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UN agencies set to start new phase of aid for droughtstricken northern

With no rains anticipated before April in parts of the Sool and Sanaag regions, further losses to livestock and other assets are expected, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is calling for prompt intervention to stem the problem. “The situation is fragile,” UNICEF Somalia Emergency Officer Robert McCarthy said. “Our planning is based on the assumption that children will be increasingly vulnerable to malnutrition and disease in the coming weeks.” He added that nomadic communities which have lost significant numbers of their livestock will require outside food and supplies to survive. Growing tension between the local administrations in Northwest Somalia (‘Somaliland’) and Northeast Somalia (‘Puntland’), both claiming the affected areas as their territory, is creating some concern among humanitarian agencies. UNICEF said operations could be jeopardized or even halted if the situation escalates into violent conflict. In the past, efforts to reach the affected communities – often in remote areas – were possible thanks to cooperation between the two administrations. UNICEF Somalia Senior Programme Officer Leila Pakkala urged that this continue. “We appeal to them to maintain a stable environment and ensure the continuity and effectiveness of response activities,” she said. Failed rains over the past four years have caused large-scale food insecurity among pastoral people in parts of northern Somalia. A joint mission in October, led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), found the population hard hit by loss of livestock and purchasing power. In two recent missions, the last ending on 2 January, 10 teams supported by UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) visited 72 villages, providing vaccination, clinical and antenatal care, and dry supplementary rations to complement UN World Food Programme (WFP) distributions. Later this week, UNICEF and WFP are set to begin the second phase of food, medical and nutritional interventions. read more

Sentencing looms for man found guilty of raping child

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEx-cop found guilty of raping 3-year-old in his careOctober 24, 2018In “Court”Block maker gets life for raping girl, 7September 6, 2018In “Court”Life imprisonment for ex-cop found guilty of raping 3-y-oNovember 8, 2018In “Court” Twenty five-year-old Rowland Sam was on Monday afternoon found guilty of raping a girl who was just seven years old at the time of act. He was charged with rape of a child under sixteen and he plead not-guilty when the State presented the indictment at the Sexual Offences Court last week.The prosecution’s case stated that he sexually penetrated the young child sometime in the month of January 2015 when Sam was 22 years old. The jury returned its 10-2 majority verdict after some deliberation but Sam had little reaction after the jury foreperson announced the decision. Presiding judge, Priya Sewnarine-Beharry delayed sentencing to September 5, 2018 after Sam’s attorney Clyde Forde requested a probation report be prepared for his client. State Counsels Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt prosecuted the case after a few days of trial.  read more