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Halima Nur
My last time to speak with my brother was some minutes before the blast occurred. By then he told me, he was on the way to meet and was passing at K5. I am afraid he was among the unrecognized charred bodies that were buried yesterday. I have no hope of getting him alive or dead. But I cannot go home.feedback
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Oct 16 2017
“I think we shouldn't hesitate to slap the IMF and shake the tree of the World Bank when we are stepping up. I don't take no for an answer. It's never been so needed, we face more global challenges in 2017 than ever before. When has Britain ever turned its back on the world?” said Priti Patel speaking about Somalia. It’s one of the 309 quotes about Somalia you can find on this page. 233 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Peter de Clercq and Mo Farah. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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All quotes about Somalia

Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani

The attack on (hashtag)Qatar diplomatic mission in Mogadishu will not deter our support for (hashtag)Somalia's democracy, security and stability.feedback

Abdirahman Omar

It's a sad day. This how merciless and brutal they are, and we have to unite against them.feedback

Michael Keating

I am shocked and appalled by the number of lives that were lost in the bombings and the scale of destruction they caused. Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the dead, and our thoughts are with the injured and all those affected. The perpetrators struck a densely populated neighborhood of Mogadishu. They have killed an unprecedented number of civilians. It is a revolting attack both in terms of its intent and impact. All Somalis must unite to condemn and repulse this kind of violent extremism.feedback

Abdi Addow

I was so happy when I saw yesterday friends checking safe in Mogadishu.feedback

Abdi Addow

Technology can help save lives, especially in a country like Somalia.feedback

Mohamed Yusuf

The hospital is overwhelmed by both dead and wounded. We also received people whose limbs were cut away by the bomb. This is really horrendous, unlike any other time in the past.feedback

Kevin Watkins - Save the Children

Somalia desperately needs predictable multi-year finance to underpin the investments in health, nutrition, education and livelihoods needed to escape the cycles of drought and hunger that blight so many lives. It is frankly indefensible for creditors to obstruct that finance because of arrears on debts created 40 years ago through irresponsible borrowing and reckless lending. Why should Somalia's children be denied a future because of debts they played no part in creating?feedback

Ibrahim Mohamed

This is the deadliest attack ever. It is very difficult to get a precise number because the dead bodies were taken to different medical centres and some of them (were taken) directly by their relatives for burial.feedback

Fartumo Kusow

It's like the country has been hit by an earthquake. No building is where it is meant to be. The landscape by the sea is different.feedback

Mohamed Diini

In 2015, authors were afraid, but now security has improved. But authors are not yet brave (enough) to write or present books on the chaos of the country.feedback

Dominik Alonga

When you hear Rwanda, you think 'genocide'. So I write about culture to show the sympathetic and the good side of life.feedback

Mustafa Ozkahraman - Turkish Airlines

A lot of people would think our flights to Somalia were not business-related. (But) we do the feasibility and we have to believe the route will be profitable, either now or imminently.feedback

Mustafa Ozkahraman - Turkish Airlines

Somalia is one of our most profitable destinations worldwide. Because we are the only (international airline). The first and the only one.feedback

Abdihakim Ainte

It's about rolling out some ecosystem in the country, and we feel that we need to establish this kind of innovation hub so that we can catch up with the rest of the world.feedback

Mohamed Isa

We understand al Shabaab attacked the base and fierce fighting and a blast occurred, but still we have no details.feedback

Kim Wardlaw

This lack of review has proved especially problematic when immigration officers have denied parole based on blatant errors. In two separate cases identified by the petitioners, for example, officers apparently denied parole because they had confused Ethiopia with Somalia. And in a third case, an officer denied parole because he had mixed up two detainees' files. We are not ordering immigration judges to release any single individual; rather, we are affirming a minimal procedural safeguard.feedback

Daniel M. Renaud

Effectively [sic] immediately and until additional guidance is received, you may not take final action on any petition or application where the applicant is a citizen or national of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, and Libya.feedback

