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Ethnic Somalis under pressure in Kenyan capital
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of ethnic Somalis have been arrested and detained in an ongoing security operation dubbed Usalama Watch mainly in Eastleigh, a suburb of Nairobi often known as “Little Mogadishu” because of its predominantly Somali population. Usalama means security in Swahili.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99927/Ethnic-Somalis-under-pressure-in-Kenyan-capital
Security downturn in Mogadishu
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Three years after Al-Shabab insurgents withdrew from the city, security in Mogadishu remains a serious problem for residents and aid workers, with threats from Al-Shabab incursions, criminals and militia.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99906/Security-downturn-in-Mogadishu
Short-term costs of military gains in Somalia
21 March 2014 (IRIN ), A major military offensive by Somali and African Union (AU) forces against insurgents may well contribute to Somalia’s long-term stability, but in the short-term the military action has led to the displacement of around 40,000 civilians, price hikes and the destruction of some basic infrastructure.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99817/Short-term-costs-of-military-gains-in-Somalia
Greater efforts needed to curb sexual violence in Mogadishu
25 February 2014 (IRIN ), ia. A Mogadishu-based NGO working to protect women and children, Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), has recorded more than 2,000 survivors of sexual violence in Mogadishu since it was set up in July 2012.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99702/Greater-efforts-needed-to-curb-sexual-violence-in-Mogadishu
Pastoralist aspirations versus policy in the Horn of Africa
24 February 2014 (IRIN ), Since the Horn of Africa drought of 2011 aid agencies have been working to understand the changes taking place in the drylands, hoping to better anticipate people’s needs. Recent research shows these changes go beyond climate and environment to encompass social and economic factors. The findings have important policy implications.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99698/Pastoralist-aspirations-versus-policy-in-the-Horn-of-Africa
Five challenges for Somalia’s economic reconstruction
14 February 2014 (IRIN ), Somalia’s economy has managed to survive state collapse, maintaining reasonable levels of output throughout the country’s two-decade-long civil war. Now, with political recovery and transition slowly underway, the country’s economy faces new hurdles.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99647/Five-challenges-for-Somalia-s-economic-reconstruction
Breaking the cycle of youth unemployment, poverty
10 February 2014 (IRIN ), Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the main barriers to development in West Africa, say experts. Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labour force perpetuate generational cycles of poverty, it also breaks down social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of crime and violence among idle youth.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99620/Breaking-the-cycle-of-youth-unemployment-poverty
Briefing: Can federalism work in Somalia?
5 February 2014 (IRIN ), In the wake of more than two decades of civil war and state collapse, Somalis disagree about whether federalism is a recipe for sustainable peace - and even whether such a system is practicable.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99600/Briefing-Can-federalism-work-in-Somalia
Jordan’s other refugees feel forgotten
5 February 2014 (IRIN ), Just like thousands of refugees arriving in Jordan, Jacob Khamees experienced violence, hunger and fear in his home country. “I still remember when they attacked us, killed the animals and burned the fields,” he told IRIN.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99591/Jordan-s-other-refugees-feel-forgotten
Helping Africa’s urban poor gain from modernization
4 February 2014 (IRIN ), Plans to reshape and modernize African cities, in part driven by investment, architecture and construction companies seeking new markets, could deepen existing social inequalities, according to recent research. But these development plans could also benefit the poor if governments are responsive to the needs of their citizens, argue analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99590/Helping-Africa-s-urban-poor-gain-from-modernization

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