali military operation
    18 october 2011 18:16:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki chaired a cabinet meeting in Nairobi Tuesday to discuss the progress made in the country’s war against the Al Qaeda-linked militant group, Al Shabaab, as two top officials arrived in Mogadishu to hold talks with the Somali leadership. Full text...

  • Kenyan forces meet less resistance in Somali offensive
    17 october 2011 19:16:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan troops crossed 100 kilometres deep into Somali territory Monday, with virtually no military resistance, targeting a suspected Al Shabaab hideout in an offensive code-named “Operation Linda Nchi”, a Swahili word for protect the nation.Full text...

  • UNICEF, partners scale up malaria response for 2 million Somalis
    17 october 2011 17:15:47
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and its partners are scaling up Full text...

  • Five Kenyan soldiers killed in chopper crash
    17 october 2011 12:53:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Five Kenyan soldiers were killed following the crash of a military helicopter shortly after takeoff at the Liboi border point, along the country's common border with Somalia, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • Kenyan forces enter Somalia in pursuit of Al Shabaab
    16 october 2011 22:56:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security forces have launched a military offensive in Somalia against the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group Al Shabaab, a police commander confirmed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenyan troops to enter Somalia in Al Shabaab pursuit
    15 october 2011 21:29:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan troops will enter Somali territory in “hot-pursuit” of the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab militant group, which has carried out a series of kidnappings and staged armed incursions into Kenya. Full text...

  • AU to help Kenya tackle Somali conflict spillover
    14 october 2011 17:59:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union (AU) said it was in solidarity with Kenya following a series of armed raids in the East African nation as a result of the deteriorating regional security caused by lawlessness in Somalia. Full text...

  • Burundi demands "neutral" enquiry into Malaysian journalist's death in Mogadishu
    12 october 2011 21:29:21
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian army on Wednesday asked for a "neutral" enquiry into the death of a Malaysian journalist and injury to another during a shootout in Mogadishu, Somalia, between African Union peacekeepers in Somalia (AMISOM) and unidentified gunmen. Full text...

  • Pretoria slams Mogadishu terror attack
    06 october 2011 08:07:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation has condemned Tuesday's terror attack that left over 70 dead in Mogadishu, Somalia. Full text...

  • AU, Canada condemn Somali bombing
    05 october 2011 17:17:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - International condemnation of Tuesday's terrorist attack in Somalia that killed 70 students and injured scores of others poured out on Wednesday amid calls for action to end anarchy in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Somali attack 'cowardly act of terrorism' - US
    05 october 2011 08:02:19
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has condemned Tuesday's deadly suicide attack by the Islamic group al-Shabaab against innocent civilians in Mogadishu, Somalia, calling it a 'cowardly act of terrorism'. Full text...

  • Fresh violence in Somalia worries UNHCR
    04 october 2011 18:19:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it is "very concerned" by the latest escalation of violence in southern Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali insurgents kill scores in state building attack
    04 october 2011 17:24:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A suicide bomb explosion in Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday killed and maimed scores of people in what was considered one of the worst attacks. Full text...

  • UN Security Council calls for more troops for AU mission in Somalia
    30 september 2011 20:31:00
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Security Council on Friday called on the African Union Full text...

  • Somali militants seeking to export violence, PM alerts UN
    25 september 2011 08:54:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Somalia’s Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali on Saturday alerted the UN to the activities of Islamist militants, whom he said have wreaked havoc in southern Somalia and are now looking to strike outside the country. Full text...

  • AU ready to deploy 3,000 additional troops to Somalia
    24 september 2011 19:07:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) criticized the world for deploying “half-hearted measures” to deal with the crisis in Somalia and called for urgent help to deploy 3,000 more troops on the ground to stabilise Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali camp deaths decline as refugee influx continues
    19 september 2011 19:28:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Deaths amongst the Somalia's new arrival refugees at the various camps in Ethiopia have reduced drastically over the past weeks as a result of improved feeding programmes initiated by relief agencies, a UN bulletin revealed. Full text...

  • UN envoy says consensus facilitating stability in Somalia
    15 september 2011 15:29:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Augustine Mahiga, the Special Representative of UN Secretary-General on Somalia, on Thursday said that a broad consensus on how to end the transitional period and restore peace and stability in Somalia now exists among the country’s leadership.Full text...

  • UNICEF pledges continued assistance for Somalia drought victims
    15 september 2011 14:11:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UNICEF said Thursday it would maintain its humanitarian response to the food crisis in Somalia and in camps in neighbouring countries, where refugees from the country have sought assistance, even with the expected onset of the rainy season.Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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