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Somali FM receives EU Chargé d’Affaires

MOGADISHU – Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Amb. Ahmed Isse Awad received  the charge d’affaires of the European Union Delegation to Somalia, Mr. Fulgencio Garrido Ruiz.
Both sides discussed on issues of mutual concern, including international and regional developments.
The European Union is one of the main donors to improve the security situation in Somalia through AMISOM forces as well as training the Somali security forces to strengthen the stability and development of the country recovering from the scourge of civil wars and armed violence.
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Somalia under renewed scrutiny over FGM after two more young girls die
Death of sisters aged 10 and 11 undermines hopes of change inspired by announcement of landmark prosecution

Two more girls in Somalia have died after undergoing female genital mutilation, just weeks after a high-profile case prompted the attorney general to announce the first prosecution against the practice in the country’s history.
Two sisters, aged 10 and 11, bled to death last week after they were cut in the remote pastoral village of Arawda North in Galdogob district, Puntland, said activist Hawa Aden Mohamed of the Galkayo Centre.
The deaths of Aasiyo and Khadijo Farah Abdi Warsame have come at a time of transition in Somalia, where 98% of all women and girls undergo FGM, the highest rate in the world. Most cases go unreported.
The case of Deeqa Dahir Nuur, 10, who haemorrhaged to death in July after she was operated on by a traditional cutter, prompted Somalia’s attorney general Ahmed Ali Dahir to send a team of investigators to her remote village with the aim of prosecuting those involved in her death.
The move was heralded at the time as a “defining moment for Somalia” by Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid, the deputy prime minister, , who said: “It is not acceptable that in the 21st century FGM is continuing in Somalia. It should not be part of our culture. It is definitely not part of the Islamic religion.”
However, activists in the country say the death of the two sisters proves that the government is not moving quickly enough to prevent further incidents.
“It is shocking that, with the massive publicity of the Deeqa case and subsequent commitment by the Somali government to do more, on the ground change does not yet seem to be happening,” said Brendan Wynne of Donor Direct Action, an international women’s group that runs a fund to end FGM. “Girls continue to die from this devastating abuse while we wait for politicians to move.”
FGM is technically illegal in Puntland, a semi-autonomous state in north-eastern Somalia, where lawmakers recently approved legislation outlawing the practice.
“Yet there seems to be reluctance in discussing and passing the anti-FGM law in Puntland, which was recently approved by the cabinet,” said Mohamed.
“We hope that this will serve as a wake-up call for those responsible to see the need to have the law in place to protect girls from this heinous practice.”
Most girls in Somalia undergo the most severe form of circumcision – during which external genitalia are removed or repositioned and the vaginal opening is sewn up, leaving only a small hole through which to pass menstrual blood – between the ages of five and nine. The operation is often performed by untrained midwives or healers using knives, razors or broken glass.
The two girls underwent the surgery on 10 September but bled continuously for 24 hours, said Mohamed. Their mother tried to take them to nearby Bursallah town to seek medical help but the girls died during the journey, according to Mohamed.
Somali-born FGM survivor and campaigner Ifrah Ahmed said the sisters’ deaths were “very upsetting” given Puntland’s professed interest in outlawing the practice.
“I’m still in shock after Deeqa’s death and hearing this [news] is very upsetting, very sad, losing two little girls again to female genital mutilation,” said Ahmed.
“Puntland has approved the anti-FGM bill and still young girls are losing their lives. Immediate action needs to be taken by international donors who support Somalia, and by the federal government of Somalia [itself].”
Third Girl Dies in Somalia After...

A 10-year-old girl has died in Somalia due to complications from female genital mutilation (FGM).
Mumtaz Qorane was the third child to die in the country this week after undergoing the practice, which is also known as female circumcision.
Dr. Mohamed Hussein Aden tells VOA's Somali service that the girl underwent the procedure three days ago in the countryside near the town of Goldogob, and contracted tetanus afterward.
He said a medical team sent to bring her to a hospital in the town of Galkayo was told Monday morning that the girl had died.
