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Chief of Chilean Navy visits Operation Atalanta Headquarters in Rota

The Chief of the Chilean Navy, Admiral Julio Leiva Molina, visited the Operation Headquarters (OHQ) to learn more about the current status of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA

On Wednesday afternoon, the Chief of the Chilean Navy, Admiral Julio Leiva Molina, visited the Operation Headquarters (OHQ) to learn more about the current status of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA. In the framework of a wider visit to the Spanish Navy, Adm. Leiva and the Chief of the Spanish…

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) |

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) joins call for UN to continue scrutinizing human rights situation in Eritrea

Human rights situation in Eritrea remains dire, notwithstanding recent promising developments such as the rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 29 other civil society organizations yesterday sent a letter to members of the United Nations Human Rights Council urging them to continue to scrutinize the human rights situation in Eritrea. The letter was sent ahead of the 41st session of the Human Rights Council, which will take…

Source: British Embassy Mogadishu |

UK opens new training centre for the Somali National Army in Baidoa

The Baidoa Security Training Centre will support the Somali National Army and promote long-term stability and security in Somalia

Somalia’s Minister of Defence, Hassan Ali Mohammed, Southwest State Speaker, Abdulkadir Shariif Sheekhuna, and the UK Foreign Office’s Political Director, Richard Moore, today opened a new UK training facility for the Somali National Army (SNA) in Baidoa. The Baidoa Security Training Centre (BSTC), supported by the British government’s Conflict, Stability…

Source: Rotary |

Rotary announces US$100 million to eradicate polio

Rotary has committed to raising $50 million a year to be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, amounting to $150 million for polio eradication annually

Rotary (www.Rotary.org) is giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) (http://PolioEradication.org) address the final—and most pressing—challenges to…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

U.S. airstrikes continue to target al-Shabaab, ISIS-Somalia in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

This is the seventh airstrike in the last month against ISIS-Somalia and al-Shabaab in the Golis Mountains

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike targeting ISIS militants in the Golis Mountains, Somalia, on June 4, 2019.  This is the seventh airstrike in the last month against ISIS-Somalia and al-Shabaab in the Golis Mountains. “We continue to put pressure on terrorist…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The State of Qatar |

African Union Commission Chairperson Meets Special Envoy of the Qatari Foreign Minister

The meeting discussed issues of mutual interest including the current situation in Sudan and Somalia

HE Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat met today at the commission's headquarters in Addis Ababa with HE Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar for Counterterrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution, Dr Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani. The meeting discussed…

Source: Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) |

UN emergency fund allocates $45 million to stave off famine risk in the Horn of Africa

The bulk of the funds, $30 million, will go to Somalia where 2.2 million people are projected to face acute food insecurity by September

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today allocated US$45 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to immediately scale up food and nutrition assistance, safe water provision, livelihoods protection, and other urgent humanitarian support to drought-affected people across parts of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya who…

Source: Germany - Federal Foreign Office |

Speech by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the opening of the Berlin Climate and Security Conference

UN is developing a new analytical tool that we will soon be testing in the Horn of Africa

By Foreign Minister Heiko Maas Can you imagine how much a zero, followed by 33 more zeros after the decimal point and then a one, is? I certainly can’t. Perhaps the very slightest trace of virtually nothing – that’s perhaps the best way of putting it. This is the incredible…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR warns of growing climate-related displacement in Somalia

An estimated 5.4 million people are likely to be food insecure by September

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Ahead of World Environment Day tomorrow, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for urgent additional support…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR secures release of 96 detainees from Libya’s Zintan detention centre

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

Ninety-six people were yesterday relocated to safety from the Zintan detention centre in Libya’s Tripoli to a Gathering and Departure Facility. The group were from Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia, and included two newborn babies. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is providing the group with food, shelter, medical assistance including psycho-social…