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.


Africa’s youngest billionaire free 9 days after abduction

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Africa’s youngest billionaire free 9 days after abduction

  • Dar es Salaam Regional Police Chief Lazaro Mambosasa confirmed the release and said authorities continue to investigate
  • Forbes magazine in 2016 put Dewji's wealth at $1.5 billion

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania: The man described as Africa's youngest billionaire said Saturday he is free more than a week after his abduction from a luxury hotel in Tanzania's commercial capital, while police suggested his captors came from South Africa.
"I thank Allah that I have returned home safely," said a statement released by the 43-year-old Mohammed Dewji's foundation. It did not give details about the Oct. 11 abduction or what led to his release but thanked police for working for his safe return.
Dar es Salaam Regional Police Chief Lazaro Mambosasa confirmed the release and said authorities continue to investigate. There was no mention of a ransom being paid.
"We got information that the abductors used the same car that was used to seize him at the Colosseum Hotel and dumped him at gymkhana (sports facility) grounds," Mambosasa said. "We found him there physically fit, and we suspect that the abductors are South Africans because he said they were communicating in one of the vernacular from that country."
Environment Minister January Makamba, in a statement posted on Twitter, said he had spoken with Dewji and "he's the usual Mo. So he is okay."
Dewji, while arriving at the hotel for a workout, had been seized by two masked gunmen who fired into the air before driving away. Regional authorities said two white men were seen on surveillance video and quickly tightened controls at border posts and airports.
Forbes magazine in 2016 put Dewji's wealth at $1.5 billion.