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AU Special Representative strongly condemns terrorist attack in Baidoa

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The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira has strongly condemned this evening’s terror attack by Al-Shabaab in Baidoa in which several civilians have lost their lives.

“I am saddened by the loss of innocent lives through acts of terror committed by ruthless individuals who have no value for life,” said Ambassador Madeira.

“AMISOM, working in-conjunction with the Somali National Security Forces and other partners have renewed efforts to degrade and neutralize this terror organization. This objective is being pursued with the determination and commitment it deserves,” he added.

The terror attack occurred in a busy street in Baidoa town, in the south-central Bay region of Somalia.

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Media Training on Reporting on Humanitarian Issues and Climate Change.

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Mogadishu, 19 November- Over 30 Somali Journalists and some selected Editors have begun a three-day training on Humanitarian and Climate Change reporting in Mogadishu today. Somali Independent Media Houses Association (SIMHA) organized the Media Training.

The training aims to equip the Journalists and the Editors with skills and knowledge on how best to report on the unfolding humanitarian crisis and the impact of Climate Change in Somalia.

Speaking at the training kick-off in Mogadishu, SIMHA’s Chairman Hassan Ali Geesey said the training would help the Journalist identify and report on Humanitarian stories.

“The media is the vehicle that delivers crucial information to the public. We feel there is a need to train the Journalists and Editors on how to report on the humanitarian crisis the country is witnessing now. It is timely, and we hope this will help shape the opinion and views of Somali people and their international supporters through accurate reporting,” said SIMHA Chairman.

Hassan Ali Geesey, Somali Independent Media Houses organization (SIMHA)

 The media training which is planned to be held in major cities in the regional states in the coming weeks is supported by UNSOM and the office of the Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs, Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame.

 “Without the support of UNSOM and the Office of the Special Envoy, it would not have been possible to implement this training”, Added Mr Hassan Geesay.

While officially opening the training, the Special Envoy on Humanitarian Affairs, Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, emphasized on the media’s role in positively highlighting the challenges caused by Climate Change and its impact.

“As Journalists and Editor, today you can support your people suffering from the continuous impact of climate-induced tragedies. You need to take the front seat in highlighting the challenges our people are facing daily, “ said the special envoy.

Abdirahman Abdishakur, Presidential special envoy on drought and humanitarian affairs

“You are the vehicle we need to deliver the message, and without you, we will never know the extent of the damage and how much help we need”, added the special envoy. The envoy also warned the Journalists against fake news and its terrible impact.

“As Journalists, you must always strive to get the truth. The responsibility of informing the public by offering accurate information rests on your shoulders. The target is to train over 200. Journalists in the five regional states” said the special envoy.

The group of editors and Journalists who were lucky to have been selected for the training welcomed the opportunity.

“I hope I will have a clear understanding of how to report on Humanitarian issues and the impact of Climate change after the training. I am passionate about Humanitarian affairs and keen to play my role as a Journalist,” said Shukri Mohamed Abdi, a reporter at Bilan Media

Shukri Mohamed Abdi, Reporter at Bilan Media

 Somalia is currently facing the worst humanitarian crisis following failed rainy seasons. More than 50% of the population needs food aid as the country also inches closer to the declaration of famine.

With this critical step of training media managers and Journalists, the media will have an opportunity to accurately and objectively report on the situation by highlighting the voices of those who are suffering from the impact of the climate-induced tragedies.

Journalist and editors in session during the training on Humanitarian and Climate Change Reporting

 

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SNA Soldiers in liberated Masjid Ali Gadud Receive Supplies Donated by Somali Diaspora in US

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Soldiers in the front line fighting to regain their positions in newly liberated Masjid Ali Gadud Town have received new supplies aimed at helping them continue resisting al-Shabab which was removed from the area after 15-year control.

The donations which include camels, food and non-food items were donated by the Somali Diaspora living in the United States.

The Federal Parliament representative for the area, Yusssuf Mohamed Yussuf thanked the Diaspora community for spearheading efforts in supporting the Somali Army and Ma’wisley militia.

The legislature lauded the Somali Army and the government allied militia for undertaking offensive operations aimed at weeding out the network from Somalia.

He said the supplies will help his military respond urgently to the emergencies and support local communities in newly liberated areas.

“This is just the beginning. More support from the Diaspora is coming. This is just from Minnesota more help is coming from our brothers and sisters in the diaspora,” said Mr. Yussuf.

The Governor for the Middle Shabelle Region Ahmed Meyre Makaran led military and other senior officials of the Somali Government in receiving the donation.

The Governor has appealed for help more to respond to the civilian population who are lacking basic human needs like healthcare and education.

“We want to encourage our patriots to rally behind this course aimed at supporting those in the frontlines,”said Governor Meyre Makaran.

“The government and the Somali people have all unanimously decided to liberate themselves from the hands of the militants, a reality that can be achieved if we are all united,” he added.

Masjid Ali Gaduud has been a frontline between Somali Forces who have instituted a Forward Operating Base and al-Shabab which has been controlling the town.

Hundreds of Militants were killed in the operation to flush out the group which has besieged governments in Mogadishu for close to 15 years.

The successful offensive follows recents military advancements by the Somali Army in pursuit of al-Shabab to remove them from parts of central and southern Somalia.

The liberation of the latest Town came just a day after Somalia’s government said the military forced al-Shabab out of 30 villages in clashes this month that killed more than 200 militants.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud responded to the deadly siege by announcing a “total war” against the militants.

The Somali Government has issued an urgent plea for international help for wounded victims of devastating car bombings at the weekend that claimed the lives of 100 people.

The attack tests the government’s ability to secure the conflict-weary nation, including the capital of nearly 2.5 million people.

Al-Shabaab fighters have stepped up their attacks in Somalia since Mohamud was elected in May and vowed an “all-out-war” on the Islamists.

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Somalia’s president arrives in Egypt to attend COP27 climate summit

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President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and a delegation he led reached Sharma Sheikh, Egypt, to attend the International Conference of Climate of the world.

The President accompanied by the Somali experts on Climate will attend the COP-27 conference alongside the other leaders of the world.

The Somali government will deliver the changes of the climate that has affected the Somali people and the plans they have to tackle the droughts, famine and floods.

The COP27 presidency is headed by the foreign ministry, which has a pool of experienced negotiators and which foreign diplomats say has far better capacity than other ministries working on climate.

It is hoping to leverage that expertise to help achieve progress in climate negotiations, despite an unpromising backdrop for commitments from major nations or big finance.

“We hope that it will be a watershed moment”, Wael Aboulmagd, a veteran Egyptian diplomat and special representative for COP27, told reporters on Friday, noting that science shows the world lagging behind on every aspect of the fight against climate change.“Everyone is aware of the gravity of the situation, the enormity of the challenge.”

Egypt is presenting itself as a champion of Africa and the Global South, building on a diplomatic campaign to win African backing in a dispute with Ethiopia over a dam on the Blue Nile that Cairo sees as a threat to its water supplies.

It has been pressing for a “just” energy transition that allows poor countries space to develop economically, a boost to cheap climate finance, and addressing compensation demands by vulnerable states for damages from climate-induced extreme weather events.

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