Whenever a crisis hits Africa, it seems the world doesn’t care, and Africans themselves also don’t seem concerned. The tragedy in Somalia reminds us once again of our own indifference.
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) membership now includes Somalia and Comoros as the 157th and 158th member states respectively. The Somali tourism industry is growing fast, which helps in job creation, cultural exchanges and economic growth that the country desperately needs right now.
Somalia’s justice system is still yet to take shape. The slow pace of legal reformation has made many Somalis to look for justice in the mobile courts operated by Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group Al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab implements a strict and harsh interpretation of Islamic Sharia law, and new courts are being constituted in a bid to stop people from going to the Al-Shabaab courts.
The 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union’s (AU) Executive Council took place on the 30th of June. The 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of AU Heads of States and Government followed. We bring you highlights of the issues discussed by the African Union Commission chairman H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat.
Not being able to live in one’s own home country because of disturbances such as violence and natural disasters can be an emotionally and socially disturbing issue. Finding #refugee in another country hoping for a better life but then being subjected to humiliation and non-acceptance is a double blow. How can we avoid displacements when conflicts are the order of the day?
African migrants and refugees travelling to Libya are being frequently abducted, tortured, sexually exploited and made to engage in forced labour. The people smugglers and criminal gangs are using social media to broadcast the abuse and violence they inflict on African migrants in their captivity and to demand ransoms (ranging from US$ 8,000-10,000) from their families back home, the UN says.
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.
Somalia’s new president Mohamed Abdullahi was inaugurated on Wednesday, 22nd February and promised his people that he will restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warned it will take another two decades to “fix” the country’s problems, which include instability, a result of terrorism and years of conflict.
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.