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• Zanzibari refugees want to stay

NAIROBI, 18 October (IRIN) – The 103 refugees from Zanzibar who have been in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, since 6 October do not want to return to Zanzibar, one of them told IRIN on Thursday.

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• Southern town taken by opposition militia

NAIROBI, 17 October (IRIN) – The regional capital of the Middle Juba Region, Bu’aale, was reportedly captured on Tuesday by forces loyal to the Somali Reconciliation and Restoration Council (SRRC), so …

• Somali Gunmen Attack Red Cross Convoy

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – Gunmen attacked rented trucks carrying Red Cross medicine and equipment to Mogadishu’s two main hospitals, officials and witnesses said.

One of the convoy’s security …


• Puntland warns of water shortages

NAIROBI, 17 October (IRIN) – Parts of the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, northeastern Somalia, are facing serious water shortages, the “acting president” of Puntland, Yusuf Haji Nur, tol …

• Puntland conference approves charter

NAIROBI, 18 October (IRIN) – The conference of the representatives of the constituent regions of the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, northeastern Somalia, has approved the Puntland charte …

• Peace deal in Kismayo

NAIROBI, 16 October (IRIN) – A peace deal has been signed between two rival clans in the port city of Kismayo, 500 km south of Mogadishu, a local source told IRIN on Tuesday. The talks which led to th …

• Over 450,000 people face food crisis in the south

NAIROBI, 17 October (IRIN) – The failure of the main Gu rainy season (May-July) in key food-producing areas of southern Somalia has created a serious humanitarian crisis for over 450,000 people. Urgen …


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