Aden received an emergency call about the girl’s grave condition on Sunday while talking to VOA Somali about the death of two sisters, Asiya Farah Abdi Warsame and Khadija Farah Abdi Warsame, who bled to death following FGM.
Doctors and activists said the girls died in Bur Salah village about 75 kilometers west of Galkayo, but the mutilation took place about a week ago near Galladi, across the border in the Somali region of Ethiopia.
Galkayo hospital is the main health facility used by nomads who live along the border areas between Somalia and Ethiopia.
Dr. Mohamed Hussein Aden said the two girls who died in Bur Salah were aged 10 and 11, adding, "There is no other way to describe it, it's brutal."
Activists are demanding an end to female circumcision, calling it a dangerous ritual with no practical benefits.
The practice involves removing part or all of the clitoris and labia for non-medical reasons. The World Health Organization (WHO) says cutting, often performed on girls 15 and younger, can result in bleeding, infection, problems with urination and complications with childbearing.
After 15 years of elephants, Somalia...
A very popular bullion coin, the Somali Elephant is now in its fifteenth year. While it has displayed a pretty good variety of designs over the years, it must get harder and harder to come up with something new, so the producer has decided to add a second subject to the mix. This should run alongside the elephant, but for how long we don’t yet know.The subject chosen is an apex predator and one of the most beautiful animals in nature – the Leopard. The coin looks okay. It isn’t a particularly dynamic design, but here’s hoping it builds into a nice varied selection as the years go by. Available as a 1oz silver with a 30,000 mintage, or as a 1oz gold with a 1,000 mintage, this is a bit rarer than the norm, especially given the ever increasing numbers of elephants. Available to order from APMEX right now, availability should spread over the next few datys.
REVERSE: Features a full image of a leopard looking back over his left shoulder. In the background is a natural setting of a rocky landscape.
OBVERSE: Displays the Somalian Coat of Arms and the date along with the face value.
Somali PM rejects foreign mediation in...
By ABDULKADIR KHALIFMore by this Author
Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre has said that his government would not accept foreign mediation between the member states and the federal government.Mr Khayre was reacting to suggestions from the leaders of the federal states that a third party be invited to any talks between them and the Mogadishu-based Somali government.The Premier made the declaration on Sunday at a ceremony held in Mogadishu to re-launch a self-help programme called Isxilqaan.The leaders of the five member states of the federal government, namely Puntland, Jubaland, Southwest, Hirshabelle and Galmudug on September 8 issued a communiqué withdrawing cooperation with the central government.Natural resourcesThe communiqué followed a conference held in Kismayu, 500km south of Mogadishu.
The regional leaders expressed grievances on insecurity, the sharing of natural resources and the interference by the central government in the affairs of the member states, which they want addressed before resumption of cooperation.Mr Khayre, however, asserted that the days of Somali leaders seeking foreign mediation on internal issues were over. He reiterated that all differences should be sorted out through compromises.“We welcome that all grievances are cleared through dialogue and compromises, considering the interest of the Somali people,” said Mr Khayre.He particularly noted that Mogadishu could host a meeting of the Somali leaders, indirectly rejecting the suggestion that the capital was insecure.Our sovereignty“We cannot accept people saying that Mogadishu’s security was unreliable,” Mr Khayre stressed.“This is the Somali capital. A city in which we have all invested and stands as a symbol of our sovereignty,” he added.Presidents Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe of Jubbaland, Mohamed Abdi Ware of Hirshabelle, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas of Puntland, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden of Southwest and Ahmed Duale Gelle Haaf of Galmudug had not responded to call by their Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to attend a national security council meeting in Mogadishu on Monday.President Farmajo is the chair of the national security council that include the presidents of the members states and the Governor of Banadir region (Mogadishu and surrounding areas).The failure of the regional leaders to attend the meeting would be assumed to be directly related to the suspension of cooperation with the central government announced in Kismayu on September 8.
