250,000 Somalians displaced since January, says NGO Sep 11, 2019 0 240 12345 Johannesburg: A quarter of a million Somalians have been forced to flee their homes so far this year because of drought, conflict and insecurity, according to a report released by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) on Tuesday. “Thousands of Somali people are caught in a vicious cycle,” said Victor Moses, country director for the NRC in Somalia, adding that the strain is “pushing families over the edge.” The United Nations has requested 1.08 billion dollars in aid for the east African country in 2019, making it one of the largest crises in the world, the report said.“Somalia’s crisis is a perfect storm of natural and human-made factors and is rapidly worsening,” Moses said. Some people are being forced by drought to flee to overcrowded camps in cities in order to find sustenance, while others are being displaced by conflict, the report said. (dpa) RELATED ARTICLES US says Iran’s failure to address IAEA concerns ‘unacceptable’ Sep 11, 2019 0 1126 More than 30 dead in stampede at Iraqi Shiite shrine Sep 11, 2019 0 344 US efforts to create Syria safe zone largely ‘cosmetic’: Turkey Sep 11, 2019 0 239 Netanyahu vows to annex WB’s Jordan Valley if re-elected AFP Jerusalem Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls. “There is one place where .. Lebanon urges US to continue mediation on Israel border dispute AFP Beirut Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun on Tuesday urged Washington to help mediate a solution to a maritime border dispute with Israel, as Beirut looks to start offshore oil and gas exploration. Aoun made the request .. Hezbollah says it downed Israel drone to boost deterrence BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s leader said on Tuesday his Iran-backed movement had shot down an Israeli drone in Lebanon for the first time to strengthen deterrence against attack by arch-foe Israel. On Monday, Hezbollah said it .. Hamas says it shot down Israeli drone in south Gaza dpa Tel Aviv/Gaza City The radical Islamist Hamas group claimed responsibility for the downing of an Israeli drone which fell in the southern Gaza Strip overnight. A spokeswoman for the Israeli army (IDF) confirmed that .. Hundreds of Nigerians to take free evacuation from South Africa ABUJA: At least 640 Nigerians have signed up to take free flights home from South Africa after xenophobic attacks on foreigners, a spokeswoman for Nigeria’s president said on Tuesday. The flare-up in violence directed .. S Africa to ‘clamp down’ on hiring of undocumented migrant workers after attacks AFP Johannesburg South Africa’s security ministers on Tuesday vowed to put an end to the hiring of undocumented foreign workers as the country tackles a wave of xenophobic attacks that claimed 12 lives. Defence Minister .. AU condemns attacks in Burkina Faso that killed 29 Addis Ababa: The African Union (AU) chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday condemned two attacks that killed 29 people in northern Burkina Faso over the weekend. “These attacks are the latest illustration of the ..