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The people in those areas need emergency assistance.
Our cows and farms have perished. The rivers have dried and there are no wells there.
Think of where our forces have been sent and have been engaged over the last 40-plus years: Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, and more. In fact, the first Gulf War stands alone in over two generations of constant military engagement as a more or less traditional conventional conflict from beginning to end.
In Yemen, there is war. Here in Somalia, there is no good employment but at least there is peace.
What happened there was a horrific and terrible problem inflicted on innocent Somali people. The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen is responsible for it.
There has been discussion going on after the gunfight of this afternoon … We pulled our forces back and so the pirates went away.
The foreign secretary carries the baggage of his derogatory comments about black people. The continent deserves better – and so do we. Boris Johnson, our foreign secretary, is in Africa. On Wednesday he landed in Somalia to unveil a much-needed aid package. Yesterday he was in Uganda, in the state house, underlining Britain’s controversial support for President Yoweri Museveni, and in turn inviting him to a UK summit on Somalia in May. Next stop: Kenya.
The illegal fishing is a very serious problem. Fishing has declined, equipment was confiscated and they destroyed our livelihoods and properties.
They have no choice now but to fight.
Foreign fishermen destroyed their livelihoods and deprived them of proper fishing.
It's an aggressive business and in some cases international fleets pressure, even attack, local fisherman, which breeds resentment. We have a famine and food is short. Fish is one answer. Fishing communities are angry and out-of-work fishermen have become – and are – pirates.
As a father of four, it hurts to see children without food and water, but this is a reality being faced by parents in East Africa right now. The drought is really bad and there are millions of children at risk of starvation. I was born in Somalia and it breaks my heart to hear stories of how families are suffering.
The timing (for the new currency) will be determined by when the authorities have implemented (the) measures agreed on. Somalia for the foreseeable future will continue to be a dollarized economy.
Syria is just the tip of the iceberg. In Afghanistan and Yemen today, international humanitarian organizations ...report attacks on health facilities every week. Patients have been shot while traveling in ambulances in Colombia, ambulances are used in suicide attacks in Afghanistan, doctors are murdered in Somalia, and hospitals bombed in Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya.
I don't even think these remaining ones will survive in the next two months.
One of the biggest challenges is access – being able to reach those who need our assistance the most, and populations being able to reach us. In the areas where Oxfam and other agencies work that are experiencing emergency levels of hunger – one step away from famine – the humanitarian presence and that unfettered access has been cited as the reason that those areas are not in a state of famine. Holding back the hunger in those areas.
The flip side of that is that the areas that are experiencing the worst levels of conflict, you've got the needs rising … and then we can't get in to assist them because of the insecurity on the ground.
In Somalia we're looking to scale up very quickly to reach 2.5 million people in the next two months because we have a very short window of time to respond to stave off a famine.
People have asked me a lot about donor fatigue, but I think a better term for it is the overwhelming of the humanitarian system. The number of crises that the world is facing, and the number of people in need, and the severity of that need is essentially unprecedented, at least in my lifetime. The humanitarian needs have grown so quickly and so enormously that they are outstripping the resources that are available to meet them.
I have nothing. This is not a shelter, we barely get any food here and we have no protection. It's not safe, I am suffering.
If there's a very small amount of food, we give it to those who need it the most - the youngest.
We have to address the root cause, which is the security situation here and how to defeat (Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels) al-Shabab here.
It's pretty staggering. We're looking at 40 to 50 percent of the population facing acute food shortages, and a good proportion would be reaching a desperate state.
It's only al-Shabab that can stand in ISIS' way to expand its areas of operation - Somali forces are now too disorganized to stop them.
The concern in Washington has been mounting for some time now. The Trump administration is simply reiterating what has been policy, with slight variations. U.S. special forces are already on the ground. Drone attacks have been scaled up.
He wanted to leave the UK to live a humble, simple life, in a Muslim community. He discussed going to Somalia. He considered going to Bosnia, and he considered the Philippines. He wanted to live in a community under sharia law with what he saw as an idyllic way of life. I repeat that for him to join that group the idea is quite frankly absurd.
Having travelled to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip as a president, the new Somali president is breaking the long tradition by Somali leaders who have paid their very first foreign trips to Ethiopia, which is called by many as the Mecca of Somali leaders. This indicates that the new president now favors an alliance with Arab countries more than others.
I tell those misguided people, they should come back to their country as we are ready to give them the support they need to integrate within the community, to work and have a peaceful existence. To those who work with Al Qaeda, al Shabaab and ISIL, we tell you your time is finished.
