NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks on
Wednesday with visiting Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi
Farmajo focusing on security issues, the presidency said.
said the two leaders discussed bilateral issues and security
matters including the continued support for African Mission in
Somalia (AMISOM) in which Kenyan forces play a big role.
“The two leaders
updated each other on shared security concerns as well as
progress in regional efforts to bring peace and stability back
to Somalia with the help of Kenya and other nations,” it said.
arrived in the country early Wednesday accompanied by a
high-level delegation of ministers and senior government
State House said
Kenyatta and Farmajo also discussed multilateral issues
including Kenya’s push for a non-permanent seat on the United
Nations Security Council.
United Nations pledges 2.7 mln
USD to help
Somaliland communities affected by cyclone
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The United Nations on Tuesday pledged 2.7 million
U.S. dollars to help Somaliland communities affected by cyclone
which left at least 25 people dead and displaced thousand
Peter de Clercq, the
UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia who visited the
self-declared semi-autonomous region, said the response to the
combination of events- storm, floods, drought- highlighted the
need for a response which addresses both the short- and
longer-term needs of humanitarian events.
De Clercg said in a
statement released in Mogadishu that the short-term should focus
on the immediate emergency and the longer-term centred on
building the resilience of communities like that of the Awhal
The recent landfall
of Cyclone Sagar on the northern Horn of Africa has affected
some 160,000 people, killing dozens and causing severe damage to
infrastructure and economic loss, especially for those with a
traditional pastoral livelihood, according to the UN.
It said the
cyclone’s impact has compounded an already-difficult
humanitarian and development situation in the area due to recent
heavy flooding and a years-long drought.
De Clercq had been
in Somaliland to see its impact first-hand, as well as meet with
local partners, including government officials, representatives
of non-governmental organizations, community elders and people
directly affected by the storm.
The cyclone comes
after a powerful tropical cyclone with winds in excess of 120
km/per hour and an entire year’s worth of rain which landed in
Somalia on May 19 left destruction and death in its wake in
Somaliland, endangering the lives of thousands of children in
Cyclone Sagar tore
through the coastal north of the country, destroying homes and
livelihoods in its wake.
Somaliland authorities, at least 25 people have been killed, 27
others are missing and hundreds of homes destroyed following
tropical cyclone Sagar that caused heavy rains and flooding in
Somalia evacuates 151 stranded
migrants from Libya
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The Somali government on Wednesday evacuated 151
migrants from Libya who had been held in areas controlled by
evacuation brings to 176 the number of Somalis who have been
returned home since the government launched the return-to-home
exercise backed by the International Organization for Migration
(IOM) and the EU in December last year.
Somali Ambassador to
EU Ali Faqi who received the returnees at the airport in
Mogadishu said the registration and repatriation of other
Somalis still stranded in Libya is still ongoing.
He said they have
managed to bring back 151 Somalis out of 300 who had been
registered. Faqi said the first batch of 11 Somalis arrived in
the country in February followed by 13 others in March and a
similar number in the same month.
He said the efforts
are underway to bring back more Somalis who are still stranded
in the North African nation, noting however that some are not
willing to return.
The Horn of African
nation’s government has returned prisoners and Somali migrants
back from Ethiopia, Seychelles and India earlier.
Photos and videos of
Somalis tortured in smugglers’ camps have outraged the public in
Somalia, prompting President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to order
evacuation of Somali migrants allegedly enslaved in Libya.
reports, Libya’s Bani Walid is a hotspot for smugglers moving
migrants from sub-Saharan countries to the coast, where they
then board boats in dangerous sea journeys to Italy.