Thousands of internally displaced in Somalia's central town of Beletweyne are on the move again following 10 days of fighting between rival Islamist militias, amid reports of continuing heavy shelling in parts of the town. According to a humanitarian bulletin covering 8-15 January by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA Somalia), at least 30 people have been killed and 50 injured, mostly civilians, with many artillery shells landing on residential areas. OCHA could not confirm the number of displaced.

A 20-year-old woman divorcee accused of committing adultery in Somalia has been stoned to death by Islamists in front of a crowd of about 200 people. A judge working for the militant group al-Shabab said she had had an affair with an unmarried 29-year-old man.He said she gave birth to a still-born baby and was found guilty of adultery. Her boyfriend was given 100 lashes.  

Islamists in southern Somalia have stoned a man to death for adultery but spared his pregnant girlfriend until she gives birth. Abas Hussein Abdirahman, 33, was killed in front of a crowd of some 300 people in the port town of Merka. An official from the al-Shabab group said the woman would be killed after she has had her baby. Islamist groups run much of southern Somalia, while the UN-backed government only control parts of the capital. This is the third time Islamists have stoned a person to death for adultery in the past year.

اغقت حركة الشباب الاسلامية المتشددة الاثنين ثلاث منظمات نسائية في بلدة هوى التي تسيطر عليها الحركة من اجل منع السيدات من العمل، حسبما ذكرت وكالة رويترز نقلا عن قائد بالحركة. وفي اتصال هاتفي مع الوكالة قال رئيس البلدة معلم داود محمد " لقد قمنا بتلك الخطوة بعد ادراكنا ان النساء يحتاجون الى الاقامة في منازلهم للعناية باطفالهم .... الاسلام لايسمح للنساء بالتوجه الى المكاتب". وتقع بلدة هوى على الحدود الصومالية مع كينيا بالقرب من مدينة ماندرا الكينية.

Three masked members of a militant Islamist group in Somalia last week shot and killed a Somali Christian who declined to wear a veil as prescribed by Muslim custom, according to a Christian source in Somalia. Members of the comparatively “moderate” Suna Waljameca group killed Amina Muse Ali, 45, on Oct. 19 at 9:30 p.m. in her home in Galkayo, in Somalia’s autonomous Puntland region, said the source who requested anonymity for security reasons.

"It has reached epidemic proportions and needs to be addressed as a matter of utmost urgency," Hawa Aden Mohamed told IRIN
Dans Mogadiscio en guerre, des groupes de femmes essayent de remplir le vide humanitaire pour aider des milliers de personnes déplacées par les combats dans la capitale, ont indiqué des activistes de la société civile.
Women's groups in embattled Mogadishu are stepping into the aid vacuum to assist thousands more displaced by fighting in the capital, civil society activists said.
La Somalie souffre d’une absence de gouvernement effectif depuis janvier 1991, date à laquelle le président Siad Barre a été renversé.
On Thursday, the insurgents used long knives to cut off a hand and a foot each from four young men in Mogadishu as punishment for theft, witnesses said.
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