Mohammed Omer

Somalia's Puntland moves to ban female genital mutilation

Jun 11 2021

GAROWE, Somalia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region has taken a first step towards banning female genital mutilation (FGM) in a country where almost all women and girls are forced to undergo the internationally condemned practice.

Three-quarters of Somali families found lacking water as drought looms

Mar 22 2021

NAIROBI/GAROWE, Somalia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly three-quarters of Somali families lack safe drinking water as drought looms across the country and depletes wells, raising the risk of hunger as crops fail and livestock dies, UK-based charity Save the Children said on Monday.

Insecurity, suspicion will mar vaccine rollout in Africa war zones

Feb 19 2021

NAIROBI/GAROWE, Somalia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somali cattle herder Omar Hussein isn't joining the global scramble for a COVID-19 vaccine - he's not sure the jab will even reach his besieged town in southwestern Somalia.

Somaliland cans female football tournament as un-Islamic

Dec 17 2020

GAROWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland said on Thursday it had cancelled its first women's football tournament as it fell foul of Islamic values, sparking outrage among women's rights groups.

Fresh wave of crop-ravaging locust swarms threaten E. African herders, farmers

Dec 16 2020

NAIROBI/GAROWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new generation of locust swarms is threatening to wipe out the livelihoods of farmers and herders across eastern Africa - deepening a food crisis in a region where 35 million people are already hungry, the United Nations warned on Wednesday.

'I'm looking for God to help': Somalia's most powerful storm leaves traders, herders devastated

Nov 25 2020

GAROWE, Somalia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Electronics shop owner Mohamed Nor had a thriving business selling televisions and phones in Somalia's coastal town of Bosaso until three days ago, when the most powerful storm to hit the country hammered his business and left him with nothing.

Somali women demand guarantee of 30% of parliament in 2021 election

Oct 28 2020

NAIROBI/GAROWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's rights groups, prominent businesswomen and female politicians in Somalia are urging the country's male-dominated parliament to pass a bill reserving 30% of seats for women in next year's general election.

Outrage as Somali parliament drafts law permitting child, forced marriages

Aug 11 2020

NAIROBI/GAROWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somalia's parliament has sparked outrage by replacing long-awaited legislation to protect women and girls from violence with a new bill permitting child and forced marriage.

Red Cross fears coronavirus spreading silently in Somalia's displaced camps

Jun 16 2020

NAIROBI/GAROWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The new coronavirus could be spreading undetected through camps across Somalia hosting some 2.6 million displaced people, the Red Cross warned on Tuesday, as floods and conflict swelled the numbers fleeing into overcrowded settlements.

Anger as Somali rapist and murderer pays 75 camels to escape death

Feb 27 2020

GAROWE, Somalia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The release of a Somali man on death row for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl after he paid 75 camels undermines a landmark law to curb gender violence and promotes a culture of impunity in the east African nation, women's rights groups said.

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'Pingdemic' puts Britain's food supply under strain

LONDON (Reuters) -British supermarkets said on Thursday that some products were in short supply and petrol stations had been forced to close after the official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate following contact with someone with COVID-19.