Relief SCENE
Refugees
Feature
IDPs Create Dilemma: Too Risky to Assist?
Mogadishu IDP Camp
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Mogadishu IDP Camp

The children sit in a makeshift tent made from twigs, tattered sacks and worn out polythene bags, that lets in rays of the scorching sun, and water when it rains. Their mother left early in the morning to beg for food. Al-Shabaab militants killed their father at a food distribution centre when the militiamen thought the rations would get finished before they got their share.

“Move. You have stayed here for too long,” an armed African Union peacekeeper says. It’s an order to stop offering the few remaining biscuits to hungry children and move away from them, for the sake of our security.

“This is a danger zone. You can’t go near the tents alone. You can’t get close to the displaced person. You have to be near an armed soldier if on foot....

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Child Dies in Desperate Crush for Food
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First Airlift to Capital in Five Years
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Official Says New Camps May Fuel Conflicts
Travel Firm Accused Of Sneaking People To Kenya, Ethiopia
Desperate Refugee Hordes Living in Squalor on Outskirts of Camp
800 Children, Many Malnourished, Arrive Each Day
Attack Raises Issue of Insecurity in Somali Refugee Camp
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Madera IDP Camps Closed in Kenya
Al Shabaab Refuses Desperately Needed Aid to Displaced People
Kenyans Complains About Sealed Border, Inability To Trade Goods
UPDATE
Aid Workers Originally Taken Hostage From Dadaab Refugee Camp
Rescued NRC Staff - Qurat-Ul-Ain Sadazi, Steven Dennis, Glenn Costes and Astrid Sehl
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Rescued NRC Staff - Qurat-Ul-Ain Sadazi, Steven Dennis, Glenn Costes and Astrid Sehl
Four aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) who were taken hostages from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp last Friday have been rescued unharmed inside Somalia, witnesses and government military commanders have confirmed.

"We are thankful to know that our four colleagues have been found and safely returned to Kenya. This is a day of relief for us and for the families of the abducted," says Elisabeth Rasmusson, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council in statement.

NRC identified...

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MSF Logistics Officer Arrested and Charged With Killings
Police Arrest Two Suspected Al-Shabaab Militants in Security Crackdown
Al-Shabaab Warns of Tough Action Against Aid Agencies That Don't Help
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Anorexic Sent To Cover Famine Stirs Up Controversy
Major Famine Relief Agencies Listed By Group
24 People Died In The Last 2 Days In Gawan Village
Health
Seven Children Reported Among the Dead
IDP family waiting for aid
Somalia Report
IDP family waiting for aid

26 people, including seven children, have died following an outbreak of cholera and measles in the south-central region of Middle Shabelle. Medical sources in the region say the situation may worsen if urgent action is not taken. Most of the deceased children are said to have died due to inadequate treatment.

Nurse Yasmiin Ahmed Hassan, who works at a local voluntary clinic in the outskirts of Mogadishu, spoke to Somalia Report.

“There are increasing numbers of people who have different diseases coming to us every day and every night, but cholera and measles patients have been the most common since last month. We have also high rates of acutely malnourished people, specially women and children, on...

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NGOs
Exclusive
African Development Solutions Better Expresses Growth And Future of Aid Agency
Degan Ali and Fatima Jibrell of ADESO, formerly Horn Relief
Aweys Cadde
Degan Ali and Fatima Jibrell of ADESO, formerly Horn Relief
The Horn Relief aid organization has announced that they have changed their name to ADESO (African Development Solutions) after two decades of operations in East Africa. The announcement was made at a 20th anniversary celebration held in Nairobi on Thursday, attended by more than 180 representatives from governments, diplomatic missions, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector participants.

“Over 20 years ago, we began our work in one town, in Badhan, Somalia. Now we are working with communities in three African countries: Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan. We are a very different organization today than we were in 1991,” said Degan Ali, ADESO’s Executive Director. “We touch countless lives in Kenya and Somalia: women, youth and pastoralists, as well as returning refugees in South Sudan. Having worked with this new brand for over a year now, we feel it best captures where we came from, our growth, and where we are today,” she added.

“Today, we are bringing yet another change to the organization by adopting a...

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Security
Feature
Aid Agencies Say the Move is Only Temporary Due to Rising Insecurity
IDP Camp
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IDP Camp

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Buulo Kantarol camp in southern Galkayo of Somalia's Galmudug region are suffering from severe food shortages and lack of shelter now that aid workers have suspended operations due to rising security concerns, according to IDPs who spoke to Somalia Report.

Mohamed Askar, a father of five kids living in a makeshift house in the camp, explained how dire the situation has become.

"I have five kids and they need me to take care of them, but how? I can't get work that will generate enough money to take care of them. I have donkey cart and I get little money from it. We used to get some food from aid workers, but for a while we have not received food from them. They left us with no food, no water and...

