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Four Somali Americans Have Won Local Elections in the USA

Above: Zak Idan, a newly elected member of Tukwila (WA) City Council, on the campaign trail. Via. In November 2016, Ilhan Omar made history by becoming the first female Somali American legislator in the United States, when she was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives. One year later, Omar’s success appears to have been…

How The IIDA is Improving the Lives of Somali Women

Over the past two weeks, the UN has spearheaded a campaign called 16 Days of Activism, which aims to raise public awareness about gender-based violence and mobilise people to bring about change. The realities of global violence against women are extremely depressing. According to a UN report, data collated in 87 countries over a decade…

Arise, Sir Mo Farah: Olympic Hero Receives Knighthood

Earlier this week, Mo Farah was made a knight of the realm by the Queen for his services to athletics. The Somali born runner has arguably cemented himself as one of the most popular figures in British sport, thanks largely to his heroics at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and due to his legendary performance…

Even When Grief Shakes Us, We Must Forever Be One Somalia

It was with exhausting, familiar sadness that we learned of Saturday’s terror attack in Mogadishu. In the space of only two weeks, Somalia has been rocked by an act of pitiless and cowardly violence. On Saturday, militants from al-Shabaab stormed the Naso-Hablod hotel in Mogadishu after detonating a car bomb by a well-defended front entrance.…

The Horrific Terror Attack in Mogadishu has Shaken us all

On Saturday, a massive car bomb struck the centre of Mogadishu near the Safari Hotel. The attack, which badly damaged an entire city block, is nothing short of a national tragedy, killing at least 300 people and injuring hundreds more. As the first responders continue to search for victims, the death toll is expected to…

Community Cohesion a hot Talking Point During Recent Debate at ATM House

Above: the debate in full swing. Last week, ATM House in Shepherd’s Bush played host to a lively debate on the issue of community cohesion. The event welcomed a pair of speakers: Mohamed Ibrahim, Chair of London Somali Youth Forum, and a community activist and housing consultant; and Pasha Shah, Senior Policy Advisor at the…

How Are We Helping Somalis This Ramadan

The generosity of British Muslims during Ramadan is unrivalled. Last year, the Charity Commission revealed that Muslims had donated £100 million to charity during Ramadan. Donations were coming in at the rate of around £38 per minute and a sizable amount of it was donated to helping those in Somalia who are suffering from a…

Will These Somali Refugees Have Food to Break Their Fast This Ramadan? 

The Holy Month of Ramadan is upon us and the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are united in observing sacrifice, reflection and giving. In Britain, we have the luxury of choosing to fast and then feasting after sundown and before sunrise. We have abundant food availability and clean water right from our taps. But many Muslims…

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