Somalia – 3 June 2016

Turkish President Criticises EU Over Cutting Somalia Funding

The visiting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday warned that the decision by the European Union (EU) to cut funding for African Union troops in Somalia was a mistake.

Last month, the UPDF said it would review its operations in Somalia after EU which has been paying the soldiers’ allowances announced it would cut the funding by 20 per cent.

“Leaving Somalia to fight terrorism on its own is a big mistake. However, despite cutting the funds, we will help Somalia,” Mr Erdogan said yesterday at State House, Entebbe.


Somalia hopes for better future despite attacks

The cool new rooftop pizza joint was buzzing with the hip kids snapping selfies and watching the sun set over Mogadishu when the deep crunch of an explosion made everyone jump.

A thick and acrid plume of smoke drifted up from behind one of the nearby high buildings and the crowd started to realise it was another bomb blast in their city.

We heard a sporadic crack of gunfire and then the sound of sirens – as ambulances headed to the scene through the city’s congested streets.