Somalia’s government ban al-Shabab name from media
The Somali government has told media houses to stop referring to militant group al-Shabab by their name.
They instead want the group to be called Ugus, an acronym for the Somali words meaning “the Group that Massacres the Somali People”.
Al-Shabab responded by asking journalists to refer to the Somali government with the same acronym, Ugus.
In this case, Ugus means “the Group that Subjects the Somali People to Humiliation”.
Al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda, controls many rural parts of southern Somalia.