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Meet the Somali Refugees Who Are Making a Massive Impact

This week is Refugee Week, the UK’s biggest celebration of the contribution of refugees. So, what better time to look at some of the amazing contributions that members of the Somali diaspora are making in their host countries? Before we have a look at these amazing human beings and the impact that they are making,…

Somali Diaspora Mourns the Death of One of Their Greatest Diplomats

Last month was a sad one for the Somali diaspora. Abdulrahim Abby Farah, a public figure and much-loved diplomat, passed away at the grand age of 98. Born in Barry after his father moved to Wales to work in the docks, he later went on to rack up a list of achievements almost as long…

A Somali ethnic tick box is needed in the UK’s 2021 census

The need to include Somali ethnicity on National Census Today, nobody knows the exact numbers of Somalis in the UK with the official numbers being around 109,000 but anecdotal numbers suggesting Somalis in the UK are between 250,000- 400,000. Every 10 years, The Office of National Statistics (ONS) collects and publishes statistics related to the economy, population, and society at national, regional and local levels. Collected data is then analysed and disseminated to relevant stakeholders including local authorities who use the supplied data to allocated resources. With…

Sheffield Welcomes First Somali-Born Lord Mayor

Magid Magid, 28, fled his war-torn home in Somalia for the UK at the age of five. Despite not knowing a word of English when he arrived, 23 years later he has become the first Somali-born Lord Mayor of Sheffield. Far from the upbringings typically associated with political positions, his is a story of perseverance…

Mogadishu Launches Initiative to Help the Needy During Ramadan

Ramadan is upon us, and here at ATM we’ve been inspired by the many acts of kindness and generosity from Muslims all over the world. As we reflect on our lives, Ramadan is a chance not only to give to those less fortunate, but to learn from examples of selflessness and sacrifice. One such example…

Somali Floods: Cholera Epidemic Fears as Over 200,000 People Displaced

The flooding situation in Somalia has intensified this year, as has the humanitarian crisis it has caused. Increased rainfall, which has been observed since the end of March, has resulted in a huge rise in the Shabelle and Juba river levels. This, in turn, has caused serious flooding in southern and central Somalia; around 700,000…

ATM Fellowship ‘A Beacon of Social Mobility’.

The second  ATM Fellowship networking event took place on Tuesday, 9th May 2018 at the Foreign Commonwealth Office. The ATM Fellows, who are now midway through their Law and Leadership programme, were joined by colleagues from a wide variety of agencies sectors. Ben Lyster-Binns, Head of Joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office-Department for International Development Somalia Unit and…

Pathways for Peace: Reflections from Somalia

Earlier this spring, I was invited to participate in the launch of Pathways for Peace, an important study jointly developed by the UN and World Bank. Based on extensive research of what has ‘worked’ in different countries, the study sets out recommendations for how development processes can better interact with security, diplomacy, mediation, and other…

ATM FELLOW’S: UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE FCO.

The ATM Fellows were fortunate to spend a day at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, where they heard from the various departments and gained a greater understanding of the important work of the FCO. The programme not only provides exceptional community leaders with a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Leadership but also develops…

Somaliland: Why You Should Care about a Law Passed in this Unrecognised Country

In a small corner of East Africa, within the Horn, the self-declared Republic of Somaliland recently passed a law which finally bans rape and criminalises its perpetrators. This is was a watershed moment for small, internationally un-recognised country. It is a historical law and one that gives much needed rights to women and men living…

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