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Minister Sadik In Washington For World Bank Meetings

30 October – Source: Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs – 167 Words

Somali minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Sadik Hirsi Warfa on Tuesday held a meeting with World Bank Vice president, Havez Ghanem in Washington DC of United States. During the meeting, the two officials discussed the financial support of the bank and social protection and job creation project. The World Bank supported social protection which is carried out by the ministry targets 200 000 families. The projected is expected to reach 1.2 million people especially families from pastoral communities and IDPs. “This meeting was fruitful, I thank the World Bank for its support to our country; I urged for the continuation of support of the bank until Somalia’s debt is relieved and the country becomes economic(ally) self-reliant,” the Minister said. Meanwhile, the Minister participated in a Ministerial Panel discussion on Political Economy factors in Social Protection Reform and implementation which took place held in Washington DC. During his visit to the US, the minister is expected to meet with US officials and officials from donors.

Key Headlines

  • Minister Sadik In Washington For World Bank Meetings (Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs)
  • DC Sentenced To Life For Colluding With Shabaab To Kill His Deputy (Goobjoog)
  • Coalition Settles For Sheikh Sharif As Chairman (Goobjoog)
  • NUSOJ Condemns Journalist’s Conviction As “Miscarriage Of Justice” Demands His Release (Hiiraan Online)
  • ‘Incidents Like These Bring Hope’: Muslim Driver Saves Christians From Islamist Attack (CBN News)
  • Preventing Violent Extremism In Uganda And Somalia (Kofi Annan Foundation)
  • Hackney’s Only Somali Centre Must Expand To Meet Community’s Needs (Hackney Gazette)


DC Sentenced To Life For Colluding With Shabaab To Kill His Deputy

30 October – Source: Goobjoog – 132 Words

A District Commissioner has been sentenced to life for killing his deputy by a military court in Mogadishu. The court found Mahas District Commissioner, Sheikh Elmi Awale, guilty of conspiracy to commit the murder of his then Deputy Commissioner, Rashid Osman Abdi. The Deputy Commissioner died in April after an explosive device planted in his car went off in April. Two other defendants, Ali Ahmed Gure and Noor Ibrahim, whom the court established were members of the militant group Al-Shabaab, were condemned to face the firing squad by the court. Ibrahim, the court held was responsible for delivering the explosives which were later planted on the deputy commissioner’s vehicle. The case is perhaps one of the rarest to have been handled by the court where a district commissioner purposely kills his deputy.

Coalition Settles For Sheikh Sharif As Chairman

30 October – Source: Goobjoog – 114 Words

A coalition of political parties under the Forum for National Parties (FNP) has elected former president Sheikh Sharif Ahmed as its chairman heralding a new political direction as the country gears up for elections next year. The FNP leadership meeting in Mogadishu today settled for President Ahmed to head the new coalition in what is seen as a major political alignment ahead of the polls for the election of a new president in February 2021. Parliamentary elections will start as from October when the term of parliament ends. FNP was formed last month bringing together about 10 political parties among them UPD chaired by former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Himilo chaired by Sharif.

NUSOJ Condemns Journalist’s Conviction As “Miscarriage Of Justice”, Demands His Release

30 October – Source: Hiiraan Online – 582 Words

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has condemned the 3-month jail sentence and fine of US $300 that a court in Southwest State handed to Abdulkadir Barre Moallim, a freelance journalist on 29 October 2019. Journalist Abdulkadir Barre Moallim was arrested on 25 September and held in prison for more than a month without charges, after covering a press conference by local elders who reportedly supported former president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed who was barred to travel to Kismayo. Bay regional court said in a document dated October 29 and seen by NUSOJ, the journalist was part of four people convicted of organising what it described as “unlawful” meeting in Baidoa to support and apologise to ex-president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. Abdulkadir Barre Moallim and the other three defendants were all charged for violating article 232 (political conspiracy to commit a crime) of Somalia’s old and obsolete penal code.

“The sham verdict of journalist Abdulkadir Barre Moallim confirms that the topmost purpose of his arrest and continued detention has been to criminalise the legitimate work of a journalist. Our colleague is a victim of a miscarriage of justice because he was today convicted and punished for a crime that he did not commit. And handing out the guilty verdict for this case just makes a mockery of Abdulkadir’s right to a fair trial, his right to justice, and justice system of South West State,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary-General. “The administration of Southwest State used the seriously flawed legal proceedings to punish and silence Abdulkadir Barre and to intimidate other journalists from speaking out,” Osman added. “This sentence is all about cowing independent media into submission to [the] local government’s control.”

The case has been marred by fundamental due process concerns. Abdulkadir Barre Moalim was arrested and detained for conduct that is not inherently criminal, in the first place. Authorities of Southwest State did not inform Abdulkadir Barre and other co-defendants of the crime of which they are accused, or the evidence supporting the accusation for more than a month. The presiding judge in his decision violated the right to a presumption of innocence, while most of the judges in Baidoa routinely disregard, and are even ignorant of, the provisions of the Somali Penal Code and the Provisional Constitution of Somalia. “If allowed to stand, this conviction and sentence strike a serious blow to freedom of expression and the journalistic profession in Somalia, and in Southwest regions in particular. Abdulkadir’s conviction must be set aside,” stressed Osman…….