To those who work with al Qaeda, al Shabaab and IS (Islamic State), your time is finished. You have been misled, destroyed property and killed many Somalis. Come and we shall give you good life.
Our government will not loot but will help its people. We shall fight insecurity, economic crisis and unemployment.
The world faces a series of unprecedented humanitarian crises and the real threat of famine in four countries. These crises are being driven by conflict and drought and we must respond accordingly.
Time is running out for more than a million children. We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made. Our common humanity demands faster action. We must not repeat the tragedy of the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.
I was staying in my shop when a car came in into the market and exploded. I saw more than 20 people lying on the ground. Most of them were dead and the market was totally destroyed.
We carried 39 dead bodies, and there were many others injured.
The way the Kenya government went about dealing with their concerns with regards to security contravened the standards that are supposed to be followed where they are concerned that someone may no longer qualify for refugee status.
The government decision specifically targetting Somali refugees is an act of group persecution, illegal, discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional. Hence the said decision is null and void.
Refugee returns to country of origin should be voluntarily, in safety and dignity and when conditions are conducive.
Being a government whose cardinal responsibility is first to Kenyans, we feel this decision should be revoked.
The High Court sent a strong message that at least one of Kenya's branches of government is still willing to uphold refugee rights. After months of anxiety because of the camp closure deadline hanging over their heads, increasingly restricted asylum options and the recent US administration suspension of refugee resettlement, the court's judgment offers Somali refugees a hope that they may still be have a choice other than returning to insecure and drought-ridden Somalia.
"This is a crucial opportunity to accelerate progress and agree priorities that will help secure a brighter future for Somalia and its people,"
"We encourage Somalia's new administration to take credible steps to stamp out corruption and to establish strong electoral institutions to enable a free and fair one-person, one-vote poll in 2020,"
History was made, we have taken this path to democracy, and now I want to congratulate Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.
This victory represents the interest of the Somali people. This victory belongs to Somali people, and this is the beginning of the era of the unity, the democracy of Somalia and the beginning of the fight against corruption. There is a daunting task ahead of me, and I know that.
Somalia will be another Somalia soon.
We encourage Somalia's new administration to take credible steps to stamp out corruption and to establish strong electoral institutions to enable a free and fair one-person, one-vote poll in 2020.
This is a crucial opportunity to accelerate progress and agree priorities that will help secure a brighter future for Somalia and its people.
History was made. We have taken this path to democracy.
"History was made, we have taken this path to democracy, and now I want to congratulate Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo,"
I hope they will not choose bribes over the interest of the people. We need an honest leader who can help us move forward.
Those neighboring countries should respect our sovereignty and stop meddling in our affairs.
We are well-prepared to elect a new president. It's a test for a maturing democracy.
We are offering bold vision, clear ideas ... that will be good for the Somali people and that will also be good for the whole world, particularly the Horn of Africa region that desperately needs some stability. Somalia should not be viewed as a land of conflict, drought and killings. By 2020, we bring a new Somalia that is at peace with itself and peace with its neighbors.
Of course, I understand how these tough security measures will complicate people's lives, but we will not take chances in ensuring a peaceful election.
Some votes were bought with $5,000, some with $10,000, and some with $20,000 or $30,000.
Somali clans have fought for many years so I will reconcile them so we have a government that will bring people together.
In six months, we'll be facing a catastrophe and a famine on a scale we cannot imagine, if we don't act right now. We have the first anecdotal evidence of deaths, in Somaliland in particular, as a result of the drought. We are seeing growing similarities to the conditions that led to the famine in 2011 though, as numbers are showing, a much larger percentage of the country is at risk this time around. We will need to redouble our efforts to go into full emergency mode in the next few weeks.
In areas that cannot be controlled by the government, we do have partners to work with. But of course that remains a big question mark - how al Shabaab will react to the drought.
We are starting to see this awful perfect storm. This is a pre-famine alert.
This time around we are hoping that ... we will be in a position to respond better and more quickly.
We really need to move now before we see the catastrophe of 2011 (repeated).
We have a very good chance to avert a famine in Somalia if the resources are there. What we spend now is going to be a minor amount of money compared to (what we would need) if we allow the situation to get further out of hand.
Sudan, Iran and Yemen officially punish homosexuality with death, and Iraq, a country that has seen killing sprees of people perceived as gay or transgender, has never held a single perpetrator responsible. The governments of Libya, Syria and Somalia punish homosexuality with prison – even up to 10 years. Thanks to President Trump's executive order, LGBTQ people will remain in unsafe environments, they will languish in refugee camps, they will endure violence and some will die.