Lu Dong Lin

There are donkeys that are brought in from as far as Somalia. Many of the donkeys that are brought to the slaughterhouse by traders from the border regions actually come from across the border, especially from Tanzania.feedback

Philipp Schütz

These paintings are all very detailed, well-composed, vibrant, and captivating.feedback

Abdulmalik Mabellini

Somali artists need not only financial support but also avenues and galleries in which they can expose their talent. The government also needs to help shift the mentality of art and its place in society.feedback

Hussein Sidow

I have become an art teacher. There are many artists whom I taught how to make pictures.feedback

Moalim Ahmed

We contacted him many times, and we understood each other.feedback

Mohamed Mahmoud Mohamed

It doesn't shock me. Terrible famines change the nature of both human and animal behavior.feedback

Laurent De Boeck

The survivors told our colleagues on the beach that the smuggler pushed them to the sea, when he saw some 'authority types' near the coast. They also told us that the smuggler has already returned to Somalia to continue his business and pick up more migrants to bring to Yemen on the same route. This is shocking and inhumane. The suffering of migrants on this migration route is enormous. Too many young people pay smugglers with the false hope of a better future.feedback

Abdirahman Mohamed Hussein

They do not want people to move out because they are worried that there could be an airstrike if the civilians leave.feedback

Mohamed Osman

[Al-Shabaab] warned the residents not to move out, because they said they do not want the town to become empty, but … there is nothing to eat. A kilo of rice is nearly $4. Who can afford that? Children and women are dying.feedback

Hassan Noor Saadi - Save the Children

These locations are getting perhaps 10 to 15% of what is reaching places where there is government control or the presence of humanitarian actors.feedback

Abdiya Barrow

When the drought began, al-Shabaab told us that we could accept food only from aid agencies related to Islamic organisations, but eventually they said no. Anybody found bringing food aid will be killed because of suspicion that aid agencies might be affiliated to the [Somali] government. Life was extremely bad. There is no food and water. People were dying on a daily basis. The day I and my family left, a male neighbour and his young son starved and died.feedback

Abdirahman Mohamed Hussein

The situation will turn into famine if the people in these towns do not get food very soon. We are very worried about the condition there.feedback

Chuck Wexler

It's not usually the case that someone from another country finds themselves in this kind of situation. I think why this has received so much attention is because of this person's background and that the police officer involved is from Somalia. It's an unusual circumstance.feedback

Angelina Jolie - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The reality is that women and girls as well as boys and men can still be raped with near-total impunity in conflict zones around the world, and there are still appalling cases of rape and mistreatment of vulnerable women, children and men by peacekeepers sent to protect them. The horror of sexual violence is compounded when it is carried out by someone in uniform who has a taken an oath to protect.feedback

Angelina Jolie - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Over half of all refugees and displaced people worldwide are women and children. How we treat them is a measure of our humanity as nations. On World Refugee Day my only ask is that people consider the pain and suffering of young girls like these. Not only have they had to flee extreme violence or persecution, lost everything and witnessed the death of family members, but they have also had to face so much abuse and intolerance and hardship.feedback

Priti Patel

The truth is that UK development influence is massive, greater than our foreign policy, and this isn't just about money, Britain is saving lives and bringing stability and security, and that's good for our economy and for what comes to our doorstep. We have been in goal defence. Newspapers could twist up a story every day about UK aid, but to date there hasn't been one that's been 100% accurate. Part of my job has to be to demonstrate the value of UK aid.feedback

Priti Patel

I think we shouldn't hesitate to slap the IMF and shake the tree of the World Bank when we are stepping up. I don't take no for an answer. It's never been so needed, we face more global challenges in 2017 than ever before. When has Britain ever turned its back on the world?feedback

Anders Thornberg

We used to have different circles. We had radicalised [people] from North Africa, the Middle East and Somalia, but they were all separate.feedback

Priti Patel

Britain can stand tall on this one. People need feeding and people need shelter, people are dying right now from cholera and measles. Famine is tragic, I cannot find the words to describe how appalling the situation in South Sudan is, children wasting away, children in camps alone because their parents have been murdered. One of the things we need to focus on more and more is building on the resilience that has seen massively less loss of life than at the same point in the 2011 drought.feedback

