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Preparations under way for Somali refugees (The Seattle Times) (December 31, 2003 ) Snohomish County schools and service agencies are preparing for an influx of a new ethnic group to

Girl, 15, is raped by asylum seeker ! London, By Court Reporter - ( 31st December 2003 ) AN ASYLUM seeker who twice raped a 15-year old girl after offering to help her faces years behind

Somali faction threatens to boycott Jan 9 talks NAIROBI, Dec 31 (Reuters) - A group of Somali faction leaders threatened on Wednesday to boycott

Libya: Tough gateway to Europe ! Tripoli,Libya - BBC News - world Edition ( 31st December 2003 ) Libya's proximity to Italy means it has long been a destination for migrants from sub-Saharan ...

SOMALIA: Tension rising in north ! Nairobi,Kenya - UNIRIN- ( 30th December 2003 ) Tension is rising between the self-declared republic of Somaliland and the neighbouring ..........

Leaders' retreat rescheduled NAIROBI, 30 Dec 2003 (IRIN) - A proposed retreat for Somali political leaders which has been

Iran: Tirada geerida oo ku dhow 50,000 ! Bam,Iran - BBC News ( 30th December 2003 ) Saraakiisha gobolka dhulgariirku gilgiley ee Iran ayaa sheegey in laga yaabo in dhimashadu ay.....

Underage Somali maid succumbs to injuries ! Dubai,UAE - By Shadiah Abdullah, Gulf News Staff Reporter, ( 30th December 2003 ) An underage Somali girl who received horrific burns while working as a maid died early yesterday...

Siyaasadda gudaha ee Eritrea oo adduunku diiradda saarayo ! Asmara, BBC News - ( 30th December 2003 ) Iyadoo xiisada u dhaxeysey Ethiopia iyo Eritrea ay mar kale kacdey ayaa adduunka haatan diiradda...

Somali State Official Warns that Talks Could Harm Peace Process ! Nairobi,Kenya - Cathy Majtenyi, VOA News - ( 29th December 2003 ) A Somali state official says an upcoming meeting of Somali warlords and leaders aimed at putting...

ETHIOPIA: Horn anti-terror axis formed ! Addis Ababa , UNIRIN- ( 29th December 2003 ) The leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Yemen formed an anti-terror axis on Monday in the fight against

Sudan peace deadline in doubt Nairobi,Kenya - BBC News - ( 29th December 2003 ) A peace deal to end 20 years of war in Sudan may not be signed this week as previously announced,

The leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Yemen will meet in Addis Ababa on Monday ! Addis Ababa , By Christian Fraser - ( 29th December 2003 ) The leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Yemen will meet in Addis Ababa on Monday to discuss better ...

Somalis Infuriated By Religious Persecution Claims MOGADISHU, December 27 ( – Somalis reacted angry to a claim by a British Christian

UN Feeds Thousands of Drought-Hit Somalis (AL Jaziira) JEDDAH, 27 December 2003 — United Nations World Food Program’s director for Somalia disclosed that

AROUND 7,000 IMMIGRANTS HELD ! Sana'a By ( 27th December 2003 ) Yemeni authorities have arrested this year some seven thousand foreigners, mostly from the Horn of

Probe starts into Benin air crash ! Cotonou, Benin - BBC News ( 27th December 2003 ) Hundreds of emergency workers, troops and fishermen in Benin have joined the recovery effort.....

Thousands Killed in Earthquake in Iran ! KERMAN, Iran - By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer, ( 27th December 2003 ) Entire blocks of buildings lay crushed and survivors lined up blanket-wrapped bodies in the street

'None of my children have cried of hunger here' Crossville,Tennessee - By ANITA WADHWANI,Staff Writer - ( 26th December 2003 ) Members of the Bantu tribe in Somalia find their transition to America more difficult than that of
Talking Point: "CLEANSING" THE SUPREMER REVOLUCTIONARY COUNCIL (Toronto) (By M.M.Afrah) Dec 26 ,2003 - FLASH BACK 1969 AND THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH - President Barre began "cleansing" the Supreme Revolutionary Council (SRC) from what he described as reactionary elements. In theory the SRC was supposed to rule the country by consensus, but ..

For Ishmail, Christmas brings a gift that's easy to digest (TheAge) (December 26, 2003) Christmas is a foreign concept for Ishmail Hassan Mohammed, but his first Christmas dinner of

Kenyan Efforts Open Way for Peace in Sudan, Somalia (Dec 25, 2003) (VOA) Peacemaking was the foremost activity in East Africa this year, with the Sudanese and Somali peace

Beesha caalamka iyo IGAD oo kulmay Nairobi,Kenya - Ridwaan Xaaji Cabdiweli -BBC Nairobi ( 25th December 2003) Mbagathi ayaa waxaa shir dhowr saacadood qaatay ku yeeshay wakiillo ka socda beesha caalamka iyo

Sudan inches towards final deal ! Nairobi,Kenya - BBC News ( 24th December 2003 ) Sudanese negotiators have agreed in principle on the sharing of wealth between the north and south.