It's deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that daddy might not be able to come home - to explain why the president has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice. I was welcomed into Britain from Somalia at eight years old and given the chance to succeed and realise my dreams. I have been proud to represent my country, win medals for the British people and receive the greatest honour of a knighthood. My story is an example of what can happen when you follow polices of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation.
It's deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home - to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice. I was welcomed into Britain from Somalia at eight years old and given the chance to succeed and realise my dreams. I have been proud to represent my country, win medals for the British people and receive the greatest honour of a knighthood. My story is an example of what can happen when you follow policies of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation.
On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien. I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years - working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home. Now, me and many others like me are being told that we may not be welcome.
I am shocked beyond words. This will mean that my new husband will never be able to join me in the U.S.
They [the gunman] kicked down room doors and at some point posed themselves as rescue teams by telling those inside to come out, (only) to kill them.
We have rescued the people and concluded the operation at Dayah hotel. The security forces are now inside the hotel and we shall give further details of casualties later.
Immediate support is required to prevent a significant deterioration of the humanitarian situation. Early action is the only way to demonstrate that we have learnt the lessons from the past to avert another catastrophe.
The humanitarian situation remains grim for millions of Somalis. We are faced with a slight but steady increase in the number of people in need, and most recently with a significant risk of further deterioration to famine.
(Djibouti) aims to become a gateway not only to Ethiopia but to South Sudan, Somalia and the Great Lakes region. This new free zone will be the country's first employment reservoir, with more than 15,000 direct and indirect jobs created.
The death toll may rise for some of the injuries are serious. We believe the al Shabaab planted the bomb.
We can confirm that four guards working for the United Nations were injured.
Two teenagers armed with pistols shot him in the head after he got off his car. His bodyguards fired back but the killers had already disappeared by then.
Today, we killed a prosecutor who had sentenced many teenagers – many boys and girls – to their deaths for alleged links to al Shabaab.
It was a heavily-loaded suicide car bomb. So far, we have counted four civilians dead and seven others injured. Some people are missing and so the death toll may rise.
We urge Somalis to take their guns and liberate our Somalia.
The whole market is ruined and people perished. The death toll is sure to rise.
Recent incidents off Somalia, the Bab al-Mandab and wider Indian Ocean indicate an increased threat level to shipping from piracy and maritime terrorism.
Later, when the company becomes established it will participate with its own money, up to a limit of 30 percent.
Somalia is still extremely fragile and hence the risk of the piracy resurfacing is a concern.
We have more to do but are getting there.
There's still uncertainty about the exact implementation of the petroleum law at all levels of government.
It is very prospective.
These IEDs aren't new in Somalia, but they used to be rare, with fewer than six devices of that type confirmed in all of 2015. Their prevalence suggests new factories for production.
They have access to large amounts of explosives.
The standardization of IED construction and components seems to reinforce the hypothesis that IEDs are manufactured in one key location and/or by one key network of bomb makers. The IEDs appear to be distributed from one supply chain.
The threat to aviation is definitely new, more sophisticated.
If you don't pay up, the hostage will come back in pieces.
They knew that the Italians would pay.
Many al Shabaab fighters attacked us this morning and after brief fighting we left the town for tactical reasons.
These women funnelled money to a terrorist organisation which was conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia.
It is great to be here today and to bring them home and to hand them over to their embassies and their families. We have achieved what we have achieved by getting tribal elders, religious leaders, the community and regional government all involved to put pressure on these guys to release these hostages.
We believe it was a suicide car bomb. Its driver detonated the bomb in his car.
The "crew did not say if ransom was paid.
This has all the hallmarks of state security harassment and hounding of a leading independent journalist. Abdi Adan Guled is the latest victim in a prevailing situation of persecution of independent voices in the Somali media.
It's alleged the defendants conducted surveillance to size up potential targets. They stockpiled firearms, ammunition and explosive components. They even prepared a manifesto describing their beliefs to be published after the bombing.
Libya has three governments at the moment; there are 100 militias in Tripoli. The country is awash with weapons. It's like asking Somalia to get their act together.
The country is awash with weapons. It's like asking Somalia to get their act together.
If not for the quick response by our security forces, we would be talking of many more casualties now. From the nature and style of the attack, it will obviously be al Shabaab.
We lost at least 7 soldiers and two vehicles.
With this milestone, South Sudan joins Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries which have produced more than a million refugees. New arrivals report increased fighting across the Greater Equatoria region and attacks by armed groups that kill civilians, loot villages, sexually assault women and girls, and recruit young boys.
