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Author: Russell Moll

New Reports Emphasize Shabaab Threat in Kenya

New Reports Emphasize Shabaab Threat in Kenya
In a cross border raid on July 18, 2009, Shabaab militants slipped across the porous 500 mile border between Kenya and Somalia, abducted three foreign aid workers, and slithered back to Somalia encountering little if any resistance. Such abductions exemplify the phenomenon Jeffrey Gettleman explores in a New York Times article this week. The piece notes that events such as this cross border raid have great implications for Kenyans, Somalis, and the West: “In most places the official international border is not even marked let alone protected. In the village of Hulugho, there is simply a tattered Kenyan flag and ...
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Report: Sudan’s Internally Displaced Population Tops 4.9 Million

Report: Sudan's Internally Displaced Population Tops 4.9 Million
Sudan’s internally displaced population has topped 4.9 million, giving the east African country the unenviable distinction as having the largest displaced population in the world, according to a new report out this week. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), which is part of the Norwegian Refugee Council, released its most recent figures for Sudan, along with an updated full country profile that describes the conditions that, over the years, have led to massive displacement in various regions. By way of comparison, Pakistan, the runner-up according to IDMC, has an estimated 2.1 million displaced people within its borders. In particular, the ...
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