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Somalia’s lost generation: the battle to make migrants stay

Jamal Osman travelled to the city of Hargeisa in northern Somalia – an area relatively free of the threat of Al-Shabaab Islamist terror but thousands still want to leave.

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Today’s frankincense trade – Somalia

Almost 90 per cent of the age-old precious resin frankincense comes from rare trees in the hills of war-ravaged Somalia. But pirates are threatening to cut off local traders from their profits.

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Is the US overseeing torture in Somalia?

An exclusive report on allegations the CIA has been working closely with Somali forces in the interrogation and torture of suspected al-Shabaab members – the militant group linked to al-Qaeda.

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On the refugee road: my story. PI

Every year, thousands flee their country to escape war, drought or poverty. In 1996 in Somalia, Africa Reporter Jamal Osman was one of them. Here, he retraces his steps and meets those trying it now. It was in 1996. I …

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On the refugee road: my story. PII

Every year, thousands flee their country to escape war, drought or poverty. In 1996 in Somalia, Africa Reporter Jamal Osman was one of them. Here, he retraces his steps and meets those trying it now. It was in 1996. I …

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On tour with the slum tourists in Kenya

Kibera slum is home to nearly a million people. With an average income of less than a pound a day, it is one of the poorest parts of Kenya – a poverty that is attracting western tourists. Tourism is a …

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Exclusive: inside an al-Shabaab training camp

They chant: “We are al-Shabaab! We are al-Qaeda! We are terrorists!” In a secret location, deep in the Somali bush, I met al-Shabaab, one of the most feared al-Qaeda-affiliated organisations in the world. Around 300 newly trained fighters, who have …

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Life in chains: the plight of Somalia’s mentally ill

Living in a tin shack by the roadside, Abdullahi is isolated, barely washed and poorly fed. For the last 17 years he has been chained up by his own family in Hargeisa, Somaliland. He spends most of his days watching …

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Somali families’ banking lifeline under threat

A money transfer system allowing UK families to send cash back home is under threat after Barclays said it wouldn’t do business with transfer firms. I report on the problem facing Somalia. Hawa Abdulle, a Somali mother, her children and …

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Somali justice: forgiveness, money or execution

In Somalia, if someone is guilty of murder the victim’s family has three options: forgiveness, blood money or execution. Jamal Osman travels to Bossasso to find out what it means to be on death row. Bossasso is in the semi-autonomous …

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