It seems that there is a fatigue by the international community, especially the EU. One of the reasons that the fatigue can be attributed is that honestly, AMISOM (the African Union peacekeeping force) is not winning the war against al-Shabaab.
Salah defected from the parliament in 2010, joined us and repented, and he became a martyr today.
They started with a suicide bomb and then stormed in. Now they are inside and the heavy exchange of gunfire continues.
AMISOM forces killed 110 al Shabaab and captured a large cache of weapons. a claim by al Shabaab that it had killed 60 AU soldiers was a "falsehood.
Following the incident, 21 al Shabaab militants were killed, 19 AK 47 rifles, three rocket propelled grenades and a pistol were recovered. Regrettably, KDF suffered two fatalities and five injuries. The injured were evacuated and are receiving medical attention.
When 180 or close to 200 soldiers who were sent to us are killed in one day in Somalia, it's not easy. The soldiers have been sent to Somalia to help us get peace in our country, and their families are convinced that they died while on duty.
What we want to do is a complete and thorough investigation so that we can convince the security forces, the local community and everyone involved about what really happened.
I heard a big bang and the smoke erupted, so we did not see anything for a few seconds.
Maybe one person fell out of the hole. But nothing is sure.
At this stage, everything is possible. We cannot rule out anything at this stage.
But let it remain clear that it will not hamper the commitment of my Government and that of our people to resurrect Somalia with the help of Allah SWT.
I was taking photos when a car full of explosives went off beside me.
My staff, Caroline, who is a sales girl, she was there that day and she was lucky to escape alive. But she also doesn't want to go back to those memories, you know. We just want to be positive and move forward.
Jungal was one of the main Al-Shabaab planning and operations bases in Gedo region which has seen an increase in militia activities recently. This is a setback for the terrorists.
I take this opportunity to reiterate that Kenya shall never be cowed by these evil murderers.
We have confirmed that it was a bomb that exploded in the Daallo Airlines flight. It was meant to kill all aboard.
I was a student, living and studying in Somalia. My country is at war and is good for nothing. So I chose to travel to Europe.
He (God) has chosen my niece. I always used to comfort her and encourage her about school. She also has siblings behind who were actually depending, you know, counting on her. If she would succeed they would also do well.
For the first time our country is threatened with the most serious level of terrorism.
I don't think it is the end of al-Shabaab. I think they are retreating from Mogadishu, they will change tactics and strategy to a more guerrilla mode, they will change into civilian clothes, and they will still be a potent force.
People go home early, and at night. Between 10pm and 11pm the streets are empty. It's not like before, there is tension because people are afraid of the police.
Building a legitimate government and internal political dialogue is the best way to stabilise Somalia and fight against terrorism.
There are plenty of reasons, one is of course, the drought. The other is political mismanagement, a vacuum in terms of political leadership in Somalia; there's no central power.
The report confirms we should have done more before the famine was declared (in July 2011).
So far we have confirmed four UNDP foreign staff who were responsible for security, four Somali guards and seven militants.
Today all Somalia stands shoulder to shoulder with UNSOM.
If you look at the 200 or so ships that have been captured this year and consider, as far as I know, the 12 ships and 300 sailors currently in pirate hands, it is clear that sea security is in our interests.
It shows how much we love sports, that despite the chaos going on around the city, and despite the field becoming a frontline, we were still training and playing matches here. Now you can see the area is calm and security is back, nothing like what it was before.
We are continuously reminding the rest of the world that if NATO can engineer an attack on Libya and spend billions of dollars to drive out Gaddafi, they can spend a little of that to save the dying people in the Horn of Africa.
If America can spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, surely they can spend a little fraction of that to build dams in these dry lands of the Horn of Africa, to help normalise Somalia, to help produce food and settle communities.
Millions have been created hope through providing education, health and other public service facilities.
We understand perfectly the concerns and worries of the sailors' families. But you know the pirates are not only holding the crew, but are using the anguish of their families to achieve their criminal ends.
The international community will also help the Somali people to resolve their differences. We did our best, better than any of Somalia's other neighbours, and now we are leaving the country.
There is instability in Somalia. The first concern, of course, is to ensure that Somalia does not become an al-Qaeda safe haven. That it does not become a place where terrorists can plot and plan.
Al Shabaab in November issued 11 conditions for aid agencies to operate in southern Somalia. These included conditions such as women being removed from their jobs unless they worked just in hospitals or health centres, and payment of 20,000 dollars every six months for security.
Violent combat took place. I speak with great caution here, but I have reason to believe that unfortunately Denis Allex was killed by his captors. During the attempted rescue mission, a French soldier was killed due to his injuries and another is missing.
