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Ending famine in Somalia, the Turkish way

As Somalia faces yet another famine, donors should learn from the successful aid model Turkey employed in the country. Jerome Jarre’s viral hashtag, #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia, was yet another attempt to draw worldwide attention to the famine in the Somali peninsula, but the Somali people are

The President thanks Members of the House of the People for Approving Prime Minister Khayre.

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, His Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo), has welcomed the honorable Parliamentarians vote of approval for Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre. The President appointed Mr. Khayre as the country’s Prime Minister on 23rd of February 2017 and

Somalia to suspend flights on Farmajo inauguration day

By ABDULKADIR KHALIF in Mogadishu Mogadishu next Wednesday when the new president will be sworn in. The Transport and Civil Aviation ministry, in a statement on Wednesday, said commercial flights will not be allowed to and from Aden Adde International Airport on February 22, the

Somaliland agrees to UAE military base in northern port

MOGADISHU, Somalia –  Somalia’s breakaway northern territory of Somaliland has said the United Arab Emirates can establish a military base in its territory. The Emirati government in January submitted a formal application seeking permission from the Somaliland government to open a military base in

Erdogan congratulates new Somali president

Turkish president makes call shortly after Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo elected Turkey attaches great importance to stability and prosperity in Somalia, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his newly-elected Somali counterpart late Wednesday, according to a Turkish presidential source. Erdogan congratulated Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo during a telephone call

International partners congratulate Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as federal president

Mogadishu, 9 February 2017 – The United Nations, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States welcomed the conclusion of yesterday’s presidential vote and extend their sincerest congratulations to Somalia’s new Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his victory.

African Union criticises US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees

Trump has suspended all US refugee programmes and banned immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, three of which are AU members The head of the African Union has criticised Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority countries, saying it presents “one of the greatest

Alshabab excutes a Ugandan POW under its custody for more than a year

The Somali Islamist group of Alshabab has released a video clip showing the excution of a Ugandan prisoner of war who was seazed by Alshabab fighters in September 2015 in an attack on an AMISOM base in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. An

Somali President “Education is the best investment in our people and the foundation of our future.”

Mogadishu, 26 November 2016 – HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of Somalia today cuts the ribbon of the rehabilitated Polytechnic College in Mogadishu, where the President graduated and as a teacher and learnt the value of education. Somali President speaking on the importance

Somalia’s Shabaab still potent threat, UN report warns

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group remains capable of launching large-scale attacks despite claims that the insurgency is weakening, a UN report warned Friday. The Islamist group carried out six sophisticated hotel attacks in Mogadishu from November 2015 to June of this year, the report by

Somali President “Somali journalists are our heroes and we must do all to protect them and end impunity for Crimes against Journalists”

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia met Media practitioners ahead of today’s commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists and reassured them on the Federal Government’s commitment to end impunity for crimes against journalists.

International partners welcome the successful conclusion of the state-formation process for the new HirShabelle Administration

The United Nations, African Union Mission in Somalia, European Union (EU), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom welcomed the successful conclusion of the state-formation process for the newly-formed HirShabelle Administration and congratulated President Ali Abdullahi Osoble and Vice

Ethiopia troops pull out of Somalia towns

Hundreds of Ethiopian troops pulled out of a town in central Somalia Tuesday, at least the second location vacated by their forces in recent weeks, a Somali security official said. Security official Abdirisak Moalim Ahmed said Ethiopian soldiers present in El-Ali, Hiran region, as

International community notes nominations for Upper House and urges rapid review in line with NLF commitments, particularly on women’s representation

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT Mogadishu: The United Nations, African Union, Ethiopia, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States take note of the nomination of candidates for the Upper House by the respective federal member state executives on 8 and 9

Diplomats: UAE pushes for incumbent Somali president’s re-election

The United Arab Emirates government has joined a long line of Arab and western governments supporting dozens of candidates vying for Somalia’s leadership seat amid fears of delays of the presidential election scheduled to take place on November 30, diplomat sources told Alleastafrica Wednesday. Having secured

