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Kenya agrees to policies for refugee kids to go to school

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25 August 2017 (MCRS) A lobby group has urged Kenya to develop and actively implement inclusive policies that will encourage refugee children to attend school. In a report released last week at the United Nations General Assembly, Kenya will have to remove any policy barriers that prevent refugee children from attending the formal school system. Save the Children said the ... Read More »

Senior Somali General Gunned Down in Mogadishu

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25 September 2017 (MCRS) A senior Somali military officer was gunned down in Mogadishu Sunday evening, security sources told VOA’s Somali service. Gunmen armed with pistols fatally shot General Abdullahi Mohamed Sheikh Qururuh and a bodyguard as the two men were walking home from a mosque in the Somali capital, witnesses said. The attackers walked past General Qururuh and the ... Read More »

No time for scepticism, ‘decisive climate action,’ needed Ethiopia tells UN

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24 August 2017 (MCRS) Like many other countries, Ethiopia is dealing almost every day with the adverse impacts of climate change, its Prime Minister told the United Nations General Assembly today, urging decisive action by the international community. “Now is not the time to doubt the devastating impacts of climate change while millions of our fellow humans are losing their lives ... Read More »

AU helps in preventing child soldiers in Somalia

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Wednesday it has trained 60 officers from the Somali security forces in the prevention of recruitment and use of child soldiers. Francisco Caetano Madeira, the Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, noted that the use of child soldiers in conflict was widespread in Somalia and expressed the need to ... Read More »

Migrant boat capsizes off Libya, leaves 5 dead, 90 missing

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24 August 2017 (MCRS) At least five migrants died and more than 90 were missing after their boat capsized off Libya’s western coast, a major embarkation point for the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe, the Libyan coast guard said Thursday. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim told The Associated Press that the damaged vessel was found the day before, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) ... Read More »

Somalia Seeks Easing of Arms Embargo in Effort to Defeat al-Shabab

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24 August 2017 (MCRS) The Somali government has repeated its plea for world leaders to lift an international arms embargo, as the aid-dependent Horn of Africa nation continues to struggle with security threats from al-Shabab terrorist group. Delivering his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Somalia Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire praised his country’s political and security development ... Read More »

Authorities in Somalia’s Puntland region tout capture of weapons-laden boat

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24 August 2017 (MCRS) Authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland said on Saturday they have seized a boat loaded with weapons, officials told VOA. “We have captured the boat, named Al Faruq, loaded with different weapons, including anti-aircraft machineguns, AK47 rifles, pistols and ammunition,” said Mohamed Mohamud Hassan, the acting regional maritime police chief. Hassan said Puntland police tracked the boat ... Read More »

PM Kheyre says Somalia is “rising”; urges climate reform during UN GA

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24 September 2017 (MCRS) Somalia’s Prime Minister told the UN General Assembly that “Somalia is rising” from decades of conflict and political dysfunction. While addressing UN General Assembly in New York on Friday, Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre acknowledged that Somalia is still struggling to address serious issues like terrorism, drought and education,  but that “Somalia is rising, and ... Read More »

Farah brings track career to end with dramatic victory in Zurich

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26 August 2017 (MCRS) Somali-born Mo Farah brought his track career to an end in the most fitting fashion, producing a dramatic 5 000m victory at the Weltklasse Zurich on Thursday, the first of two 2017 IAAF Diamond League finals. It was classic Farah and couldn’t have been scripted better, a performance athletics fans around the world have come to expect ... Read More »

UNHCR repatriates over 70,000 Somalis refugees from Kenya

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26 August 2017 (MCRS) The UN refugee agency said Thursday it has repatriated some 70,516 Somali refugees from Kenya since the voluntary return exercise begun in December 2014. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in its bi-weekly update released in Nairobi that a total of 68,697 individuals from Dadaab refugee camp in northeast Kenya were assisted in the framework ... Read More »