Tag Archives: Somalia

Seeking a better life: from London to Somalia

Faisal Kiber used to be an estate agent in Wembley, now he is a camel herder: “Over there, I worried about the letters, council tax, electricity bills, water bills. [In London] you worry about daily life… here no one is …

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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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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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British Somalis going back for a future

Hassan, a 20-year-old man from Sheffield, is enjoying life in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Back in the UK he faced so many challenges. His family was always worried about him getting into trouble and ending up in jail – or dead. Sitting …

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Slow response to East Africa famine ‘cost lives’

Two leading aid agencies have accused the international community of allowing thousands of lives to be lost through its delay in reacting to the famine in eastern Africa. Source: Channel 4 News

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Inside Somalia with the pirates

The number of successful Somali pirate attacks has halved following the introduction of armed guards and anti-piracy measures. But as Jamal Osman reports, this leads pirates to take greater risks. It’s something outsiders hardly ever see. But Channel 4 News bore witness …

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Al-Qaida fighting for hearts and minds in famine-hit Somalia

Men claiming to be al-Qaida operatives are moving into the humanitarian vacuum in Somalia, distributing aid and cash to drought victims in an attempt to win hearts and minds, a Guardian investigation can reveal. On a visit to the sprawling …

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