The UN Security Council is on a mission to Africa to look at the continent’s wars and see how they might be ended.
The mission is due to have its first discussions with Somalia’s government and its opponents, then go to Sudan and several other countries at war.
It has decided it is too dangerous to hold its Somali talks on Somali soil – they will be held in Djibouti instead. The Security Council is also hoping to broker the first official direct talks between the Somalis.
To study what? Obviously Ban Ki-moon is there to totally fail. When there is a war like the one in Sudan, when there are places like Darfur there is nothing to study but a lot to act!
Civilians are completely at the mercy of armed groups in Somalia, says human rights group Amnesty International.
It says the situation is “dire” in the centre and the south with government troops, their Ethiopian allies and Islamist insurgents “out of control”. They carry out killings, torture, rape, beatings, arbitrary detention and forced disappearances, a report says.
The Ethiopian government has dismissed the report as a “total fabrication” and demanded an apology. “We have said repeatedly that our soldiers are the most disciplined soldiers in the world,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wahide Belaye.
“They have never cut anybody’s throat, never gang-raped any women, never deliberately shot civilians in Somalia.” In Mogadishu, hundreds of people have stormed through the Bakara market area, hurling stones at cars and shops and setting fire to tires in protest at rising food prices and fake currency.
Where they ever under control? And what Ki-moon is doing? Probably cruising again or participating in some kind of gala!
The leader of the military wing of an Islamist insurgent organization in Somalia has been killed in an overnight air strike.
Aden Hashi Ayro, al-Shabab’s military commander, died when his home in the central town of Dusamareb was bombed. Ten other people, including a senior militant, are also reported dead.
A US military spokesman told the BBC that it had attacked what he called a known al-Qaeda target in Somalia, but refused to give further details.
Al-Shabab, considered a terrorist group by the US, is the military wing of the Somali Sharia courts movement, the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), until Ethiopian troops ousted them in 2006. The group has since regrouped and is in effect in control of large parts of central and southern Somalia.
Somalia has long been the target, Africa’s Afghanistan!
The bodies of 10 people have been found in a mosque in the Somali capital, after two days of clashes between Ethiopian troops and insurgents.
Local residents blame the killings on the Ethiopians, who are backing the government against Islamist fighters. Six of the dead are religious leaders from the Tabliq Sufi sect, which is not involved in the conflict. Some 70 people were killed over the weekend, local residents say. Sporadic shooting can still be heard. Aden Haji Yusuf, 60, was one of the local elders helped to bury the dead on Monday.
“We are now out, for the first time in two days, to discover the dead bodies of some neighbors and bury them,” he said. Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein says the government was defending itself during the weekend clashes.
But locals accused the Ethiopians of shelling the residential areas of Hurwa and Yaqshid in north-eastern Mogadishu, after they came under attack. Among those killed was a seven-year-old girl, while a local resident said he had seen the bodies of two Ethiopians and one government soldier.
Somalia will never find peace if the UN will not do something soon but that demands one and only thing for Li-moon to wake up which I much doubt!!!
Two foreign contractors, a Briton and a Kenyan, working for the UN in Somalia have been seized by unknown gunmen in southern Somalia, reports say. They were doing work for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
The incident happened on a road between the towns of Bu’aale and Sikow in the Juba region of Somalia, when gunmen fired on the men’s car, witnesses say. The UN based in neighboring Kenya says it cannot confirm the kidnapping, although it had confirmed it earlier. A number of foreign aid workers have been kidnapped in Somalia in the past few months.
It is not known why the two men, who are believed to be working for the FAO-funded Somalia Water and Land Information Management project, may have been kidnapped. It is not known if either man has been harmed, although there are unconfirmed reports that a white man was seen with blood coming from a wound possibly on his leg. In February, MSF withdrew all their international staffs from Somalia after three of its workers were killed by a bomb.
Trying to help and be a victim of the worst kind of violence from the ones you try to help! That’s definitely disappointing and discouraging.
Forty humanitarian agencies have warned of an impending catastrophe in Somalia unless urgent action is taken. The warning came as seven people were killed in the latest fighting between Islamist insurgents and Ethiopian troops supporting Somalia’s government.
Reports say insurgents attacked and briefly took control of the southern town of Jowhar. One million Somalis have left their homes because of insecurity and hunger, the aid agencies say.
Over the past year, Mogadishu has been rocked by almost daily violence and the agencies say a further 20,000 people flee the capital every month. The UN Security Council will …discuss the situation on Thursday. That’s the major problem with Ki-moon, he …will discuss anything sometime!
Last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon presented the council with a report proposing the deployment of 27,000 peacekeepers to replace the stretched African Union force. Five soldiers and two civilians were killed in the latest outbreak of fighting in Jowhar, about 90km (55 miles) north of Mogadishu.
Hundreds of fighters, belonging to the Union of Islamic Courts, attacked the town and freed several prisoners. How many kids among them and how many are going to be …soldiers by the end of the week? Ten and twelve years-old soldiers?