The World Bank said that it is increasing funding to the war-wracked and drought-stricken Horn of Africa to $1.88 billion from more than $500 million, a generous gesture that coincides with a U.N. mini-summit on the devastated region.
If you're a soccer fan and you haven't heard the music of K'Naan, chances are about 100 percent that you will soon. A rising star who was born in war-ravaged Somalia before emigrating to Toronto as a teenager, K'Naan is the man behind "Wavin' Flag," the enormously catchy song that will be heard in World Cup stadiums and in TV ads as Coke's official 2010 World Cup anthem.
A global recession and the hijacking of international aid are among factors behind a potentially "life-threatening" humanitarian funding crisis facing Somalia as aid funds dwindle, according to the United Nations' top envoy to Somalia.
Somalia's transitional government has the right to request military help from its neighbors against armed militants, the African Union said Monday, but Kenya was quick to reject the idea of sending troops and suggested the AU should spearhead such a move.
Heavy clashes between Islamic insurgents and forces from the transitional government of Somalia Tuesday left at least 15 people dead and 60 others wounded, according to eyewitnesses, medics and residents.
Radical Islamist fighters seized control of the seat of Somalia's U.N.-backed transitional government Monday, raiding the parliament building and demanding that several lawmakers publicly surrender, according to a journalist who witnessed the spectacle.
Islamist militants launched a massive assault on African Union peacekeepers in the Somali capital Wednesday, sparking battles that killed at least 17 civilians, according to witnesses and journalists in Mogadishu.
One hundred twenty African refugees -- most of them fleeing war-torn Somalia -- were forced overboard at gunpoint off the coast of Yemen, leaving at least 26 dead and 20 missing, the United Nations' refugee agency said Wednesday.
Nearly 40 relief agencies serving Somalia said Tuesday they can't help millions of Somalis, blaming the existence of too many checkpoints, danger that aid workers face and "a lack of respect for international humanitarian law by all parties to the conflict."
It's always tough driving in the wilds of East Africa. But in the tiny country of Djibouti, our driver explains, it's tougher than usual. "Djiboutian goats don't scare," he says, holding down the horn and swerving. We're driving 100 mph the wrong way down a winding road through terrain so apocalyptic that British soldiers, back when they ruled the world, nicknamed this parched earth the Furthest Shag of the Never-Never Land.
Two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters crashed into the water off the coast of the east African nation of Djibouti late Friday. Two of the 12 people aboard the choppers were rescued and the search continued for the 10 others, the Pentagon said.