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Wednesday
May162012

Another Grenade Attack in Kenya Kills at Least One, Injures Three

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOMBASA, Kenya) -- Local police in the coastal city of Mombasa say the latest grenade attack in the country since it sent troops into Somalia last year killed one and injured three others Tuesday night at a restaurant and sports bar. Kenya’s Daily Nation reports there were warnings in the last few months that the Bella Vista restaurant would be targeted.  A witness said the attackers in two cars opened fire first in the parking lot before lobbing three grenades toward the entrance of the building, killing a security guard.

Kenya police blame Somalia’s Al Shabab insurgents and sympathizers for the series of grenade attacks in Nairobi, Mombasa, and near the border with Somalia since last October.  Al Shabab has vowed reprisal attacks on Kenya.  Most of the attacks have been targeted at local Kenyans, though the U.S. Embassy recently warned of a possible attack on hotels or government buildings in Nairobi.

Also Tuesday, at the Dadaab refugee camp near the border with Somalia, a police officer was killed while escorting aid workers when his car was hit by an improvised bomb.  Security challenges in Dadaab are making it difficult for aid organizations working at the world’s largest refugee camp that most people now associate with last year’s famine in the Horn of Africa.

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Thursday
Sep082011

African Delegates Discuss Management of Famine in Horn of Africa

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- Representatives of nations affected by the famine in the Horn of Africa gathered in Nairobi to explore ways to manage the crisis. Among those in attendance at the U.N. compound were delegates from the host country, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The Kenyan foreign minister, Moses Wetangula, says there's not just one reason behind the migration of people in the region.

"Why are we having economic refugees from Somalia running to Kenya? Many of them are not coming because they are political refugees, the majority of them are economic refugees," he said.

Wetangula added that the west could do a lot more to help.

"We are continuously reminding the rest of the world that if NATO can engineer an attack on Libya and spend billions of dollars to drive out Gadhafi, they can spend a little of that to save the dying people in the Horn of Africa," Wetangula said. "If America can spend billions of dollars in Iraq, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, surely they can spend a little fraction of that to build dams in these dry lands of the Horn of Africa, to help normalize Somalia, to help produce food, to settle communities."

The U.N. is calling the drought the worst in 60 years.

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