Priti Patel

This is a young country, in transition from more than two decades of civil war. Somalia has a low standard of living and a very small public purse, a weak state is vulnerable to shock and this is a massive shock.feedback

Priti Patel

And I'm a no-bullshit person when it comes to calling out finance ministers or the World Bank. I think we shouldn't hesitate to slap the IMF and shake the tree of the World Bank when we are stepping up. I don't take no for an answer.feedback

Priti Patel

I was the one who was on the phone to UN secretary general Guterres in January, calling the UN out on this, and the [aid] agencies. We have to be integrated on this.feedback

Priti Patel

My priority is saving lives but in development that doesn't just mean putting food in mouths, that means investing in jobs and peace and stability, in education. One of the things we need to focus on more and more is building on the resilience that has seen massively less loss of life than at the same point in the 2011 drought.feedback

Priti Patel

But you can't solve a problem like Somalia in a fiscal year, we are committed. That's leadership, now we need others to commit. My parents came from east Africa, born in India, we have that melting pot background. I'm an internationalist. I'm a money girl. My background is economics and I do a lot of the crunchy fiscal side. On accountability I'm everybody's worst nightmare. I'm running a lean and mean ship. It's never been so needed, we face more global challenges in 2017 than ever before. When has Britain ever turned its back on the world?feedback

Musa Kalamulah

There were people there from Somalia, Sudan, eastern Europe and Filipinos. It was like a mini United Nations. My friend Zainab Deen, who was 27, started phoning at around 1.30am and said she had been told not to leave. At 3.30am, she said she had been told by the fire brigade to wait but she said: 'My son is not breathing.' It will be more than 150 deaths.feedback

Robert Mardini

We see also that many other conflicts are taking place in urban areas in other places such as Somalia and Afghanistan and other countries.feedback

Shane Story

Since 1991, the operations we've gotten into–Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo–were more complicated scenarios. Even more since 9/11, both Afghanistan and Iraq, they're not clean, neat narratives. ... [In] the best work that you write, you know what the last word is before you start. We don't know what the last word is.feedback

Moahmed Hussein

The suicide car bomb targeted its entrance. There is gunfire inside the hotel. But I am not sure if fighters are inside.feedback

Trevor Noah

Donald Trump's tweets are official presidential statements. That's why last week the U.S. military bombed 'Covfefe,' which is actually a small town in Somalia. We thought it was a joke.feedback

Dana White

The US conducted this operation in coordination with its regional partners as a direct response to Al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces. This strike was conducted with the authorities approved by (President Donald Trump) (on) March 2017, which allows the US Department of Defense to conduct legal action against Al-Shabaab within a geographically defined area of active hostilities in support of partner force in Somalia.feedback

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo

I said when I took office that security will be top priority for my administration. This strike will enhance security and reduce the threats of [al-Shabab].feedback

Dana White

On June 11, at approximately 2 a.m. eastern daylight time, the Department of Defense conducted a strike operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia. The operation occurred approximately 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu. The U.S. conducted this operation in coordination with its regional partners as a direct response to al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces.feedback

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo

We and our international partners will take every possible precaution to protect our civilian population from harm during these operations while targeting terrorists. To the members of al-Shabab, I tell you that we are bringing the fight to you. If you, however take advantage of my amnesty offer and denounce violence, we will integrate you into our reform program. You have no future with the terrorists, but you can still be a part of Somalia's future; a peaceful and prosperous future.feedback

Ahmed Mohamed

The situation is grim over there. This attack was an unexpected one.feedback

Yasin Nur Mohamed

They caught my fellow soldiers off-guard. We did not expect such a big assault on our base.feedback

Yusuf Mohamed

Al Shabaab attacked Af Urur town this morning. There were few soldiers there and thus al Shabaab captured the town. It is difficult to know the casualties because the telecommunications were cut off.feedback

