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Talking Point: THE PLIGHT OF THE SOMALI BANTUS AND OTHER MINORITIES - PART II Mach 13- 2004 - TALKING POINT BY M. M. Afrah © 2004 - It seems that many Somalis, particularly the Waryaa component of the population lost their tongues to openly denounce the heinous crimes committed against the Somali Bantus and other minorities in Somalia.
Hopes, fears at Somali talks (March 12 2004) (By Kwendo Opanga - EAS)   The grumbling that has hit the Somali peace process in Nairobi threatens to dismantle 16 months of

Launch of New Somalia Government Delayed (voa) Kenya says the formal launch of a new government for Somalia has been delayed because

First Somali family arrives in Akron ! Akron,Ohio - Akron Beacon Journal - ( 12th March 2004 ) The Mugaza family, Akron's newest immigrant residents, arrived tired and bleary-eyed at the Akron-

Finland deports first Somali to Somaliland (Foreign - Friday 12.3.2004) Finland has deported a citizen of Somalia for the first time.

SOMALIA: Growing food insecurity in northern and central regions ! Garowe, Nugal - IRIN - ( 11th March 2004 ) Food insecurity in the pastoral areas of north and central Somalia has worsened in the last three

Somalia: Peace Process Should Move Into Phase Three, Say Igad And Partners ! Nairobi,Kenya - Allafrica/IRIN - ( 11th March 2004 ) The members of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) facilitation committee for the...

Somalian-born author attacked by stalker (Thursday March 11, 2004) The actress, model and best-selling author Waris Dirie was last night recovering after an obsessed

TNG RECALLS ITS GULF ENVOYS FOR CONSULTATIONS ! Mogadishu,Somalia - By ( 11th March 2004 ) The President of Transitional National Government of Somalia Abdiqassim Salad Hassan had reportedly

Housewife fined Dh10,000 over death of maid ! Dubai,UAE - By Bassam Za'za', Gulf News Staff Reporter - ( 11th March 2004 ) A housewife was fined Dh10,000 for illegally hiring a 14-year-old maid who died of horrific burns

Somali defendant issues United States a challenge ! Detroit, BY TAMARA AUDI, FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER - ( 11th March 2004 ) A Somali man who was ordered deported by a Detroit immigration judge Tuesday night has waived his

Faction leaders warn of possible peace talks collapse NAIROBI, 10 Mar 2004 (IRIN) - Over a dozen faction leaders ..

Court orders deportation of Somali man investigated for possible terror links DETROIT (AP) -- An immigration court ordered the deportation of a Somali refugee who was investigate

Bring the Somali Warlords to Justice Somali Peace Rally (March 11 2004) The Somali people had their hopes rekindled upon hearing the establishment of the International

Volunteers prepare for Somali refugees (The Beacon Journal) (Wed, Mar. 10, 2004) Inside a five-unit brick apartment building in North Hill, the stage is being set for an Akron ..

War saxaafadeedyo iska soo horjeeda ! Nairobi,Kenya - Xasan Bariise,bbc - ( 9th March 2004 ) Labo warsaxaafadeed oo soo kala horjeeda ayey soo kala saareen Guddiga Fududeynta IGAD ee shirka...

ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Border deadlock might get "dangerous", says Annan Addis Ababa , IRIN - ( 9th March 2004 ) Escalating tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea are threatening their current military stability,

Somali MP Got Death Threats, Court Told ! Nairobi,Kenya - (The Nation ) ( 9th March 2004 ) A Somali MP received death threats before he was murdered, a witness told a Nairobi court yesterday

House helps Bantu refugees settle in (March 9, 2004) (The State) Columbia’s first Bantu is moving out to make room for 10 others who will be arriving this week

Final Phase of Talks to Be Launched On 13 March (March 08 2004) (IRIN) Kenyan Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka, who is also the chairman of the Inter-Governmental

Somalia: Campaign Against FGM Launched On Women's Day ! Mogadishu,Somalia - Allafrica/IRIN ( 8th March 2003 ) On the occasion of International Women's Day, a campaign against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) ..

War thugs find haven in Canada (Saturday, March 06, 2004) One was a militia commander responsible for systematic human rights abuses in Ghana.

