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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
June 26, 2013
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY
Djibouti's National Day
On behalf of the government and the people of the United States, I extend my warmest wishes to the government and people of Djibouti on your National Day, June 27.
Djibouti has been a staunch supporter of peace and stability in the Horn of Africa. I am proud of the work we have both undertaken to support Somalia's political transition and our ongoing security cooperation through the African Union Mission in Somalia.
Several people were wounded in a large explosion outside a mosque in the Kenyan capital Friday, the latest in a string of blasts in Nairobi, police sources and the Kenyan Red Cross said.
"At least 10 people were wounded," a police source said. Kenyan Red Cross officials said they had sent emergency teams after an "explosion near a mosque in Eastleigh", a largely ethnic Somali district of Nairobi.
The latest in a succession of scandals in the UK House of Lords is a reminder that oversight and restraint are crucial ingredients of strong democratic institutions.
Willful neglect of effective checks and balances on the executive and legislature has been widespread in the post-independence era in sub-Saharan Africa.
The imperial ambitions of presidents need to be curbed by law. In Cameroon, President Paul Biya pushed through reforms to abolish presidential term limits in 2008, enabling him to lead the country for his sixth consecutive term.
The different wars Somalia had witnessed over more than 20 years rendered many of its citizens handicapped in the absence of specialized centers to cater for their needs and help them reintegrate into society.
War, famine, and water loaded with toxic wastes are all factors that contribute to increasing the number of the handicapped in Somalia. (Al Arabiya)Mohamed Hussein was shot during a fight between two state soldiers and the culprit was never arrested. Mohammed, who was one day dreaming to become a runner, is now using a wheelchair.
“My injury did not affect my morale and I continued my education. However, sometimes I am in pain because of splinter that had settled into my body,” he said.
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, scores of disabled Somalis gather here to express their needs on their universal day.
They want to stress that they are capable of taking part in public life if the society, which they say is looking down upon them, is really willing to offer them help.
On the occasion, handicapped Somalis have called upon the new Somali government to support them and provide them with care.
A sizable portion of the world’s population is suffering from disability, but war, famine, and water loaded with toxic wastes are all factors that contribute to increasing the number of the handicapped in Somalia, a country that suffered a lot under the yoke of armed conflict.