Ceel-Buur oo lagu diriray ! Ceel-Buur - Farxiya Cali Qaajo -bbc, Muqdisho ( 24th December 2003 ) Wararka naga soo gaaraya magaalada Muqdisho ayaa sheegaya in dagmada Ceel-Buur ee gobolka Galgaduud

Waresi lala yeeshay Yaasiin Maaxi Macalin (Dec 24, 2003) Waresi lala yeeshay Yaasiin Maaxi Macalin

SOMALIA: WFP delivers desperately needed food in north ! Nairobi,Kenya - UNIRIN - ( 23rd December 2003 ) The World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food rations to thousands of drought-affected nomads

Moving stories: Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Dec 23 , 2003) (BBC) Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an MP for the Liberal Party in the Netherlands, with a brief on immigration.

SOMALIA: Massive displacement in Galgadud ! Dussamareeb, UNIRIN- ( 22nd December 2003 ) Inter-clan fighting in Somalia's central Galgadud region has left over 2,000 families displaced and

Somali Muslim group bans condoms (Dec 22) (BBC) Islamic leaders say they have outlawed condoms in Somalia, where the vast majority of the population

EAC to Invest Sh313b in Rail The East African Standard (Nairobi) The East African Community (EAC) will spend a massive Sh313 billion (US$4,118 million) to harmonise

Moi gets immunity over corruption ! Nairobi,Kenya - BBC News ( 21st December 2003 ) The Kenyan Government has decided to give ex-president Moi immunity from prosecution on any ......

Secrecy Surrounding Warsame Case Worries Some Somalis (Dec 21, 2003) When Abdikarim Ecisse fled to the United States a decade ago, he thought he'd left the secrecy and
Talking Point: REMINISCENCES PART THREE (Toronto) (By M.M.Afrah) Dec 20 ,2003 - FLASH BACK OCTOBER 1969 AND AFTERMATH - AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT - How did Somalia disintegrate from Cold War stability into complete chaos and self-destruction?

Video fails to strike charge (Toronto Star) A lawyer for a Toronto man charged with assaulting a police officer failed yesterday to have the

Baaq xabad joojin - GOLAHA WADATASHIGA SOOMAALIYEED (Dec 18, 2003) Waxaa weli sii soconaya ku xadgudubyada heshiisyada la gaaro, sida heshiiskii xabad joojinta ee ay

Retreat on Somali peace put off again (Daily Nation) Thursday, December 18, 2003 A planned Mombasa retreat for Somali leaders has been postponed indefinitely

Somalian Refugees in Kenya Have Little Hope for Peace (Dadaab, Kenya) (18 Dec 2003) (VOA) The end to Somalia's civil war appears as distant as ever, despite more than a year of talks in

Somali clan warfare leaves 34 dead (Al Jaziira) (Tuesday 16 December 2003) Thirty-four people have been killed and 80 wounded in two days of clashes between rival clans in

Security Council calls for panel to monitor breaches of Somali arms embargo (UN News Center) Aiming to stem the continued flow of weapons through Somalia, the United Nations Security Council to

Leaders' Retreat Again Postponed (Nairobi ) A proposed retreat for Somali political leaders to discuss contentious issues affecting the peace

Feature - Plummeting coffee prices lead to khat upsurge DEDER, 9 Dec 2003 (IRIN) - In Ahmed Mume’s village they grow some of the finest coffee in the world.

TNG faction rejects new appointments NAIROBI, 9 Dec 2003 (IRIN) - Divisions are growing within Somalia's Transitional National Government

Delegates: PM 'null and void' (Dec 9, 2003) (News24) Nairobi - Delegates at the Somali peace talks in Nairobi representing the divided Transitional

Somali Talks Delayed for 10 Days (voa) (08 Dec 2003) A meeting of Somali warlords scheduled to take place December 9 on Kenya's east coast has been

IGAD meeting to discuss peace talks NAIROBI, 8 Dec 2003 (IRIN) - Foreign ministers of member states of the regional grouping, Inter-Gove

Rush City prison disturbances unrelated, officials say (Rush - Minnesota) (Star Tribune) (Dec 06 , 2003) Two disturbances last week at the state prison in Rush City were unrelated, a corrections official


Police cited in beating and racism complaints (December 7, 2003) Police are investigating allegations by a Somali-born man that he was subjected to racist abuse and beaten unconscious at Footscray police station.

Hussein Farah, left, Axmed Ali and Khalid Mohamed.

