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Monday October 26, 2020 By STEPHEN ASTARIKO Leaders call for cessation of hostilities and peaceful coexistence RECONCILIATION: Mandera Governor Ali Roba, deputy governor Mohamed Arai and Lafey MP Abdi Mude in Lafey town on Saturday. Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO Calm has returned to the Lafey-Elwak border in Mandera after two days of inter-clan skirmishes in which three people were killed. On Saturday, Governor Ali Roba, MPs Abdi Mude [Lafey] and Kullow Sheikh [Mandera South], security officers and MCAs held a conciliatory meeting with representatives of the hostile communities following the Thursday-Friday violence. The leaders urged the two communities resident in Lafey and Mandera South to stop the bloodshed. Roba encouraged community leaders to engage in dialogue and find a permanent solution to their differences. Ads By Google Mude condemned the skirmishes and urged residents to restore the harmony that they had enjoyed for many years. “It is unfortunate that part of our resources and time are consumed by such unnecessary matters. Why resort to killing your neighbour? We appeal to our people to desist from acts of lawlessness and co-exist like brothers and sisters," he said. He called for the exposure of “the dark forces that continuously plan and finance the destabilisation of our people. We will coordinate efforts with the security personnel to make sure they are brought to book." "A peaceful and secure environment is critical in every society since it affects all aspects of economic and social development. "It's therefore of paramount importance to advocate peaceful co-existence and observe the spirit of neighbourhood," Mude said. He urged security agencies to speedily arrest the perpetrators of the violence, noting that it is primitive to kill or hurt a neighbour. DARK FORCES: Lafey MP Abdi Mude addresses a reconciliation meeting on Saruday following the death of three people. Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO In August, a committee was set up to end a boundary row and fighting between the two communities. This followed cases of arson and destruction of houses over the boundary of Lafey and Mandera South. The committee agreed to, among other issues, sort out electoral and administrative boundaries. The stakeholders resolved to fully implement the 2005-2008 Umul and related accords. They also agreed that elders should meet and verify previous unresolved incidents and chart the way forward using Umul and related peace accords in line with Somali customary laws. The Saturday meeting called on security officers and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to arrest and prosecute any person peddling hate messages. Such persons must face the full force of the law, the leaders resolved and urged clan elders to take full responsibility of disbanding militia groups. advertisements FGM and child marriage survivor leads fight against the harmful practices - UNFPA Somaliland grants safe passage to former Somali Deputy PM to visit his ailing father - HOL Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions - AP In Toronto Centre byelection, can the Liberals keep Bill Morneau’s former seat? - Toronto Star Refugee advocates concerned for detainee held in Brisbane hotel for 16 months - The Guardian
