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London Somalia Conference 2017: How Somalia can Build a Prosperous, Stable Future

On Thursday 11 May, Prime Minister Theresa May, President Farmajo, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and a group of global leaders attended this year’s London Somalia Conference. Among a number of issues, the conference discussed the Security Pact, adopted by Somalia and the international community, which will allow for sustainable security based on mutual accountability. These…

Al-Shabaab Attempts to Take Control of Education in Somalia

The Somali people were shocked last week to hear that Al-Shabaab was threatening educators in Somalia. In a radio broadcast and accompanying blog post, a spokesperson for the al-Qaeda-affiliated group claimed that teachers in Somalia are backing what they referred to as a “Western curricula”. For this reason, they explain, they have become a “hostile enemy”…

The Humanitarian Crisis in East Africa is Getting Increasing Desperate

Last month, the World Health Organisation issued a stark warning that Somalia was at risk of suffering its third famine in just 25 years. This is serious business; the last one took place in 2011 and killed and estimated 260,000 people. According to the United Nations, more than 6 million people in Somalia – half…

Look Beyond My Attire’: Far Right hateful message

A young Muslim woman, who was photographed walking past the scene of last Wednesday’s terror attack in London, has spoken out after becoming the victim of online hate trolls. Shortly after the incident, in which four innocent people tragically lost their lives, an image of the unidentified woman surfaced online. It depicted her walking over…

It’s World Water Day: Why we need to make a stand for Somalia

Today is the UN’s official World Water Day. It’s a day to not only reflect but also take action to tackle a crisis where millions of people don’t have access to clean water. This year, World Water Day is deserving of even more attention as Somalia experiences a ‘national disaster’ over drought. Somalia’s new president,…

The Somali-British Poets Inspiring Us on World Poetry Day

Today marks World Poetry Day, when people across the globe celebrate verse, the poets who create it, and the movements promoting brave new approaches to the craft. Somalia is, of course, often referred to as a ‘Nation of Poets’, thanks to its cultural connections to poetry and literature, born out of a rich history of…

The International Somali Awards 2017

The International Somali Awards 2017 Chelsea footballer Mukhtar Ali scores top sporting prize at the International Somali Awards British Prime Minister praises contribution of International Somali community at awards ceremony ­­ 16th March 2017: Mukhtar Ali, Chelsea’s young Somali footballer, has won the Sports Person of the Year award at the International Somali Awards (ISA)…