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Date: 29 Oct 2010

Belet Xaawo, Gedo (Southwest)

Belet Xaawo has been relatively calm following heavy fighting between pro-Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces and Al Shabaab on 18 and 21 October. On 27 October, sporadic shooting by Al Shabaab targeting TFG forces, was reported. No civilian casualties were reported. Displacement figures remain unclear, but various estimates indicate that between 65 – 80 percent of the population in Belet Xaawo has been displaced. Access remains a key concern for aid workers in the area.

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Fierce clashes in the Somali town of Beled Hawo on the Kenyan border have driven some 60,000 Somalis out of their homes over the past week. At least ten people have been killed in the clashes between Al-Shabaab and Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa, a militia group allied to the transitional Somali government.

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07 September 2010
By: Stephanie Nebehay
Source: Reuters

More than 230 civilians have been killed in a worsening of fighting in Mogadishu over the past two weeks that has increasingly trapped residents in the Somali capital, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.

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The Sri Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) repeatedly violated international humanitarian law during the last five months of their 30-year civil war. Although both sides committed atrocities throughout the many years of conflict, the scale and nature of violations particularly worsened from January 2009 to the government’s declaration of victory in May. Evidence gathered by the International Crisis Group suggests that these months saw tens of thousands of Tamil civilian men, women, children and the elderly killed, countless more wounded, and hundreds of thousands deprived of adequate food and medical care, resulting in more deaths. (more…)

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Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Date: 31 Mar 2010

Overview

1. “I locked the door of my house, put the key in my pocket and left the area as quickly as I could,” explains Singaram, a Sri Lankan Tamil originating from Adampan in the north-west of the island. “When I left with my family we didn’t really know when we would be able to come back or what we would find when we got here.” (more…)

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