Young people want to craft new “narrative” for society

The Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab takes its name from the Arabic word for “youth,” but young people there have been urged to reclaim the word by a UN official who also happens to be one of their peers.

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Somalia: sexual violence must be subject to criminal justice, says UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Somalia to enhance the capacity of the judiciary and police force in handling cases of sexual and gender-based violence, and to prohibit the handling of such cases by traditional clan elders.

Somalia: Security Council ‘gravely concerned’ over fragile security situation

Expressing ‘grave concern’ at the fragility of the security situation in Somalia, the United Nations Security Council has called for progress on the constitutional review process in the country, and for the completion of the Federal State formation process to be accelerated.

UN and Africa: focus on Ethiopia and South Sudan border, Gambia and Somalia

Brutal killings and abduction of 102 Ethiopian children a “huge issue”

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Somalia: UN envoy welcomes progress in preparations for elections in 2016

The Security Council heard today from the top United Nations official in Somalia that political progress is being made in the country, but that much remains to be done in a short period, including completing the electoral process for 2016 and boosting support to the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).

Somalia “on track” to hold first democratic elections in 47 years

Somalia remains “on track” to undergo its first democratic electoral process in 47 years, in what’s been described as a “decisive” year for the Horn of Africa country.

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