Salad leaves Sana'a, Yemen committed to peace support ! Sana'a, Yemen - ( SABA) ( 6th March 2004 ) The Somali interim leader Abdiqassim Salad Hassan left Sana'a on Saturday as he concluded a 3-day

Somalis And the Future New York City - David H. Shinn ( 6th March 2004 ) I want to express appreciation to Dr. Kevin Cahill and the Institute of International Humanitarian

Press Release By Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Minister For Foreign Affairs And Chairman Of The Igad (PRESS RELEASE) Government of Kenya (Nairobi) On behalf of the IGAD Ministerial Facilitation Committee, I wish to announce ..
Talking Point: EVEN ORPHANAGES ARE NOT IN SAFE HANDS March 05- 2004 - TALKING POINT BY M. M. Afrah © 2004 - Several years ago no one in Somalia knew who was Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda (The Base) network and what he stood for until the Americans, who ironically supported and
Somali president arrives in Sana'a ! Sana'a, Yemen - (Saba) ( 4th March 2004 ) Somali President Abdi-Kassim Salad Hassan arrived in Sana'a Thursday for talks on conditions in....

State incurs Sh1b debt on Somali talks ! Nairobi,Kenya - Standard Reporter - ( 4th March 2004 ) The Kenya Government has incurred a Sh1 billion debt on the ongoing Somali peace talks since it ...

Somalia: Faction Leaders Meet in Jowhar ! Jowhar,Somalia - Allafrica/IRIN ( 4th March 2004 ) A group of faction leaders who abandoned the Somali peace talks currently going on in Kenya on....

2 men held in slaying of Somali cabbie in Seattle ! Seattle, By Michael Ko- Seattle Times staff reporter, ( 4th March 2004 ) Seattle police detectives arrested two men yesterday in the death of Hassan Farah, a Yellow Cab....

State incurs Sh1b debt on Somali talks (Thursday, March 4, 2004) (Standard Reporter) The Kenya Government has incurred a Sh1 billion debt on the ongoing Somali peace talks since it star

SOMALIA: Faction leaders meet in Jowhar NAIROBI, 4 Mar 2004 (IRIN) - A group of faction leaders who abandoned the Somali peace talks

SOMALIA: Habitat trains local leaders on good governance NAKURU, 4 Mar 2004 (IRIN) - A training programme on good local governance and leadership for Somalia

STATUS OF SOMALI PEACE PROCESS AND WAY FORWARD (Asha Ahmed Abdalla - Woman politician) Somali delegates in Somali National Reconciliation Conference, Mbagathi, converged to

Warlord Urged to Stop Depleting Somalia’s Marine Resource Somali Peace Rally (Galkaio City) The citizens of Somalia have continued to witness many brigand type ..

Britain Denies Offering Dar Cash for Refugees The East African (Nairobi) BRITAIN'S HOME Office has denied allegations that it is trying to dump failed Somali asylum seekers

SOMALIA: Controversy over extension of Puntland administration's mandate ! Bosasso,Somalia - (IRIN) - ( 3rd March 2004) Controversy is brewing over attempts to extend the mandate of the administration of the self- .....

Keynan 'Had a Deal With Slain Somali Delegate' Nairobi,Kenya - The East African Standard - ( 3rd March 2004) Former Wajir West MP Adan Keynan had a business deal with a former Somali MP he is accused of ....

GOLAHA SRRC OO SHIRWEYNE QARAN KU QABANDOONAAN MAGAALADA JOWHAR MARCH AFARTEEDA (Jowhar) ( on March 03, 2004) Shir Jaraaid oo Guddoomiyaha SRRC Shiikh Aadan Madoob ..

SOMALIA: Journalist harassed over radio report New York, March 3, 2004—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the

Refugees arrive back in Somalia as agencies seek fresh aid (Feb 02, 2004) (UNHCR) Hundreds of Somali refugees are returning home from Djibouti with the start of UNHCR repatriation

Somali asylum seekers could be Tanzanians (By Mwondoshah Mfanga) (2004-03-02 ) Asylum seekers reported last week to be behind the trade for a 8bn/- aid exchange between