4 Daqiiqadood ka horXigashada Sawirka, ReutersDowladda Faransiiska ayaa dalalka Bariga dhexe ugu baaqday inay ka hortagaan dukaamadda iyo ganacsiyada qaadacay alaabaha dalkaas, kadib markii uu Madaxweyne Emmanuel Macron difaacay in la baahiyo sawir lagu tilmaamay Nebi Maxamed NNKH.Wasaaradda arimaha dibedda ee Faransiiska ayaa sheegtay in baaqyada lagu qaadacayo alaabta Faransiiska lagu saleeyay go'aanno runta ka fog, oo ay dabada ka riixayaan dad xagjir ah oo kooban. Alaabaha Faransiiska ayaa laga saaray dukaamo ku yaal Kuawait, Urdun iyo Qatar, halka dibedbaxyo kooban oo Faransiiska ka dhan ah ay ka dhaceen Liibiya, Gaza iyo waqooyiga Suuriya. Fal celintan ayaa waxay salka ku haysaa faallooyin uu bixiyay Mr Macron ka dib dilkii loo geystay macalin Faransiis ah oo sawir gacmeedyo uu muujiyay Nebi Muxamed NNKH, tusay ardaydii fasalka ku jirtay.Madaxweynaha ayaa sheegay in macallinka, oo lagu magacaabo Samuel Paty, "loo dilay sababta oo ah Islaamiyiintu waxay rabaan mustaqbalkeenna", laakiin Faransiisku "kama quusan doono sawir gacmeedyada".Sawiradda Nabi Muxamed NNKH waxay muslimiinta u horseedi kartaa ciqaab culus sababtoo Islaamka wuxuu si cad u mamnuucayaa sawirrada Nabi Muxammad iyo Allaah SW.Laakiin cilmaaniyadda dalka Faransiiska ayaa waxay udub dhexaad u tahay aqoonsiga qaranka Faransiiska. Faransiiska ayaa sheegay in xakamaynta xorriyatul qowlka si loo ilaaliyo dareenka koox gaar ah, ay wiiqayso midnimada dalka. Axadii, Mr Macron wuxuu laba jibaaray difaacidda qiimaha Faransiiska waxa uuna qoraal uu soo dhigay bartiisa Twitterka ku yiri: "Isma dhiibeyno, waligeen."Hoggaamiyeyaasha siyaasadeed ee Turkiga iyo Pakistan ayaa ku gacan seyray Mr Macron, iyagoo ku eedeeyay inuusan ixtiraamin "xorriyadda caqiidada" iyo inuu takooray malaayiinta Muslimiinta ah ee ku nool Faransiiska.Axadii, Madaxweynaha Turkiga Recep Tayyip Erdogan ayaa sheegay in Mr Macron uu u baahan yahay "baaritaan dhanka Maskaxda ah.Hadalka Erdogan ayaa horseeday in Faransiiska ay dib ugu yeeraan safiirkooda u fadhiya Turkiga.Sidee ayay u ballaarantahay qaadacaadda alaabaha faransiiska?Qaar ka mid ah goobaha laga dukaameysto ee dalalka Urdun, Qatar iyo Kuwait ayaa ilaa Axaddii laga xayuubiyay alaabtii Faransiiska. Tusaale ahaan timaha macmalka ee lagu sameeyo Faransiiska iyo waxyaabaha la isku qurxiyo.Dalka Kuwait, ururka ganacsiga ee alaabta tafaariiqda ayaa amar ku bixiyay in la qaadaco badeecadaha Faransiiska.Wasaaradda arimaha dibedda ee Faransiiska ayaa sheegtay in baaqyada lagu qaadacayo alaabta Faransiiska lagu saleeyay go'aanno runta ka fog, oo ay dabada ka riixayaan dad xagjir ah oo kooban. Xigashada Sawirka, ReutersWaxaa sidoo kale baraha bulshada dhex-wareegayay baaqyo dhanka online-ka ah oo dalalka Carabta lagu boorrinayo iney iyagana qaadacaan alaabaha Faransiiska.
