Somaliland diaspora is creating massive egg shortage in Hargeisa

There is a massive shortage of eggs in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, a self-declared republic in northwest Somalia, because so many of its diaspora community has returned and they're consuming eggs very seriously. Egg processing companies and dealers said they can't cope the demand and consumers have been forced to

DP World takes legal action against Djibouti over port row

United Arab Emirates' Dubai-based DP World has begun the process of taking legal action against Djibouti for terminating a contract to manage the Doraleh Container Terminal. DP World said it has commenced an arbitration against the government of Djibouti before the London Court of International Arbitration, following Djibouti’s decision in February

Somaliland lifts four-year ban on independent newspaper

Somaliland has lifted a four-year ban on Haatuf, a privately-owned newspaper, a media watchdog has said. The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said it welcomed the lifting of the ban by a judge . It called on the Somaliland government to lift " similar bans on at least three other publications". The

US issues yet another travel alert for Somalia

The US State Department has urged American citizens not to travel to Somalia "due to crime, terrorism and piracy". In a travel alert issued on Monday, the US government said it has "limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Somalia due to the lack of permanent consular presence"

Somalia marks 58 years of independence

Somalia is marking 58 years of freedom from European colonialist rule as the Horn of Africa country recovers from decades of war and inches towards stability. Celebrations for Sunday's s anniversary began at midnight, with the Somali flag raised in Mogadishu and other big towns. On 1 July 1960, British and Italian

10 things that happened this week in Somalia

Here at Gosahan, we know that there are times when keeping up with the news is hard. So we have decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most significant stories from each week. Here’s a complete recap of this week’s top stories from Somalia: 1. This week, al-Shabab denied

10 mind-blowing things that happened this week in Somalia

At Gosahan, we know that there are times when keeping up with the news is hard. So we have decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most significant stories from each week. Here’s a complete recap of this week’s top stories from Somalia:   1. Ethiopia’s new prime minister is trying

Ethiopia steps in to mediate crisis between Somalia and UAE

Ethiopia's new prime minister is trying to mediate a diplomatic crisis between Somalia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) , reports say. Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre is expected to visit the United Arab Emirates "in the coming days for talks to smooth relations", according to Rashid Abdi, Horn of

The Institute for Security Studies: Somalia must look inward to defuse its tensions

To counter outside interference, Somalia must focus on building unity and strengthening its internal structures. By Omar Mahmood. Republished with permission from ISS Africa. The original article can be found here. The involvement of Middle East actors in Somalia, namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Turkey, has reached fever pitch recently, underscored both

Somaliland president pardons traditional elder jailed for troop withdrawal remark

A Somali traditional elder who has spent two months in detention for calling on Somaliland and Puntland to withdraw their troops from a disputed region has been pardoned by President Muse Bihi Abdi. Boqor Osman Aw-Mohamud, also known as “Buur Madow”, was charged with bringing Somaliland into contempt during “proceedings that

The five most important things you need to know about Somali remittances

Every year on 16 June, the world marks the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR). The United Nations says the IDFR is aimed at "recognizing the significant financial contribution migrant workers make to the wellbeing of their families back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin". "It is

Somaliland frees hundreds of prisoners on Eid al-Fitr

President Muse Bihi Abdi on Friday announced the release of hundreds of prisoners from Somaliland's jails to mark the occasion of Eid al-Fitr holiday, which began on the evening of 14 June. According to a statement from the president's office, Mr Abdi ordered the release of 511 people who were being

Cyclone Sagar death toll rises in Somaliland, Puntland – UN agency 

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has confirmed the death of at least 53 people after Cyclone Sagar made a landfall in Somaliland and Puntland last month. The UN agency said the cyclone "left in its path a trail of destruction, with thousands of people still counting

UN Security Council expresses concern over Somaliland-Puntland fighting

The United Nations Security Council has expressed concern over the recent fighting in Sool region between Somaliland and Puntland troops, calling on both sides to stop hostilities and engage in dialogue. The 15‑member UN body also called on the parties to the conflict to allow unhindered humanitarian access in the region. "The

Somaliland says wants to make peace with Puntland

Somaliland President Musa Bihi Abdi has said he wants peace along the border with the semi-autonomous Puntland region, describing recent clashes there as unfortunate. He said "Somaliland and Somalia need to cooperate with each other" on their response to recent devastating droughts and other natural disasters in the Horn of Africa

Somaliland: Democratic and stable but unrecognised

Somaliland, a break-away region in northwest Somalia, celebrates 27 years of "independence" from the rest of Somalia this week. The former British protectorate declared independence from Somalia in 1991 when the last effective Somali central government collapsed after a coalition of clan militias overthrew military president Siyad Bare. It joined Somalia

Journalist ‘arrested in Somaliland over Facebook post’

Photo: Courtesy/NUSOJ A journalists' union in Somalia has accused the self-declared republic of Somaliland of arresting a freelance journalist in the town of Las Anod over a Facebook post . The National Union of Somali Journalists said it's "dismayed by the arbitrary arrest and continued detention of ...Adam Jama Oogle, who is

Somali president tells Somaliland and Puntland to end fighting

Somalia's president has said he's concerned about renewed fighting between Somaliland and Puntland forces in Tukarak village in Sool region. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo called on "all leaders, traditional clan chiefs, religious leaders, civil society organizations, women and youth to support efforts to end the clashes". "It is unfortunate that blood is being

Somaliland frees poet jailed for Somalia reunification call

Somaliland has freed a young poet jailed last month for advocating for the self-declared republic to reunite with the rest of Somalia. Nacima Qorane was found guilty of bringing Somaliland into contempt by advocating reunification with Somalia. Ms Qorane, who is also an activist, was arrested in January after returning from Mogadishu at

Ethiopian premier arrives in Kenya for talks with President Kenyatta

Ethiopia's Prime Minister has arrived in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, for a two-day state visit and is expected to hold talks with Kenyan president on regional peace and security. In April, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta invited Ahmed Abiy for a state visit to discuss ways of enhancing relations between the two nations.

Djibouti and Ethiopia sign landmark port deal

Djibouti has signed an agreement with neighbouring landlocked Ethiopia to claim a stake in the strategic port of Djibouti. The deal was signed during new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's visit to Djibouti, his official foreign trip since coming to power. An agreement has been reached for landlocked Ethiopia to take a

No hurry to Hargeisa city, the cheerful capital of Somaliland

Sunday April 29, 2018 By JOHN FOX When I tell people that I am off to Somalia or Somaliland in the morning they usually offer some kind of commiseration. But they needn’t. A trip there is never boring, especially when you know that you will be catching a plane back in a

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