First Somali to be deported from Finland (By Helsinki Sanomat) (Monday 1.3.2004 ) According to the Directorate of immigration, a Somali man is ..
UN-backed report warns of food emergency in Somalia 29 February 2004 – More than 200,000 people in the north and centre of Somalia are facing food shortages and starvation brought on by a long period of drought considered the worst in 30 years ..
Socdaalkii Duqa Magaalda Muqdisho Dr Xuseen Cali Axmed.... (Feb 29, 2004) (   Duqa Magaalada Muqdisho Dr Xuseen Cali Axmed 15kii Febaraayo ayuu yimid Magaalada Katrineholm ee dalka Sweden gaar ahaan gobolka Sormland oo ku taal Bartamaha Sweden sidii uu jadwalku ahaa ...
Orphans of Somali lose their home in war on terrorism (Feb 28, 2004) (Adrian Blomfield reports)   America claims that a Somali-based child charity was linked to al-Qa'eda.
UN appeals for $111 million to assist Somalia   (Feb 278, 2004)   NAIROBI - UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Somalia on Friday

No decision yet on UK Somali refugees -Mapuri (Feb 27 , 2004) (By Peter Tindwa - IPP Media) Tanzania is yet to make a decision on the request made by the British Government to settle Somali re

An error leaves a London Somali mom unable to get health cards for her kids (London ) (JENNIFER O'BRIEN, Free Press Reporter ) (Feb 27 , 2004) A London immigrant says her children's health and future are at risk because of a bureaucratic
Somalia: Thousands Threatened By Food Shortages ! Nairobi,Kenya - Allafrica/IRIN - ( 26th February 2004) More than 200,000 people in Somalia's northern and central regions face extreme food shortages due

SOMALIA: Security Council warns obstructionist leaders Nairobi,Kenya - (IRIN) - ( 26th February 2004) The UN Security Council has called on Somali parties taking part in peace talks in Kenya to "reach

Somalia: Private Enterprise Keeping the Country Going (United States Department of State (Washington, DC)) How will the international community characterize a country that has ...

Turkey boat tragedy, 13 dead (The Australian) (February 26, 2004) THE number of people known to have died when a ship carrying illegal immigrants sank...

U.N. Calls for Cease-Fire in Somalia (The Mercury News) UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council called for a cease-fire throughout Somalia Wednesday and

Factions Accuse Talks Organisers of Mismanagement (Nairobi) Some Somali factions participating in the Somali peace talks in Kenya have accused the conference

Prosecutors examine pupil's death Glasgow, BBC News - ( 25th February 2004) Prosecutors in Glasgow are studying police and post mortem reports into the death of an 11-year-old

Somali Factional Leaders Demand Ethiopian Participation in Peace Talks (Nairobi on Feb 25, 2004) (VOA) Several factions in the Somali peace talks have said they will not take part until Ethiopia rejoins

Uganda: Plenary Endorses Agreement As Talks Move to Final Phase (Feb 25, 2004) The Somali national reconciliation conference has entered its third and final phase

First Bantu refugee expected in Midlands on Tues. (Columbia) Feb. 24, 2004 - The first Somalia refugee is expected to arrive in Columbia on Tuesday.

Supreme Court to hear two immigration deportation cases ! WASHINGTON - By GINA HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer - ( 23rd February 2004 ) The Supreme Court said Monday it would consider two immigration cases that will clarify when people Somalia: exit into history?   (By Harun Hassan - open democracy )   The warring factions that have devastated Somalia have signed their
Rebuilding Somalia Could Aid War on Terror, say Residents   MOGADISHU - U.S. officials have been concerned that some members of the al-Qaida terrorist network, seeking a new refuge after being chased out of Afghanistan, are hiding in Somalia and planning new attacks from there.
Soomaalida oo ansixiyey heshiiskii Nairobi Nairobi,Kenya - Xasan Bariise,bbc - ( 23rd February 2004 ) Waxaa gelinkii dambe ee maanta xarunta Mbagathi ee duleedka magaalada Nairobi lagu ansixiyey ....
Second African Defense Ministers's Meeting Begins in Libya ! Tripoli,Libya - By (Jana) - ( 23rd February 2004 ) Libyan Leader Muammar Al Qathafi, last night attended the opening session of the secon
Six faction leaders demand postponement of peace talks       NAIROBI, 23 Feb 2004 (IRIN) - Six faction leaders participating in the Somali peace talks

Iskuday lagaga samataxinaayo shirka Kenya caqabado soo wajahday & SRRC-da oo qarka .. (Nairobi - Kenya) ( (22 February 2004) Waxaa soo yaraaneysa rajada ay guddiga fududeynta shirka

