Thursday, July 21, 2011

US to send aid to Al-Shabaab held areas in Somalia. Oxfam says Somalia famine needs better response from Canada, other countries. UN delegation visits Mogadishu amid famine declaration in Somalia . Pree Release: Japan's $5 million donation to the 'Horn of Africa' for food. Access to Al-Shabab-Dominated Somalia Difficult. Norway Boosts Aid to Famine Victims, Seeks Talks With Al-Shabaab

The United States says it will send aid to famine-stricken Somalia areas under the control of Al-Shabaab militia, but asked the Al Shabaab to honour their pledge in light of recent reports that Al-Shabaab will allow international humanitarian aid into areas under its control.Capital FM reported on its website that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr Raj Shah told a media conference in Nairobi on Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s administration was ready to test Al Shabaab’s pledge with caution, considering the terrorists group’s refusal to grant humanitarian access to the area since January last years.He said they are determined to test that pledge and would like to see that access expand dramatically and rapidly as they provide food and other programmatic resources in support of devastated by the drought.Capital FM says the move marks a considerable change in policy from Washington after President Obama’s executive order in April 2010 naming Al-Shabaab a terrorist organisation, meaning no US aid could go to areas under its control.Dr Shah did acknowledge the risk of sending aid to a terrorist controlled area citing past incidents of humanitarian convoys being harassed, taxed and food supplies misappropriated saying that they all operate under the same legal restrictions that they want to provide support to those populations in critical need and not to terrorist organizations.The UN on Wednesday declared a famine in two areas of southern Somalia as the region experiences the worst drought in more than half a century.
Oxfam says Somalia famine needs better response from Canada, other countries

NAIROBI (tf.sf) – Oxfam Canada says the United Nations declaration of famine in drought-stricken Somalia should be a wake up call for the world.The food crisis has affected 3.7 million people, almost half of the eastern African country’s population, and mainly those in the south, according to the UN. Tens of thousands of people, mostly children, have died in the country in recent months because of the malnutrition.“We’re hoping that…this is an alarm for people who’ve been sleepwalking through this disaster and underlines the urgency and the severity of the situation and gets them to move to make a commitment,” said Robert Fox, executive director of the aid organization Oxfam Canada.Famine was declared today (July 20) because the level of acute malnutrition is higher than 30 percent among children; there are more than two deaths per 10,000 people every day; and food and other necessities cannot be accessed. The famine declaration covers the southern regions of southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle.Fox said the global community has not responded to the situation with the urgency or level of commitment warranted.“We have been drawing attention to this growing situation for a number of months,” he told the Straight by phone from Ottawa. “There is no excuse for the international community to find ourselves in this situation where literally we’ve reached the point of famine and we continue to be $800 million short of the funding that the UN has indicated we require in order to meet this situation,” he said.“We’re calling on the international community to step up to the plate and make significant commitments immediately and to deliver on those commitments,” he added. “It isn’t enough to put out a press release. We need cheques, we need money, we need food, we need water.”The UN has called on international donors to provide more support to address the crisis in the Horn of Africa. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned the crisis could deepen if there is not enough funding provided for humanitarian work in Somalia, a country plagued by drought and conflict. The UN says its agencies have received only half of the $1.6 billion needed to respond to the food crisis.Fox said the Canadian government responded early to the problems in the Horn of Africa, committing $22 million in 2011. But he hopes the government will commit another $40 million or more in an announcement expected Friday. He said that amount would be in line with what Canada is expected to contribute to such a cause.Fox also urged individual Canadians to donate toward humanitarian efforts.

Source: Straight Talk

MOGADISHU (tf.sf) – A distinguished delegations from United Nations and World Food Programme on Thursday arrived at the seaside Somali capital Mogadishu a day after the declaration in parts of Somalia.

The delegation differently had meetings with the top leaders of Somalia over drought famine related issues and the latest political developments of Somalia.

