Somali militants let drought-hit civilians roam for food

/ Mar 17, 2017

Somali militants let drought-hit civilians roam for food

Somali Islamists are letting civilians in drought-hit regions under their control move with relative freedom to find food, the group and a U.N. official said on Thursday, but they are continuing to restrict the access of international aid groups. Somalia, struggling to recover from ...

Somali pirates free hijacked oil tanker, hostage crew

Mar 17, 2017

Somali pirates free hijacked oil tanker, hostage crew

Somali pirates on Thursday handed over an oil tanker and eight Sri Lankan hostages captured just days ago, the Oceans Beyond Piracy NGO told AFP, bringing to a close the first such attack since 2012. “The Puntland maritime police force freed the ship. They ...

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

Dec 25, 2016

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in search of the prized sap of wild frankincense trees. Bracing against high winds, Musse Ismail ...

Oct 31, 2016

Shabab fighters wrest town from Somali forces

The Islamist group al-Shabab seized a town northwest of Somalia’s capital from government forces on Sunday, the latest small center taken by the militant group trying to topple the country’s Western-backed government. Shabab, which once ruled much of Somalia, has been fighting for years ...