Alex De Waal

Their forces retain the capacity to mobilize forces and stage well-coordinated, targeted attacks. They have a formidable intelligence network and a sufficient number of followers.feedback

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

They fought hard and bravely for their country, to keep their people safe during this holy month of Ramadan.feedback

Abdulaziz Abu Muscab

Our fighters have on Thursday morning raided and overran a military camp in Af-Urur village near Bosaso, where 61 Somali soldiers were confirmed killed.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We are absolutely convinced that it was a provocation. Assad didn't use the weapons. It was done by people who wanted to blame him for that. Thank God, they were smart enough not to do that after we released information about it. Has Assad make mistakes? Yes, quite a few. And what about people confronting him? Are they angels? Who are they who kill people there, execute children? Are they people who we should support? Primarily, we are defending not Assad but the Syrian statehood. We don't want to see the situation there become like it is in Libya, Somalia or Afghanistan.feedback

Ahmed Ahmed

I'm excited to get back in the lab and work on this – oh, man! This happens within milliseconds, it'll reattach … now, boom, boom, boom, your double bond is now here.feedback

Ahmed Ahmed

It was this beacon of hope. Here you could come and if you worked really hard, you could pursue any idea you had. I love the problem-solving aspect of it. You've got this initial starting material, here's your end, and you have to design a multistep synthesis to get there. I feel like my story would only be possible in a few other countries – if any.feedback

Ahmed Ahmed

So when I'm having those tough days where I feel emotionally drained, I just flip back through my gratitude journal and read through all that I am thankful for, and it goes a long way.feedback

Peter de Clercq - United Nations

We are trying to negotiate with the landowners to allow us to build pit latrines, but some of them are being stubborn. There is still a significant advantage to being in the camps. People can access cholera treatment centers at hospitals. Cholera is easily treatable – it is a matter of catching it before it is too late. From what we know, [you are] 4½ times more likely to die from cholera if you live in an al-Shabab-controlled area.feedback

Omar Halane

We have confirmed that five civilians, including a mother and her son, have died.feedback

Jordi Raich

The humanitarian community must work as fast as it can to help the 6 million people in need in Somalia, including the 360,000 acutely malnourished children ... as soon as possible.feedback

Dominik Stillhart - International Committee of the Red Cross

Even if the rains are good, this is not going to change the situation immediately. There will be significant needs in terms of strengthening the livelihoods and resilience of people over a period of time.feedback

Abdi Fata Jama

The place next door got hit but nobody is bothered. We're always busy. We don't worry.feedback

Ali Mahamud - Zara

We can't cope. We're short of shelter, staff for cooking, fuel, everything. These people have borrowed, begged or sold to get the funds to get here. They arrive with nothing. And they are weak. Some of the kids are dying on the road.feedback

Ali Mahamud - Zara

There will be thousands [of people] coming in the next weeks. We need help. If it doesn't come, it is simple: people will die.feedback

Omar Osman Yarisow

Somalis are very brave, very resilient. No one can change when they are to die. So they ignore the problems … and the city is booming and moving on.feedback

Michael Keating

The massive shift into urban areas can be an opportunity. It is the way of the future, it is what needs to be done to build a different economy, a different country. But that needs huge investment.feedback

Abu Mansoor

I heard you were asking a lot of questions about the Islamists. It's in English. Will you read it?feedback

Abu Mansoor

We don't have a problem with Americans. Look at you, you're here, we've been protecting you all week – maybe you didn't even know it. We want peace, we crave it more than you could ever understand, to get out of this darkness, to stop killing each other, to stop being the laughingstock of the world.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

We are here to listen to Somalia's leadership – and to agree on a framework for cooperation. This is something that we need to solve to give AMISOM the capacity to really create the conditions to allow the Government and the new security institutions of Somalia to then be able to assume the responsibility of the security of their own country. Somalia now hangs in the balance between peril and potential. Here in London, we can tip the scales from danger to safety. This conference was an unmitigated success.feedback

