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2.1 million Somalis need aid (UN)

Internally displaced Somali people stand in a queue waiting to be served with cooked food in Hodan district south of capital Mogadishu. File photo.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Around 2.1 million Somalis still need food aid and are facing a critical situation despite a fall in the number of people at risk in the last six months, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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Presidential election in Somalia

On 10 September in the Federal Republic of Somalia a presidential election took place. Members of the international community defined this event as a key step towards the transformation of a war-torn state into a country with an efficient central government.

The political situation of the country was stable until 1991 when civil war initiated by an overthrow of the Somali dictator broke out. Since then there has been no central government and administration in the country, whereas rule was held by gangsters and clans. This situation resulted in an intervention of the UN in 1995 and did not yield the expected results.

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Somalia: development of fodder sector

The Foundation for Somalia with its local partner PENHA (Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa/ Somaliland) are implementing a project aimed at local farmers in the Togdheer region.

The aim of the project is to contribute to socio-economic and environmental wellbeing of agro-pastoral communities in two villages of Oodweyne district and complement the current PENHA/ILO project. The general goal of the project is to contribute to peace, stability and socio-economic development (early recovery) in Somaliland.

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Meet Paweł Wysoczański and Rafał Stańczyk!

We invite all enthusiasts of Africa for a meeting on 25 June at 7 p.m. in Skwer – part of Centrum Artystyczne Fabryka Trzciny which will take place on the occasion of a writing contest “Africa is a continent in the shape of the human heart” organized by the Foundation for Somalia in cooperation with the Faculty of Polish Philology at the University of Warsaw, a quarterly journal “LiteRacje” and a publishing house Weltbild.

The attraction of the meeting will be a projection of a film entitled “No direction home” (“Mój tato prezydent”) directed by Paweł Wysoczański and Rafał Stańczyk and the visit of the authors themselves.

“No direction home” was shot in 2011 in cooperation with the Foundation for Somalia. During VII AfryKamera – African Film Festival it was awarded with Srebrna Jaskółka – an audience award.

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Others – Strangers – Friends. Various residents of Warsaw.

On 15 June in Krakowskie Przedmieście Street an exhibition entitled Others –Strangers – Friends devoted to refugees will be open. It consists of 28 unique photographs by Jacek Herok presenting the profiles of refugees from Warsaw and its surroundings. The protagonists represent various continents, cultures and religions. They all have one thing in common: they arrived to Poland for fear of persecutions that they had experienced in their country of origin.

The aim of the exhibition Others – Strangers – Friends is to increase social sensitivity to cultural diversity of the residents of today Warsaw and propagate the attitude of respect and tolerance towards people regardless of their nationality, race, culture or religion. We would also like to show that refugees constitute an integral part of the Polish society.

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