#WalkofHope: Kenya’s northeastern residents to walk 1,000 kilometers

Hundreds of residents from northeastern Kenya Saturday started an 800-kilometer walk dubbed “Walk of Hope” that aims to create awareness about the region’s deteriorating security and lack of development.

A conversation with Somali author Hassan M. Abukar

Editor’s Note: Hassan M. Abukar, a contributing writer to Sahan Journal, has been chronicling the lives of Somalis, whether they are in Somalia and in the diaspora. A gifted writer, Hassan has also extensively written about Somalia’s politics and security.

Somali student’s uplifting story from Ifo camp to class president of her Boston high school

  Fatuma Mohamed has been in the United States for only nine years. But what this young student, who came from Ifo refugee camp when she was 10 years old, did in those few years is quite phenomenal to say the least.

Berbera incident: Storm, with a chance of hope

The recent Berbera scandal, where desperate Somali fleeing the conflict in Yemen were turned back from alighting from a rescue ship, taught me more than I’ve learned thus far about our country, Somalia’s history. Seeing the online war break out on both sides – Somaliland and Somalia – allowed me to travel back in time… Continue reading…

How a young Somali mother defied all odds to achieve success

  Editor’s Note: Sahan Journal editors were touched by the sheer determination, hard work and optimism of this young Somali woman that we felt we needed to bring her story, in her own words, to our readers. We can only hope that Maryan Abdi will be a great example to many young women, and men,… Continue reading…

Covering terror attacks in Kenya as Somali journalist

On the morning of April 2, I was in my house in Garissa performing dawn prayers. Suddenly, what I thought was a cracking sound from a construction site nearby, vibrated through the air. But a keen listen to the sound changed my thoughts.

Ambassador Americo: Bye Kenya, Hello Villa Somalia

ON A WARM NAIROBI afternoon, one day before he officially vacated office, Somalia’s immediate former ambassador to Kenya, Mohamed Ali Nur “Americo,” gave successive interviews to journalists who kept trickling into his office. It was exactly a week after the Somali militant group, Al-Shabaab, killed 147 people in a dawn attack at the Garissa University… Continue reading…

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