Heather Blackwell

Now the humanitarian response is gearing up and scaling up now, before a famine declaration is made, this time we have the information on food security deterioration, malnutrition numbers, the prices of food in the markets, are all indicators to us that something is happening. So this time we have used that information to respond earlier.feedback

Tristan McConnell

As famine looms again, the United States has an opportunity to learn the lessons of the past.feedback

Aden Ibrahim

A suicide car bomb was driven into the cafeteria before exploding. We do not know about casualties yet.feedback

Timothy Syzmanksi

We grieve his death, but we celebrate his life and many accomplishments. He is irreplaceable as a husband, father, son, friend and teammate – and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and teammates.feedback

Omar Mohamud Elmi

The joint operation, the special operation, has successfully carried out a surgical strike on these two main elements killing many of the terrorists.feedback

Peter de Clercq - United Nations

Increased belligerence from some international and national actors is not going to help us. If things deteriorate as a result of military effort, that will be manmade. We have argued very strongly that this is not the time for military action.feedback

Raymond Thomas III - Army

We are not a panacea. We are not the ultimate solution to every problem, and you will not hear that coming from us.feedback

Layla Abdi

I came here because of the seriousness of the drought but the conditions here are the same. I came with 70 goats and sheep and now only six remain.feedback

Debebe Zewdie

The number has risen to more than 7.7 million people. 432,000 tonnes of food is needed until the end of the year.feedback

Richard Cohen

Under Trump, the United States’ image as a nation has been tarnished.feedback

Peter de Clercq - United Nations

Increased belligerence from some international and national actors is not going to help us … if things deteriorate as a result of military effort, that will be man-made. We have argued very strongly that this is not the time for military action.feedback

Abdirahman Yarisow

All this … will give us an opportunity with our allies and friends to really target al-Shabaab from the air, and for our federal forces and [the regional military forces in Somalia] to take advantage.feedback

Abdirahman Yarisow

There has been close consultation with the two countries and our president has called a state of war. We are very serious about trying to carry out military operations to wipe out al-Shabaab from the country. It is do-able, but needs lots of resources, commitment from our friends and allies, and discipline.feedback

Saadi Noor - Save the Children

We are on the brink of a massive catastrophe in Somalia with the death of three quarters of the country's livestock, a rapid increase of children suffering severe malnutrition and the depletion of water stores in dozens of communities.feedback

Saadi Noor - Save the Children

Donors have stepped up in recent months, however such is the scale of this crisis that even more funding is needed to address malnutrition directly, including improving access to food and water. Children must be treated for malnutrition now ... Famine is a distinct possibility for Somalia. It is an absolute travesty that this is even conceivable when just six years ago this same region was hit by a famine that killed over 250,000 people.feedback

Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

We still have 2.9 million people in level 3 and 4 - level 4 being the step just before we declare a famine; so almost 3 million in those critical and crisis emergency levels.feedback

David Akopyan - United Nations Development Programme

We are not exactly there, the fear is that in two months if things are not scaled up we will get there ... Hopefully famine will be prevented.feedback

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

We tell the young, brainwashed al-Shabab fighters that they have a 60-days deadline to lay down the arms with which they use to kill their people and come to us. We shall welcome them with open arms.feedback

Abdikadir Adem

He called me and told me he was injured and I raced there. We are always the first on the scene.feedback

Abdullahi Hashi Ali

We have no budget for emergency health. We have given an honorary certificate to Aamin Ambulance. We do not fund them. We encourage them and recommend aid agencies to help them. Aamin ambulances are doing a great service.feedback

Mohamed Mubarak

Puntland's facing a lot of problems right now. In many coastal towns, there is no government presence. You can do whatever you want. Pirates and criminal gangs now have space. Hunger is pushing people into crime. It's making a lot of people look for something.feedback

Abdirazak Fartaag

I know the mind-set. I know the game that exists in our country.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

This authority is consistent with our approach of developing capable Somali security forces and supporting regional partners in their efforts to combat al-Shabab. Somali and AMISOM forces have already achieved significant success in recapturing territory from al-Shabab, and additional US support will help them increase pressure on al-Shabab and reduce the risk to our partner forces when they conduct operations. We stand with the international community in supporting the Federal Government of Somalia as it strives to improve stability and security in Somalia.feedback

