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Zak Idan, the Changing Face of Local US Politics, and Hope for the Diaspora

Earlier this month, we told you about the four Somali Americans who had recently won in local elections that took place across the United States. Three of the candidates were elected in Minnesota, a state with a thriving Somali population where migrant involvement in local politics is fast becoming the norm. The other victor, Zak…

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…

Somaliland, Democratic spirit on display

Today is a great day for the people of Somaliland who come together to choose a leader in the spirit of democracy, peace and shared purpose. This is a good story that needs to be encouraged as a beacon for recovery/relative progress and stability. Given the little resources available at their disposal Somaliland is punching…

Unite Summit – Somalis will never be cowed by acts of fear and terrorism

On Monday the 6th November 2017, the Anti-Tribalism Movement hosted a one-day summit at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Lodnon. The summit brought together senior policymakers, academics and community leaders to share ideas on exploring the role of the Somali-British community to tackle and counter Al-Shabab narratives. The Summit focused on dismantling the ideology…

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.…