Amid security challenges, Somalia removes 1,500 intel officers

Somalia’s intelligence chief fired 1,500 intelligence officers including the Mogadishu chief in a new major shakeup of the country’s spy agency which is struggling to contain a deadly insurgency by al-Shabab militants, sources told Alleastafrica Saturday. Gen. Abdullahi Gafow told the officers to abandon

US accused of killing 22 troops in air strike

Security official says Americans were “misinformed” in a request that came from regional rival to hit al-Shabab. An American air strike in northern Somalia killed as many as 22 soldiers, an official from the region alleged, suggesting that the United States had been duped

IGAD summit to kick off in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 13 September 2016 (Villa Somalia)—- Heads of State and Government from the Intergovernmental Authority (IGAD) are expected to hold their summit in the Somali capital, Mogadishu for the first time since the regional body was established in 1986. The summit is expected to

President Mohamud launches national strategy for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

Mogadishu, 12 September 2016 (Villa Somalia)– HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, today officially launched in Mogadishu,the Comprehensive National Strategy on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) for Somalia. Among the officials and dignitaries attended the official launch


Parents and teachers are alarmed by the growing numbers of Somali refugee children quitting school in Dadaab because they have lost hope for the future due to the slated closure of the camps. Hussein Hassan Mohamed decided not to go back to school again


National Leadership Forum (NLF) 2016 Elections Mogadishu – August 9, 2016 The National Leadership Forum (NLF) held a meeting in Mogadishu from 02 – 09 August 2016. The meeting was chaired by the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud,

‘Two blasts, heavy gunfire’ heard in Somalia capital

At least seven people killed as suicide bomber rams car into police building in Somali capital. Al-Shabab attackers set off two car bombs outside a police base in Somalia’s capital before gunmen stormed inside, leaving at least seven people dead, police said. The armed

Condemnation of Mass Killing of Traditional Elders at Wardiinle Village of Baidoa District of Bay Region – Somalia

Ref: SSC/16/B/007 Press release: On Sunday, 17 July, 2016, there have been an indiscriminate shooting and killing of at least 14 (fourteen) traditional elders and peacemakers in Werdiile village which is about 32 Km north-west Baidoa. Reliable source from witnesses in the village said

Former lawmaker was one of AU base suicide bombers in Somalia: al Shabaab

A former Islamist lawmaker turned al Shabaab militant was one of the drivers in Tuesday’s double car bomb attack on the African Union’s main peacekeeping base in Somalia, al Shabaab said. The militants said in a radio broadcast that Salah Nur Ismail, who joined

France’s Hollande said church attackers had pledged allegiance to IS

French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday two hostage takers who killed a priest in a church in Normandy, northern France, were terrorists who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State. “Daesh has declared war on us, we must fight this war by all means,

Priest killed in French church, police shoot two attackers dead

Two attackers killed a priest with a blade and seriously wounded another hostage in a church in northern France on Tuesday before being shot dead by French police. The attack took place during morning mass at the Saint-Etienne parish church, south of Rouen in

Somali President Hassan Sheikh condemns an attempted coup in Turkey

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud condemned an attempted coup in the Republic of Turkey on Friday, after a group of military officers tried to disrupt the stability and the democracy of the country. “It is unacceptable to

Somali president condemns lorry terror attack in Nice, France

Mogadishu, 15 July 2016 (Villa Somalia)—- The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, extended condolences to the President of the Republic of France, François N. Hollande, following the brutal terrorist attack in Nice. “On behalf of the Somali Federal Republic

Somali president Sheikh Mohamud condemns terror attacks in Saudi Arabia

Mogadishu, 5 July 2016 (Villa Somalia): The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud condemned the terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia and reiterated his call for global anti- terror response. “On behalf of the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Somali

Somali president condemns Istanbul Ataturk Airport terrorism attack

Mogadishu, 29 June 2016 (Villa Somalia): The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has strongly and unequivocally condemned the heinous violent acts of terrorism at Istanbul Airport which killed innocent people and injured many more. “The fact that the