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Up to 200,000 Somali children could die from malnutrition, UN claims

gaajoUp to 200,000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition in Somalia by the end of the year unless the United Nations receives emergency funds to stave off mass hunger, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.
Only $15 million has been received in the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) $150 million appeal to donor states to provide vital health services to more than 3 million women and children in the Horn of Africa nation this year, the agency said.
"If funding is not received immediately, UNICEF will have to suspend essential life-saving health services within one month," said spokesman Christophe Boulierac.
"Somalia has 200,000 children under the age of five at risk of death (by) the end of the year 2014 from severe malnutrition if they do not receive life saving therapeutic assistance," he told a news briefing in Geneva.
Some 50,000 Somali children under five currently suffer from acute severe malnutrition, according to UNICEF.
Somalia's government is struggling to impose any sense of order, more than two decades after the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre tipped the country into chaos.

Al Shabaab claims responsibility for Djibouti suicide attack

Djibouti-Police-21a_1(Reuters) - Somali rebel group al Shabaab was behind the restaurant attack in Djibouti by two suicide bombers over the weekend that killed a Turkish national and wounded several Western soldiers, the militants said on Tuesday.
In the first attack of its kind in the tiny Horn-of-Africa state, a man and a woman blew themselves up at the restaurant on Saturday evening when it was filled with Western military personnel.
Djibouti, which hosts military bases for France and the United States, contributes troops to the African Union mission (AMISOM) trying to stabilise neighbouring Somalia to the south.

Three Spanish Air Force members injured in Djibouti restaurant grenade attack

toIA VIOLENT attack on a restaurant in Djibouti has left three dead and 15 injured, including three Spanish soldiers.

The La Chaumière eatery in Djibouti City, the capital, was pelted with grenades and it is thought that three members of staff perished instantly, although this is not official.

All the injured Spaniards are members of the Air Force, two of whom are captains and one a sergeant on the Destacamento Orión.hotoI

They were due to be flown home to Spain last night (Sunday) and taken to the Gómez Ulla military hospital in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid).

Sergeant Manuel María Copano Lorenzana has suffered shrapnel wounds and is in a serious but stable condition in the French military hospital General Bouffard, whilst captains Manuel López Veiga and José Miguel Mateos Hernández have suffered wounds that are not said to be life-threatening.

All other Spanish soldiers based in the Horn of Africa country have been traced and are safe and well, assures foreign affairs minister José Manuel García Margallo.

Although initially thought to be the work of the radical Islamic cell Al-Shabab, as yet no terrorist organisation has owned up to the assault and there are no clear motives behind it.

It is rumoured to have been a suicide attack by Somali extremists, as a man and woman, both in Islamic veils, were thought to have been seen throwing the grenades.

This is the first attack of its nature in a Red Sea nation.

La Chaumière is said to be frequented by westerners, mostly French and US soldiers from the military base which supports the African Union, a force spread out across the continent and particularly in Somalia and other Horn of Africa countries to combat Al-Shabab extremists.

It was full of customers, mostly foreign soldiers, when the attack happened at 20.00hrs local time (19.00hrs mainland Spain time), but police cordoned off the area immediately.Djibouti, a small coastal nation opposite Yemen, is a former colony of France and sits just north of Somalia.


Two blasts heard in Djibouti, cause unknown - witness

breakingnews(Reuters) - Two loud blasts struck a busy cafe in downtown Djibouti frequented by Westerners on Saturday and at least 10 people were wounded, a Reuters witness said.

Police had cordoned off the scene. It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts. The witness said he saw at least 10 people sitting near the area of the cafe, with bloody wounds.


Borama Henley Friendship Committee

boramahenleyTHE association is arranging an exhibition called Borama Comes to Henley at the Old Fire Station Gallery from June 5 to 10. 
This is a follow-up to last year’s visit by Somaliland’s second lady and to show the people of Henley how Borama lives and to display some artefacts. 
We seek to stimulate interest and to attract new members for the association. 
Meanwhile, there has been a gratifying breakthrough in getting aid to 40 veterans (75 per cent with 1939/45 war service) who live in and around Borama. They all require eye surgery for cataracts. 
Henley has had a friendship link with Borama since 1982. Communication has been somewhat sporadic at times but recently the new Mayor of Borama appointed Hassan Ahmed Ainan, a councillor, to be responsible for the welfare of the veterans, all of whom had served with the Somaliland Scouts Regiment. 

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