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After famine and drought, Somali refugees face floods

Thousands of Somalis who fled famine, drought and conflict now face the misery of heavy rains and flooding in the region, the UN refugee agency said on Friday. “Thousands of displaced Somalis have been affected by heavy rains and flooding in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia,” High Commissioner for…

Somalia wants troops to guard food aid convoys

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia called Saturday for the creation of a humanitarian force to protect food aid convoys and camps in the famine-hit Horn of Africa country. Islamist rebels mostly retreated from the capital Mogadishu last weekend but the threat of guerrilla-style attacks such as suicide bombings remains despite their…

Fighting breaks out in Somali capital

Heavy fighting broke out Thursday in the Somali capital Mogadishu, after government forces backed by African Union troops launched an assault against a stronghold of the hardline Shebab insurgents, officials and witnesses said. “There is heavy fighting this morning in several locations, it is too early to say about casualty numbers, but…

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