As govt dismisses 2016 popular elections, UN rules out Somali leaders’ possible term extension
Days after Somalia’s government and parliament have jointly declared the country would not be able to hold popular elections in 2016, the United Nations envoy to Somalia has dismissed potential term extension for the country’s leaders as unacceptable.
Counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden could not have been more successful. No commercial ships have been hijacked since 2013, compared with 46 ships in 2010. At the 18th Plenary Session of Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia at the UN headquarters on July 8, 2015, the European Union reiterated its "two zeros" goal for this year - zero ships and zero seafarers in the hands of Somali pirates.
There is a tree in Somalia that's unusually leafless all year round, even when it rains.
With no other trees growing nearby, it stands more than seven feet tall on a dry and stony patch of land. Rocky, barren hills neighbour it on one side and a huge camp for people fleeing conflict on the other.
Talented Somali refugee dreams of new life in America to honour father who died for his art
It has been said that if you suffer for your art, you will never die. For 16-year-old Abdirahim Abdulkadir Osman, a talented Somali refugee artist, it is the memory of his father's brutal murder that keeps his dreams of a better life in America alive.