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Aid Official Worried About Looting
The Spanish Aid Workers Were Kidnapped In Kenya
MSF Employees Believed to Be Spanish
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Militants Vow to Arrest Anyone Fleeing to Refugee Camps in Kenya or Ethiopia
7 Dead While Waiting for Food Aid
One Person Killed, Three Wounded as Aid Stolen
Army Blames Militia in Disguise
Suspected Men Attempted To Rape Women In Badbaado IDP Camp
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Children
Breaking News
Tragedy Strikes IDP Camp in Galgudud
Child playing mortar shell (File Photo)
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Child playing mortar shell (File Photo)
At least three young children, who were living in a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Bali-Jiir village of Galgadud region, lost their lives this evening after a landmine they were playing with exploded, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to Somalia Report.

“The children were playing with an explosive device which attracted them like a toy, but they were killed immediately. I heard the blast and saw the smoke, frightening me," said Abdullahi Hussein, an IDP in the camp.

Two other young children survived the blast and are suffering from shock, added Mr. Hussein blaming the rising mounds of trash for the accident.

"There is rubbish everywhere in the camp, some of which includes military debris, and there is nobody coming to clean it," complained the...

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No Reason Given For Move
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Food
UPDATE
Conditions Still Dire
Relief Supplies from Kuwait
Relief Supplies from Kuwait

The United Nations (UN) has declared the end of famine in Somalia, six months after it announced a deadly drought in the Horn of Africa.

According to the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU), the situation in Somalia is beginning to normalize in most parts of the country following the long-awaited rains leading to substantial harvests and humanitarian assistance. However, the crisis is not over yet. A few areas lack access to food assistance.

The number of people in need of emergency humanitarian assistance in Somalia has dropped from 4 million to 2.3 million, 31 percent of the population.

In July, last year, the UN declared the worst drought catastrophe across the Horn of Afric...

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Drought
UN declares drought over in Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle
IDP Camp in Mogadishu
IDP Camp in Mogadishu

More than 100 families have bid Mogadishu farewell as a part of the ongoing resettlement program initiated by the Somali government and Muslim countries.

Muslim countries including Iran, Turkey and Kuwait are some of the nations that have shipped aid to drought-ravaged Somalia.

Turkish and Iranian aid agencies currently manage many of the camps in the capital Mogadishu as well as offering medical facilities to thousands of internally displaced people (IDP).

Iran Red Crescent on Tuesday began the process of returning the displaced persons to their regions after the United Nations declared three regions southern Somalia regions -- namely Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle -- as no longer experiencing famine conditions, as of November 18th.

The head of the resettlement...

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Cultivated Land Devastated, Homes Destroyed
Meets PM in Mogadishu, Says Resources Lacking
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Drought Overrides Ideological Concerns
Floods
Trucks Carrying Desperately Needed Food Stuck for 8 Days Forcing Up Food Prices
Flooded Somali Village  (File Photo)
Flooded Somali Village (File Photo)

More than 45 trucks loaded with food and en-route to Somalia's southern regions of Bay, Gedo and Lower Juba were reportedly stranded by floods caused by weeks of rain and fighting between insurgents and government forces.

"We saw 29 heavy commercial trucks loaded with sugar, rice, floor and oil stopped by the floods in Qansaxdhere in Bay and Lower Juba Regions," witnesses said.

Trucks drivers Ali Jamac Gagale, Abdi Alasow, Mohamed Tagane, and Moumin Tohow told Somalia Report that the floods affected the already rough roads and they had difficulty in reaching other towns quickly.

"We stayed here in this forest area between Gedo and Bay for eight days. There are 21 trucks here...

No Relief for IDPs in Somalia
Twelve Others Remain Unknown
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Gender
Camp Director Misappopriates Food Supplies, Refugees Complain
Fadtuma Abtidon Mahamad
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Fadtuma Abtidon Mahamad

Recently there were complaints from the people in the internally displaced camps (IDP) in and around Guri-el town, Galgadud region who fled their homes due to drought and war. To find out more than about their conditions, Somalia Report visited the camps and interviewed some of people especially women including Fatima Abtidon Muhammad and Hadsan Mohammed abdi.

How the situation of life in particular camp?

My name is Fatuma Abtidon Muhumad and I am the occupant of Damao camp. Really life in this camp is extremely difficult and we always concerned about about life in this place it gets worse by the day.

Can you precisely tell me what you complaints are?

Our main complaints are that aid organization are not bringing enough supplies of food. The little they send are misappropriated by landlord who is also the head of the camps. When we try to complain to authorities against our landlords they threaten us to throw us out out of the camps.

Hadsan Mahamud Abdi
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Hadsan Mahamud Abdi

Where did the most of the people in this camps come from originally?

My name is Hadsan Muhamud Abdi. Most of the people here all lost their animals to drought while the rest are people displaced by the war in other areas of the country.

Is there any request that would like make?

Yes, we request any form of help especially things such water, food and shelter which are the basic needs.