Monday October 26, 2020 By Kamal Abdukadir Twenty-three-year old Najma Muse (not her real name) from Garowe, Puntland dropped out of school when she got married at the tender age of 14. She was just in class seven of primary school at the time she entered wedlock. Prior to that she had undergone Type III female genital mutilation (FGM) also known as infibulation. This involves narrowing of the vaginal orifice with a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the labia minora and/or the labia majora. This can take place with or without removal of the clitoris. “I fell pregnant soon after getting married, and I nearly died of pregnancy-related complications at the age of 15 as I suffered prolonged labour when I was giving birth,” explains Najma. FGM has severe implications for the sexual and reproductive health of girls and women. Ads By Google Infibulation, or type III FGM, may cause complete vaginal obstruction resulting in the accumulation of menstrual flow in the vagina and uterus. Infibulation creates a physical barrier to sexual intercourse and childbirth. An infibulated woman, therefore, has to undergo gradual dilation of the vaginal opening before sexual intercourse can take place. Often, infibulated women are cut open on the first night of marriage, by the husband or a circumciser, to enable the husband to be intimate with his wife. At childbirth, many women also have to be cut again because the vaginal opening is too small to allow for the passage of a baby. Infibulation is also linked to menstrual and urination disorders, recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections, fistulae and infertility. Somalia is one of the countries in the world with the highest prevalence of FGM. The recently-launched Somali Health and Demographic Survey (SHDS) indicates a prevalence of 99 percent among women and girls aged 15 to 49 years. The country continues to lack a critical legislative framework to end FGM due to weak political will and the lack of consensus among key religious groups for zero tolerance for FGM. Najma also had to contend with the consequences of getting married at a young age. Child marriage threatens girls’ lives and health, and it limits their future prospects. Just like Najma, many girls pressed into child marriage often become pregnant while still adolescents, increasing the risk of complications in pregnancy or childbirth. These complications are the leading cause of death among older adolescent girls. Najma survived the prolonged labour after accessing medical attention in good time at Garowe General Hospital, which receives support from UNFPA Somalia. The hospital provides life-saving Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care, according to UNFPA, according to Ms. Bahsan Said, the acting head of UNFPA Garowe Office. “We are working with the government and health experts in Puntland to improve the availability of reproductive health services and strengthen health systems,” explained Ms. Said. By the age of 17, Najma was divorced with three children. “I returned to my mother’s house. I had gained weight by then, and I was weighing 94 kilograms. Some of my friends recommended that I should join them in exercising, and that’s when I discovered basketball which led me to be the advocate that I am now,” she said. Female basketball players in the Puntland State of Somalia have been raising their voices in support of the campaign towards ending child marriage and FGM under the Ministry of Labour, Youth and Sports with support from UNFPA Somalia. Early marriage and early childbearing, coupled with the nearly universal practice of FGM, are factors that are increasing the vulnerability of girls and women and contributing to the high rates of maternal mortality in Somalia. Basketball for females is relatively a new phenomenon in Somalia as sports for women in the country was considered a taboo and culturally insensitive since the civil war in 1991. Somalia’s prolonged civil war resulted into shattered sport infrastructures but also created a challenging environment for female sports and lack of acceptance by certain religious groups who argue that sports is immodest, and that Islam does not allow women to play sports or to wear shirts and pants. After joining the basketball team, Najma’s passion to contribute towards ending early marriage and FGM grew. She was subsequently given a chance to attend a trainer of trainers course on awareness-raising on early marriage and FGM and providing peer support. “Basketball for females attracts many young girls in Puntland. It is one of the best channels to communicate different messages to girls and raise awareness against harmful cultural practices. I am a survivor of both, and I share my experiences with the girls,” said Najma. Najma has also been tasked with training young girls who want to learn playing basketball as the fight towards zero tolerance for FGM continues in Somalia. advertisements Somaliland grants safe passage to former Somali Deputy PM to visit his ailing father - HOL Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions - AP In Toronto Centre byelection, can the Liberals keep Bill Morneau’s former seat? - Toronto Star Refugee advocates concerned for detainee held in Brisbane hotel for 16 months - The Guardian
