35 Civilians killed in clashes in Somalian Village near Ethopian Boarder

 MOGADISHU – At least 35 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in a week of clashes in villages near Somalia’s border with Ethiopia.   Officials and traditional elders say the clashes involved Somali clan militia and members of the Liyu police, an Ethiopian paramilitary unit operating in Ethiopia’s ethnic Somali region.   “The Liyu Police Unit launched an attack on innocent civilians. They are attacking villagers and killing people who keep livestock,” said Hussein Weheliye Irfo, the governor of the Galgadud region in central Somalia.   He said the Somali government was aware of the clashes and also called for the intervention of Ethiopia’s government and the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM.   Sources in the region said fighting started a week ago and escalated on Friday.   “It is effecting a vast area and the casualties are very high, 35 dead bodies have been counted so far,” said Mohamed Garane, a traditional elder in Guricel district where the wounded are hospitalised.   It was not apparently clear what sparked the clashes, which are separate from ongoing battles between African Union troops and al-Qaida-linked Shebab insurgents in the far south of the country.  ...

Baraka City organization will distribute 5 tons Dates and 1600 Food kits in Mauritania

  More than 5 tons of Saudi dates for Muslims of ‪Mauritania will be distributed during ‪Ramadhan 2015. This is a food which is considered luxurious by poor.   The organization decide to distribute dates because of its value and important nutrient intake during this month.   Further food kits will feed entire families during the month of Ramadhan. This is only the beginning of the wonderful adventure‪ of Ramadhan 2015 that Barakacity prepare. The organization express gratitude to the donors, “These are your donations! May Allah reward you! Continue to support barakacity, we are only a single body.”   1600 food kits that will be distributed in 4 regions of ‪Mauritania have arrived on the site of distribution. The aid will allow families to begin their month of Ramadhan in good conditions.     Source:...

Hayrat Humanitarian Aid’s Quran Campaign in Africa 

Cost of Each School Aid is TRY1500   The first stop of the Quran campaign held by the Hayrat Humanitarian Association will be Sudan.   Having always striven to survive within exploitation and poverty throughout its history, the African continent also experience this sad scene of poverty on the way of enlightenment. There is not even a single Quran available in majority of Muslim regions, villages, and towns located in this continent. While the whole village people make use of a single Quran of the village, the young students in the village learn from that single Quran of the village.   The Muslim people in Africa learn Quran by their own system despite all the challenges they face with on the way of enlightenment.  There are written the ayahs and hadiths on the wooden boards called ‘Luh’ and these will not be erased until they are learned by heart. When the memorization is completed, the board is erased, and new lessons are written on the board. As there is not a Quran for every student with they can exercise for memorization, their studies are maintained through this system.   Hayrat Aid Association paves the way for providing chances for the students who are studying science with impossibilities with their Quran campaign. The target of the campaign which will be first initiated in Sudan, eventually is the whole Africa. The campaign price for each of the Qurans to be distributed to all these educational institutions, especially the schools and the orphanages, is TRY 15,00. Elifba juzes (parts) are also included in the campaign against a price of TRY 1,00.  ...

Twin Bomb Blasts Kill 7, Injure Others In Borno

At least seven persons were killed and several others injured as twin bombs suspected to have been detonated by Boko Haram terrorists went off at a wedding venue in a Borno village today, witnesses and security sources said. Sources who spoke to LEADERSHIP Weekend said the blasts occurred at about 6am, when most of the victims were preparing for a wedding that was to hold later in the yesterday. Ibrahim Birtus, an eyewitness and resident of Tashan-Alede said the blasts “killed at least 7 people and injured many others”. He said a suspect has been arrested in connection with the blasts. “This morning, at about 06:05am, two blasts occurred at the venue of a wedding ceremony in our village where people had gathered. The second blast occurred some minutes after people were trying to rescue the victims from the first one,” Birtus said.   He added that at least seven persons died and dozens others were critically injured, saying, “I don’t know whether the groom is alive because there was confusion after the blasts occurred.’’ Tashan-Alede is an agrarian community in southern Borno, located about 270km away from Maiduguri, the state capital. As at the time of going to press, the police was yet to confirm the incident....

LRD: Primary and Secondary School Books Donated to Schools in Mogadishu Somalia

Life for Relief and Development (LRD), in partnership with Brother’s Brother Foundation and the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa, delivered a 40 foot shipping container of primary and secondary school books to schools in Mogadishu Somalia, which were donated by McGraw-Hill Publishing. Life, in cooperation with its partners, distributed the books to 7 schools in Banadir, Bari and Lower Shabelle Regions of Somalia. In Banadir region books were given to the following primary and intermediate schools: Taysiir, Moalim Addow, Imam Nawawi, Banadir and Salman Al-Farisi. In Lower Shabelle books were given to Abimusa Al-Ashcari primary and secondary school and in Bari books were given to Omer bin Abdulasis primary and secondary school. Nearly 4,400 students and staff members benefitted from the project. The recipient students and teachers were all very happy to receive the books to enhance the learning experience of the students. They all thanked and praised the donors for the gift of books that they received. Source...

Islamic Relief and the African Union sign MOU for fighting poverty in Africa

IR and AU signed a trailblazing agreement to work together to reduce poverty and the impact of disasters in Africa. A Memorandum of Understanding, signed today in Ethiopia’s capital city, marks the beginning of a formal partnership for cooperation between the international NGO Islamic Relief  and the African Union, which consists of 54 member states. Dr Mohammed Ashmawey, CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide, said: “Thirty years ago, Islamic Relief helped save lives in famine-stricken Sudan. In the decades since, we have developed extensive programmes to alleviate suffering and lift people across the continent out of poverty. However, there remain many more who require help. “Partnering with the African Union is therefore a momentous step forward toward our shared goal to eradicate poverty and reduce the impact of disasters on the continent’s most vulnerable communities.” At the signing ceremony in Addis Ababa, Islamic Relief chair Ibrahim El Zayat and trustee Tahir Salie, who chairs our African Development Committee, were joined by Yusuf Ahmed, regional director of East Africa and the country director of Ethiopia, Omar Ibrahim. Yusuf Ahmed, Regional Director for Islamic Relief, added: “This formal agreement will see Islamic Relief working with the African Union to shape innovative poverty-relieving policies and to deliver sustainable development which transforms communities. “It will see collaboration and expertise-sharing on vital disaster preparedness, and will add momentum to financial inclusion interventions which empower poor families to escape the poverty trap. We have also pledged to work closely together on key issues including climate change, urbanisation and youth development.” Today’s announcement follows a series of high-level meetings between Islamic Relief and the African Union. – See more...