Author: Nina Forgwe

US, Somalia Launch New Chapter in Diplomatic Relations

Twenty-five years after pulling out its diplomatic mission from Somalia, the United States has filled a diplomatic void by swearing in an ambassador to Somalia. Ambassador Stephen Schwartz took his oath in Washington, following his Senate confirmation in May. The new Ambassador will be taking over from James Bishop who

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Central African Republic (CAR): Half of the Population Faces Hunger

  Following an emergency food security assessment, the World Food Program (WFP) has reported that about 2.5 million people; approximately half of Central African Republic’s (CAR) population have been affected by an intense hunger crisis. People have been forced to resort to extreme measures to survive and feed their families.

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Iran Accuses Saudi Arabia of Striking its Yemen Embassy as Tensions Grow

The recent airstrikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabian led coalition forces have triggered tensions in the region as the Iranian government accused Saudi Arabia of intentionally striking its embassy in Yemen. According to state-run IRIB News, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari laid the blame on Saudi Arabia; calling

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Suicide Bombers Target Island Market in Chad

Attacks in Koulfoua (on the Chadian side of Lake Chad) have killed dozens and wounded over a hundred more after three female suicide bombers detonated their bombs in the Market area of the island. Two of the blasts rang out from the centre of the market and a third in

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Rape And Cannibalism In South Sudan: The African Union Report

A new report from the African Union (AU) has brought to light the scale of atrocities committed during South Sudan’s 22-month civil war.  These charges include rape, gender-based violence, torture, mutilation and in many cases forced cannibalism. The African Union’s report lays bare evidence which contradicts the government’s claim that

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United States Re-Opens Diplomatic Relations with Somalia

In a bid to re-establish normal relations with the Government of Somalia, the United States has reopened its diplomatic mission with the Eastern Africa nation, which continues to battle Islamic extremist rebels. Due to the tenuous security situation in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the U.S. mission for Somalia will

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Al Shabaab Strikes Again: Attack On The AMISOM Base In Somalia

  Scores of African Union troops were killed by the Islamist military group ‘Al Shabaab’ in an attack on the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu. The incident took place earlier on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at the Janale base (55 miles) south-west of the capital. it started off with a suicide

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The Malian Crisis: Let’s Go There

When the separatists led by Tuareg tribesmen and the pro-government platform militias in Mali signed the U.N. sponsored peace accord earlier in June, which aimed at pacifying the north and allowing the Malian army to focus on tackling Islamist militants in the country, there was a ray of hope as

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