Media Listing April 2012


1. Press conference by Somalia

UN Department of Public Information, 04 April 2012

Declaring that “failure is not an option,” Omar Jamal, Chargé d’affaires of the Permanent Mission of Somalia to the United Nations, today reaffirmed the commitment of Somali transitional authorities to the full implementation by 20 August of a time-bound road map that would set the country on the path towards political stability.

2. Residents flee Mogadishu Islamist rebel bastion

Agence France-Press, 31 March 2012

MOGADISHU, March 31, 2012 (AFP) - Somali residents on Saturday fled one of the capital's last Islamist strongholds after a day of heavy fighting in which African forces backing government troops said they seized the area. The few families still in the sprawling Deynile neighbourhood made the most of a lull in fighting to flee the area, which has for years been a haven for the Al Qaeda-affiliated Shebab, witnesses said.

3. Somalia: Silanyo Calls for Peace After Somaliland Forces Clash With Armed Group

Garowe Online, 2 April 2012

Las'anod — Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo has asked for peace in Sool and Ayn region after his Somaliland forces and local militia clashed on Sunday, Radio Garowe reports. Clashes sparked on two fronts in the contested areas near Las'anod capital of Sool region and Buhodle capital of Ayn region. Two regions contested by Somaliland, Puntland and the newly formed Khatumo government. Somaliland government maintains that armed militia loyal to Khatumo launched an attack on Somaliland forces.

4. Somalia: TFG Hires Security Group to Help Protect Coast

Garowe online, 30 March 2012

Mogadish — An agreement signed by the TFG and a security group that works in protecting coasts was signed by high ranking officials in the TFG earlier this month, Radio Garowe reports.

The security group named Halliday Finch based in Nairobi is an 'Africa specific risk management consultancy' that will work with the TFG to help train Somali troops to protect its coast from toxic dumping as well as piracy. According to Halliday Finch's Coordination director Steven Hardley, the group will conduct projects to help build the capacity of troops in Somalia, so that they eventually turn into a national coastguard. Mr. Hartley who spoke to the VOA said that Halliday Finch had already begun working in Somalia and have been recruiting staff in Somalia and from abroad.

5. Somalia's Al-Shabaab Islamists move north into Puntland

BBC, 11 April 2012

Al-Shabaab militants have moved north to semi-autonomous Puntland after being pushed out of central Somalia, Puntland President Abdirahman Farole says.


6. Kenya: Somalia Unsafe for Refugees to Return - Resume Registration of New Arrivals

HRW, 30 March 2012

Kenyan authorities should not return refugees to Somalia because of ongoing fighting and abuses against civilians in areas controlled by Kenyan forces and allied militias, Human Rights Watch said today. Instead of claiming that "newly liberated areas" are safe for refugee return, Kenyan authorities should reopen the screening center at Liboi and resume registration of new refugees to ensure they receive assistance, Human Rights Watch said.

7. Kenyan workers in Saudi Arabia are safe

Daily Nation, 03 April 2012

Saudi Arabia hosts over eight million foreign workers, among them more than 40,000 Kenyans, whose numbers continue growing. These workers have lived and worked in the Kingdom for decades and have never faced any sort of abuse or problem contrary to what has been alleged in news reports

8. Horn of Africa: Greater food insecurity forecast

IRIN, 05 April 2012

NAIROBI, 5 April 2012 (IRIN) - Food insecurity in the eastern Horn of Africa is expected to worsen as a result of less rain than previously forecast falling in the key March-to-May season.  The US Agency for International Development’s Famine and Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) warned that rainfall in this period would be 60-85 percent of the long-term average and that there was a 30 percent chance of the lower figure materializing.

9. Several thousand displaced after fresh clashes in Isiolo

IRIN, 02 April 2012

ISIOLO, 2 April 2012 (IRIN) - Hundreds of families in the central county of Isiolo have been displaced as deadly clashes pitting the Borana, Somali and Turkana communities escalate.

10. Kenya can turn the Dadaab refugee camps into an asset

The Guardian, 18 April 2011

Instead of being a burden, the 500,000 Somalis in the camps should be integrated into Kenya's economy as part of a development plan for the country's north-east

Ethiopia and Chad

11. Evacuation of Stranded Migrants from Yemen Will End Unless New Funding Found:

IOM, 13 March 2012

Yemen - IOM will this month organize a final air evacuation of 277 stranded Ethiopian migrants from Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia, unless new funding to continue repatriation flights is found. To date, IOM has assisted more than 6,000 Ethiopian migrants to return home from Haradh, a town close to the border used by the migrants as a stepping stone to reach Saudi Arabia. But some 12,000 stranded migrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, remain.

12. With No Way Home, Ethiopian Migrants in Yemen Face Growing Health Challenges

IOM, 20 April 2012

IOM is concerned about the wellbeing of thousands of Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen's northwest region of Haradh, near the border with Saudi Arabia, following an ongoing outbreak of dengue fever which started last month.

13. Chad migrant workers pay price for Libyan conflict

CNN,18 April 2012

N'Djamena, Chad (CNN) -- After spending years of working in neighboring Libya, the last place Daoud Mohammed wants to be right now is back to his home in Chad, the landlocked country in central Africa.


14. Yemen: Transition Needs Accountability, Security Reform

UNHCR, 16 April 2012

Yemen’s transition to a democracy that respects human rights and the rule of law is at risk unless the new government moves swiftly on security reform and accountability for past crimes, Human Rights Watch said today.


15. UNHCR welcomes adoption of Joint EU Resettlement Programme

Refworld, 30 March 2012

UNHCR welcomes the adoption on 29 March by the European Union (EU) of a joint resettlement programme. We think this is an important step towards a more substantive contribution by the EU and its member states to the global resettlement programme.

16. Shock in Italy over Algerian deportees with taped mouths

Capital fm News, 19 April 2012

ROME, Apr 19 – The photo of an Algerian with his mouth taped shut by Italian police during a forced deportation by plane sparked outrage in Italy Thursday, with calls for an inquiry into expulsion practices. The picture was secretly snapped by a passenger on a Rome to Tunis flight, who posted it on the Internet.



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