Somalia / by Alistair Galloway

The arms embargo will continue until the end of 2016, as the United Nations (UN) Security Council has decided that situation and Somali government's ability to ensure control of deliveries is not still ripe for change. Instead, Mogadishu will receive additional military and logistical assistance from Britain, whose leader has pledged to extend his country's involvement in the UN's peace operation in Somalia. Interestingly, the rebel group al Shabaab, whose leader was recently captured by Somali forces, warned British prime minister David Cameron of adverse consequences if the British leader honors his promise. However, the United Kingdom's proposal is still likely to be implemented in the near future. In terms of the country's economy, governmental officials continue to voice their support for financial independence and less reliance on foreign aid, but reality does not allow their aspirations to be achieved. The country still continues to rely on international assistance, and in October, it received $144 USD million from the World Bank, which will be used to pay governmental workers, who have not been paid for more than six months. In Somaliland, the political climate is becoming more and more intense as members of the ruling party are eager to secure candidacies for the elections slated in March 2017. According to the ruling cabinet, such euphoria and resulting inter-party division is impacting the daily workings of the government. Meanwhile, representatives of the government are communicating with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the issue of the Yemeni migrant crisis, which has long reached the borders of Somaliland. Taking up of additional refugees will represent a significant problem, especially due to the shortage of water supply in the country. To rectify such a problem, the government is investing the aid it receives from the developed world into the expansion of water production and distribution, but it seems unlikely that the water demand will be fully met.