Somalia the yardstick in new deal for conflict-affected countriesApril 19, 2013

Somalia will present a challenging case but Mogadishu has enthusiastically embraced the state-building frameworkSomalia is emerging as a litmus test for the new deal for fragile states as officials gather in Washington on Friday to discuss how the approach can be incorporated into the development agenda when the millennium development goals expire in 2015.Th […]

Mark Tran

  • Somalia’s young army recruits face uphill battle for credibility | Jessica HatcherApril 19, 2013

    Faced with al-Shabaab attacks, soldiers trained by the Ugandan military need not only guns but better organisation to safeguard SomaliaCaptain Muhudun Ahmed Muhamud has faced the same weaponry – rocket-propelled grenades – that brought down two Black Hawk helicopters during the US special forces assault on Bakara market in Mogadishu in 1993.Muhamud, 21, succ […]

    Jessica Hatcher

  • An African reports on Africa for the UK: ‘It’s the best of both worlds’April 18, 2013

    Somali journalist Jamal Osman, a judge for the One World Media Awards, on the advantages of identity and trustAs an African journalist reporting Africa for the British media, there are certain challenges. Notably, western audiences have been seeing negative images of Africa for years and challenging that perception is not an easy task.When I decided to try a […]

    Jamal Osman

  • Tributes paid to Somali human rights lawyers killed in al-Shabaab attackApril 15, 2013

    Prof Mohamed Mohamud Afrah and Abdikarin Hassan Gorod represented journalist jailed for interviewing alleged rape victimMedia workers in Somalia have paid tribute to two human rights lawyers who were among at least 35 people killed in the deadliest Islamist militant attack in years in Mogadishu.Prof Mohamed Mohamud Afrah, head of the Somali Lawyers Associati […]

    David Smith

  • Somalia supreme court attack kills at least 20April 14, 2013

    Militants fire guns and set off explosions during suspected Al-Shabaab assault on main court buildings in MogadishuAt least 20 people were killed in Mogadishu after al-Shabaab extremists stormed the Somali capital’s main court buildings, firing guns and setting off explosions during clashes with security forces.The assault was the most serious in the ca […]

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