So I believe it was our duty to intervene.
We underestimated that.
As we have just demonstrated, terrorism can and must be fought mercilessly and defeated wherever it occurs. I join our president and the Kenyan nation to mourn those who perished in mayhem and to comfort the bereaved and the injured.
There are those who want Libya to enter the realms of the unknown and to turn Libya into a new Afghanistan or a new Somalia.
The contact group clearly felt that it was important that there not be a security vacuum in Somalia but we also felt that it was therefore urgent to get a stabilisation force into Somalia.
It is heartbreaking, the images that come to mind are of families that walked 20 days towards the Ethiopia border and they sit under the trees. And when you ask them how they feel, they say we are so lucky because we didn't lose anybody and next to them is a family that lost two kids on the road.
All the Libyans are saying the Somalis are mercenaries. It's killing me.
The biggest difficulty facing us now is the weapons still in the hands of civilians.
We warned Uganda not to deploy troops to Somalia, they ignored us. We warned them to stop massacring our people, they ignored that. The explosions…..were only a minor message…. We will target them everywhere if Uganda doesn't withdraw from our land.
The entire Bay region has now been declared a famine area. So there are now six famine areas in Somalia, up from five. In these areas there are some 750,000 people who are affected by famine conditions. This is an increase from the July figure of 350,000 people.
We will encourage the international community to impose further sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes on people inside and outside the TFG who seek to undermine Somalia's peace and security or to delay or even prevent the political transition.
Some offensives have been taken, they have been identified where they came from, their resources destroyed and we continue to make inroads to make sure that we bring to justice those responsible.
Our confrontation with the terrorists at the Westgate mall left 240 casualties. I report with great sadness that 61 civilians lost their lives in the attack. Six security officers also made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat the criminals.
The al-Shabab have said since October 2011 that they did not like the presence of the Kenyan military in Somalia – when Kenya moved into Somalia in October 2011. Al-Shabab at that time threatened to fight Kenya on Kenyan soil.
The launch of the pentavalent vaccine is very important for Somali children, because it introduces two new antigens, especially for meningitis and for hepatitis B.
They're very good at what they do. They're very well armed. Tactically, they're very good. And so once they get to a point where they can board, it becomes very difficult to get them off, because, clearly, now they hold hostages.
This outrageous act by the pirates, I think will only reinforce the resolve of the countries of the Red Sea and internationally to fight piracy, which is against everybody. Like terrorism, it is a disease that has to be eradicated.
Already a few times Nato ships have intervened. Sometimes after being fired upon they have used force to repel attacks by pirates. So, could they have done something in that scenario had they been there – it's not impossible. What they don't have is the mandate to do is to board ships that have already been hijacked.
We get illegal immigration with asylum seekers coming from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, also a lot of Syrians now, as a lot more of them are trying to reach Europe.
We can't keelhaul pirates or make them walk the plank. They need to be brought to justice.
Hopefully after 2012 we will do more to focus on that to help… out in Somalia, you know. The situation there is really bad so, we try, and that's the first step, but after that we're just going to see what we can do.
It's lawless on the coast to shore. There's very little enforcement policing action going on there because its government is not fully effective in Somalia. Pirate gangs can really operate with almost total impunity.
Britain will from next month be leading a European Union foreign defence policy group that works to use European military assets, naval assets, to disrupt and to tackle the scourge of piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
We have been working with the Americans to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperations in Yemen. Yemen has been recognised, like Somalia, to be one of the areas where we have got to do more.
And economically of course, but what of the other Islamic experiences , like Algeria in the early nineties, What about Somalia which model do Ennahdha intend to follow.
We were watching soccer here, and then, two or three minutes before the end of the match, an explosion came from here.
We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland.
That does need to happen, but we also need a really urgent response. Children are dying right now in East Africa and they need assistance.
The obvious intent is to create hostility and suspicion across ethnic and religious lines and to drive non-Muslims from certain parts of this country. The ultimate aim of this atrocious campaign is to establish an extremist caliphate in our region.
These resources will give us flexibility to fulfil different missions, including training security forces in Yemen who have gone on the offensive against al Qaeda; supporting a multinational force to keep the peace in Somalia; working with European allies to train a functioning security force and border patrol in Libya; and facilitating French operations in Mali.
What is required in countries like Mali – just as in countries like Somalia on the other side of Africa – is that a combination of a tough approach on security, aid, politics, settling grievances and problems; an intelligence approach that brings together all the things we need to do with countries in this neighbourhood to help them; to make them safer, but to make us safer too.