Month: January 2023

Entertainment News 7 Min Read

The Somali funk spirit that has overcome anarchy and exile

By Ismail Einashe Growing up in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland, in the early 1990s I loved nothing more than sitting with my aunt in our bombed-out house lip-syncing to songs that sum up the Somali spirit of resistance. Listening on our battered old cassette player, one…

Business Hon of Africa News Somaliland 9 Min Read

Somaliland’s oil find could reset the regional balance 

By Michael Walls The presence of oil in Somaliland has been confirmed by a recent exploration. The discovery has raised the stakes in Somaliland's claim for independence from Somalia as it holds the potential for a new stream of revenue for the semi-autonomous state. But the oil exploration is deepening the rift with…

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DP World to expand the Port of Berbera of Somaliland

United Arab Emirates based maritime operator DP World has set in place plans to further expand the Somaliland's Port of Berbera after completion of Phase 1 of the project. This will require extending the quay from 400m to 1,000m and buying seven more STS gantry cranes. The completion of Phase…

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WFP warns of worsening humanitarian crisis in Horn of Africa

After five consecutive below-average rains, the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa is expanding and deepening, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has warned.Combined with insecurity and macroeconomic volatility, the impact of the drought on food and nutrition security has been devastating, the WFP said in its regional…

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Somalia Airspace Regains Class A Status After 30 Years

The Somali airspace has regained its Class A classification after more than 30 years, the International Air Transport Association said. IATA confirmed the reclassification of the Mogadishu Flight Information Region airspace in a statement on Wednesday. Class A airspace is the sky above the base altitude of about 24,500 feet…

News Politics Somalia 9 Min Read

Refusing to stay silent on media directives, Somali journalist goes on trial

The old maxim that “the pen is mightier than the sword” couldn’t be more appropriate when it comes to Somali journalist Abdalle Ahmed Mumin. As a child, Abdalle lost his arm in a militia attack. Determined to still write, he had to teach himself to do so with his left…

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‘Give us the stage and trust us’: how a British-Somali play became a sell-out smash hit

The lack of roles for Somali and Muslim women led writer and actor Sabrina Ali to create her own. Her latest play Dugsi Dayz, set in an Islamic study group, has struck a chord with audiences Writer and actor Sabrina Ali, 25, is in her sunny London flat, remembering a…

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UNICEF seeks $272 million for humanitarian services in Somalia

The UN Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, has appealed for 272.3 million U.S. dollars to provide humanitarian services to 3 million people in Somalia, including 2 million children in 2023. The UN agency said the funds will help it expand the delivery of essential multisectoral services, with a focus on hard-to-reach…

UK digs in on the security situation in Las Anod

The United Kingdom’s State Minister for International Development and Africa, Andrew Mitchell, has stated that the UK recognizes the importance of stability and security in Somaliland and the region as a whole.In response to a question in the UK parliament yesterday regarding the situation in Laascaanood. Mitchell said that the…