Somalia’s First Forensic Lab Targets Rape Impunity

Garowe – The new freezers at Somalia’s only forensic laboratory can store thousands of DNA samples, although for now there are just five. The big hope is that they could be the start of a revolution in how the troubled Horn of Africa country tackles its widespread sexual violence – …

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SOMALIA: US Says Drone Strike Kills 3 Al-Shabab Extremists

By Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia — The United States military says it has carried out a drone strike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, killing three “terrorists.” The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred Monday near Jilib town in Middle Juba region. “We assess no civilians were killed in …

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SOMALIA: Detained Children Face Abuse

Emphasize Rehabilitation, Develop Child-Specific Procedures Somali authorities are unlawfully detaining and at times prosecuting in military courts children with alleged ties to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 85-page report, “‘It’s Like We Are Always in a Prison’: Abuses Against Boys …

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Al-Shabaab Plundering Starving Somali Villages of Cash and Children


Defectors reveal crippling extortion by Islamist terror group and ‘brainwashing’ of boys, as it suffers apparent crisis of morale By Jason Burke Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia are extorting huge sums from starving communities and forcibly recruiting hundreds of children as soldiers and suicide bombers as the terror group endures financial …

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This Somali Culture Zine Looks Amazing

Safy Hallan Farah’s ‘1991’ Zine Will Feature Beautiful Images And Writing Culled From The Brightest Young Minds Across The Somali Diaspora. By Eve Peyser Safy Hallan Farah didn’t think there were enough images of Somali people in media, so she took things into her own hands. In the summer of …

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Somalia Evacuates 11 Migrants Stranded In Libya

MOGADISHU, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) — The Somali government and the UN refugee agency on Saturday evacuated 11 migrants from Libya who had been held in areas controlled by militia. Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia Mahdi Mohamed Guled who received the migrants in Mogadishu said the government is committed to bringing …

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Can Somalia’s Fishing Industry Keep Pirates out of Business?

From 2010 to 2012, pirates ruled Somali waters, costing commercial ships billions of dollars in ransoms. Over the last few years, increased naval patrolling and security improved the situation drastically and many former pirates turned to fishing to earn an honest living. However, NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jane Ferguson reports …

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