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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,…

Open-Minded Debate: the Khat Ban Four Years On…

“The only powerful thing I had was my story. The more I tell my story, the more people support the Khat ban.” June 2014 was a momentous time for the UK Somali community; it was the first time Khat was classified as a Class C drug. Four years on, this month’s ATM Open-Minded Debate reflected…

Meet the Somali Refugees Who Are Making a Massive Impact

This week is Refugee Week, the UK’s biggest celebration of the contribution of refugees. So, what better time to look at some of the amazing contributions that members of the Somali diaspora are making in their host countries? Before we have a look at these amazing human beings and the impact that they are making,…

Somali Diaspora Mourns the Death of One of Their Greatest Diplomats

Last month was a sad one for the Somali diaspora. Abdulrahim Abby Farah, a public figure and much-loved diplomat, passed away at the grand age of 98. Born in Barry after his father moved to Wales to work in the docks, he later went on to rack up a list of achievements almost as long…

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