Somali Social Media Users Offer the World a Glimpse Into Their Daily Lives

Zahra Qorane Omar had made a decision. In a Facebook post in late October, she lashed out at the users of social media who “stole” some of her photos and published them as their own. Omar, a blogger based in Mogadishu, had recently become synonymous with her impressive collection of photos – posted both on… Continue reading…

After a Disastrous War, Mogadishu Regains its Lost Moxie

THE ROAD BACK HOME begins before dawn. Before the rose pink light of the day breaks the skyline, the long queues of people at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport form in a procession-like fashion. Here, almost every day of the week, hundreds of Somalis – and a few non-Somalis – shove and shriek at each… Continue reading…

Somalis Spread Hate Messages On Facebook

On Sunday morning, Sahan Journal shared a story on Facebook about Hani Jacobson, a Somali-American nurse who was thriving in her local community in the Minnesota town of St. Cloud.

10 Reasons Why You Are Missing Mogadishu Right Now

1. The slow afternoons spent lying on a thin mattress, in a vest, under one of the large neem trees lining up the front yards of the bungalows. 2. The swirl of leaves in the wind playing against the distant voices of the dugsi teachers exhorting their apprentices to read the Quran louder and with proper… Continue reading…

Amidst Somalia’s Looming Hunger, New Book Indicts Role of Aid Agencies

Nairobi, KENYA — A famine is looming in Somalia – yet again. Towards the end of July, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) announced that over 350,000 displaced people in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, were in need of food aid and humanitarian assistance. The UN agency warned of “alarming malnutrition… Continue reading…

Living in Limbo, Exiled Ethiopian Journalists in Nairobi Tell Their Struggle

NAIROBI, Kenya — Mastewal Birhanu thinks about the day he fled the city of his childhood. Even though he had made his mind to leave Ethiopia for Kenya, the thought of questioning and imprisonment at the airport agitated him. When he was finally through with immigration and sat in his seat in the plane, he… Continue reading…

Amid Kenya’s Sweeping Crackdown, Business Sales Slip in Eastleigh

Nairobi, KENYA — Nowadays, Omar al Hadidi sits in his barbershop here in Nairobi’s Eastleigh business district, wondering when the next customer will come. Since a security crackdown started in Eastleigh in early April, Omar says his business has been incurring losses for weeks on end. “It is a desert out here,” al Hadidi says one… Continue reading…

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