SOMALIA NEWS (from UN Agencies)

ENSURE SAFETY OF AID WORKERS, UN OFFICIAL URGES NAIROBI, 22 October (IRIN) - A senior United Nations humanitarian official has expressed "profound sorrow" at the killing of two British aid workers in northern Somalia, saying that no new UN workers would be sent to the area until it "stabilizes". Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said a total of four international aid workers had been killed in Somalia since mid-September. He called on the local authorities to take immediate action to "find and prosecute" those responsible for the killings, and to "ensure the safety and security of all aid workers in the area". FULL STORY

TWO BRITISH TEACHERS SHOT DEAD IN SOMALILAND NAIROBI, 21 October (IRIN) - Two British nationals working for an NGO in the self-declared republic of Somaliland were shot dead on Monday night by unidentified gunmen. The two bodies were found in their home on Tuesday morning, said Evelyn Winkler, project coordinator with SOS Kinderdorf International, which employed them. The house was located in the same compound as the Sheikh secondary school where they were working, in a town of the same name about 70 km from the port of Berbera. FULL STORY

KAHIN TRIP SET TO STRENGTHEN SOMALILAND-DJIBOUTI RELATIONS. NAIROBI, 15 October (IRIN) Relations between Djibouti and the self-declared republic of Somaliland, northwestern Somalia, are set to improve following a three-day visit to Djibouti by the Somaliland president, Dahir Riyale Kahin. Abdillahi Muhammad Duale, Somaliland's Information Minister, told IRIN on Wednesday that the "Riyale administration has been extremely busy strengthening relations with neighbouring states, and this trip is part of that". FULL STORY

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT MURDERED IN NAIROBI NAIROBI, 20 October (IRIN) A member of the Transitional National Assembly of Somalia, was found murdered in a forest on the outskirts on Nairobi on Sunday. The body of Shaykh Ibrahim Ali Abdulle, a prominent Mogadishu-based businessman and delegate to the peace talks in Kenya, was found - along with those of a Kenyan businessman and their driver - in the Ololua forest near Nairobi, according to the Kenyan newspaper, 'Daily Nation' FULL STORY

TALKS IN KENYA "ON COURSE", SAYS OFFICIAL NAIROBI, 14 October (IRIN) Organisers say the Somali peace talks underway in Kenya are on course, and contrary to reports, have not stalled. James Kiboi, a member of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) technical committee which is steering the talks, admitted that "some personalities are not at the talks", but that the proceedings were continuing. FULL STORY

THOUSANDS AT RISK OF MALNUTRITION IN SOOL AREA NAIROBI, 10 October (IRIN) Thousands of people in northern Somalia are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance due to falling incomes and rising malnutrition, a food security watchdog has warned. According to the US government's Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS), about 11,170 pastoralist households in the Sool Plateau are at risk. FULL STORY

SIX REPORTEDLY KILLED IN FIGHTING NEAR BAIDOA NAIROBI, 9 October (IRIN) Up to six people are said to have been killed in southwestern Somalia in fighting between rival factions of the governing Rahanweyn Resistance Army (RRA). RRA chairman Hasan Muhammad Nur "Shatigadud", who leads one of the factions, said "skirmishes" broke out when his clan members came under attack from supporters of his rival Muhammad Ibrahim Habsade .FULL STORY

TOP UN OFFICIAL CONDEMNS AID WORKER'S MURDER NAIROBI, 8 October (IRIN) The UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator has called on Somali faction leaders to ensure safety in the country after a veteran aid worker was shot dead in the self-declared republic of Somaliland on Sunday. In a statement, Jan Egeland expressed "shock and outrage" over the murder of 60-year-old Italian, Annalena Tonelli, outside a hospital she ran in Borama. FULL STORY

VETERAN AID WORKER KILLED IN SOMALILAND NAIROBI, 6 October (IRIN) A veteran aid worker was shot dead in the self-declared republic of Somaliland on Sunday by unknown attackers, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced on Monday. It expressed "shock and sadness" over the murder of Dr Annalena Tonelli, a 33-year veteran of assistance to poor people in Africa, who earlier this year won the agency's highest award for her work in bringing attention to the crisis in Somalia. FULL STORY

UN SANCTIONS COMMITTEE TO TOUR THE REGION NAIROBI, 1 October (IRIN) Members of the UN Security Council committee overseeing sanctions against Somalia will visit the region later this month in a bid to boost enforcement of the arms embargo. According to a UN report, the two-week trip is due to begin on 12 October and will include experts from all 15 Council members. The group, led by committee chairman, Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, plans to visit Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Yemen and Somalia itself - security conditions permitting. FULL STORY

External News:

Essy welcomes Somali cessation of hostility declaration (PANA) 29 October 2002 African Union (AU) Commission's interim chairman Amara Essy has welcomed the cessation of hostilities declaration signed Sunday night at the Somali national reconciliation conference in Eldoret, Kenya. An AU press release issued in Addis Ababa Tuesday quoted Essyas saying the development was an encouraging step towards reconciliation and peace in Somalia. FULL STORY

Somalis Call for More Representation at Peace Talks (PANA) 18 October 2002 Mogadishu, Somalia - Thousands of Somalis have held apublic demonstration calling for fair distribution of delegatesat the peace and reconciliation talks, now under way in Kenya'swestern town of Eldoret. The Somali Civil Society Congress, which organised thedemonstration, has appealed to the international community torecognise the importance of civil societies in the success of theconference. FULL STORY

TWIN CITIES: U.N. tells value of Somali agencies (Pioneer Press) 17 October 2002 Officials from the United Nations are visiting the Twin Cities this week to promote better understanding of Somali-run money-transfer agencies, hoping to bolster the informal financial system that a new U.N. report says refugees here have used to send an estimated $7 million a month to poor relatives in East Africa.

KENYA - Relocation of Somali Bantus from Dadaab to Kakuma ends Press Release - IOM October, 2002 The relocation of Somali Bantus from Dadaab refugee camp near the Somali border, to Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya has ended... FULL STORY

DIGNITY THROUGH WORK NAIROBI, 6 October (IRIN) "Restoring dignity through work". This how the International Labour Organisation (ILO) describes a project underway in war-torn Somalia to give residents a feeling of worth and show that there are alternatives to the cycle of violence in which so many people become swept up. The ILO's Promotion of Economic Recovery Project in Somalia (PERPS) began in April 2002 in Hargeysa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland, and has since spread to areas of Puntland and the ravaged capital Mogadishu. FULL STORY

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