Africa

Somalia at the crossroads (commentary)

by Harun Hassan January 13, 2007

The Somali government and its Ethiopian allies – now backed by United States military force – have won the battle for Somalia. But the war cannot end without a political settlement, says Harun Hassan in this article from www.opendemocracy.net. (January 13, 2007) Somalia's enigmatic ...

U.S. troops went into Somalia after raid. No top targets confirmed dead

by Stephanie McCrummen Washington Post January 12, 2007

NAIROBI, Jan. 11 -- A small team of American military personnel entered southern Somalia to try to determine exactly who was killed in a U.S. airstrike Monday that targeted suspected al-Qaeda figures thought to be hiding in swampy mangrove forests along the Indian Ocean, U.S. sources said Thursday....

U.S. air strike in Somalia targets Al-Qaeda figure

by Karen DeYoung Washington Post January 9, 2007

A U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship attacked suspected al-Qaeda members in southern Somalia on Sunday, and U.S. sources said the operation may have hit a senior terrorist figure. ...

Islamic court militias in Mogadishu now forced to retreat due to the intervention of the Ethiopian army.  Photo: © Abdimalik Yusuf/IRIN

Ethiopia urged to leave Somalia

by BBC News December 27, 2006

The call, supported by the Arab League and the east African grouping IGAD, comes after Ethiopia intervened to support Somalia's interim government. ...

Photo:  Emily Wax/ Washington Post.  Ahmed Abdulraham, 14, left, sits on a street with his friend Fecil Khmis. They are among an estimated 35,000 minors living on the streets of Sudan’s capital. Over the past 25 years, drought, wars, AIDS and economic collapse in Africa have torn families apart.

Young and homeless fill Africa’s city streets

by Emily Wax Washington Post December 23, 2006

KHARTOUM, Sudan -- The morning call to prayer echoed through the city as Ahmed Abdulraham, 14, a small boy with cloudy, yellowing eyes, rose from his version of a mattress: a pile of trash spread across a gutter. ...

SOMALIA: Continuing fighting forces hundreds more to flee homes

by IRIN News December 21, 2006

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched on Monday a campaign to support and protect tens of thousands of Burundian children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. At the ceremony in the capital, Bujumbura, the UNICEF representative to Burundi, Catherine Mbengue, said children had been largely left o...

KENYA: Alarming levels of child sex exploitation, UN agency reports

by IRIN News December 19, 2006

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a proposal by Uganda to redeploy its troops to eastern Congo to hunt Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels as well as other Ugandan rebels groups there, Congolese government spokesman and Minister for Information Henri Mova Sakanyi said o...

Memory Kawaya (extreme left), is among several thousand orphans who head homes in Zambia. Photo: © Nebert Mulenga/IRIN

ZAMBIA: Poor nutrition nullifies benefit of ARV treatment

by IRIN News December 18, 2006

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has cautioned in a new report that Southern Africa may not be adequately prepared for the upcoming planting season, while widespread food shortages batter the region....

Aid workers quit Darfur violence. Sharply deteriorating security in the Darfur region of Sudan has led to the withdrawal of 250 relief workers.

by IRIN News December 15, 2006

Aid workers face "unprecedented difficulties" because of military activity and direct violence against them, a statement by six agencies says. ...

A group of armed rebels on the road north of Kaga Bandouro, north-central CAR.  Photo: © IRIN

Central African Republic: Rebels, government blame each other for village destruction

by IRIN News December 15, 2006

Eritrea downplayed the significance of restricting UN helicopters on Thursday, describing recent remarks by the Ethiopian prime minister as duplicitous. Speaking to journalists for the first time since Eritrea grounded UN peacekeeping helicopters earlier this month, a senior government official s...

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