Lynne Bascoe, UN’s Undersecretary General for political affairs who was leading officials from United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) held a joint press conference in Villa Somalia with the president of Somalia after meeting with nation’s top leaders.Mr. Bascoe said that he discussed with Somali leaders about issues related to drought displaced people and how the UN could respond urgently the drought situation of the horn of African nation.For his part prime minister of Somalia, Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali welcomed the visit of UN delegation to Mogadishu, adding that they informed the facts of Somalia drought situations.On the other hand, Somali prime minister, Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali received high level delegation from World Food Programme WFP in Mogadishu on Thursday.Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme was leading WFP’s delegation. Sheeran and Somali PM held key discussions about the agency to start its aid operations in drought hit areas of the country.Abdurrahman Omar Osman, a spokesman for Somali government confirmed terror free somalia that WFP’s Executive Director Trip to Somalia was to view the agency’s ongoing operations to feed vulnerable and hungry people affected by severe drought and conflict. Sheeran will return to Nairobi, Kenya this evening.

Pree Release:

Japan's $5 million donation to the 'Horn of Africa' for food:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing once more form the Embassy of Japan in Nairobi, Kenya. I had sent another email with several other addresses, but they keep bouncing back.I am therefore very kindly requesting your esteemed institutions of the TFG to disseminate this press release to the various Somali news agencies as soon as possible. Your effort in this will highly be appreciated at the Embassy of Japan-Nairobi.The government of Japan appreciates the good work being done by the TFG administration towards the improvement of the lives of the citizens in all the regions. Your recent advances and progress are commendable.It is line with this realisation that Japan supports your initiatives towards the welfare of the Somali people.Subsequently, we will greatly appreciate your effort in sending out this press release and look forward to an enhanced and fruitful working relationship with you all. Kindly confirm if the message is received and ready for distribution.

Please accept the assurances of my highest cooperation.

Best Regards,
Elseborn Mwangi
Political (Somali matters), UNEP & UN-Habitat Affairs Section,
Embassy of Japan,
P.O Box 60202-00200
Tel: +254-20-2898000
Fax: +254-20-2898220/120
Norway Boosts Aid to Famine Victims, Seeks Talks With Al-Shabaab

Addis Ababa — Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre announced that Norway would be sending more aid to famine victims in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, after also telling an Oslo newspaper that he thinks the latest crisis in Africa’s Horn suggests it’s time to start talking with Somalian militia group Al-Shabaab.“Up to now there’s been a policy of no contact with the groups making up the Al-Shabaab militia,” Støre told newspaper Dagsavisen. “I think it’s time to re-evaluate that policy.”Al-Shabaab is widely regarded as an Islamist terrorist group that’s been fighting to overthrow the government in Somalia. Some compare it to the Taliban in Afghanistan, and Støre noted that it now appears to control large areas that are among the worst hit by the famine.Støre called for using the hunger crisis to review the political situation in Somalia. “This is a country that has been one of the world’s foremost examples of a state breakdown,” he said. “We see symptoms of the crisis in the drought and lack of food but the main problem is politics. In some way or another we must find a means of reconciliation.”He’s decided to send one of his state secretaries, Gry Larsen, to the area in the hopes of having talks with responsible politicians. “A new government is being established in Mogadishu,” Støre said. “We want to urge them to put internal conflicts aside and focus on the catastrophe facing the country.”The United Nations announced earlier this week that more than 10 million people in the area lack food. “This is a crisis that’s much bigger than we thought and which hits the entire region,” Støre told Dagsavisen. “This includes neighboring countries that have isolated and invaded Somalia for years.“Norway will be open to support a regional panel with initiatives among the affected countries,” he said, adding that international cooperation on dealing with Somalia hasn’t been good enough.Støre also issued a challenge to the Somalian-Norwegian community in Norway, which is also divided into various factions. The famine in their homeland, he said, should result in more cooperation to serve common interests.Norway will now be sending NOK 263 million (nearly USD 50 million) in aid to the famine areas after boosting the amount by NOK 30 million on Thursday. The money will be funneled through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Thousands of refugees from Somalia are arriving at refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya every day.

Source: Views and News from Norway

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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

When our world changed forever

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic

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