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Jun 20, 2015

U.N. expands refugee camp in Kenya as South Sudan conflict rages

KAKUMA, Kenya (Reuters) – Kakuma camp in northern Kenya is expanding by nearly a half, the U.N. refugee agency said on Saturday, to house refugees fleeing nearby South Sudan as hopes fade for peace in the world’s newest nation.

The arrival of some 44,000 South Sudanese refugees since late 2013, when fighting broke out between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with former Vice President Riek Machar, has stretched the camp to its limits.

May 11, 2015

Somali president committed to more inclusive vote in 2016

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The president of Somalia has said he is committed to holding elections on time next summer, before his current term runs out in August 2016, and wants a more inclusive voting process than in the past.

In Somalia’s last election in 2012, members of parliament were chosen by elders from their communities and those lawmakers then picked Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as president.

May 7, 2015

Somali Islamists driven into north, south pockets: U.N. envoy

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A military offensive has driven Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group out of major strongholds and deprived it of revenue sources, but its retreat to a southern valley and northern hills still poses a threat, the U.N. envoy to Somalia said.

The African Union’s AMISOM peacekeeping force and Somali soldiers have pushed the group, which wants to topple the Western-backed government, into smaller pockets of territory since launching an offensive last year.

Apr 24, 2015

Kenyan governors build confidence to secure tipoffs on Islamists

KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) – Governors of Kenyan regions near the border with Somalia say they are encouraging new ways for residents who do not trust the police to report local Islamist cells and sympathizers, shifting strategy since the deadly Garissa university attack this month.

Attacks by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab in Kenya, including the April 2 Garissa raid that killed 148 people, have led to renewed efforts to improve ties between the security forces and the ethnic Somali population who often regard them with suspicion.

Apr 17, 2015

African cocoa a golden ticket for Tanzania chocolate factory

DAR ES SALAAM, April 17 (Reuters) – Jaki Kweka is that rare
breed of gourmet chocolatier. She makes fine chocolate in Africa
using local African ingredients.

Other African companies such as Ghana’s Golden Tree use
local cocoa but import milk powder and sugar. Multinationals
such as Nestle mass produce chocolate in South Africa
for the continent’s consumers and source ingredients globally.

Apr 14, 2015

Activists criticize Kenya for putting Muslim groups on Shabaab supporters’ list

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Rights groups criticized Kenya’s government on Tuesday for including two prominent Muslim groups on a list of possible supporters of al Shabaab, the Somali Islamists behind this month’s Garissa university attack that killed 148 people.

Haki Africa and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), which are both headquartered in Mombasa, were included on a list of 86 groups and individuals suspected of being associated with al Shabaab that Kenya released days after the April 2 attack.

Apr 10, 2015

After attack and backlash, Kenya faces battle to win over Muslims

GARISSA/NAIROBI, Kenya, April 10 (Reuters) – Days after
Islamists killed 148 people at Garissa university, Kenya’s
president held out an olive branch to Muslims and urged them to
join Nairobi in the struggle against militant Islam by informing
on sympathisers.

But as Uhuru Kenyatta launches a battle for Muslim hearts
and minds, his security forces must first reckon with the deep
mistrust among ethnic-Somali Muslims in the country’s northeast
regions bordering Somalia.

Apr 8, 2015

Pressure mounts on Kenya’s president after university massacre

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Political pressure mounted on Kenya’s president on Wednesday with scathing editorials and growing anger at a seven hour delay in the deployment of a special forces unit that eventually ended the bloody siege at Garissa University last week.

The al Qaeda-aligned al Shabaab group has now killed more than 400 people in Kenya since President Uhuru Kenyatta took office in April 2013, denting the east African nation’s image abroad and severely damaging its vital tourism industry.

Apr 7, 2015

Kenya seeks more Western help after university attack

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya needs more help from its U.S. and European allies with intelligence and security measures to help prevent further massacres by Somali militants, Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed told Reuters on Tuesday.

Last week’s killing of 148 people at a university has piled pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop frequent gun and grenade assaults staged on Kenyan soil by the al Shabaab group, which is aligned to al Qaeda.

Apr 7, 2015

Kenya destroys two al Shabaab camps in Somalia

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The Kenyan air force has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, it said on Monday, in the first major military response since the Islamist group massacred students at a Kenyan university last week.

Al Shabaab denied the camps were hit, saying the air force bombs fell on farmland.