2 die in Somalia flooding ahead of tropical storm landfall

2 die in Somalia flooding ahead of tropical storm landfall

Meteorologists tracking Sagar, a relatively rare tropical storm that strengthened as it crossed the entire Gulf of Aden, are expecting landfall on Saturday near the Djibouti-Somalia border. It has potential impacts for Ethiopia too as it reaches the Horn of Africa. Flash floods were reported in the Bari region of…

U.S. lifts travel ban for Chad

The United States has lifted its travel ban for Chad, citing a positive review of the Sahel nation’s identity-management and information sharing practices. “Chad is a critical and vital partner to the U.S. counterterrorism mission. Chad has made significant strides and now meets the baseline criteria,” the U.S. Department of…

Mogadishu bombing toll rises to 18

The death toll in Somalia has risen to 18 following Thursday’s car bomb attack at the Wehliye hotel in Mogadishu. Most of the victims were civilians, according to local media accounts. At least one of the victims was a foreign national. Hussein Mohamed Dirir, a Norwegian citizen of Somali descent…

Somalia: Farmaajo, AMISOM nations want troop transition put on hold

Somalia’s President Mohamed Farmaajo and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Saturday they want the United Nations Security Council to reconsider the African Union troop drawdown and transition to Somali security forces authorized under last year’s Resolution 2372. Their position was decided at a summit of the Troop…

Amnesty satellite images show destruction of Somali IDP settlements

Amnesty International says new satellite images show the damage to settlements near Mogadishu that were destroyed last month, leaving some 24,000 internally displaced persons forcibly evicted without any notice. The human rights NGO released the images on Friday with an analysis of the before-and-after results. “These satellite images give a…

Thousands displaced after Somalia IDP camps are destroyed

The United Nations Special Representative for Somalia on Tuesday expressed concern over the dismantling of more than 23 settlements that served internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mogadishu. The camps, as well as some humanitarian resources, were destroyed late last week, leaving more than 4,000 IDP households without shelter – all…