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HORN OF AFRICA: IRIN-HOA Weekly Round-up 400 for 22 - 29 September 2007

NAIROBI, 28 September 2007 (IRIN) - CONTENTS:

SOMALIA: Government halts IDP evictions
SOMALIA: Plea for help as locusts invade Puntland
UGANDA-SUDAN: Two-track strategy the best option to ending LRA rebellion - ICG


SOMALIA: Malnutrition stalks once fertile region
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SOMALIA: Government halts IDP evictions

The Somali government has stopped evicting internally displaced persons (IDPs) from government buildings, in a bid to stem displacement in the capital, Mogadishu, an official told IRIN on 26 September.

Dahir Mohamed Burale, the commissioner of the National Refugee Commission of Somalia (NRCS), said it had convinced the government it should provide alternative accommodation for the IDPs before evicting them.

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SOMALIA: Plea for help as locusts invade Puntland

Authorities in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland in the northeast have appealed for international aid following the loss of thousands of hectares of pasture and farmland to a locust infestation.

"We issued an appeal for help on 23 September; Puntland alone cannot deal with this," Hassan Arab, the deputy minister of rangeland and forestry, told IRIN on 25 September.

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UGANDA-SUDAN: Two-track strategy the best option to ending LRA rebellion - ICG

A two-track strategy - strengthening the peace negotiations between the government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army and long-term redevelopment of northern Uganda - is the best approach to ending the decades-long conflict, the International Crisis Group has said.

In its latest report, Northern Uganda's Peace Process: The Need to Maintain Momentum, the organisation said the talks between the Ugandan government and the LRA being held in Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan, were moving in the right direction but core issues, such as justice, security and livelihoods, remained unresolved and required "difficult" decisions.

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Theme(s): (IRIN) Conflict, (IRIN) Natural Disasters, (IRIN) Refugees/IDPs


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