Mohamed Dirir

We understand Somali pirates hijacked a commercial Indian ship (and it is heading) towards Somalia shores.feedback

Rashid Abdi

They are a hard target, unlike ISIS. It's very unlikely there will be al-Shabaab assets out there to hit except some training camps that are themselves hard to find. They relocate from place to the other and are highly mobile. Those airstrikes will face more challenges, and civilian casualties will be counterproductive.feedback

Laetitia Bader - Human Rights Watch

At a time when thousands of civilians are currently on the move ... the U.S. should be cautious in relying on information about whether civilians are present before deciding to strike.feedback

Johan Heffinck

The big difference this time is that we have started the preparation and scaling up of the relief operations earlier.feedback

Hamud Ahmed

This is due to the drought. When families lose all their livestock and children do not get milk, this is the famine that causes the children to suffer.feedback

Saad Ali Shire

Saad Ali Shire is the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation for the Republic of Somaliland.feedback

Ann Thomas - Unicef

We underestimated the role of water and its contribution to mortality in the last famine. It gets overshadowed by the food.feedback

Patrick Laurent

The environment didn't give time for these resilience efforts to bear fruit.feedback

Patrick Laurent

The fact that people are dying near Baidoa and we can't get there, it makes me crazy.feedback

Steven Lauwerier - UNICEF

We are still ahead of the curve of the famine because now is when we can save lives. This is not the time to have doubts that funding is not needed.feedback

David Orr

We have a situation where famine has been declared in two counties in Unity state in South Sudan. That means there are already people dying in those places. This has been caused by a combination of factors including conflict, which prevents access. Humanitarian intervention is very difficult. Huge numbers of people are displaced. Now famine is threatening in other parts of South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen.feedback

Boris Johnson

We cannot forget that the last time Somalia was blighted by starvation, in 2011, no fewer than 260,000 people died. The crisis also risks undermining the hard-won political and security progress that has been made.feedback

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

Many people's livelihood, especially livestock, have perished. Than dealing with cyclical humanitarian crises.feedback

Ibrahim Abdow

Our cows and farms have perished. The rivers have dried and there are no wells there.feedback

Robert Gates

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.feedback

Hassan Cabdoo

In Yemen, there is war. Here in Somalia, there is no good employment but at least there is peace.feedback

Abdirahman Mohamud Hassan

There has been discussion going on after the gunfight of this afternoon ... We pulled our forces back, and so the pirates went away.feedback

Afua Hirsch

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.feedback

Aisha Ahmed

The illegal fishing is a very serious problem. Fishing has declined, equipment was confiscated and they destroyed our livelihoods and properties.feedback

John Steed

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.feedback

Mo Farah

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.feedback

Karl Blanchet

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.feedback

Gerry Northwood

With the current political situation in Somalia and the increasing confidence of those transiting through the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, it was very likely that such an attack was going to occur. The characteristics of the hijack are similar to some of the early piracy activity we saw around 2005, and those responsible will have analysed the changing economic and political situation around them and decided that now was an opportune time to launch an attack.feedback

Mohamad Elhage - International Monetary Fund

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.feedback

Ahmed Haji

I don't even think these remaining ones will survive in the next two months.feedback

Stephen O'Brien

More than one million children are estimated to be acutely malnourished across the country, including 270,000 children who face the imminent risk of death should they not be reached in time with assistance. Meanwhile, the cholera outbreak that began in June 2016 has spread to more locations. What I saw and heard during my visit to Somalia was distressing – women and children walk for weeks in search of food and water. They have lost their livestock, water sources have dried up and they have nothing left to survive on. With everything lost, women, boys, girls and men now move to urban centers.feedback

Elizabeth White

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.feedback

Elizabeth White

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.feedback

Challiss McDonough - World Food Program

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.feedback

Challiss McDonough - World Food Program

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.feedback

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

My first priority is to address this drought crisis, and my main priority is to make an appeal to the international community to help us.feedback

