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East Africa faces a humanitarian crisis as drought grips region

The east African region is facing a humanitarian crisis. Citizens from various countries face hunger and starvation due to the ongoing drought, and there are concerns that the situation could deteriorate if humanitarian assistance to avert the crisis delays. The United Nations estimates that close to 17 million people are facing hunger in nine countries. The countries include hard-hit by the crisis include Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Urgent assistance is required to avert this crisis and various humanitarian organisations including World Vision are raising funds to provide desperately and urgent life-saving supplies to the most vulnerable children, including water, food and basic medical supplies.

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Donald Trump says Somali migrants are a “disaster” and Minnesota has “suffered enough”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire for his xenophobic remarks against Somalis in Minnesota. Trump said Somali migrants are a “disaster” and Minnesota residents have “suffered enough” because of migrants pouring in. The U.S. presidential hopeful has been strongly rebuked by Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minnesota who has come out in defence of Somalis saying, “Minneapolis is a better, stronger place for having our Somali and East African immigrants and refugees in it”. “Somali people of Minnesota and Minneapolis are not *roaming* our communities, they are *building* them,” Hodges noted.

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Australia Navy intercepts 2,000 weapons on Somalia bound boat

The Australia Navy has seized 1,989 AK-47 assault rifles and 100 rocket-propelled grenade launchers among others on a small fishing boat bound for Somalia. The smuggling and illicit trade in arms and weapons remain a big issue in conflict areas and pirates, terrorist organisations and non-state armed rebel groups continue smuggling and trading in illegal arms, with far-reaching consequences.