Media Listing January 2012


1. US bank closes money-wiring service to Somalia

Devex US 02 January 2012
About 250,000 Somalis on the brink of starvation have been dealt another blow: the closure Friday (Dec.30) of a U.S. bank’s money-wiring service. Minnesota-based Sunrise Community Banks halted its money transfer services to avoid being accused of violating U.S. laws on financing terror groups, but denied the decision has anything to do with reports of Minnesota-based Somalis allegedly funding al-Shabab militants.


2. GIEWS Country Briefs: Somalia

Food and Agriculture Organization January 09, 2012
Famine still persists in the Southern Somalia Agro pastoral areas of Middle Shabelle and among IDP populations in Afgoye and Mogadishu despite some improvements.  In areas of Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle, formerly classified as IPC Phase 5 (Famine), substantial humanitarian assistance and favourable rainfall have mitigated food deficit levels and reduced mortality rates.

3. Between protracted and crisis displacement: Policy responses to Somali displacement 

Report (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Norwegian Institute of International AffairsNorwegian Refugee CouncilRefugee Studies Centre ) January 09, 2012
Two decades after the collapse of the Somali Republic, the country’s regions still suffer chronic political uncertainty, violence and high levels of displacement.

4. Somalia Islamists force ICRC food aid suspension

Reuters, 12 January 2012

GENEVA, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it had suspended food distribution to 1.1 million people in central and southern Somalia after Islamist militants blocked deliveries in parts of the famine-hit country.

5. Somaliland: End Forced Return of Refugees 

Human Rights Watch Nairobi, January 4, 2012
The Somaliland authorities should cease forcibly returning refugees and asylum seekers to possible persecution in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 28, authorities returned 20 Ethiopian refugees and asylum seekers in violation of the fundamental international refugee law prohibition against “refoulement,” the forcible return of anyone to persecution or to a place where their life or freedom is threatened.

6. Somalia Islamists force ICRC food aid suspension

Geneva - Reuters - 12 January 2012
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it had suspended food distribution to 1.1 million people in central and southern Somalia after Islamist militants blocked deliveries in parts of the famine-hit country.

7. MSF closes largest medical centres in Somali capital

BBC News - 19 January 2012
Mothers and their children are seen at the Medicine Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in Hawa Abdi, 20 km (12 miles) away from Mogadishu, in this 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Kenneth Lavelle/Medicine Sans Frontieres/Handout

8. Somalia food crisis recovery will take two years – ICRC

Reuters - 23 January 2012
LONDON (AlertNet) - The food crisis in Somalia is no longer at emergency levels but the needs remain "huge” and it will take at least two years for the country to recover, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.


9. Dadaab leader flee after killing threat

IRIN January 06, 2012
Several community leaders among the 463,000 mostly Somali residents of the world’s largest refugee complex have left the facility in eastern Kenya, fearing for their safety after the killing of two of their colleagues.

10. IOM Response to the Horn of Africa

External Situation Report –04 January 2012 

KENYA & ETHIOPIA – IOM has transported 90,282 refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya as of 31 December.

KENYA – IOM carries out transportation of refugees to collect food rations.

ETHIOPIA – Preparations underway to construct a new health post in Melkadida Camp.

11. Al Shabaab attack Kenyan police camp, kill 7

Reuters - 12 January 2012
Somali Islamist rebels stormed a remote police camp in northeastern Kenya, killing seven people and kidnapping three, the militants and Kenyan officials said on Thursday.  Scores of rebel fighters threw grenades and other explosives as they raided the police camp on Wednesday evening in Gerille, a town 7 km (4 miles) from the porous frontier with Somalia, Regional Commissioner Wenslas Ongayo said.

12. Refugee camps in the Horn of Africa at risk

UNHCR - 16 January  2012
UNHCR is increasingly concerned about insecurity in and around camps hosting hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa.

North Africa

13. African migrants living in Limbo

BBC January 9 2012
The downfall of Col Muammar Gaddafi's regime heralded hope for a brighter future in Libya, but many migrants have found themselves in a state of limbo in the new era.


13. Yemen unrest may force election delay  

Khaleej Times - 17 January, 2012
Yemen’s foreign minister said a planned Feb. 21 presidential election may have to be delayed, an announcement that will raise fears for a U.N.-backed transition plan designed to end months of unrest in the impoverished country.

14. Al Qaeda militants tighten grip on Yemen town

 Khaleejtimes - 16 January 2012
SANAA, Islamist militants raised their flag over the citadel at Radda and pledged allegiance to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri after seizing the Yemeni town southeast of the capital Sanaa, residents said on Monday.

15. INTERVIEW-Yemen PM says country needs "tens of billions" in aid

Alertnet - 16 January 2012
ABU DHABI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Yemen needs billions of dollars in aid and has received assurances of financial help from oil-rich Gulf Arab neighbours after a year of violent political turmoil over the fate of its president, Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa said on Monday.

16. Yemen amends immunity law, Saleh still protected

19 January 2012
SANAA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A Yemeni draft law granting immunity to the outgoing president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, from prosecution over the killing of protesters was amended on Thursday to limit the protection his aides would enjoy, a minister said.

17. UN Reports Record Number of Horn of Africa Refugees

VOA News- January 20, 2012
The U.N. refugee agency says a record number of people - 103,000 - crossed from the Horn of Africa to Yemen last year, fleeing violence, poverty, and the regional drought. The number of crossings nearly doubled from 2010, and is 25,000 higher than any other year in the agency's records.


18.  Ukraine must release Somali asylum-seekers

 Amnesty International, 19 January 2012

Amnesty International is calling on the Ukrainian authorities to release Somali nationals who are currently on hunger strike in protest at being detained for up to a year “for the purposes of deportation” following court orders issued in December last year.



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