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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,…

Lead and Be Led Ends for the Year

The Lead and Be Led programme has come to an end. This year we have seen 33 young people successfully complete the leadership training with us. The young participants have gained essential skills in becoming good leaders in their education, personal and work lives in addition to making positive changes within their own communities. To…

37 graduates benefit from Dahabshiil scholarship programme

In Summary Dahabshiil has been supporting education programmes in communities where they operate as part of their corporate social responsibility. Mr Duale highlighted the positive impact of an educated community and how Dahabshiil is committed to supporting the youth. For the last 40 years, Dahabshiil has been supporting communities around the world. Thirty-seven graduates have benefitted from an educational programme…

ATM fellow graduates from SOAS

It’s Graduation Day for the ATM Fellows! The prestigious ceremony took place on the morning of Wednesday 25th July at SOAS University. Representatives from the school’s teaching staff, fellow graduates, honorary fellow Kanya King CBE MBE, family and friends were present and ready to celebrate the achievements of graduates. Dr. King spoke deeply about the…