Mohamed Nor

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.feedback

Stephen O'Brien

In modern world history, we've never confronted the prospect of four major famines in four countries.feedback

Fatuma Abdille

If there's a very small amount of food, we give it to those who need it the most - the youngest.feedback

Mohamed Nor

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.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Every single person we have seen is a personal story of tremendous suffering. There is no way to describe it. We need to make as much noise as possible. Conflict, drought, climate change, disease, cholera. The combination is a nightmare. It makes me feel extremely unhappy with the fact that in today's world, with the … the richness that exists, that these things are still possible. It is unbelievable. I am bringing a message of solidarity to the president. A message of support. Let's hope he can start an inclusive government.feedback

Dave Husy

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.feedback

Ahmed Mohamoud

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.feedback

Rashid Abdi

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.feedback

John Kearney

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.feedback

Mohamed Sheikh Abdi

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.feedback

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

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.feedback

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

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.feedback

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

Our government will not loot but will help its people. We shall fight insecurity, economic crisis and unemployment.feedback

Priti Patel

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.feedback

Anthony Lake - UNICEF

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.feedback

Abdulle Omar

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.feedback

Abdikadir Abdirahman

We carried 39 dead bodies, and there were many others injured.feedback

Michelle Kagari - Amnesty International

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.feedback

John Mativo

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.feedback

Babar Baloch

Refugee returns to country of origin should be voluntarily, in safety and dignity and when conditions are conducive.feedback

Erick Kiraithe

Being a government whose cardinal responsibility is first to Kenyans, we feel this decision should be revoked.feedback

Laetitia Bader - Human Rights Watch

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.feedback

Ahmed Hassan

I hope they will not choose bribes over the interest of the people. We need an honest leader who can help us move forward.feedback

Hassan Sheik Mohamoud

History was made, we have taken this path to democracy, and now I want to congratulate Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.feedback

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo

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.feedback

Mark Toner

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.feedback

Boris Johnson

This is a crucial opportunity to accelerate progress and agree priorities that will help secure a brighter future for Somalia and its people.feedback

Ahmed Ali

We are well-prepared to elect a new president. It's a test for a maturing democracy.feedback

Jabril Abdulle

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.feedback

Ali Mohamoud

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.feedback

Nur Jimale Farah

Some votes were bought with $5,000, some with $10,000, and some with $20,000 or $30,000.feedback

Mohamud Ahmed Nur Tarsan

Somali clans have fought for many years so I will reconcile them so we have a government that will bring people together.feedback

Peter de Clercq - United Nations

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.feedback

Peter de Clercq - United Nations

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.feedback

Dick Trenchard

We are starting to see this awful perfect storm. This is a pre-famine alert.feedback

Arif Husain - World Food Programme

This time around we are hoping that ... we will be in a position to respond better and more quickly.feedback

Shukri Ahmed - United Nations

We really need to move now before we see the catastrophe of 2011 (repeated).feedback

Justin Brady - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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.feedback

Jessica Stern

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.feedback

Mo Farah

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.feedback

Mo Farah

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.feedback

Mo Farah

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.feedback

Fatima Ashkir

I am shocked beyond words. This will mean that my new husband will never be able to join me in the U.S.feedback

Hassan Nur

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.feedback

Abdiqadir Hussein

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.feedback

Peter de Clercq - United Nations

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.feedback

Peter de Clercq - United Nations

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.feedback

Omar Hadi

(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.feedback

Ahmed Nur

The death toll may rise for some of the injuries are serious. We believe the al Shabaab planted the bomb.feedback

Nur Osman

We can confirm that four guards working for the United Nations were injured.feedback

Mohamed Ahmed

So far we know three of the security forces died. We believe al Shabaab is behind the attack.feedback

Hassan Ahmed

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.feedback

Abu Musab

Today, we killed a prosecutor who had sentenced many teenagers – many boys and girls – to their deaths for alleged links to al Shabaab.feedback

