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By IRIN

BAIDOA, 12 August 2009 (IRIN) – Isack Abdinor Satar, 80, remembers a green and lush Baidoa, in south-western Somalia, with waterfalls in areas that are now the town’s suburbs.

Over the years, population pressure, drought and changing weather patterns have caused most of these waterfalls and springs to dry up, totally changing the town’s vegetation cover and ushering in perennial water shortages.

“In my youth, water was really available any time, anywhere in town,” Satar said. “Water flowed in different directions from various sources but all these have now dried up. I think drought has seriously affected all water sources in Bay region.” (more…)

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by Garowe Online

BAIDOA, Somalia Oct 4 – The home of Somalia’s parliament Speaker was targeted with mortars overnight Friday, Radio Garowe reported.

Sheikh Aden “Madobe” Mohamed, the Speaker, was at home during the attack but none of the mortars hit his home directly, according to neighbors. The Speaker was not harmed during the attack.

The mortars hit two different civilian homes in Baidoa, a southwestern town located 250km from Mogadishu. Somalia’s transitional federal parliament is based in Baidoa, which has a heavy presence of Somali and Ethiopian government forces. (more…)

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