Posts Tagged ‘Somalia’

Somali lawmaker presents bill to legalise child marriage

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

A bill to legalise child marriage has been presented to the Somali parliament. At present there is no law mandating a minimum age for marriage in Somalia. Deputy speaker Abdiweli Mudeey’s bill provoked criticism from other lawmakers when they realised it would legalise marriage at puberty. For some girls, this would be when they were Read more

Six million in Somalia starving to death

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Over six million people in Somalia are likely to starve to death this year. That is nearly half of Somalia’s population in urgent need of humanitarian help. In addition, about 275,000 malnourished children are at risk of starvation, according to aid and development agencies, says Bishop Giorgio Bertin of Djibouti. He says Caritas Somalia is Read more

Caritas to help 48,000 Somali refugees in Kenya

Friday, October 7th, 2011

In Somalia, drought and ongoing conflict have reached crisis levels and affect over half of the population. More than 250,000 Somalis have fled their country in 2011 alone. The mass movement of rural Somalis across the border to Kenya has put significant pressure on already overcrowded refugee camps in Kenya.

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Somalia needs NZ$3 billion

Friday, August 5th, 2011

The British public has raised NZ$80 million for Somalia in just over three weeks, but three more regions have been hit by the famine, so much more is needed. Brendan Gormley, chief execution of the British Disasters Emergency Committee said: “To raise NZ$80 million in just over three weeks is a wonderful demonstration of public Read more

Pope views Somalia situation with deep concern: urges humanitarian aid

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Pope Benedict has been following news of drought-stricken Horn of Africa, especially Somalia with “deep concern”. Benedict is urging the international community to deliver urgent humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken area. “Innumerable people are fleeing from that tremendous famine in search of food and assistance. I hope the international community will increase its efforts to Read more