The situation within the country is still horrific. There are stories of entire towns and villages where Muslims have either been driven out of their homes which they had lived in for Generations or have been murdered. Professional Workers and other skilled laborers are seeking shelter in neighboring Chad as well. In short order the rainy season will begin in the region. This means those seeking shelter and are residing in tents will have their plight become more miserable.
There is an interesting story from North Dakota as well. It seems that a Bank which has headquarters in Fargo, Bell State Bank is closing down accounts of Businesses that convert or transfer funds. This move has upset the Somali Community in the area which had been using the Bank to send remittances back to Somalia. At this time there are no International Banks that are currently linked with Somali Banks. This is in fact due to concern that these funds could actually end up in the hands of Islamist Groups trying to defeat the reemerging Government in Mogadishu. There is also ample evidence that these groups are actually reforming despite the Efforts of the AMISOM Mission and the Ethiopians.
The Most recent US Census (2010-12) placed an estimated 1,000 Somalis in North Dakota with the majority of them living in the Fargo area. It also US Law that banks that knowingly transfer funds to Terrorist Groups can also face a fine of $50 Million as well.
There are also two pieces of news as well regarding AFRICOM as well:
48 Hours ago Exercise Saharan Express which is being held in conjunction African Navies and our European Partners off the Coasts of Cabo Verde and Senegal. The goal of this exercise is to improve cooperation, tactical expertise and information sharing will last for one week.
The region is known as a transit point for the shipping of Narcotics from South America to Europe and in Human Trafficking as well. Of course there is that old business known as Piracy to deal with as well. The African Partners include Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Cape Verde and Liberia. The European Partners are Spain, The UK, France, Portugal and The Netherlands.
Also the Frigate USS Simpson is in the Area as well.