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Food prices rise in Bardere due to heavy rains

26 November, 2014 Prices of essential food items including rice, sugar and flour have risen sharply in Gedo’s Bardere district after heavy rains cut off supply routes. The district relies on food transport...


Fishermen's assets destroyed by Shabelle floods

24 November, 2014 Fishermen on the river Shabelle in Beledweyne have lost boats, motors and nets in recent floods, forcing many out of business. Abdikadir Qase, 40, a father of eight, is one of the affected fish...


Heavy rains displace thousands in Bardere

21 November, 2014 Torrential rains that battered Bardere for more than 10 hours left 2,500 families homeless as swept through their village. The rains started early Thursday, causing residents of Bulo-Kurman, Bu...

Saida speaking to Radio Ergo's producer in an IDP camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu/photo/Hamdi Abdullahi

IDP Evictions: Saido's story

26 November, 2014 This story is part of a special series resulting from a Radio Ergo reporting mission investigating the recent evictions of large numbers of IDPs from government buildings and private land in Mogadi...


Heavy rains destroy IDP homes in Mogadishu

20 November, 2014 Dozens of displaced families have been left without shelter after rain destroyed their makeshift houses in Mogadishu.  One of the camps affected was Darawishta camp, where at least 20 shel...


IDP families evicted from government land by new 'owners'

14 November, 2014 Around 150 internally displaced families have been forced out of their homes on land reportedly owned by the government near the former Digfer hospital in Hodan district of Mogadishu. The famil...


Interview: 'Sex for jobs shameful' says Somali gender activist

26 November, 2014 To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Radio Ergo’s Fowzia Omar interviewed Muna Mohamed Dirshe, a women’s rights activist living in the Kenyan capital...


Quarrying stones tough life for disabled mother

14 November, 2014 Maryama Hussein Said, a 50-year old landmine survivor, is among seven women who quarry stones for use as building material on a hill in Yerowe settlement, south of Burao. Maryama lost her foot ...


Young Hargeisa mother goes for Masters studies

15 October, 2014 Yasmin Mohamed Kahin, aged 24, a wife and mother of three children, is an exceptional woman whose story of determination serves to inspire other women – and their husbands - to aim high in ed...


Diarrhoea and malaria outbreaks in Bay

25 November, 2014 Health officials in Bay region have reported an outbreak of diarrhoeal disease and malaria resulting from poor sanitation in the area. In Baidoa, 80 patients were admitted to hospital for treat...


Health ministry plans sanitation campaigns

19 November, 2014 The Somali health ministry in collaboration with several UN agencies is planning a sanitation awareness campaign to reduce the spread of disease. In an interview with Radio Ergo, Dr Yassin Abdi...


Over-counter drugs fuelling TB threat in Puntland

18 November, 2014 The World Health Organization’s TB department representative for Puntland has called on pharmacists to stop selling or prescribing tuberculosis drugs. Ali Abdi Isse said the number of pat...


Sanag activists see success in fight against charcoal trade

24 November, 2014 Environmental activists in Sanag region of northern Somalia say they have succeeded in curbing wide-scale illegal tree cutting for charcoal burning. Mohamed Ahmed Botan, a veteran environmental...


Interview with Fatima Jibrell, award-winning Somali environmentalist

07 November, 2014 Fatima Jibrell, a Somali environmental activist, was recently announced the winner of the UN’s 2014 Champions of the Earth award for her outstanding efforts to protect the environment and the...


Puntland fishermen under threat from illegal boats

06 November, 2014 Fishermen in Puntland’s coastal areas of Bari region say their future is threatened by increasing numbers of illegal foreign fishing boats using force to access the best fish. Fishermen i...


Teachers in Gedo have little to celebrate

21 November, 2014 Locals in Garbaharrey district, the provincial capital of Gedo region, on Friday joined the rest of the country to mark Teachers Day. Head of the area’s education board, Ali Mohamed Isse,...


Women signing up to study at university in Lasanod

19 November, 2014 Nugal University in Lasanod has reported a significant rise in the number of female students enrolling for degree courses. According to the university registrar, Abdallah Ahmed Mohamed, there w...


50 children offered free education in Adado

30 October, 2014 Fifty children from marginalized minority clans in Adado district in Galgadud region have been awarded free school places by local benefactors. Halima Mohamed, 15, comes from a poor marginalize...


Bosaso prisoners offered skills training

21 November, 2014 More than 100 prisoners in Bosaso Central Prison are being offered vocational training to prepare them for life after their release. The prison chief Shire Mohamed Jama told Radio Ergo’s ...


Galgadud youth cite nepotism and corruption in jobs

17 November, 2014 Young graduates in Adado district say nepotism and corruption are preventing them from getting jobs. Abdifatah Ahmed Farah, 26, a newly married graduate from a Mogadishu university, said he had...


Police and soldiers take to the classroom

17 November, 2014 Abdullahi Mohamed Said is setting a new standard for his fellow officers in the police force, by registering for a degree course in community development at a Mogadishu university. The father o...



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