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The world turns its back on Somalia

Issue 304
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Puntland Security Forces Defect To Somaliland

Somaliland Government Proposes New ‘Press Law’ To Gag the Free Press & Take its assets.

Town Youths Surrender Deadly Explosives To Somaliland Officials In Las Anod

Interim Qaran Leaders Released After being Held Overnight in Police Custody

Ethiopia Tightening Grip On Somalia — Or Losing It?

Las Anod Local Authority Begins Cleaning The Town

Dubai World Subsidiary Buys Daallo Airlines In Joint Venture With Founders, Djibouti Government

European parliament calls for war crimes probe in Somalia

War without end

President Abdillahi Yusuf Asked To Clarify Government’s Position On Press Freedom

US Africa command will aid security: general

Somalia: an opening towards the end of the impasse

Regional Affairs

Landmine kills 10 in Somaliland

Somaliland: Police Arrest Officials, Supporters Of QARAN Party

Editorial
Special Report

International News

The 'Great Circle of Crisis': Britain's War Plan Against the American System

Farah Roble Aden & Sean Langan Win The Hard News & Features Awards At The 2007 Rory Peck Awards

Lame Ducks, Lame Hawks?

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

An Auschwitz For Africa

Rumsfeld Kept Bogey Of Terror Alive To Rally Americans For War

Challenges To The Modern Commonwealth

Africa: New Improved Disaster Response Tool

EMU, Somaliland University Hope Exchange Program Fosters Peace

Food for thought

Opinions

Open Letter To Somaliland Finance Minister

Freedom Of Press

To save SHURO-Net is to help promote Human Rights in Somaliland

Viva Ali Gulaid

Free Press: An Integral Part Of A Democratic System

The Detention Of QARAN Leaders

Over Seven Ministries And Two Mayors Apologized, But The Minister Of Sports And Youth Still Denies

Somaliland and the press law


Mogadishu, Nov. 15, 2007 – THE escalating violence in Mogadishu, Somalia's ruined capital, continues unabated. The fighting there in the last week has been awful. Over 80 people have been killed, some of them children. The bodies of Ethiopian soldiers killed in gun battles with Islamist fighters were dragged through the streets by angry mobs, beaten and spat on. Those grisly scenes were reminiscent of the treatment of American soldiers killed in Mogadishu in 1993.

A report this week by the EU claims that as many as 5,000 people have been wounded in the fighting in Mogadishu this year; 800,000 civilians are now displaced across the country. And the two sides are squaring up for more blood-letting. The leader of the ousted Islamists, Hassan Dahir Aweys, has called for a general uprising against Ethiopian and Somali government forces. Somalia's president, Abdillahi Yusuf, an old adversary of Mr Aweys, responded by demanding that civilians drive militants out of their own neighborhoods or face the consequences.

Worse, perhaps, is a sense that Somalia is now being deserted by foreign countries. The harvest in central Somalia seems to have failed; some think it the worst in 13 years. Over 1m Somalis are now thought to be dependent on humanitarian assistance, but only a fraction of the needy are being reached. Despite international promises to tackle piracy off the coast, it remains at record levels, making it harder to ship in food aid. A famine is likely.

This week also saw the admission by the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, that there was no chance of a UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia. That was a big blow to those hoping to get the country back on its feet. The best Somalia can hope for, Mr. Ban says, is a "coalition of the willing". At the moment there are just the unwilling.

Ethiopia leads the heavy fighting against the Islamists on behalf of the sometimes ghostly Somali government. But it wants to get its troops out as soon as possible. Uganda is the only country to send in peacekeepers. It has 1,600 troops in Mogadishu under Africa Union ( AU) command, but they are holed up at the airport. There is little chance now of the other AU troops promised by Burundi, Nigeria and others turning up. It looks as if Somalia is being cast adrift.

Source: The Economist


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