Defence Ministers of Africa arrive in Tripoli,Libya ! Tripoli,Libya - By (Jana) - ( 22nd February 2004 ) The Ministers of defence of the Republic of Mozamibique,Rwanda,Burundi, Uganda, Congo Brazaville ...
Talking Point: THE PLIGHT OF THE SOMALI BANTUS AND OTHER MINORITIES Feb 21 - 2004 - TALKING POINT BY M. M. Afrah © 2004 - Weeks ago one of the faction leaders made some appallingly offensive remarks against the Jareer, (kinky haired people). Mohamed Dheere was reacting about a press conference by Kenyan Foreign Minister ....
WFP cuts food to Horn ! Addis Ababa , news 24 - ( 20th February 2004) The World Food Programme announced Friday that it has been forced to reduce by 30% food rations to
Somalis Wait Anxiously for New Government (Feb 20 ,2004) (VOA) Late last month, a group of powerful Somali warlords and clan leaders reached a landmark agreement on forming a unified government in the Horn of Africa country. For many people in Somalia, the deal has raised
Annan praises progress, calls for improved security       NAIROBI, 20 Feb 2004 (IRIN) - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has hailed the recent breakthrough in
INTERVIEW-Defying mayhem, Somali plans Coca-Cola venture       NAIROBI, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Defying his broken country's many pessimists, a Somali businessman
Somali leaders must match political progress with improved security, Annan says   (UN News Center)   19 February 2004 – With the selection of a Somali transitional national parliament on the horizon
Somali Civil Society Peace Rally in Mogadishu   (Mogadishu) Today he Somali Civil Society in Action has organized large peace rally participated by all walks of life of Mogadishu Inhabitants, which gathered at Studio Mogadishu in support of the ongoing ...
Gloom falls on Dutch asylum seekers ! Amsterdam- BBC News - ( 19th February 2004) Things are looking grim for Yusuf, a Somali asylum seeker, after the Dutch parliament voted this
Navy personnel leave for East Africa ! Jacksonville, By GREGORY PIATT of The Times-Union ( 19th January 2004) Nearly three dozen medical personnel from Jacksonville Naval Hospital will leave today for Eastern
Arrest bungle denied   (Herald Sun) (Feb 19, 2004) AN arrest warrant was issued in the US for a Somali citizen with alleged terrorist links while
Foreign-Educated Somalis Give Up Lucrative Incomes Abroad to Serve Homeland (Feb 18, 2004) (VOA)   In Somalia, the collapse of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre's government in 1991, and the United Nations
Minneapolis's Own Slice of Mogadishu (Minneapolis) (City Pages)   It's a dismal day in south Minneapolis, one of those cold midwinter afternoons when the sun shines
Over 200,000 Refugees May Leave Kenya Nairobi,Kenya - Mark Agutu for - ( 18th February 2004) More than 200,000 refugees in the country will be repatriated once the ongoing peace negotiations
Somali-Canadian UN envoy laments his nation's isolation Ottawa, By ESTANISLAO OZIEWICZ - ( 18th February 2004) Somali-Canadian Ahmed Abdi Hashi may be an ambassador to the United Nations, but Ottawa
Netherlands to deport 26,000 failed asylum seekers Brussels By STEPHEN CASTLE ( 18th February 2004) The Netherlands has cast off its liberal reputation on immigration, deciding to deport around 26,000
Dutch parliament approves expulsion of thousands of asylum seekers       THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Dutch parliament approved a controversial bill calling for the forcible
Years of War, Anarchy Take Their Toll on Somali People (Feb 18, 2004) (VOA)   It has been almost a decade since the United States pulled its troops out of the Horn of Africa ..
Press Release: Somali Leadership Foundation (FAL-SAN)) has launched a new website ) Somali Leadership Foundation (FAL-SAN) has launched
Somalia: Emergency Assistance Needed in the Nugal Valley Garowe, Allafrica/IRIN ( 16th February 2004) About 6,200 people living in the lower Nugal Valley of northeastern Somalia are in need of .......
Tunisia win Cup of Nations
  (bbc)   Tunisia 2-1 Morocco -An error from Morocco keeper Khalid Fouhami gifted Tunisia their first-ever A
Wagalla massacre: The sore that refuses to heal   (Sunday Estandard) On February 16, 1984, local daily newspapers carried a story about an open letter to a minister of State in the Office of the President, Hussein Maalim Mohammed, about the "persecution" and "rounding up" of people of the Degodia clan.
Double Agent Plan Feb. 13 (abc news) When a Somali-born computer student was arrested in Minneapolis last December on suspicion of helping al Qaeda, federal counterterrorism officials thought they might finally have found what they desperately need
Kenya asks Ethiopia to support Somali peace talks       NAIROBI, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Kenya asked Horn of Africa power Ethiopia on Friday to
Somali man allowed to stay - for now y (Feb 13, 2004) BY New Zealand Zoom -Abdikarin Ali Haji has a smile plastered on his face. In a dramatic week when a Sri Lankan girl was sent away to an uncertain fate, the young Somali man received
Gunmen allegedly forced farmers to grow pot       MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Armed Somali factions are taking over small-scale
Talking Point: HADRAWI'S LONG JOURNEY TO PEACE Feb 13 - 2004 - TALKING POINT BY M. M. Afrah © 2004 - Mohamed Warsame Hadrawi is one of the great moral and Peace Crusader of our time whose lifelong dedication to the fight against injustice, war mongering and acts of violence won him the admiration of many peace-loving Somalis everywhere.
Somalia: Peace Process On Course, Says Kenyan Ambassador   (Feb 12, 2004)   The peace process under way in Kenya is on course and will move into its final phase soon, according

