‘We have no problems with the Ethiopians, they bring peace’

The Times of London
Doolow, Somalia

Ethiopian troops are not supposed to be in this broiling Somali border town, but they are.

The official message from Addis Ababa and Mogadishu is that there are no Ethiopian troops in Somalia, but Doolow tells a different story. Continue reading ‘We have no problems with the Ethiopians, they bring peace’

Careful where you tread

New Statesman
Nairobi, Kenya

Things do not seem to be going to plan for Kenya, which went to war for the first time in its history in mid-October. Within three weeks of invading neighbouring Somalia, the country’s untested army had crashed a helicopter, torpedoed a fishing boat and bombed a refugee camp. The rainy season has turned tracks into quagmires, slowing the progress of 20,000 soldiers as they attempt to reach the port town of Kismayo, leaving them vulnerable to ambush.

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