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Ethiopia's AMISOM deployment indicates Chinese armour procurement

Ethiopia_tanksThe Ethiopian National Defence Force's (ENDF's) contribution of troops to African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has highlighted the extent to which Chinese products are increasingly dominating its inventory of armoured vehicles.


Over 4,000 ENDF troops officially joined AMISOM on 22 January. Three weeks later, Somalia's Baidoa News released a video showing the Ethiopian troops unloading Chinese Type 85/89 tracked armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and WZ551 (or the newer WMZ551) wheeled APCs from transporters in the town of Beledweyne. Six T-55s tanks were also seen in the video.


Both the tracked and wheeled APCs are fitted with a fully enclosed turret mounting a 12.7 x 108 mm heavy machine gun, rather than the semi-enclosed weapon station more often seen on the vehicles. While WZ551s have previously been seen with this turret, this is the first time that it has been seen on a Type 85/89.


In Somaliland, push to end genital cutting is opposed by those who want brides to be virgins

dhalinyarhrgysaHARGEISA, Somalia - The 30 Somali teenagers — both boys and girls — all agreed: Female genital mutilation is harmful and the practice should be abandoned. But what they really meant, they revealed moments later, is that girls should have their genitalia cut — just not sewn shut.


"It's our tradition and if the girls are not subjected to suna(cutting) she will not be accepted for marriage," said Asthma Ibrahim Jabril, 17.


The students, who are part of an afterschool club in Somaliland which the U.N. children's agency helps fund, discuss issues like child labour, early marriage, and female genital mutilation in a classroom with several large hearts scrawled along the walls.


107 Somali migrants in tugboat that nearly capsized rescued off Libyan coast; 7 killed

doonilibyaTRIPOLI, Libya - An official in Libya says the country's coast guard has rescued 107 Somalis on a tugboat that nearly capsized while trying to reach Europe.


Col. Ayoub Qassim said Friday that the migrants included men, women and children. Qassim said the coast guard found them Thursday a few miles off the coast near the capital, Tripoli.


Qassim told journalists that after being rescued, the migrants confessed to throwing seven people into the sea to stop the ship from capsizing.


Somali Community In Wales Well Integrated Or Not (VIDEO)


Somali Community In Wales Well Integrated Or Not (VIDEO)


New Television Show Uplifts the Image of Somali-Canadians in Mainstream Media! - (Video)

33t65Toronto:– A new television program featuring Somali-Canadians in a new light will debut every Saturday starting March 1st..

Building a New Cultural Identity is a weekly half-hour television program showcasing the Somali-Canadian experience.Canada is home to approximately 200,000 Somalis and nearly 100,000 live in Toronto. 80% of Somali-Canadians are under the age of 30 and these Somali Millennials are an emerging community who are highly educated, skilled and integrated into the Canadian fabric.

Integration will be an instrumental vehicle for government agencies, community organizations

advertisers to effectively reach this new emerging community.This show will help to sensitize mainstream viewers on different aspects of the Somali way of life.

The debut show on Saturday, March 1st, will give viewers first-hand experience from a mother who lost her son to gun violence, engaging discussions from Somali-Canadian youth about their challenges in society and an interview with Toronto Police Chief, William Blair.

Cameraworks Productions International, a full-service and fully-equipped television and video production facility and Cultural Integration Agency have partnered to create this new format for cultural community programming.

Hodan Nalayeh,President of Cultural Integration Agency and Host explains: Somali-Canadians have suffered from negative news images in the media. Integration will bridge the gap for Somali-Canadians as they grow and integrate into Canadian Society.Integration will also set a new standard for quality produced cultural programming.

ABOUT THE HOST: Hodan Nalayeh was born in Somalia and as a young child immigrated to Canada with her family. Her media background includes radio and television, including American Idol.  Nalayeh went on to develop a unique concept for a cultural television show - Integration.

ABOUT CULTURAL INTEGRATION AGENCY: Cultural Integration Agency is a full-service media company specializing in the development, production, marketing and distribution of multicultural programs.


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