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Grants in Memory of Fearless Reporter Support Female Journalists Worldwide

JOHANNESBERG, SOUTH AFRICA – Kim Wall was fearless. The 30-year-old freelancer reported from some of the world’s toughest places — from Haiti to Uganda to North Korea — and focused her keen eye on identity, gender and social justice. She…

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Kenya’s Plan to Close Two Camps Worries Refugees

The Kenya Interior Ministry’s announcement last week of its intention to close two major camps has increased uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of refugees, leaving many of them distraught. “I am not ready to be repatriated to Somalia,” fretted Muslima…

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Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Somalia

CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SOMALIA by Executive Order 13536, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the…

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Letter to the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Somalia

Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Madam President:) Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes…

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South Africans Construct Award-Winning Zero-Carbon Home 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – A team of nine South African students and young professionals won a Cape Town competition to create a zero-carbon home, just ahead of Earth Day on April 22. Experts say the house design, which incorporates…

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The Epic Odyssey of a Stateless Refugee Family’s Quest to Find a Home

The book tells the story of Asad Hussein who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya after his parents fled conflict in neighboring Somalia. Asad was born into extreme poverty and was effectively stateless. Asad is a very intelligent…

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Suez Canal Authority says Ship ’80 percent’ Refloated

Officials with the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said Monday they have succeeded in moving the massive container ship Ever Given “80 percent” in the right direction, signaling the six-day blockage of the crucial waterway may be coming to an end….

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Al-Shabab Issues Threats Ahead of Elections in Djibouti

WASHINGTON – The leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group is calling for lone wolf attacks against American and French interests in Djibouti ahead of key presidential elections in the Horn of Africa country. In newly released audio, Ahmed Omar Abu…

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UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 2, Reporting Period: 1 February to 28 February 2021

With another spike of COVID-19 cases in Somalia, UNICEF humanitarian implementing partners maintained essential health service delivery and provided 36,104 first outpatient consultations, including life-saving services for 9,199 internally displaced people (IDP) and hard-to-reach / marginalised people. UNICEF has responded…

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Somalia Parliament Session Called Off

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA – Somalia’s parliamentary session was called off Saturday after pro-government and opposition members could not agree on the agenda. The House was expected to discuss COVID-19, but opposition members complained the agenda also included a proposed term extension…