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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…

Mogadishu Launches Initiative to Help the Needy During Ramadan

Ramadan is upon us, and here at ATM we’ve been inspired by the many acts of kindness and generosity from Muslims all over the world. As we reflect on our lives, Ramadan is a chance not only to give to those less fortunate, but to learn from examples of selflessness and sacrifice. One such example…

Somali Floods: Cholera Epidemic Fears as Over 200,000 People Displaced

The flooding situation in Somalia has intensified this year, as has the humanitarian crisis it has caused. Increased rainfall, which has been observed since the end of March, has resulted in a huge rise in the Shabelle and Juba river levels. This, in turn, has caused serious flooding in southern and central Somalia; around 700,000…

ATM Fellowship ‘A Beacon of Social Mobility’.

The second  ATM Fellowship networking event took place on Tuesday, 9th May 2018 at the Foreign Commonwealth Office. The ATM Fellows, who are now midway through their Law and Leadership programme, were joined by colleagues from a wide variety of agencies sectors. Ben Lyster-Binns, Head of Joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office-Department for International Development Somalia Unit and…

Pathways for Peace: Reflections from Somalia

Earlier this spring, I was invited to participate in the launch of Pathways for Peace, an important study jointly developed by the UN and World Bank. Based on extensive research of what has ‘worked’ in different countries, the study sets out recommendations for how development processes can better interact with security, diplomacy, mediation, and other…

ATM FELLOW’S: UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE FCO.

The ATM Fellows were fortunate to spend a day at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, where they heard from the various departments and gained a greater understanding of the important work of the FCO. The programme not only provides exceptional community leaders with a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Leadership but also develops…

Somaliland: Why You Should Care about a Law Passed in this Unrecognised Country

In a small corner of East Africa, within the Horn, the self-declared Republic of Somaliland recently passed a law which finally bans rape and criminalises its perpetrators. This is was a watershed moment for small, internationally un-recognised country. It is a historical law and one that gives much needed rights to women and men living…

Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

“You made a list of all your heroes, you asked yourself what they went through, it’s much darker, much harder than anything that happened to you.” My favourite lyric from Scottish twee aficionados Belle and Sebastian, arguably the least punk band to have ever been produced by these Isles. I quote the lyric for a…

Somali Women: Still Hidden Figures in Science

The world today will revolve around women across the globe, wherever they may be, and celebrate their lives. I am a physics enthusiast – it’s my favourite subject – so it should be no surprise that I’m interested in women in science. My passion for physics comes from a deep curiosity about the secrets of…

Remembering our Heroines: Xaawo Taako and Sado Cali

The history of women in politics, wherever it may be in the world, has always been complicated. Often times, a strong female public voice was met with the sheer brutality of patriarchy. When we think of the life and deaths of our Somali heroines who have been murdered for daring to demand their stakes in…

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