Despite a peaceful and democratic poll, voting occurred largely along clan lines, perpetuating the politicisation of the clan.
Despite Yemen’s vicious war, a vigorous kidnapping and torture-for-ransom industry, and threats of deportation by Yemenis and Saudis, Ethiopians and Somalis continue to travel to Yemen hoping to reach the Gulf.
There have been at least 20 American airstrikes and ground operations in Somalia so far in 2017, the highest ever recorded in a year.
There is donor fatigue regarding droughts in East Africa, and Addis Ababa has faced accusations it played down the severity of the crisis to keep the country from looking bad internationally.
Paris extinguished the lights on the Eiffel Tower on October 16 at midnight, and Toronto’s iconic name sign was illuminated in blue and white of Somalia’s flag to pay respect to those affected.