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Canadian-Somali human rights activist killed in Mogadishu

A well-known Somali-Canadian human rights activist was killed by gunfire in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, local security officials said on Wednesday. Almaas Elman, who is both a Somali and Canadian citizen, was killed while travelling by car in a “secure area »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

U.N. intervenes in Canadian deportation case

The case involves a former child refugee who came to Canada in 1994 at age10 after having fled Somalia with his mother and sister. He was later taken into foster care in Ontario, but by age 16 he was living »


Canada to give $10.4M in humanitarian assistance to Somalia

Canada will provide $10.4 million for humanitarian assistance to vulnerable communities in Somalia struggling to cope with consecutive seasons of poor rainfall and water shortages that have resulted in near total crop failures, federal officials announced Friday. According to United »


Canada announces $50M funding for food resilience programs in Africa

Canada is contributing $50 million for an innovative program to increase food security and resilience in three hunger-prone African countries, the United Nations’ food and agriculture agencies announced Thursday. The five-year program funded by Ottawa is part of a larger $97-million »

International, Society

Canada launches famine relief fund to avert humanitarian disaster

With more than 20 million people in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen at risk of starvation, the federal government has set up an emergency relief fund to encourage Canadians to donate to charities working on the ground to avert »

International, Society

Aid agencies sound alarm on Horn of Africa drought: ‘The time to support is now’

Millions of people in the Horn of Africa are on the verge of a severe food crisis or even a famine in parts of Somalia unless aid agencies working in the region receive urgent funding, according to CARE International. Aid »

Health, Politics, Society

Veterans want inquiry into malaria drug’s effects on them

Former soldiers want the Canadian government to hold an inquiry into the effects of mefloquine, a malaria-prevention drug they were obliged to take during the disastrous Somalia mission in the 1990s. Troops were sent on a peace-keeping mission to deal »

International, Politics

Ukraine, Syria and Somalia on Dion’s agenda as he travels to Germany and Turkey

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion is heading for his first official visit to Germany to discuss pressing international issues with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Global Affairs Canada announced Friday. During his meeting with Steinmeier at Villa Borsig, the »