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Latest news from Somalia

SOMALIA: Thousands displaced as Mogadishu clashes continue

NAIROBI, 21 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Thousands of people have fled the northern and northeastern suburbs of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, since clashes between militia groups started over the weekend, a top city official said. Full report

SOMALIA: Severe malnutrition in drought-hit Wajid

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NAIROBI, 21 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - High levels of malnutrition have been reported among internally displaced people in Wajid, southern Somalia, a region that has been hit by severe food and water shortages as a result of prolonged drought, agencies said. Full report

SOMALIA: Fifteen killed as militias clash in Mogadishu

NAIROBI, 20 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - At least 15 people have been killed and hundreds of families displaced in fighting that started on Saturday between rival militias in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, witnesses said. Full report

SOMALIA: Hundreds of thousands affected by water shortages - Oxfam

NAIROBI, 16 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Hundreds of thousands of people in drought-hit areas of Somalia are facing dehydration, with some having to drink their own urine as chronic water shortages persist, aid agency Oxfam International said on Thursday. Full report

SOMALIA: UN calls for safe access as ICRC steps up aid

NAIROBI, 15 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Maxwell Gaylard has called on Somalis and their political leaders to ensure the safe transport of food aid to drought-affected people in the southern regions. Full report

SOMALIA: Parliament will meet in Baidoa, confirms president

GALKAYO, 14 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Somalia’s top leaders have confirmed that the country’s transitional parliament will hold its first joint meeting on Somali soil in the south-central town of Baidoa, 240 km southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, on 26 February. Full report

SOMALIA: New immunisation drive against polio

NAIROBI, 10 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - A new round of polio immunisation is due to begin in Somalia on 20 February to stem the spread of the disease, which has infected more than 150 people across the country, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. Full report

SOMALIA: Violent protests against Prophet Muhammad cartoons

GAROWE, 7 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - One person was killed and three others injured in Bosasso, the commercial capital of the self-declared autonomous Somali region of Puntland, when thousands of Muslims protested against the publication in Denmark of controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Full report

SOMALIA: Six killed in clash over land in Somaliland

HARGEYSA, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - At least six people were killed and more than 30 injured when rival Somali clans clashed over land on the outskirts of Hargeysa, the capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland. Full report

SOMALIA: Interim parliament prepares to meet in Baidoa

NAIROBI, 31 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Preparations for a meeting of Somalia's interim parliament in Baidoa have begun, following a decision by the president and the speaker to convene the house inside Somalia for the first time since it was created in neighbouring Kenya in 2004. Full report


Year in Brief and Review Somalia

SOMALIA: Year in Review 2005: Still waiting for change

SOMALIA: Year in brief 2005 – A chronology of key events

IRIN Special Reports for Somalia

SOMALIA: Drought bites southern region

SOMALIA: Worries over soil contamination in Ayaha valley

IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Somalia

SOMALIA: Interview with parliamentary speaker

SOMALIA: Interview with Bob McCarthy, UNICEF Somalia emergency officer

SOMALIA: Interview with Maxwell Gaylard, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator

SOMALIA: Interview with Mark Bradbury, Somaliland poll observer

Somalia Internet links

United Nations Somalia

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