Author Archives: Staff

No, Muslim Women Don’t Need Careers To Be Empowered

We have some voices in the western Muslim community, both online and in real life, with well-intentioned but ultimately vacuous ideas about Muslim women, ideas that play right into the hands of the very Islamophobes they are trying to fight. This type of mindset is especially visible on social media. Some Muslim men see the stigma that Muslim women face ...

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H.E President Farmaajo and H.E President kenyata normalize Somalia-Kenya relations

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo today held productive talks with his host, H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, and the two leaders agreed to normalize the bilateral relations between the two countries. The two Heads of State later held a joint press conference where they made key announcements to foster strong relations for the ...

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Enough is enough with Puntland

The people of Maakhir (Warsangeli) and those of Darwiishland (Dhulbahante), both hailing from Somalia’s Sool, Sanaag and Cayn (SSC) regions, were co-founders of Puntland in 1998 together with their sister clans to the east, with Garowe chosen as its capital. From the SSC perspective, fear of invasion from, and occupation by, the well-armed secessionist enclave calling itself Somaliland was the ...

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Somali girl Punished arriving late school after household chores

Sixteen-year-old Shukri Hashi Abdi’s mornings at home in Guriel, central Somalia, begin at the crack of dawn, making sure that her five brothers and two younger sisters are all fed and the house is clean. “After I finish cooking pancakes and soup, and preparing tea, I wash the utensils and then clean the compound,” Shukri told Radio Ergo in an ...

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Kenyan army attacked telecom towers in Somalia says UN

A new report by United Nations special investigators says Kenya’s military was responsible for five attacks on telecommunications masts in neighbouring Somalia, including strikes that killed two civilians. The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) attacked communications towers in Somalia between 2017 and 2019, in a possible effort to stop al-Shabaab using mobile signals to detonate bombs, an expert panel reported in ...

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President Farmaajo at the international conference on population and development

It is a great honour and privilege to be addressing you on this important occasion of the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development here in Nairobi. Thank you H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to me and my delegation. I recognise and thank all the organisers for their considerable effort and ...

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‪1981 newspaper cutting shows the day Kenya made a request to Somalia to grant scholarships to it’s students

A newspaper cutting from August of 1981 is doing rounds on social media, opening the lid on the sound relations Kenya and Somalia enjoyed before Mogadishu  collapsed into anarchy following the overthrow of the military regime of President Siad Barre in 1991. A newspaper cutting from the now defunct “The Somali News”. (Twitter) A page from “The Somali News,” the ...

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Minister of Foreign Reviews With UN Envoy On Somali Political Track

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Amb. Ahmed Isse Awad, received on Monday at his office in the Ministry in the capital Mogadishu, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), H.E. Mr. James Swan, during which they discussed a number of topics related ...

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UN: Al-Shabab Remains ‘Potent Threat’ in Somalia and Region

Al-Shabab extremists in Somalia remain “a potent threat” to regional peace and are now manufacturing home-made explosives, expanding their revenue sources and infiltrating government institutions, U.N. experts say. The panel of experts’ report to the Security Council, circulated Tuesday, said a significant escalation of U.S. airstrikes targeting al-Shabab militants and leaders has kept the al-Qaida-linked group “off-balance” but has had ...

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Bossaso’s only female taxi driver inspires other Somali women

When passengers call for a ride in the northern Somali port town of Bossaso using a local taxi hailing app, they are invariably surprised to see Ikran Yusuf Abudllahi sitting behind the wheel. Ikran, a university graduate and mother of three, is currently the only female taxi driver in Bossaso. But she recommends the job to other women. “All graduate ...

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