Money transfer companies form association NAIROBI, 5 Dec 2003 (IRIN) - Somali money transfer companies launched the Somali Financial Services

UAE investing in the revival of Somalia (Dec 03, 2003) (Business Times) Somalia one of the nations from which thousands of people have fled to Tanzania as refugees, is now

State won't pay Somali talks bills (Wednesday, December 3, 2003) (Daily Nation) The Government was under no obligation to settle bills incurred in millions of shillings by Somali

Minister warns Somalia leaders (EAS) (Tuesday, December 2, 2003) The international community is growing impatient with the pace of the Somalia peace talks, Foreign

Kenya warns int'l community against ignoring lawless Somalia NAIROBI (AFP) Dec 02, 2003 Kenyan Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka on Monday warned the international community against

Retreat plan to speed up Somalia peace initiative (Daily Nation) (Tuesday, December 2, 2003 ) Officials taking part in the Somali Peace talks intend to go for a 10-day retreat to speed up the

Hotel Evicts Somali Delegates Over Bill The East African Standard (Nairobi) Four senior Somali delegates attending the on-going Inter-governmental Authority on Development

Somalia, Sudan Peace Process Moves Slower Than Expected (Dec 1, 03) (VOA) Progress at year-long peace talks to try to end civil wars in Somalia and Sudan is being examined

UNICEF appeals to Somali leaders to help youths fight AIDS NAIROBI (AFP) - The UN Children's Fund urged Somali leaders to back youth in fighting the deadly HIV

The media vital in places like Somalia (The Star) The traditional media — both press and broadcasting — in free and stable societies such as Canada

Prime minister of the Somali provisional government quits (Arab News) (Somalia, Politics, 11/29/2003 ) The prime minister of the provisional Somali government, Othman Jama, announced that he had submitte
Talking Point: THE ATTEMPT TO INTRODUCE SHARE'A LAW IN NORTH MOGADISHU-1993/94, AND WHY IT FAILED DISASTROUSLY (Toronto) (By M.M.Afrah) Nov 28,2003 - Soon after the United Nations pulled out of Somalia, north Mogadishu was run by an uneasy alliance between Ali Mahdi Mohamed and Sheikh Ali Dheere, one of Somalia's leading clerics.

'Police paid not to notice' (Nov 28, 2003) (News24) Mombasa, Kenya - Wooden dhows sail into Mombasa's centuries old port every day, unloading everything

Unguarded Ports Aid al-Qaida in Kenya MOMBASA, Kenya -- Wooden dhows sail into Mombasa's centuries old port every day, unloading everythin

Schooled in diversity (Nov 27, 2003) (Beaverton News) Beaverton district leaders reach out to help immigrant parents learn the ropes of public school

The Somalia comparison: anarchy and terrorism (IHT) MBAGATHI, Kenya The recent sight of Black Hawk helicopters falling from the sky in Iraq has prompted

Finland not yet sending refugees back to Somalia (Tuesday 25.11.2003 ) According to the Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten Sweden has decided to allow the forced repatriat

The Lesson of Somalia: Just a Humpty Dumpty Story? (November 26, 2003) MBAGATHI, Kenya — The recent sight of Black Hawk helicopters falling from the sky in Iraq prompts

FEATURE-From mud huts to Walmart, Bantus make new life in US UTICA, New York, Nov 26 (Reuters) - In June, Mohammad Hassan was living in a mud hut in a squalid

Repatriation Possible As Thousands of Refugees Registered (November 24, 2003 ) The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the Eritrean government are carrying out their first-ever joint

MINNESOTA: Somali puts faith in high court (Sunday, November 23, 2003) A Minnesota Somali challenging the government's authority to deport him to his homeland hopes the

Documentary on Somalis opens to glowing reviews (Sunday, November 23, 2003) (Associated Press) LEWISTON — A documentary film about Lewiston's Somali community and last winter's showdown with hate

Inquiry into Somali boy's death (The Dominion Post) (21 November 2003 ) Police hope to establish by late today whether Somali schoolboy Molid Mohamed was with anyone when h

Kenya plans meeting to revive Somalian peace talks NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya said on Friday it planned to host a gathering of 40 faction leaders from
Talking Point: LEST WE FORGET! (Toronto) (By M.M.Afrah) Nov 16 ,2003 - As people in the West commemorated Veteran's Day or Memorial Day, November 11, I was trying to recover what in the medical jargon is called Lithotripsy (in layman's English: kidney stone treatment or stone crushing) that has gone awry, notwithstanding the much bandied hi-tech state of the art instruments.

UN Committee Urges Respect for Somali Arms Embargo (VOA) (18 Nov 2003) A U.N. committee overseeing the arms embargo imposed on Somalia 11 years ago, says the embargo must
Italy mourns illegal immigrants (Al Jaziira ) Saturday 25 October 2003 - Teary tributes were paid in Rome to 13 Somali immigrants who died at sea in a desperate attempt to reach Europe's shores.
UNHCR to Close Hartisheik Refugee Camp (VOA) The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, says it is close to shutting down the Hartisheik refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia. Hartisheik was once the biggest refugee camp in the world, at one time housing 600,000 Somalis.
East African leaders give new impetus to Somalia peace process East African heads of state from the seven-member Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) announced plans to kick-start stalled reconciliation talks for Somalia.

UN restricts staff movement in Somaliland after Britons killed (Nairobi)(The Herald) The United Nations yesterday restricted its staff working in the breakaway republic of Somaliland to
Talking Point: "BLACK HAWK DOWN" MOVIE - A HOAX? - PART THREE (Toronto) (By M.M.Afrah) Oct 24 ,2003 - On the 10th anniversary and high demand of our respected readers, the webmaster has re-publish this creative three part series of Talking Points by M.M.Afrah about ... THE TRUE SCENARIO AS WITNESSED BY THIS WRITER


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