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The Members of Somalia's Lower House chamber of Federal parliament held a debate on the Security issues during today's sitting which came days after a car bomb injured MP.The Security forces were stationed near the Parliament and on Sayidka street and other Roads leading to the House early in the morning.
The MPs debated on the security of the capital amid several insecurity incidents that took place in the city shuttered months of peace.
Barely two days ago, a member of parliament, Mohamed Mursal Barrow has narrowly survived death after an IED fitted into his vehicle went off outside the national theatre in the capital.
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Somali PM rejects foreign mediation in...
By ABDULKADIR KHALIFMonday September 17, 2018
Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre has said that his government would not accept foreign mediation between the member states and the federal government.
Mr Khayre was reacting to suggestions from the leaders of the federal states that a third party be invited to any talks between them and the Mogadishu-based Somali government.
The Premier made the declaration on Sunday at a ceremony held in Mogadishu to re-launch a self-help programme called Isxilqaan.
The leaders of the five member states of the federal government, namely Puntland, Jubaland, Southwest, Hirshabelle and Galmudug on September 8 issued a communiqué withdrawing cooperation with the central government.Natural resources
Ads By Google The communiqué followed a conference held in Kismayu, 500km south of Mogadishu.
The regional leaders expressed grievances on insecurity, the sharing of natural resources and the interference by the central government in the affairs of the member states, which they want addressed before resumption of cooperation.
Mr Khayre, however, asserted that the days of Somali leaders seeking foreign mediation on internal issues were over. He reiterated that all differences should be sorted out through compromises.
“We welcome that all grievances are cleared through dialogue and compromises, considering the interest of the Somali people,” said Mr Khayre.
He particularly noted that Mogadishu could host a meeting of the Somali leaders, indirectly rejecting the suggestion that the capital was insecure.
Our sovereignty
“We cannot accept people saying that Mogadishu’s security was unreliable,” Mr Khayre stressed.
“This is the Somali capital. A city in which we have all invested and stands as a symbol of our sovereignty,” he added.
Presidents Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe of Jubbaland, Mohamed Abdi Ware of Hirshabelle, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas of Puntland, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden of Southwest and Ahmed Duale Gelle Haaf of Galmudug had not responded to call by their Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to attend a national security council meeting in Mogadishu on Monday.
President Farmajo is the chair of the national security council that include the presidents of the members states and the Governor of Banadir region (Mogadishu and surrounding areas).
The failure of the regional leaders to attend the meeting would be assumed to be directly related to the suspension of cooperation with the central government announced in Kismayu on September 8.
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2 Sisters Die Of FGM In Somalia;...
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Sep 17, 2018
The Guardian: Somalia under renewed scrutiny over FGM after two more young girls die“Two more girls in Somalia have died after undergoing female genital mutilation, just weeks after a high-profile case prompted the attorney general to announce the first prosecution against the practice in the country’s history. … [A]ctivists in the country say the death of the two sisters proves that the government is not moving quickly enough to prevent further incidents…” (Hodal, 9/17).
NPR: 2 Young Sisters Die After Undergoing Female Genital Mutilation“…The cases underscore concerns about FGM in Somalia, which the U.N. says has the highest prevalence in the world. Ninety-eight percent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 have undergone FGM. The practice is legal in Somalia. Worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates that more than 200 million women and girls have experienced some form of FGM. … The U.N. designates it as a human rights violation…” (Cohen, 9/14).
Third Girl Dies in Somalia After...

A 10-year-old girl has died in Somalia due to complications from female genital mutilation (FGM).
Mumtaz Qorane was the third child to die in the country this week after undergoing the practice, which is also known as female circumcision.
Dr. Mohamed Hussein Aden tells VOA's Somali service that the girl underwent the procedure three days ago in the countryside near the town of Goldogob, and contracted tetanus afterward.
He said a medical team sent to bring her to a hospital in the town of Galkayo was told Monday morning that the girl had died.
Aden received an emergency call about the girl’s grave condition on Sunday while talking to VOA Somali about the death of two sisters, Asiya Farah Abdi Warsame and Khadija Farah Abdi Warsame, who bled to death following FGM.
