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Somali Diaspora are transforming the world Politics

Over the 30 years, Somalis in the Diaspora have dispersed across the world and made significant inroads into mainstream politics. Somalis began their story by rebuilding their lives and giving back to the communities that first accepted and hosted them upon arrival. In the past year alone, Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American in Congress…

ATM Women Celebrate International Women’s Day

Today marks International Women’s Day across the world and we at the Anti-Tribalism Movement brought together a phenomenal group of women (and men) to come together at ATM House to celebrate. Through our work to tackle tribalism, we explored how this issue directly affects women’s opportunities in our communities across the world. The theme this…

How this year’s World Economic Forum is shining a light on refugees

This year the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos was co-chaired by Mohammed Hassan Mohamud. Being a Somali refugee who has lived in Kenya’s Kakuma camp for the last 20 years, this piqued our interest here at ATM. When we dug deeper, we found that he had never been out of Sub-Saharan Africa, with…

South West Region Election Shows More Can Be Done to Strengthen Somalia’s Democracy

The South West Region of Somalia has selected a new leader following a much-anticipated presidential election on Wednesday, December 19. Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed, who has previously held two cabinet positions in the federal government, beat his three closest rivals by obtaining 101 of 147 votes cast by the state’s parliament. The election, which had been…

We Will Not Be Divided by Al Shabaab’s Mogadishu Bombings

We were incredibly saddened by the news last week of anotherhorrific attack in Mogadishu. On Friday, 9thNovember, three car bombs were detonated near a popular hotel for visitors and international journalists in a coordinated attack by Al Shabaab, leaving 52 people dead and over 100 injured. A former government official, a district police chief, and…

Hijabi Fencers Breaking Barriers

Last week the image of five Somali girls donning full fencing attire, Nike hijabs and in elegant regal poses – went viral and took Somali social media by a storm. The image was reposted by Ibtihaj Muhammad, a Muslim African-American fencer and the first woman to represent the United States wearing a hijab in the…

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…

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