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765096 18-09-2020 7:06 am massispost Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman from Somalia Named 2020 Aurora Prize Laureates The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative awarded the fifth annual Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity to Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman, the mother and daughter team who lead the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in Somalia. As Aurora Prize Laureates, they will receive a US $1,000,000 award and a unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by supporting the organizations that have inspired their humanitarian action. Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman have selected three organizations – Love Does, Panzi Foundation, and Prajwala – that fight for freedom and human rights, provide healthcare to marginalized populations, and save victims of sex-trafficking to be the beneficiaries of their million dollar prize. Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman were chosen among the 2020 Aurora Humanitarians, or finalists, announced on April 24, 2020. Besides the Somali human rights defenders, these outstanding heroes include Congolese activist Angélique Namaika, refugee rescuers Sophie Beau and Klaus Vogel, and educator Sakena Yacoobi from Afghanistan. To date, Aurora has launched or supported numerous projects in nearly 30 countries, benefitting almost a million people suffering from the atrocities of war, famine, lack of healthcare, genocide or human rights violations. Granted on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, the Aurora Prize seeks to expand the global humanitarian movement by enabling humanitarians worldwide to continue the cycle of giving. Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman have been protecting women’s rights, promoting peacebuilding, and rehabilitating child soldiers for many years. Their courage, resilience, and unwavering commitment to the people of Somalia has brought this mother and daughter team global recognition. Published Click Here 17-09-2020 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
765095 18-09-2020 7:03 am defenceweb UK donates dozens of military vehicles to Somalia The United Kingdom has donated at least 27 vehicles and a fully-equipped mechanical workshop to help improve the logistical capabilities of the Somali National Army (SNA) in fighting the Islamist Al Shabaab insurgency. The equipment, which was handed over to the SNA in Mogadishu on 6 September, includes at least 17 Kamaz troop carriers and tractor trucks as well as ten Toyota Land Cruiser light patrol vehicles. A small team of British experts has already been deployed in Mogadishu to provide equipment support such as training the SNA on how to operate and services the vehicles. Somali defence minister Hassan Ali Mohammed received the equipment and pledged to ensure that the vehicles will be deployed to intensify operations against Al Shabaab. “We would like to thank the British government for this equipment which is a force enabler. With this, we can now improve our operations and intensify the fight to kick Al Shabaab out of the areas they still control,” Mohammed said. The British Army has consistently supported the SNA providing both training and equipment to help fight terrorism. The British aid came weeks after the SNA received 24 vehicles from Turkey. The donation included 12 Kirpi armoured personnel carriers and 12 Mitsubishi Triton pickups for the 3rd (Eagle) Infantry Battalion, an elite SNA counter-terrorism unit that is trained and equipped by the Turkish Army. Published Click Here 17-09-2020 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
765094 18-09-2020 7:02 am china China-trained medic boosts war against COVID-19 in Somalia As the COVID-19 pandemic landed in Somalia in mid-March, there was rampant anxiety about how the country with one of the most fragile health systems could handle a pandemic that was wreaking havoc in wealthy nations. There was fear among local communities that the pandemic could add another layer of tragedies that had befallen the Horn of Africa nation over the years. Likewise, the international community was concerned the pandemic could erode gains made in the recovery process amid dwindling resources. But there was a section of the citizenry that had no time to worry and had to face the pandemic head-on -- the medical doctors. These were extraordinary moments that called for extraordinary courage and fortitude. As for Ibrahim Hussein Ali, a medical doctor trained in China, it was time to put into use his skills and experience gained over the years. Important for him was the humongous task of inspiring confidence on fellow doctors and encouraging them to soldier on despite the novelty of the disease and the scarcity of medical facilities. Until recently, Ali was the director of medical services in the only COVID-19 dedicated hospital in Somalia called De Martini. "During the period of April to June 2020, it was a hectic and intense situation to handle since the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 was at its climax with almost everyone in Mogadishu complaining of similar symptoms of COVID-19," Ali told Xinhua during a recent interview in Mogadishu. Published Click Here 17-09-2020 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
765093 18-09-2020 7:00 am halbeeg South Africa to ‘cautiously’ reopen borders as lockdown eases South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries next month, the president said Wednesday, part of a wider easing of anti-coronavirus measures announced as figures continue to improve. The continent’s most industrialized economy shuttered its borders at the start of a strict nationwide lockdown on March 27 to limit the spread of the virus. Restrictions on movement and business have been gradually eased since June, but borders stayed sealed to avoid importing the virus from abroad. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said most remaining rules will be rolled back from September 20, and that international travel would “gradually and cautiously” resume on October 1st. “We have withstood the coronavirus storm,” Ramaphosa said in an address to the nation. “It is time to move to what will become our new normal for as long as the coronavirus is with us.” Under the new measures, most gatherings will be permitted at 50 percent of a venue’s capacity, with a cap of 250 people for indoor events. A 10pm curfew will be scaled back to midnight and a 50-person limit at recreational facilities will be lifted. Restrictions on sporting events remain in place, however, and face-masks will still be required in public. Travel may also be restricted to and from countries with “high infection rates”, Ramaphosa added, explaining that a list would be determined based on “latest scientific data from those countries”. Published Click Here 17-09-2020 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
765092 18-09-2020 6:58 am radioshabelle Somali Leaders End Lengthy Talks On Country’s Next Elections Somali President Mohamed Farmajo and five regional leaders plus Mogadishu mayor have agreed on a new election model for the 2020/21 polls, which is seen as crucial for the country’s stability. Farmajo has hosted leaders of the regional states of Galmudug, South West State, and Hirshabelle, Jubaland, and Puntland as well as the governor of Banadir in Mogadishu. According to a joint communique released on Thursday evening, the leaders inked a deal to form Electoral Constituency Caucuses, with each caucus consisting of 101 delegates who will vote for a seat in parliament. The agreement, which was reached at the end of four-day of talks, must be approved by the Lower House of Parliament. The four leaders also resolved to establish at least two constituencies in each regional state where the elections take place and that the elections will be held nationwide on the same day. The leaders also resolved to hold indirect elections in Somaliland, regional assemblies to elect members of the Upper House. The leaders also agreed with a 30 percent quota for women to be observed. The agreement needs to be approved by parliament. Published Click Here 17-09-2020 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete
765091 18-09-2020 6:57 am hiiraan President Farmaajo selects Mohamed Hussein Roble as next PM President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has appointed a former technical consultant as Somalia's new prime minister just hours after Somali leaders have reached a deal on a revised election model. Farmaajo has appointed Mohamed Hussein Robleh as the next Prime Minister. Roble will replace Hassan Ali Khaire, who was pushed out during an abrupt and controversial vote of no confidence on July 25th. Roble was last employed as a technical consultant at the International Labor Organization (ILO). Villa Somalia confirmed the announcement in a statement released to the press on Thursday afternoon. In the statement, it says that Roble was hired based on his knowledge, experience and ability in developing state-building plans. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has instructed Prime Minister Roble to immediately form a capable government that will lead the country to elections and make significant efforts to consolidate security gains, rebuild the Armed Forces and develop. Infrastructure, decentralization of essential services, camera warfare against al-Shabaab and corruption. The appointment comes hours after the conclusion of a crucial election conference in Mogadishu. Ostensibly, pushing President Farmaajo to hire a PM - a position that was vacant for nearly two months - was part of an electoral agreement reached by Somali leaders in Mogadishu. Published Click Here 17-09-2020 2:00 am View Details Edit Delete