Abdullahi Ali

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.feedback

Abdikadir Farah

The whole market is ruined and people perished. The death toll is sure to rise.feedback

Gerry Northwood

Recent incidents off Somalia, the Bab al-Mandab and wider Indian Ocean indicate an increased threat level to shipping from piracy and maritime terrorism.feedback

Abdulkadir Hussein

Later, when the company becomes established it will participate with its own money, up to a limit of 30 percent.feedback

Cyrus Mody

Somalia is still extremely fragile and hence the risk of the piracy resurfacing is a concern.feedback

Ahmed Soliman

Disagreements between the member states and the federal government could fuel violence and corruption in a country that is still very much trying to build and extend governance.feedback

Ed Hobey

There's still uncertainty about the exact implementation of the petroleum law at all levels of government.feedback

Gregory Joachim

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.feedback

Greg Robin

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.feedback

Marc Frey

The threat to aviation is definitely new, more sophisticated.feedback

Derek Baldwin - Ibis

If you don't pay up, the hostage will come back in pieces.feedback

Hussein Edin

Many al Shabaab fighters attacked us this morning and after brief fighting we left the town for tactical reasons.feedback

Dana Boente

These women funnelled money to a terrorist organisation which was conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia.feedback

John Steed

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.feedback

Ibrahim Elmi

We believe it was a suicide car bomb. Its driver detonated the bomb in his car.feedback

Omar Faruk Osman

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.feedback

Tom Beall

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.feedback

Helima Croft - BC Capital

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.feedback

Ali Roba

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.feedback

Leo Dobbs

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.feedback

Abukar Sanei

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.feedback

Abu Musab

Salah defected from the parliament in 2010, joined us and repented, and he became a martyr today.feedback

Nur Farah

They started with a suicide bomb and then stormed in. Now they are inside and the heavy exchange of gunfire continues.feedback

Joe Kibet - African Union

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.feedback

David Obonyo

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.feedback

Hassan Sheik Mohamoud

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.feedback

Abdiwahid Omar - Civil Aviation Authority

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.feedback

Awale Kullane

I heard a big bang and the smoke erupted, so we did not see anything for a few seconds.feedback

Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke

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.feedback

Feisal Omar

I was taking photos when a car full of explosives went off beside me.feedback

Olga Ercolano

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.feedback

David Obonyo

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.feedback

Joseph Nkaissery

I take this opportunity to reiterate that Kenya shall never be cowed by these evil murderers.feedback

Ali Ahmed Jamac

We have confirmed that it was a bomb that exploded in the Daallo Airlines flight. It was meant to kill all aboard.feedback

Abdel Rashid Ali Nour

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.feedback

Phylis Wakube

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.feedback

George Saitoti

For the first time our country is threatened with the most serious level of terrorism.feedback

Patrick Smith

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.feedback

Fouad Abraham

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.feedback

Stefano Manservi - European Commission

Building a legitimate government and internal political dialogue is the best way to stabilise Somalia and fight against terrorism.feedback

Ana Cascao

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.feedback

Philippe Lazzarini - United Nations

The report confirms we should have done more before the famine was declared (in July 2011).feedback

Abdikarim Hussein Guled

So far we have confirmed four UNDP foreign staff who were responsible for security, four Somali guards and seven militants.feedback

Franz Josef Jung

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.feedback

Yusuf Ali Noor

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.feedback

Moses Wetangula

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.feedback

Moses Wetangula

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.feedback

Hassan Sheik Mohamoud

Millions have been created hope through providing education, health and other public service facilities.feedback

Carme Chacon

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.feedback

Gabre Yohanes

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.feedback

George W. Bush

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.feedback

Peter Smerdon - World Food Programme

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.feedback

Jean-Yves Le Drian

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.feedback

Denis Allex

So I believe it was our duty to intervene.feedback

William Ruto

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.feedback

Ali Zeidan

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.feedback

Jendayi E. Frazer

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.feedback

Kristalina Georgieva - European Commission

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.feedback

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