It is Now Or Never for Somalia (East African Estrandard) (Feb 12 2004) The third phase of the long drawn Somali peace talks is set to begin next week
Somalis to be dealt with case-by-case
(Feb 12, 2004) ( Wellington: Deportation and removal decisions concerning Somalis will
Video helps Somali families take advantage of Eagan education (the Star Tribune) Thanks to a 24-minute video narrated in their native language, education is no longer a barrier between parents and children for most Somali families at Dakota Hills Middle School in Eagan.
Somali decision welcomed (Feb 11, 2004) (NZCity) The Government's decision not to deport a Somali following a UN report on the situation in

Somalia: I Was Not Ill-Mistreated, Says Released UN Official Kismaio,Somalia - Allafrica/IRIN ( 10th February 2004) A United Nations staff member just freed from captivity has said that although the conditions of

Student suspect in terror trial found bin Laden 'inspirational,' authorities say Minneapolis- Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune - ( 10th February 2004) After joining the front lines for the Taliban, terrorism suspec
Somali refugee to stay (Feb 10, 2004) BY New Zealand Zoom - A Somali man nearly thrown out of the country last year, has been told he can stay in New Zealand for a year.Abdikarin Ali Haji was saved from deportation by a last minute High Court reprieve in November has been given
Somalia: Tna Endorses Agreement Mogadishu,Somalia - Allafrica/IRIN ( 9th February 2004) After three days of debate, the Transitional National Assembly (TNA) of Somalia, has given its ....
FIASCO AT DAALLO AIRLINE COUNTER IN DUBAI ! Dubai,UAE - By ( 9th February 2004) As I was seeing off my relative who was taking the Daallo Airline flight D3-189 early this morning,
Somali peace hopes sink to new depths MOGADISHU, Feb 8 (Reuters) - A new row at Somali peace talks has damaged hopes that warring

German kidnapped in Somalia reunited with family NAIROBI, Feb 8 (Reuters) - A German U.N. worker kidnapped by gunmen in Somalia was reunited ....
Press Release: ABDUCTED UN STAFF MEMBER STILL CAPTIVE AFTER A WEEK Nairobi (7 February 2004) – The United Nations confirmed today that United Nations staff member and German national Mr. Rolf Helmrich
Talking Point: ESCAPE FROM MOGADISU Feb 7 - 2004 - TALKING POINT BY M. M. Afrah © 2004 - It was early in the morning and I was standing at a windswept airstrip north of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, with a group of visiting Western journalists, waiting for a UN-chartered Tupolev aircraft that was to take us to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.
Toronto (By M.M.Afrah) Jan 24 ,2004 - General Mohamed Farah Aideed was bristling with indignation at the heavy-handedness of the United Nations International Task Force (UNITAF), the forerunner of UNOSOM I, spearheaded by the Americans.
Talking Point: THE TRAGEDY CONTINUES TO RAGE .(Toronto) (By M.M.Afrah) Jan 2 ,2004 - (A note from your Webmaster: Some of you have disagreed with M. M. Afrah's historical jewel about minor discrepancies, such as dates and army ranks of the protagonists who played different roles during revolutionary era. One of our readers said Salad Gavere was a General and not a Colonel etc. etc

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