Monday October 26, 2020 FILE - HOL Hargeisa (HOL) - The President of Somaliland, Musa Bihi Abdi, has granted clemency to the former Somali Deputy Prime Minister, Mohamed Omar Arteh so that the latter can be by the bedside of his sickly father. Arteh was considered a persona non grata by the Somaliland government for his perceived betrayal to Hargeisa. Arte, who hails from the Habr Awal subclan of the Issaq, served as the deputy Prime Minister under Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke from January 2015 to March 2017. He also served as the Somali Minister of Labour, Youth and Sports. Ads By Google According to local media reports, the pardon was granted on condition that Arteh formally denounces his support for a 'greater Somalia' and the formal reunification of Somaliland into the Somali union. However, there are no public statements made by Arteh to that effect thus far. He arrived in the Somaliland capital, Hargeisa, on Sunday. The amnesty was likely granted under compassionate grounds on behalf of Omar Arteh Ghalib, Mohamed's father and an elder statesmen who is well respected both in Somaliland and Somalia. Omar Arteh was Somalia's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1969 to 1977. While serving as Somalia's top diplomat, he was selected as the President of the United Nations Security Council in January 1972 - a presidency that is rotated monthly among the 15 member-states. Siad Barre appointed Omar as Prime Minister of Somalia in a desperate bid to hold on to power on January 1991, just before USC fighters overran Mogadishu. Ali Mahdi Muhammad reappointed Omar as the PM, where he would remain until May 1993. In 1997 Omar Arteh vied for the Somaliland presidency but lost to Mohamed Haji Ibrahim. advertisements FGM and child marriage survivor leads fight against the harmful practices - UNFPA Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions - AP In Toronto Centre byelection, can the Liberals keep Bill Morneau’s former seat? - Toronto Star Refugee advocates concerned for detainee held in Brisbane hotel for 16 months - The Guardian
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Monday October 26, 2020In this Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, Frence ambassador to Turkey Herve Magro, left, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for photographs after the new ambassador presented his letter of credentials, in Ankara, Turkey. France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Erdogan said Saturday, Oct. 24 French President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool) ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second personal attack Sunday on French President Emmanuel Macron. Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his views on Islam and radical Muslims, Erdogan expanded his range to take aim at foreign critics. “Whatever your sanctions are, don’t be late,” Erdogan said, referring to U.S. warnings for Turkey not to get directly involved in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, where Ankara supports Azerbaijan against ethnic Armenian forces. Ads By Google The Turkish leader also mentioned Washington’s threat of sanctions after Turkey tested the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. The purchase has already seen Turkey kicked off the F-35 stealth fighter program. “We stepped in for the F-35, you threatened us,” Erdogan told a televised ruling party congress in the eastern city of Malatya. “You said, ‘Send the S-400s back to Russia.’ We are not a tribal state. We are Turkey.” The dispute over the S-400s, which NATO says pose a threat to the military alliance and particularly endanger the technical secrets of the F-35, is among a number of recent disputes between Turkey and some of its NATO allies. These include gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean that has threatened a confrontation with Greece, as well as Turkey’s stance in Syria, where it has targeted America’s Kurdish allies. For months, the U.S. warned Ankara that it risked sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act if the S-400 system were activated. President Donald Trump, however, has held back on implementing the sanctions amid hopes Erdogan will not go ahead with activating the missiles. Erdogan also returned to personal insults of Macron, who has been a vocal critic of Turkish foreign policy in recent months. “The person in charge of France has lost his way,” Erdogan said. “He goes on about Erdogan while in bed and while awake. Look at yourself first and where you’re going. I said yesterday in Kayseri, he is a case and he really must be examined.” Erdogan also turned his ire to Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, whose tweet describing Erdogan as a “terrorist” was given prominence by several senior members of Turkey’s government and ruling party on Sunday. The president said Turks had been made “targets for uncovering rising racism in Europe.” He added: “Fascism is not in our book, it is in your book. Nazism happened in your countries.” Three years ago, Erdogan sparked controversy when he called the Dutch government “Nazi remnants and fascists” over blocks on campaigning among the Netherlands’ Turkish diaspora ahead of a Turkish referendum on enlarging his powers. advertisements In Toronto Centre byelection, can the Liberals keep Bill Morneau’s former seat? - Toronto Star Refugee advocates concerned for detainee held in Brisbane hotel for 16 months - The Guardian
