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Stories about Somalia

20 June 2017

Filmed Beating of Somali Woman Highlights the Dangers That Europe-Bound Refugees Face

“I was in complete shock to see her video that I can’t even explain. Not one human being deserves to be treated that way regardless of what they did.”

29 April 2017

How Two Students in the US Turned Their Online Popularity Into Big Money for Famine Aid in Somalia

It began with a video of Liban Adam drinking a giant bowl of camel’s milk and ended in a one-month $80,000 fundraiser.

27 January 2017

The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation in Africa

"If I had previously known what I know today, I would never have circumcised a single woman. We have caused much suffering to many daughters and wives."

11 December 2016

Three Somali Journalists on Lesbos Hope for the Best—Asylum in Europe

Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis make up the majority of the refugee population stuck on Lesbos and other Greek islands. So the Africans there to seek asylum are often overlooked.

24 July 2016

Samia Yusuf Omar Earned Fame as a Runner, But Died as a Refugee. A New Comic Honors Her.

Reinhard Kleist's latest comic book brings Olympic dreams and the refugee crisis to life.

28 May 2016

How a Single Blog Post Changed the Life of a Somali Single Mother of Eight

A fundraiser springing from the massive public response to the story raised over $4,000 in the space of a single day.

16 April 2016

Think You Know The Somali People? Think Again!

"The Somali people live to tell powerful stories, not only of loss and suffering, but also of hope and great resourcefulness."

18 March 2016

Why One Elephant's Long Walk Is a Hopeful Sign for War-Torn Somalia

"Miracles happen, now we must keep an eye on this elephant, and the Somalis should be encouraged toward conservation and not killing."

20 February 2016

Meet Fish, a Resident of the World's Largest Refugee Camp

After 23 years in the Dadaab camp, Abdullah "Fish" Hassan escaped due to violence, but his daughters are still refugees there.

12 December 2015

How Culturally Sensitive Mental Healthcare Helped One Somali-American Teenager Stay Resilient

She survived hunger and homelessness. Then she had to figure out her identity.

21 November 2015

Following the Paris Attacks, Some Africans Wonder If All Human Lives Are of Equal Value

“I refuse to acknowledge that some human beings are more special than the rest of us,” one Facebook user said.

24 October 2015

A Canadian First: A Somali Immigrant Wins a Seat in Parliament

From refugee to Parliament Hill: Ahmed Hussen is Canada's first member of parliament of Somali descent.

25 June 2015

Take a Look at the Africa the Media Never Shows You

Western media tends to portray Africa as a dark, hopeless place. African Twitter users have rallied under the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou to prove that's not true.

15 March 2015

Somali Americans Fight to Save Their Lifeline of Cash for Relatives Back Home

It’s getting more complicated to send money to Somalia, and that's a big deal in places like Minnesota, USA, where some Somali Americans have been wiring cash home for decades.

22 February 2015

One Woman Challenges Perceptions of Somalia One Instagram Post at a Time

Ugaaso Boocow wanted to correct perceptions of Somalia. But instead of taking to the streets or the airwaves, she took to Instagram and is primed to be a star.

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