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Turkish FM: Union with Africa is now more essential than ever

Mogadishu (SONNA) I wholeheartedly congratulate the Africa Day of all our African friends. The unprecedented conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world render the solidarity symbolized by Africa Day even more significant this year.(SONNA) reported. The progress achieved…

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Coronavirus Spread Feared Where Water Is Scarce Around the World

HARARE, ZIMABABWE – Violet Manuel hastily abandoned her uncle’s funeral and grabbed two empty containers when she heard a boy running down the dirt road shouting, “Water, water, water!” The 72-year-old joined dozens of people seeking their daily ration in…

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In Somalia, Many Medics Chose Caring for COVID Patients Over Marking Eid

Somalia was among Muslim countries Saturday that performed Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Islamic observance of Ramadan. Many Muslims across East and West Africa are celebrating the holiday, though the majority of Muslim nations observe it…

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COVID-19, Severe Locust Outbreaks Compound Economic, Security Woes in Somalia Ahead of Long-Awaited Elections, Experts Tells Security Council

The COVID-19 pandemic poses grave consequences in Somalia ahead of long-awaited elections as the Government grapples to address terrorist attacks, floods, an extreme locust infestation and at least 5 million citizens requiring humanitarian assistance, including 2.6 million internally displaced persons, briefers told…

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GIEWS Country Brief: Somalia 22 May 2020

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT Production of 2020 “Gu” main season cereals forecast at 15-25 percent below average due to floods, locusts and insecurity Unfavourable weather conditions affecting cereal production in 2019 Despite localized pasture losses due to locusts, above‑average rangeland conditions…

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Somalia evacuated 114 of its citizens stranded in Kenya amid restrictions on air traffic in most countries of the world

Mogadishu(SONNA)- Somalia officially started evacuating its citizens from abroad after waiting for a month or more due to the closure measures to combat Corona virus, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called upon the returnees to adhere to…

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Pakistan: Death toll from plane crash rises to 8

KARACHI(SONNA)-At least eight people were killed as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 107 passengers onboard crashed in southern port city of Karachi on Friday, officials and local media reported. The flight PK-8303, travelling from northeastern Lahore city crashed…

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IOM Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) COVID-19 Regional Overview on Mobility Restrictions as of 14 May 2020

The current outbreak of COVID-19 has affected global mobility in the form of various travel disruptions and restrictions. To better understand how COVID-19 affects global mobility, IOM has developed a global mobility database to map and gather data on the…

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Somalia looks to first full elections in 51 years, despite COVID-19 crisis

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are acute for Somalia, but the Horn of Africa nation is doing what it can with the resources it has, even as it looks ahead to its first direct elections in a half-century, the top UN…

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AMISOM makes food donation to Dhobley and Kismayo families

DHOBLEY(SONNA) – Kenyan officers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Wednesday donated food packages to vulnerable families in Dhobley and Kismayo ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitri celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Each…