By Alex Ballingall Monday October 26, 2020Community activist Ibrahim Afrah outside his office in Regent Park. Afrah has heard his share of commitments from people vying for votes in his part of the city and wonders what it will take to make them actually happen. RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR OTTAWA—It’s not the politicians, it’s the promises. It’s hard to believe they’ll ever come true. That’s how Ibrahim Afrah feels. At 34, the community advocate and volunteer in Regent Park has heard his share of commitments from people vying for votes in his part of the city. It’s happening again right now in a federal byelection, one of two set for Monday in different Toronto ridings. In Toronto Centre, where Afrah has lived since he came to Canada from Somalia in 2001, he said there needs to be more local jobs, a plan to tackle crime and support for the ongoing “revitalization” of Regent Park that has seen expensive condos built amongst the existing community of public housing in recent years. Ads By Google But sometimes, he told the Star recently, he doubts that “politics will allow” local representatives to follow through with pledges like this on the campaign trail. “Some challenges remain when it comes to being heard,” Afrah said. “I am pessimistic about the promises they make.” For a long time, it has been the Liberals making promises in Toronto Centre that have won over the most voters. In fact, when political analysts talk about Liberal “strongholds,” they are referring to ridings like Toronto Centre. The Liberals have held various incarnations of the district since 1993. The riding is home to more than 100,000 people, as per the 2016 census. It comprises much of the downtown core between Bay Street and the Don Valley, including the Gay Village, the towers of St. Jamestown, Ryerson University, Cabbagetown, Moss Park, Regent Park and more. There are almost 18,000 people per square kilometre, making it the riding with the densest population in Canada. It’s also diverse, with almost half the population in the latest census identifying as visible minorities, and almost two-in-five residents born outside Canada. Big names have represented the people there, too. In 2019, then-finance minister Bill Morneau was re-elected with 57 per cent of the vote, a repeat of his dominant result in 2015. Before that, the riding was briefly held by Chrystia Freeland — Morneau’s successor as finance minister — as well as former interim Liberal leaders Bob Rae and Bill Graham. The seat was vacated by Morneau when he resigned this summer, in the wake of his role in the WE Charity controversy that is still dogging the Liberals in Ottawa. In a bid to replace him, the party recruited Marci Ien, a television personality and journalist who grew up in St. Jamestown, to run under the Liberal banner. It’s not controversial to say she’s expected to win. “Even during the NDP wave in 2011, (Toronto Centre) held to the Liberals,” said David Coletto, chief executive officer of the polling firm, Abacus Data. “It would be an earthquake if they were to lose this race,” he said. Ien herself isn’t taking anything for granted. You can hear her knocking on wood over the phone when she speaks about her ambition to win the seat and join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal caucus in Ottawa and represent a community she says is “part of my lifeblood.” That starts with pledging to support the government’s 10-year plan to build more affordable housing in places like Toronto, she told the Star recently. “I will tell you, housing and homelessness are huge issues in my riding,” Ien — who was endorsed Friday by Raptors President Masai Ujiri — told the Star recently. “What this pandemic has shown us is exactly who is falling through the cracks… and what we have to do to build back better — because we really do,” she said. Brian Chang is one of the candidates trying to beat her. He is reprising his role as the New Democratic Party contender in Toronto Centre, having lost to Morneau by 35 percentage points in 2019. Like Ien, Chang said the COVID-19 pandemic is “top of mind” for Toronto Centre residents this time around. He took the unusual step of foregoing all door-to-door canvassing, a typical part of campaigning that Chang said is the NDP’s “bread and butter.” Chang also decided not to open a campaign office to avoid putting volunteers at risk during the second wave of the pandemic in the dense, downtown riding. For the NDP to win, Chang said he is trying to show voters how his party has helped improve government aid during the pandemic crisis, including by pressing the minority Liberals to expand emergency sickness and jobless benefits. He also took aim at Ien for being the latest star candidate the Liberals have selected to run in Toronto Centre. “The real focus is the Liberals who continue to parachute wealthy candidates into this riding,” he said. Annamie Paul has made similar statements. She is the newly-elected leader of the Green Party of Canada, who is running in Toronto Centre for the second time after placing a distant fourth with seven per cent of the vote in 2019. Though she doesn’t live in the riding, Paul says she has “deep family roots” in the riding and has argued she can better represent