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We Will Not Be Divided by Al Shabaab’s Mogadishu Bombings

We were incredibly saddened by the news last week of anotherhorrific attack in Mogadishu. On Friday, 9thNovember, three car bombs were detonated near a popular hotel for visitors and international journalists in a coordinated attack by Al Shabaab, leaving 52 people dead and over 100 injured. A former government official, a district police chief, and…

Hijabi Fencers Breaking Barriers

Last week the image of five Somali girls donning full fencing attire, Nike hijabs and in elegant regal poses – went viral and took Somali social media by a storm. The image was reposted by Ibtihaj Muhammad, a Muslim African-American fencer and the first woman to represent the United States wearing a hijab in the…

Somalis in WW1: A Fascinating Untold History

Remembrance Day is edging ever closer, and this year is set to be a major national event, as Britain prepares to commemorate a century since the end of the WW1. This year has seen a rise in awareness of the diverse range of nationalities, ethnicities and faiths of who fought and sacrificed on behalf of…

Somali Week Festival 2018: Looking Forward by Looking Back

The 10th annual Somali Week Festival is in full swing. From Bethnal Green to Barking, at City and at Chelsea Town Hall, Somalis and members of the diaspora have been gathering to celebrate the very best in Somali arts, culture, research and heritage. This year’s theme, “Decade: Looking Forward, Looking Back,” puts a special emphasis…

Ilhan Omar: Trailblazing Representation, Tackling Hatred

Until last month, Ilhan Omar was a little-known figure in US politics. Now, after a decisive victory in last month’s primary race to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, she’s on her way to making history. Born in Baydhabo, Omar spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp, having been forced to flee the horrors of…

Mogadishu Flourishes After Horrific Attack

On Saturday, 14th October, Mogadishu was hit by the deadliest terrorist attack in Somali history. 587 innocent civilians lost their lives and a further 316 people were left injured in Somalia’s capital when a car bomb detonated at a busy crossroads near the Safari Hotel in the Hodan District. Soon after the attack, al-Shabaab were…

In Pictures: The Beauty of Our Homeland Will Always Leave Us in Awe

Somalia is one of the best countries in the world. We have a plethora of landmarks, which shine a light on our rich history as a trading hub. Somalia was once, of course, a crucial economic centre for commerce in the ancient world. During the Middle Ages, much of the trade in that part of…

Amira Mohamed: from the UN to a Role Model for Somali Girls

Born in Somalia at the height of the civil war, Amira Mohamed Abubakar sat down with ATM to talk with us about her job with the UN, her views on Somalia and her plans for the future. The UN Currently working as a Monitoring Evaluation Officer for the UN World Food Programme in Gaziantep, Turkey,…

Open-Minded Debate: the Khat Ban Four Years On…

“The only powerful thing I had was my story. The more I tell my story, the more people support the Khat ban.” June 2014 was a momentous time for the UK Somali community; it was the first time Khat was classified as a Class C drug. Four years on, this month’s ATM Open-Minded Debate reflected…

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