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Newsline: Somali authorities search for aid workers kidnapped by gunmen

Somali security forces are searching for five aid workers who were kidnapped by gunmen in the south-west of the country. Reports indicate that the aid workers were abducted on the outskirts of Baidoa, which lies some 250 kilometers southwest of the capital Mogadishu. They were on a humanitarian mission in the remote village of Busley, where they were distributing nutritional supplements to displaced persons at a local camp. Somalia’s information minister in the southwest region Hassan Abdi Mohamed confirmed the kidnappings, but did not give further details of the incident. Bay and Bakool regions where the kidnappings have occurred is one of several areas where U.N and several international aid agencies have been delivering aid to people facing starvation. The region has been the worst affected due to recurrent drought that has claimed thousands of lives.


Newsline: New Zealand boosts Pacific aid by $700m, hints Australia will follow suit

New Zealand’s foreign minister has unveiled an extra $NZ700 million ($AUS654 million) in foreign aid over the next four years – largely for Pacific nations – and hinted Australia will be boosting its own spending. In a speech ahead of next week’s government budget, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced a $NZ714m ($AUS667m) increase in foreign aid spending over four years, along with about $NZ190m ($AUS177m) more for New Zealand’s diplomatic services. In a talk to a Sydney audience earlier this year, he signalled New Zealand would be “resetting” its strategy towards the Pacific by lifting spending and moving from donor-recipient relationships to partnerships.


Newsline: Foreign Aid Worker Kidnapped in Mogadishu

A security guard employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross was involved in the kidnapping of a German nurse working for the organisation in Mogadishu, the Somali government said Thursday. The nurse, identified as Sonja Nientiet, was abducted from the ICRC compound at around 8.00 pm local time (1700 GMT) on Wednesday evening when unidentified armed men entered its premises. Security ministry spokesman Abdiaziz Ali Ibrahim said one of the Red Cross security guards was involved, after local staff reported the gunmen had easily managed to sneak Nientiet out through a back entrance into a waiting vehicle. “She was kidnapped by a member of ICRC’s own security guards in Mogadishu, the kidnapper’s name is Mohamud Mohamed Alas,” he said.