Toronto Centre residents than the Liberals have over the years. She also accuses the Liberals of irresponsibly calling the election when people in the riding — low-income Canadians, precarious workers, and others — have been hit hard during the crisis and are now being asked to participate during the second wave of pandemic. “I’m running there to give people the option of the representation they deserve and that they haven’t had for a very, very long time under the Liberals,” she told the Star recently. Curran Stikuts works in community engagement at the 519, a city agency on Church Street that supports health and participation of the area’s LGBTQ2S communities. He said the pandemic has brought a “set of interlocking crises” to the area, highlighting the persistent lack of shelter space and affordable housing, as well as the ongoing struggle with opioid overdoses. It all combines to form a sense that it’s possible to make a difference by participating in the political process of the byelections, he said. “If we can’t make those positive structural changes in a crisis like this, when will we have the opportunity again?” he said. For Afrah, the community advocate in Regent Park, he said he hopes that opportunity can translate to real action to benefit people in the riding. He said residents must keep the pressure on to get what they need, even after the votes are counted, and regardless of who wins. “I do believe that there’s a lot of work left for communities to partake (in), and it’s actually the job of individuals … to stand up,” he said. “Change doesn’t happen only when an election comes. Residents need to realize that it continues every day.” advertisements Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions - AP Refugee advocates concerned for detainee held in Brisbane hotel for 16 months - The Guardian
Monday October 26, 2020 Man transferred under Medevac to rejoin family has not been allowed to have them visit during pandemic and is now on suicide watch A group of detained asylum seekers are seen during a protest outside the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in Brisbane in August. A Somalian man has been transferred from the hotel after an act of self harm. He has been unable to see his wife and child since Covid-19 restrictions were imposed in March. Photograph: Darren England/AAP Refugee advocates have raised concerns about the welfare of a 37-year-old man who is under suicide watch at the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation after attempting self harm. The man, from Somalia, had been detained in a hotel at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane since being transferred to Australia from Nauru under now-defunct Medevac laws in June last year. Ads By Google He was approved for transfer under clauses allowing people to reunite with family members in Australia for medical treatment. His wife and infant son were transferred to Australia in 2017 because his son was having trouble breathing. They now live just 20 minutes from the motel where he has been detained for 16 months. But the family has not been reunited, and since coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March they have been unable to visit. “The only time he has seen his wife and son is when his wife brings his son to the fence,” Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said. “That’s the only time he has seen them since March.” In recent weeks they have been unable to visit because both have been unwell. “He is extremely distressed to be so close to them and not be able to provide any kind of support,” Rintoul said. The man attempted to self-harm about 3am on Saturday but guards at the Serco-run facility intervened. He was then kept at Kangaroo Point, without any medical support or assessment, for about 12 hours before being transferred to Brisbane Immigration Transit Accomodation and placed under watch as high risk. As of June there were more than 100 people held in detention at Kangaroo Point, which has been designated as an alternative place of detention. All were transferred to Australia from Nauru or Manus Island under medevac laws, which were repealed in December. Rintoul said detainees at Kangaroo Point, and the Mantra hotel in Melbourne, were now living in more restricted conditions than existed on Nauru. Because of the coronavirus lockdown, all in-person visits have been banned. Meanwhile prisoners in Queensland are now allowed to receive visitors, with Queensland Corrective Services allowing the resumption of in-person from 28 September. There have been suicide attempts among the immigration detainees at both hotels. “They thought when they were transferred here they were going to get medical help, including in some cases for mental health,” he said. “Many of them have not got that medical help that they were promised. There are people who have applied [for refugee status in] Canada, but that has been stalled because of the pandemic. “At least there is a balcony at Kangaroo Point. At Mantra they can’t open the windows.” Guardian Australia has sought a response from the Department of Home Affairs. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org advertisements Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions - AP In Toronto Centre byelection, can the Liberals keep Bill Morneau’s former seat? - Toronto Star