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Final “onslaught” on Kismayo prepared

Posted by laascaanood on September 6, 2012 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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Somali national forces and their allied AMISOM troops in the lower Juba are preparing for a final onslaught to capture Kismayo port city where Al-shabaab militants are staying put.

Kenyan military spokesman,Col.Cyrus Oguna said they are preparing for the capture of Bibi settlement which is one of the outskirts of Kismayo in a bid to move towards the port city.

The Spokesman added that the coalition forces have been succeeding in its last missions one of them being the capture of miido on Friday.

Bibi is just 90 KM away from the port city of Kismayo, a stronghold of the Al-qaeada linked Shabaab militias.

Recently the Kenyan navy shelled Kismayo to flush out the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab.

The small city that defeated Somaliland

Posted by laascaanood on August 13, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

It is slowly becoming clearer that the SNM militia which occupied parts of Sool-Jogto, Maygaagle, and Kalshaale have now vacated their military posts and returned to Qorulugud and retreated into Somaliland areas.

As we watch prisoner swaps and other related events, one of the questions that comes to mind is whether or not this could be a game changer in the recent khatumo and Somaliland confrontations? In light of the recent overtures by secessionist Somaliland to former SSC leader, Mr. Saleban Hagla-tosiye, Is it possible that the SSC leadership unilaterally brokered peace in the Cayn _Khatumo State region or are there other true heroes that forced Somaliland militia to retreat in defeat as they have never listened in the past to the barrage of peaceful calls to withdraw.

The latter seems to be more plausible. But wait a minute, First, let’s examine the SSC Conundrum. Wasn’t SSC labelled by the Somaliland administration as a terrorist organization? When did Somaliland formally recognize the SSC as a legitimate leadership with whom to converse? I haven’t read or seen it, Have you? and if so whatever becomes of the faith of the other (comically dubbed SSC but legitimately recognized by Somaliland) organization allegedly led by the Hapless Keyse.

Thanks in part to Somaliland’s flip flop and confused ethnocentric agenda, this other Khatumo dropout might as well be so jealous now that his legitimate SSC organization has been eclipsed by the former terrorist, current peacemaker SSC one man show. Quite a bizzaro world where right is wrong and wrong is right ! This apparent paradox is not only entertaining but neatly fits as good material for the comic sections of Khatumo media.

Furthermore, If you look at Somaliland’s propaganda these days, one may see that their media spins these events as though the people of buhodle chose peace and preferred dialogue_ a benign concept but in this context, a code word that suggests buhodle city [as represented by a single former SSC leader] will join Somaliland’s geographic dreamland. The fact is that the people of Cayn and Khatumo currently led by president Indho-sheel are peace-loving and have never been on the offensive to grab someone else’s land.

Rather, they were always on the receiving end of enemy fire. The atrocities perpetrated by the secessionist Somaliland militia, killing over 500 Khatumo citizens this year alone in the Cayn region will never be forgotten. The SNM tanks roaring in early morning, firing indiscriminately at innocent civilians. The sight of a buhodle mom throwing droplets of water from a yellow can as she attempts to put out fire in her burning house are fresh in many a Khatumo citizen.

It would be interesting to know if Hagla-tosiye remembered to negotiate any compensation or reparations for these horrific human rights violations or did he choose to shake the bloody hands of Silaanyo who ordered these crimes _for a personal vendetta against Khatumo ! Born in the historic city of Taleh on Jan. 12, 2012.

This blessed concept and regional autonomy of Khatumo State of Somalia has democratically and permanently united the hearts and minds of all things Sool Sanaag and Cayn. Why does hagla-tosiye shy away from mentioning in his appeasement speeches the fact that buhodle is, has and will always sport the honorable blue flag with the white star as per the wishes of its Khatumo residents? Thanks to the boys and girls of Kalshaale whose character and heroism were always in full display, requiring no permission as they thwarted all enemy attempts to capture the last remaining bastion of Khatumo land.

Meanwhile, in the coming days, as Haglo-tosiye returns from his trip to Hargaisa, local clan politicking is expected to hit the streets of buhodle city.

His previous nuances of belittling SSC members who hailed from regions other than Cayn was quite divisive and hard to swallow specially when it was suggested that some of these young boys might have died in vain.

However, History will soon tell if he succeeds in helping to divide the Dhulbahante people along sub-clans and city regional lines, making enemy dreams come true. Or whether Buhodle residents would be expectedly smart enough to recognize Somaliland’s dream of experimenting manipulative diplomacy after their utter failure to succeed in warfare.

if the current peace overtures hold true, it’s possible that various characters may compete for getting credit to have brokered this elusive and untested peace deal. However, if it doesn’t, then we are back to square one.

Far from a one man publicity stunt, this SNM retreat is clearly a direct result of the people of buhodle city and their relentless conviction to defend their land from an SNM bully that awaits by the boreholes of balli-dhiig. But one thing is for sure; the boys of Kalshaale will continue to sing poetically: “We are here, we were here, and we will be here to defend our land, dignity and history including the Dervish legacy upon which the modern Somali Federal State was founded”. Additionally, please accept my apologies if I offended some of my Somali Northern friends who may be allergic to the mere mention of this historic Somali Dervish Movement; a couple of pages of reading into traditional Somali history and one will easily find who were the true Somalis and who were the British Colonial followers. Finally, a good case in point could be at display at this summer’s London Olympic games.

