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2006-04-03 21:59:24

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian WAJID, Somalia (Reuters) - Just before he begins his perilous drive, Cheikh Ibrahim Khalil says a prayer. He knows the journey ahead will take him across Somalia's barren and dangerous routes, where he will be stopped by gunmen at numerous roadblocks. Armed with sub-machineguns and knives, they will demand money. Sometimes, militias loot the maize, sorghum or cooking oil his convoy is carrying for families, hungry since drought ravaged their crops and...

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...

2006-03-03 01:47:06

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Gunmen have freed an American working for the United Nations who was kidnapped in southern Somalia over a business dispute, the Somali government said. Robert McCarthy, 47, who works for the U.N.'s children's agency (UNICEF), was released on Thursday to the custody of U.N. security officers and members of Somalia's interim government, the United Nations and the government said. He had been abducted the day before on the outskirts of Afmadow, 110 km (68 miles)...

2006-02-16 03:25:00

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI -- Drought in Somalia is putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk, with some forced to drink their own urine or walk the equivalent of two marathon races to find water, a relief agency said on Thursday. With east Africa facing its worst drought for years, arid Somalia is one of the worst-affected countries, with pastoralist families forced to exist on a twentieth of the daily water supply recommended by minimum standards, Oxfam said. "Many families are...

2006-02-08 12:53:21

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The investigation into the murder of BBC producer Kate Peyton in Mogadishu a year ago has gone nowhere and her killers live openly in the Somali capital, an international press freedom group said on Wednesday. "Peyton's murderers enjoy complete impunity in Mogadishu," Reporters Without Borders said in a statement issued together with the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) to mark the anniversary of the killing. "We share the dismay of Peyton's family and...

2006-01-27 09:16:38

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A Somali pirate has demanded the release of "comrades" captured by the U.S. Navy last week, threatening to kill hostages in the future if the call was not heeded, according to media reports on Friday. Acting on a report of an attempted attack, U.S. Navy sailors pursued and caught a ship near Mogadishu with 10 Somali pirates on board and 16 Indians believed to be hostages. "The Americans should release the 10 men they are holding," said...

2006-01-17 08:10:19

By Guled Mohamed WAJID, Somalia (Reuters) - When Habiba Hassan's food ran out, she fed her four children on boiled bones and aran, a bitter leaf that grows in Somalia. She blamed her husband for the family's plight, and not just because he abandoned her. Hassan said her husband was with a militia group manning a roadblock near the Wajid refugee camp where she lives in a small shack made from plastic bags, dirty rags and pieces of cardboard box since fleeing fighting in southern...

2006-01-11 08:59:15

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Osman Amir has a task few would envy. The soft-spoken biologist is seeking to assess what wildlife remains in Somalia, an anarchic Horn of Africa nation that has no functioning government. "My homeland is rich in biodiversity with 200 bird and animal species found nowhere else," he told Reuters on the sidelines of an international conference on lion conservation in Johannesburg. "People think Somalia is a desert. But we have 5,000 species of...

2006-01-09 08:04:36

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United States welcomed on Monday an agreement by Somalia's leaders to try and end a rift in the anarchic African nation it failed to pacify in the 1990s. Raising hopes of an end to a feud that has paralyzed the 14th attempt to restore government in Somalia since 1991, factions led by Somalia's president and parliament speaker agreed last week to convene the legislature within 30 days. If that happens, it would be a first for the fledgling Somali government...

2006-01-09 05:38:46

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United States welcomed on Monday an agreement by Somalia's leaders to try and end a rift in the anarchic African nation it failed to pacify in the 1990s. Raising hopes of an end to a feud that has paralyzed the 14th attempt to restore government in Somalia since 1991, factions led by Somalia's president and parliament speaker agreed last week to convene the legislature within 30 days. If that happens, it would be a first for the fledgling Somali government...


Latest Somali people Reference Libraries

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2007-12-21 13:23:50

The Somali Wild Ass (Equus asinus somalicus), is a subspecies of the African Wild Ass. It is found in the Southern Red Sea region of Eritrea, the Afar Region of Ethiopia, and Somalia. The legs of the Somali Wild Ass are horizontally striped with black, resembling those of a zebra. Photo Credit: Robert Lawton

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'