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SOMALIA: Somaliland journalists under fire
17 October 2012 (IRIN ), Journalists in the self-declared republic of Somaliland are increasingly being harassed and arrested by security forces there, say officials.
SOMALIA: Food insecurity still a problem
16 October 2012 (IRIN ), Rising food costs, poor ‘Gu’ seasonal rains earlier in the year and continuing insecurity in parts of southern Somalia are affecting the nutritional status of vulnerable people there - a situation that could worsen in the coming months amid the risk of flooding, warn experts.
SOMALIA: Grappling with road-accidents toll
9 October 2012 (IRIN ), The self-declared republic of Somaliland is grappling with an upsurge in traffic accidents, and officials say the trend will likely continue unless the government puts in place measures to curtail them.
EASTERN AFRICA: Floods affect tens of thousands
8 October 2012 (IRIN ), Above-average seasonal rains in parts of the East and Horn of Africa have affected tens of thousands of people, displacing families and restricting access to many in need, say humanitarian officials. The rains, coming ahead of a possible El Niño event, have prompted fears of further flooding.
In Brief: Somalia joins the mine ban club
4 October 2012 (IRIN ), Somalia has become the 160th state member of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. It is the last of the sub-Saharan African countries to commit to the treaty.
KENYA-SOMALIA: Battling to contain cholera, hepatitis E outbreaks
4 October 2012 (IRIN ), An outbreak of cholera along the Kenya-Somalia border has left dozens dead and many more sick, according to local residents, aid workers and government officials.
SOMALIA: Floods displace thousands in Beletweyne
1 October 2012 (IRIN ), Several people have been killed and thousands displaced after heavy rains in central Somalia’s Hiiraan Region caused the Shabelle River to burst its banks.
SOMALIA: Dangers for journalists grow as new government takes hold
28 September 2012 (IRIN ), The situation of journalists in Somalia is becoming increasingly precarious as the country struggles to put behind it years of lawlessness following the recent successful election of a new president.
SOMALIA: Principles and pragmatism*
21 September 2012 (IRIN ), The advance by African Union troops (AMISOM) on the insurgent-held Somali port city of Kismayo brings into focus a challenge often faced by humanitarian actors in conflict zones: how to help those in need without associating themselves too closely with warring parties, even those which enjoy international backing.
SOMALIA: Suspected cholera kills a dozen in south
18 September 2012 (IRIN ), A suspected cholera outbreak has killed about a dozen people in the southern Somali village of Hoosingo, in the district of Badade in Lower Juba, say government and health officials.

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