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2011-07-20 09:33:00

Oxfam America calls on the USG to respond to deepening crisis in Horn of Africa BOSTON, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today's declaration by the United Nations of famine in Somalia makes official what aid agencies have been seeing for nearly a year - severe drought and the world's worst food crisis has put 10 million people in desperate need of assistance and donor countries are not doing nearly enough to avert disaster, save lives and protect livelihoods. (Logo:...

2008-08-29 15:00:52

MSF ceases medical activities in Mogadishu clinic amid fighting NAIROBI, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- International medical humanitarian aid agency Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) said on Wednesday it has been forced to cease medical activities in one of its clinics in central Mogadishu due to increased violence. The medical charity said in a statement issued in Nairobi that increased fighting has led to unacceptable security risks for its patients and staff working in the lawless nation. "The...

2006-09-05 10:30:01

By Wangui Kanina NAIROBI (Reuters) - East African leaders pushed ahead on Tuesday with a contested plan to send peacekeepers to Somalia, despite a military deal between the country's rival powers that appeared to block foreign intervention. The regional Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which led talks that produced Somalia's interim government in 2004, urged the African Union to speed approval of the proposed peacekeeping mission, release funds and help raise more...

2006-09-05 09:03:00

By Wangui Kanina NAIROBI (Reuters) - East African leaders hastily turned a high-level summit on Somalia into informal talks on Tuesday, after rival powers in the lawless nation cut a deal to join their military forces in a separate diplomatic effort. The summit had been expected to push forward long-delayed plans to send African peacekeepers to Somalia and to wrest the diplomatic lead on solving the country's political crisis from the Arab League. But late on Monday, delegates from...

2006-08-24 05:56:40

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Nearly 140,000 refugees at a camp in northern Kenya are facing increasing hardships due to cuts in foreign funding, even as more war-weary Somalis pour into the settlement, an aid agency said on Thursday. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, and the U.S. Agency for International Development have reduced financial support to Dadaab camp by 20 percent and 23 percent respectively over the last year, CARE International said in a statement. It said the move would...

2006-07-26 04:42:59

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian troops are in Somalia but in smaller numbers than the thousands some have claimed, the U.N. envoy to the Horn of Africa nation said on Wednesday. "I got the impression that some Ethiopians are in Somalia today," Francois Fall told Reuters after his one-day trip to Somalia on Tuesday. But reports by some regional experts and witnesses of 4,000-5,000 troops were "exaggerated," he added.

2006-07-02 17:20:06

By Daniel Flynn BANJUL (Reuters) - Africa's leaders agreed on Sunday to send troops to Somalia to support regional efforts at calming the chaotic east African state. A summit of the 53-member African Union (AU) called for dialogue between Somalia's weak interim government and powerful Islamic courts, which wrested control of the war-scarred capital Mogadishu from U.S.-backed warlords early last month. A resolution adopted unanimously at the meeting said an AU peace and stability...

2006-06-13 13:19:48

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian NAIROBI (Reuters) - Seven east African nations on Tuesday imposed travel bans on Somali warlords, who lost bloody battles with Islamist fighters over Mogadishu, and froze their assets in effort to push them into peace talks. Kenya, where the seven nations in the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) met to talk about Somalia, last week banned the warlords and deported one. "IGAD member states will apply the same sanctions against all warlords...

2006-03-08 10:45:43

By Jack Kimball NAIROBI (Reuters) - Drought-stricken Somalia could face a new famine on the scale of the catastrophe that killed tens of thousands of people in the early 1990s, a food security analyst told Reuters on Wednesday. If the rains do not come, more than 10,000 people could die each month, said Nicholas Haan, chief technical advisor for the Food Security Analysis Unit, a project of the European Union and the U.S. government. "The southern part of Somalia would be at high...

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