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The MPs debated on the security of the capital amid several insecurity incidents that took place in the city shuttered months of peace.
Barely two days ago, a member of parliament, Mohamed Mursal Barrow has narrowly survived death after an IED fitted into his vehicle went off outside the national theatre in the capital.
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NUSOJ and SIMHA JOINT Statement:...
(MENAFN - SomTribune) To: Whom it may concern CC: The Federal Government Of Somalia, the governments of the USA, UK, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, the United Nations, European Union, African Union, League of Arab States and all concerned international partners of Somalia. Subject: JOINT STATEMENT The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), an independent national journalists trade union that legally represents the Somali journalists and the Somali Independent Media Houses Association (SIMHA), an association that has a membership of more than 20 media stations in Somalia issued the following joint statement to address serious rising disruption to Somali media including harassment and defamation of civic leaders, business communities, Somali diplomatic communities, international diplomatic communities, donor community and public figures by two individual spoilers, Omar Faruk Osman and Dahir Abdulle Alasow, the owner of Waagacusub.com website. The unfounded and libellous attacks, which these individual spoilers subject to the above mentioned communities, complete violation of the fundamental principlesof ethical journalism, locally and internationally. The Somali Media Fraternity – Express concern over the use of the media as a tool to extort, harass, defame and terrorize the civic leaders, business community, donor communities, Somali diplomatic communities, international diplomatic communities and public figures We further condemn the use of violence in the media. Regret the impact upon all those effected by the violence, including Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (VIKES), American International labor solidarity Center, Somali Embassy in Kampala, various government institutions, Center for Community Awareness, Dahabshiil Money Transfer among others entities. Declare that such use of violence on behalf of the media for extortion, harassment and defamation is an offense and such acts have no space in the Somali media nor that of the global fraternity. Reaffirm the media's role in promoting pluralism, good governance, accountability, transparency and justice in line with the universally accepted code of ethics in journalism, opposing all forms of violence. Recognize any act that promotes intolerance or hatred in the media aimed to terrorize, defame or to gain money against the public, should be regarded as an offense and is counter to journalism and media professionalism. Commit to show solidarity and support to all those affected by the violence in the name of the Media in their course in seeking justice in the courts of law. Remain concerned about the continued offenses and violence against the media donor communities by Omar Faruk Osman for personal gains on behalf of IFJ and his associate Dahir Abdulle Alasow who he facilitated in getting IFJ press card to conduct and publish libellous and defamatory articles against the public in general with the purpose of blackmailing or gaining bribery money, an act against the professional and ethical conduct of journalism. Call for the president of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Jim Boumelha to desist and cease in his support and encouragement of Somali media spoilers who defame and harass not only individuals but also entities and donor community, while demanding bribery money. Call for the Federal government of Somalia to investigate the murder of the renowned teacher late Abdullahi Ali Hussein Aka 'Ano-Gel' and the motive behind naming him as a journalist - a profession he did never practice his lifetime. Call for the concerned International organizations to show solidarity to the Somali media in their struggle to save the media profession from damaging disruption. Call for all International organizations to inform themselves of the real threat to Somali media by individual spoilers and to ensure continuity of institutional knowledge so that opportunities are not presented to the spoilers through institutional ignorance. Remain available to provide documentary evidence that will inform interested parties of the false, self-serving and fraudulent nature of the claims made by the spoilers. Done in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 17, 2015 For More Information, Please contact Somali Independent media houses association (SIMHA ) KM4 area, wadajir District, Mogadishu, Somalia, Tel: +252 61-5080800 +25261-5579070 e-mail: , , E-Newsletter: Internet: http://www.simha.so Follow us on : SIMHA_SOM National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) Second Floor, Zobe Building, KM5 area, Wadajir District, Mogadishu, Somalia, Office Line: Tel: +252 1 859 944, Email: or Website: www.nusoj.org.so Follow us on Twitter: @NUSOJ_Somalia Follow us on Facebook.com/NUSOJSomalia MENAFN1709201802070000ID1097442624