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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…

A Somali ethnic tick box is needed in the UK’s 2021 census

The need to include Somali ethnicity on National Census Today, nobody knows the exact numbers of Somalis in the UK with the official numbers being around 109,000 but anecdotal numbers suggesting Somalis in the UK are between 250,000- 400,000. Every 10 years, The Office of National Statistics (ONS) collects and publishes statistics related to the economy, population, and society at national, regional and local levels. Collected data is then analysed and disseminated to relevant stakeholders including local authorities who use the supplied data to allocated resources. With…

Sheffield Welcomes First Somali-Born Lord Mayor

Magid Magid, 28, fled his war-torn home in Somalia for the UK at the age of five. Despite not knowing a word of English when he arrived, 23 years later he has become the first Somali-born Lord Mayor of Sheffield. Far from the upbringings typically associated with political positions, his is a story of perseverance…

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