‘Incidents Like These Bring Hope’: Muslim Driver Saves Christians From Islamist Attack

29 October – Source: CBN News – 424 Words

A Muslim driver has saved the lives of eight Christians workers after boldly refusing to obey the commands of an Islamist militant group. The incident occurred in the South Kenyan city of Mandera when a group of al-Shabaab fighters flagged down workers as they left a hospital building site. But instead of allowing the fighters to stop the vehicle, the Muslim driver put his foot to the floor, speeding off and evading the murderous jihadis. A senior police official in the area told religious persecution watchdog, International Christian Concern, that officers became aware of the attempted attack and dispatched personnel to the area, meeting the car about four miles beyond the Al-Shabaab roadblock. “We applaud Mr Hassan Abdul for his [bravery] in escaping from the trap of the Somali insurgents and saving the lives of the eight innocent men,” the official explained.

One of the survivors, Simon Kiiru, described the incident to ICC as “a traumatizing moment that should not be wished upon anybody regardless of their tribe or religion,” noting that the gunmen opened fire on the vehicle as they sped away. “As soon as we had bypassed the attackers, they started running after us while spraying bullets on the van and deflating one of the tires,” he said. “We lied on the floor and we could hear bullets hitting the body of the van. We thank God that the driver, who is a Muslim, did not stop to sacrifice us to the enemy. His act of love has touched our hearts in a way we shall never forget.” Incredibly, this is not the first time an incident like this has occurred. In August of this year, a Muslim bus driver carrying over 40 passengers, most of whom were Christians, evaded an al-Shabaab ambush as he was driving to the capital of Nairobi. “It is incidents like these that bring hope,” said ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Nathan Johnson of the latest attack. “It shows that no matter what ethnicity or religion, there are those who are willing to risk their lives to save others. The driver should be lauded for his bravery, and others should work to emulate his example.” “It is through acts like this that terrorism can be defeated. Please pray for safety, peace, and security in Mandera.” In January of this year, al-Shabaab shot dead 21 people at the DusitD2 hotel and office complex in Nairobi, including American tech CEO Jason Spindler who was a 9/11 survivor. The group claimed the attack was committed in response to President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Preventing Violent Extremism In Uganda And Somalia

25 October – Source: Kofi Annan Foundation – 447 Words

The Kofi Annan Foundation, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, is expanding its youth-led activities in Uganda and Somalia to prevent violent extremism. The Foundation’s Extremely Together initiative, through its network of exceptional young leaders, aims to equip youth with the capacities to recognize extremist narratives and patterns and find adequate responses.

“Over the next 12 months, committed young people from different backgrounds in Somalia and Uganda will be equipped to lead training and to mobilise others to act for peace,” says Maud Roure, Head of the Promoting Youth Leadership Programme at the Kofi Annan Foundation. “This is the first step in Extremely Together’s strategy to scale up its work and deepen its in-country engagement. Learning from this experience in Somalia and Uganda, we will expand the youth networks into other countries.” “Many of my peers are trapped in conditions of poverty, violence and a generally bleak outlook for their future,” says Hassan Ndugwa, Extremely Together Young Leader, based in Kampala, Uganda. “Extremist groups consider these fertile recruiting grounds. Our aim is to have youth leading concrete actions against violent extremism and to promote positive values through art, music, and theatre to resist the lure of these groups.” In Uganda, young people in the districts of Kampala and Bugiri will be inducted in non-violent methods of addressing their grievances, for example, in peace clubs in secondary schools. They will be invited to reflect on their roles as citizens and agents for peace in their communities, as well as encouraged to devise strategies to address the challenges they face.

“Somalia’s population is overwhelmingly young and many social structures have broken down, making youth particularly vulnerable to becoming perpetrators and victims of violent extremism,” says Ilwad Elman, Extremely Together Young Leader, based in Mogadishu, Somalia. “Our work with young people derives much of its substance from the Extremely Together Guide on Countering Violent Extremism which proposes different approaches debunking the narrative of extremists.” In Somalia, the project will focus on the three regions of Mogadishu, Baidoa and Galmudug. In particular, the trained youth will engage vulnerable young people, such as those living in camps for internally displaced persons and those who have renounced violence and wish to reintegrate into their communities.

About Extremely Together
Extremely Together are ten Young Leaders, all active in preventing and countering violent extremism in their communities and beyond. Together, they produced the world’s first guide, by young people for young people, on how to counter violent extremism your community. Based on this guide, they work to equip youth all over the world to prevent and counter violent extremism and establish a movement that stands for unity, dialogue and inclusion.


“Despite a considerable number of Somali people living in the area, this is the only space available to them. Many Somali people came to Britain after an ongoing civil war erupted in Somalia in the late 1980s. The shop has an area at the front and a back room that leaks when it rains. It’s used as a prayer room and for the weekly social isolation and loneliness group.”

