Thousands of families displaced after troops destroy aid camps in Somalia

Thousands in Somalia have been left with no shelter on the outskirts of Mogadishu. (Shutterstock)
Updated 16 January 2018
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Thousands of families displaced after troops destroy aid camps in Somalia

Thousands in Somalia have been left with no shelter on the outskirts of Mogadishu two weeks after troops destroyed their refuge, British daily The Guardian reported.
Security forces in the conflict-torn country destroyed 23 camps that housed more than 4,000 internally displaced Somalis on Dec. 30, 2017, the UN reported.
The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs said there had been more than $200,000 damage, affecting health facilities, schools and water points.
Witnesses said police and military personnel who took part in the destruction of the camps attacked anyone who tried to resist or question them, according to The Guardian report.
Conflict, famine and drought displaced one million people throughout Somalia last year.


Official count shows Widodo reelected as Indonesian leader

Updated 21 May 2019
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Official count shows Widodo reelected as Indonesian leader

  • Widodo’s challenger for a second time, former general Prabowo Subianto, has refused to accept defeat and declared himself the winner last month
  • Police this month have arrested 31 Islamic militants they say planned to set off bombs during expected street protests against the election result
JAKARTA, Indonesia: The official count from last month’s Indonesian presidential election shows President Joko Widodo won 55.5% of the vote, the Election Commission said Tuesday, securing him a second term.
The formal result from the April 17 election was almost the same as the preliminary “quick count” results drawn from a sample of polling stations on election day.
Widodo’s challenger for a second time, former general Prabowo Subianto, has refused to accept defeat and declared himself the winner last month.
Thousands of police and soldiers are on high alert in the capital Jakarta, anticipating protests from Subianto’s supporters.
Subianto has alleged massive election fraud in the world’s third-largest democracy but hasn’t provided any credible evidence. Votes are counted publicly and the commission posts the tabulation form from each polling station on its website, allowing for independent verification.
Counting was completed just before midnight and the Election Commission announced the results early Tuesday before official witnesses from both campaigns.
“We reject the results of the presidential election,” said Azis Subekti, one of the witnesses for Subianto. “This refusal is a moral responsibility for us to not give up the fight against injustice, fraud, arbitrariness, lies, and any actions that will harm democracy.”
Under Indonesia’s election law, Subianto can dispute the results at the Constitutional Court.
He and members of his campaign team have said they will mobilize “people power” for days of street protests rather than appeal to the court because they don’t believe it will provide justice.
In a video released after results were announced, Subianto again refused to concede defeat but called on supporters to refrain from violence.
Police this month have arrested 31 Islamic militants they say planned to set off bombs during expected street protests against the election result.