If you looked at the choices made by athletes of Somali origin with respect to their allegiance to their birth countries, one might have seen Mo-Farah’s Gold medal in the 10k run and he is to be congratulated for an excellent run. However, although he was Born in Mogadishu but hails from the Somaliland region, Mo [notice effect of name change to the preference of colonial masters] chose to run for Great Britain as opposed to Somalia.

He was also seen sporting a secessionist flag that had more colours than wiil-waal had witticism. In contrast though, over a decade ago, another athlete chose to run for his native Somalia despite huge enticements from USA. Abdi Bile Abdi went on to win Somalia’s first Gold medal in any sports in 1997 World Track and field championships in Rome. It is no coincidence that in a recent london tv interview, Abdi Bile who hails from Khatumo State was wrapped around the blue flag, tears coming down his eyes as he was carried over by emotions of patriotism and love of his country_Somalia. May God bless Khatumo State of Somalia. Let’s hope that a United Somalia is on the horizon.

 

Cholera epidemic threatens residents of southern Somalia

Posted by laascaanood on July 27, 2012 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

(Sabahi Online) A cholera epidemic is spreading in southern Somalia, causing an alarming number of children and elderly to travel to Mogadishu for treatment, Banadir Maternity and Children’s Hospital (BMCH) officials say.

BMCH has been receiving hundreds of cases of cholera from Mogadishu, Kismayo, and towns in the Middle and Lower Shabelle regions in southern Somalia.

Cholera is an intestinal disease that is generally linked to contaminated drinking water, causing severe diarrhoea and vomiting, putting people at risk of dehydration and even death.

The Somali Ministry of Health says the rainy season in Mogadishu and the southern areas has exacerbated the spread of the disease.

Duniya Khalif, a nurse at BMCH, told Sabahi that children and elderly people are affected most acutely from the effects of the disease.

“People come here for free treatment, which is offered by the state-run Banadir Hospital in collaboration with humanitarian organisations from Kuwait, Germany, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey,” Khalif said. “We are currently seeking solutions to stop the spread of this disease and trying to prevent its recurrence in the capital so we can eradicate it. We will conduct health-awareness campaigns for citizens through the local media and leaflets that we will soon publish.”

Nasteha Ahmed Farah, 27, has two children who contracted the illness in Qoryooley, 120 kilometres southwest of Mogadishu. The town is under the control of al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab, which turned the town’s hospital into a shelter for its fighters.

Farah travelled from Qoryooley to Mogadishu to seek treatment for her 2-year-old daughter, Sowda. The child weighs 6.6 kilograms, well below the average of 12 kilograms for her age, and suffers from diarrhoea and malnutrition.

“I arrived in Mogadishu two days ago and the land journey between the town of Qoryooley in Lower Shabelle and Mogadishu lasted more than six hours,” Farah told Sabahi. “We suffered from exhaustion and neglect, but we got the support that we needed from Banadir Hospital, which provided us with intravenous fluids, oral re-hydration solutions and food on a daily basis.”

Senior nurse Abdirahman Mohamed Ali says cholera has been a recurrent problem since 1999, as the country has been plagued by wars, poverty and natural disasters including drought and flooding.

Ali told Sabahi that cholera is ubiquitous in hot and dry climates, especially from December through April, when heavy rain falls over various parts of the country.

Sharp rise in fatal cases of cholera

The Sudan office of the Kuwait Patients Helping Fund Society has been running the diarrhoea section at BMCH for the past year. It said there has been a sharp increase in the number of fatal cases of cholera.

Sudanese paediatrician Ibrahim Osman Mohamed said 2,000 patients suffering from diarrhoea and malnutrition have been admitted to BMCH in the past three months. He said the hospital treated 1,057 such cases in June.

Mohamed said many people die from cholera because they do not receive treatment in the early stages of the disease.

“We received 12 [bodies] that reached us too late due to lack of transportation and security issues since there is a curfew in Mogadishu that bans vehicles on the streets an hour after sunset,” he told Sabahi. “Twenty-four children and several elderly women died in the past three weeks because the disease had reached a late stage and they were totally dehydrated and lost all minerals and fluids in their bodies, resulting in kidney failure.”

Mohamed says he sees 57 patients daily, including children under five years old who suffer from severe diarrhoea.

He said health conditions are likely to worsen over the next several weeks, unless the international community intervenes in Kismayo and other southern towns, where residents rely on the Juba and Shabelle rivers for drinking water and there are no water treatment and desalination plants to remove contaminants.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the number of cholera cases registered among internally displaced persons in Mogadishu is worrying due to food and water shortages.

“Cholera cases have doubled and tripled since last year, which is why we can say there is a cholera epidemic,” said WHO staff member Michael Yao, adding that 4,272 cases of severe diarrhoea have been registered so far this year at the Banadir Hospital, most of which are children under five, resulting in 181 deaths.

 

UK troops in Somalia ‘aiding Africa Union force’

Posted by laascaanood on July 27, 2012 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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BBC) The UK has established a small military presence in Somalia, the British Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

A team of 10 military advisers is based at the headquarters of the African Union force in the capital, Mogadishu.

They do not have a combat role; their job is to help the AU with planning, communications and medical support.

But a BBC correspondent says some of the advisers have been seen in Afgoye, a strategic town west of the capital recently taken from Islamist militants.

The al-Shabab group, which joined al-Qaeda earlier this year, still controls many rural areas in southern and central Somalia but is under pressure on several fronts.

The country has been without a functioning central authority since 1991 and has been wracked by fighting ever since – a situation that has allowed piracy and lawlessness to flourish.

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