Hackney’s Only Somali Centre Must Expand To Meet Community’s Needs

30 October – Source: Hackney Gazzette  – 618 Words

For decades, a little shop on Ridley Road has been Hackney’s first and only Somali community centre, where women go to discuss the issues affecting their lives and to get support and advice. But despite all it gives to the community, the shop isn’t big enough to fully support the hundreds of women and children that could benefit from an expansion of its services – so now they hope to create a community space that reflects the large population of British-Somali people living in Hackney. “We’ve been here for 27 years and never had a safe space in Hackney. Somewhere to go and get support when we’re struggling. We don’t have a place to go and do exercise, activities, just to get out of the home – I also travel outside the borough for support services,” said one Somali woman. Bashiir Hassan leads a social isolation and loneliness project at the shop and has been an activist and local campaigner for more than 20 years. He often helps by filling out forms or contacting organisations and services. One Somali woman told the Gazette: “We come to Bashiir and he helps us. We come every day to talk, to drink tea [but] this is a shop, you can’t do a community place here.”

Language barriers can make it difficult to talk about complicated issues like mental health, housing, the impact of Universal Credit – or even to share concerns about young Somali people, education and crime. Many of the women worry about their health and talk about high rates of diabetes and cancer in the Somali community. One woman told the Gazette: “When I’ve got a problem, I don’t know where to go. Some people, they don’t talk, they stay at home. “It’s very difficult when you can’t speak the language properly – the kids, sometimes, they’re busy working [or] they study. There [are] many opportunities in this country [and] we’re happy we’re British – it’s our home here. I like Hackney but we don’t have help.”

Despite a considerable number of Somali people living in the area, this is the only space available to them. Many Somali people came to Britain after an ongoing civil war erupted in Somalia in the late 1980s. The shop has an area at the front and a back room that leaks when it rains. It’s used as a prayer room and for the weekly social isolation and loneliness group. The number of people attending often stretches the room’s capacity. “Last week we had 60-plus here,” said Abdi Hassan, who founded the community cafe Coffee Afrique CIC and supports Bashiir with the project. “It’s those sort of numbers and all through word of mouth – it’s tight. At the front, we have food and activities – Arabic-based classes, mindfulness talking therapy and budget management.”…….

Top tweets

@MOISOMALIA: H.E Prime Minister @HassanAKhaire met with the #Sweden‘s ambassador to #Somalia, HE Staffan Tillander and discussed on the Economic Development and the upcoming elections 2020 in #Somalia.

@SomaliaMolsa: Somali minister for labour and Social Affairs, @HonWarfa on Tuesday held meeting with World Bank Vicepresident, @HafezGhanem_WB in Washington DC of United States. https://bit.ly/2BV2lF

@HarunMaruf: Somalia opposition umbrella, the Forum for National Parties to announce structure, coalesce around one leader on Wednesday. The FNP is set to endorse ex-Pres Sharif Sh Ahmed as leader; Dr. Mohamed A Ghandi MP, and ex-Speaker Sharif Hassan Sh Aden to become Deputy leaders, sources

@HarunMaruf: No one reportedly hurt after UVIED explosion in Wardhigley District of Mogadishu on Tuesday afternoon.

@HarunMaruf: #Somalia: In a case showing extent of Al-Shabaab infiltration into Govt institutions, a former mayor, a former police officer and an Al-Shabaab official were found guilty of being behind an IED explosion that killed the Deputy Mayor of Mahaas town Rashid Osman on April 19, 2019.

@Magdashi3: #Africa: Aerial footage shows heavy floods in #Somalia‘s Beledweyne town, caused displacement of more than 72,000 families. @kheyrre

@UNDPSomalia: Somalia’s biggest tech and innovation gathering is back. Supported by @UNDP for the 2nd year running @MogTechSummit will showcase inspiring local talent from Nov 19-21. See you there! #MTS2019 #effectiveinstitutions

@ICRC_Africa: Super cereal porridge is a highly nutritious meal that tackles malnutrition. In #Somalia, we work with the Somali Red Crescent Society to encourage communities on using new cooking methods.

@unicefsomalia: We’ve delivered >30,000 #hygiene kits to partners to respond the floods in #Somalia. The kits – incl. buckets, soap, water purification tablets & disinfectant – are key in ensuring families have access to clean #water for drinking & washing & protecting children against diseases.

@GEEL_Somali: Almanar Abbatoir in #Berbera is now fully operational and planning its first export of frozen meat to #Oman! GEEL assists Almanar with #technical advice and food-safe certification for #Local and #Global customers! #SomaliRising @USAIDSomalia

@MatthewIkondere: Deemed one of the best in terms of African peacekeeping capability, the UPDF is highly regarded within and outside of Africa, and justifiably so given the successful operations conducted in Somalia and elsewhere. Truly living up and fulfilling Uganda’s Pan-African mandate.

@ahmedvision1: #Alert: Tropical cyclone named Kyarr has formed in the another of the Indian Ocean & is now heading 2 the Horn of Africa. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall & dangerous flash flooding in the next 96hrs in lowlands & dry rivers in Puntland & Somaliland. #ClimateChange

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A coalition of political parties under the Forum for National Parties (FNP) has elected former president Sheikh Sharif Ahmed as its chairman

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