African-based terror group Boko Haram subject of House report

Boko Haram (translated: “Western or non-Islamic education is a sin”) is a controversial Islamist group that seeks the imposition of Shariah law in the northern states of Nigeria. The group’s official name is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which in Arabic means “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad.” Yesterday, U.S. [...]

Kenya: Elite Kenyan Special Forces revealed

[A SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE REPORT ON KENYA’S SPECIAL FORCES IN THE FRONTLINE WAR ON AL-SHABAAB] They are the most secretive and presently are in the first line defense in the Kenya’s war on Al Shabaab. Little is known about them and their work. Within the Kenyan Defense Forces (Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force and Kenya Navy) [...]

Political will a must to end child malnutrition

The Horn of Africa is suffering from the worst drought in 60 years, forcing people to flee their homes in search of food and water.  Women and children are suffering the most due to malnutrition, especially in Somali, where the famine hit the hardest. Many mothers say they would rather die trying to reach a UN [...]

The FPA Great Decisions National Opinion Ballot: On Somalia

The Foreign Policy Association has released the results of its National Opinion Ballot in which highly-informed participants in the Great Decisions (GD) program, the centerpiece of the FPA, weigh in on the various issues that GD covers in a given year.  Among the issues that this year’s poll respondents addressed was the instability in the [...]

Situation deteriorating in Mogadishu’s shanty towns as drought victims continue to pour in

Ravaged by 20 years of civil war, the Somali capital has experienced an influx of displaced persons in the last three months. Providing aid to people who have fled hunger and fighting is a constant challenge in this chaotic urban setting. Since July, more than 150,000 Somalis have left the provinces of the country’s central [...]

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