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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.
HEALTH: The "unfinished business" of lowering child mortality
13 September 2012 (IRIN ), In 1990, an estimated 12 million children around the world died under age five; by 2011, that figure had dropped to 6.9 million. The message, from a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), is that with greater commitment to child survival from governments and their partners, these figures can go lower still.
SOMALIA: Mammoth task ahead for new president
12 September 2012 (IRIN ), Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s election as president of Somalia has been heralded as the start of a new era for the troubled Horn of Africa state, which has been mired in conflict for over two decades. Residents of the capital, Mogadishu, say the new president has his work cut out for him.
SOMALIA: Kismayo feels the heat ahead of AMISOM assault
6 September 2012 (IRIN ), Hundreds of civilians have over recent weeks fled the Somali port city of Kismayo, where tension is rising amid sporadic shelling by the Kenyan navy in the run-up to an African Union military operation to dislodge Al-Shabab militants from their last stronghold in the country.
KENYA-SOMALIA: Repatriating Dadaab refugees "unrealistic"
16 August 2012 (IRIN ), Repeated calls in recent months by Kenyan government officials to repatriate half a million Somali refugees currently living in the Dadaab refugee complex to so-called safe areas of southern Somalia have been described as unrealistic by aid agencies and by the refugees themselves.

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