15 thoughts on “Somalian puppet government destroys poor people’s houses

  1. Garowe Online (Garowe)

    Somalia: Force Demolish Houses Near Mogadishu Airport

    26 March 2010

    Somali police force demolished several homestead built near the Mogadishu Airport after reports emerged that they were funded and used by Al-Shabaab insurgent group.

    The force, which was acting on order from Mogadishu local administration, razed down all the houses on what the officials said was plans to avert a possible attack on the airport carried within the area by the insurgents.

    “The houses were demolished so as to tighten the security around the airport,” said Mogadishu’s council Secretary General Abdikafi Hilowle.

    Col. Abdullahi Hassan Barise, Police Spokesman told the reporters that the insurgent group Al-Shabaab funded the construction of the houses near the airport so that I can use to carry out its attacks.

    “It was a counter-plan if we look on one side, the other side is maintaining the security of the government-controlled areas. The government will relocated those affected by relocated to Medina district,” he said.

    However, the affected population says the operation was conducted in an unethical manner where the police forcible uprooted the innocent civilians and demolished the houses early in the morning.

    “I and my six children are homeless now, we don’t where to spend tonight which is our biggest nightmare”. “We built our houses here because we felt it is more secure than any other place,” said Muhubo Nur, one of the mothers whose house was demolished.

    The order to demolish the houses was issued by President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh, according to district commissioner of Hamarjajab.

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  2. Somali official: Clashes between government and those protesting home demolitions kills 3

    By AP

    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    Clashes in Somalia over home demolitions kill 3

    MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali government official says three people have been killed and four injured in clashes Saturday between government soldiers and armed protesters opposing the demolition of their houses near Mogadishu’s main airport.

    Abdisalan Dahir Abdulle, Mogadishu’s deputy mayor, says the government had ordered the demolition of makeshift homes that could be used by militants from al-Shabab. The targeted area was a former air force base and is about 100 yards (meters) from the airport’s fence.

    Witnesses on Friday said hundreds of poor Somali families are being forcibly evicted from their homes near the airport.

    Human rights groups say the families — who squatted the idle land — have no place to go.

    http://breakingnews.gaeatimes.com/2010/03/27/somali-official-clashes-between-government-and-those-protesting-home-demolitions-kills-3-18150/

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  3. The East African (Nairobi)

    Somalia: UN Shows Kenya Links to Both Sides

    Kevin J Kelley

    29 March 2010

    The Monitoring Group points in particular to military training that Kenya conducted last year on behalf of the TFG for some 2,500 youths recruited from inside Somalia and from northeastern Kenya, including the Dadaab refugee camps.

    Kenyan officials have acknowledged training TFG police officers, but “initially denied any other type of training,” the Monitoring Group notes.

    In the absence of authorisation from the United Nations, such training initiatives are in violation of the arms embargo.

    The Monitoring Group further confirms that Kenya’s training of TFG recruits involved numerous “irregularities,” including recruitment of children and Kenyan citizens as well as “false promises of financial remuneration.”

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  4. Garowe Online (Garowe)

    Somalia: Somali MPs Hit Hard on Transition Government

    7 April 2010

    Somali lawmakers have accused the embattled transition government of being the main obstacle for the reopening of the parliament and also doing little to change the situation in the war-torn country.

    The lawmakers numbering more than 25 held press conference in Nairobi Kenya and state their displeasure with how the government of President Sharif Sheikh Sheikh Ahmed is dealing with the parliament.

    “It is evident that the government wants to mum the parliament because it does not want the house to reopen,” said a statement from the MPs.

    “The top leaders of transitional government should either decide to get rid of the parliament and send away the lawmakers or allow the MPs to carry on with their work to hold the government accountable,” it added.

    The lawmakers said the government needs to do something about the situation in the country instead of barring the parliament from functioning.

    However, confidential sources within the government told Garowe Online that President Ahmed would not allow the reopening of the parliament, scheduled for this week until the speaker, who is currently outside the country, returns.

    Ahmed was elected late January last year in neighboring Djibouti after he led his group to join the government in an international backed peace process.

    His government has been under pressure from inside squabbling that derails its performance.

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  5. Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

    Somalia: Two Die, Five Wounded in a Clash Between Soldiers in Capital

    17 April 2010

    Bitter clash between the transitional government troops has killed 2 and wounded 5 others including soldiers and students in the Somalia capital Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Saturday.

    Residents told Shabelle radio that the violence started in parts of Darkenley district after the troops disputed and lastly caused to exchange fire around Hosh neighborhood in the capital adding that two people including a civilian killed at the spot wounding 4 students and government soldier.

    Shabelle had contacted with some of the officials of the TFG to know more about the casualties of the civilians and the fighting, but replied that the clash was between bandits and the troops declining to comment more.

    Confrontations between the government soldiers often cause casualties of civilians.

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  6. Garowe Online (Garowe)

    Somalia: Clashes in Mogadishu Kill Dozens

    14 May 2010

    At least 25 people have reportedly been killed and dozens others wounded in fresh violence that rocked Somalia’s capital in the last two days, Radio Garowe reports.

    Somali forces getting backings from African Union troops clashed with anti-government fighters in northern districts of Mogadishu.

    The people, mostly civilians were killed in mortar exchange at the Bakara Market, an insurgent stronghold in the capital in northern districts of Hodan, Wardhigley and Hawlwadag.

    Ali Muse, an ambulance service official, said on Thursday that they have assisted over 60 wounded, adding that he death toll could be much higher.

    Medics at Medina Hospital said 45 wounded were admitted in the health centre.

    “Five of the 45 wounded civilians that the hospital has received died, the others are recuperating,” said a doctor at Mogadishu’s Medina Hospital.

    Somalia’s fragile UN-backed government controls just a few blocks in Mogadishu while rebels, who have vowed to topple the administration, control much of the country’s southern and central regions.

    Thousands of civilians have been killed and more than half of Mogadishu’s civilian population displaced since the eruption of insurgency in 2007.

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  7. President’s palace comes under fire

    Somalia: Islamist guerillas attacked the presidential compound and captured military bases in Mogadishu on Sunday in battles that left at least 15 people dead and 30 others wounded.

    President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed had been attending a UN-sponsored conference in Turkey and was not in the palace at the time of the attack.

    Somalia’s Defence Minister Yusuf Mohamed Siyad warned that newly trained troops are defecting to rebel groups due to equipment shortages.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/90704

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