Fursad Fund and the revival of Somali sufficiency

Since fleeing the civil war in Somalia as a child in the early 1990s, I have lived most of my life in Europe. I heard about Somalia only through the prism of western media, which portrayed the country in a very negative light. The media primarily focused on piracy operations in Puntland, the terrorism activities… Continue reading…

Twin Cities Somali community lost a giant


Mama Abia Ali is an Ancestor Now. She is someone who will inspire us throughout our lives, Insha’Allah. A feeling of panic set in as I realized that the Twin Cities Somali community lost a giant yesterday. Mama Abia (may Allah be pleased with her) returned to her Creator and left many of us remembering… Continue reading…

What does it mean to be Somali?


I came of age in a little town in a little state. I am, for all intent and purpose, blessed. And I know this. I left a country of poverty and war and came to a country of plenty. I came to America. There is a certain privilege that comes with this experience. For me… Continue reading…

Books Over Bullets

Today, the first-ever international book fair was launched in Mogadishu, Somalia. These days, the Somali capital has become a city of firsts: the opening of the first laundry shop, the first flower store, the first automated teller machine (ATM), and even the TEDx talks, the global conference on ideas, was first held there in 2012…. Continue reading…

Somalia’s democratic transformation: General election in 2016 looks impossible

Somalia lawmakers raise their hands during a confidence vote on Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, at the parliament building in Mogadishu, Somalia, Dec. 6, 2014.

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part series examining Somalia’s constitutional process and the alternative routes that could be used to bring about a democratic transformation in 2016. The timely review and implementation of the Provisional Constitution is intricately part of the transition to democratic governance in Somalia. The implementation process is… Continue reading…

OpEd: This is not the right time for Somali refugees in Kenya to return to Somalia

The last time I was in Dadaab was in January 2013. During my time there, fear and panic was visible amongst many refugees at the prospect that they would be returned to Somalia against their will.  Many said that they are happy to return to Somalia, but only once their safety can be guaranteed and… Continue reading…

While Mogadishu hotel was under siege by al-Shabaab, Somali gov’t released statement on Yemen crisis

Somali security forces exchanged gunfire Friday with al-Shabaab militants who attacked Maka al-Mukarama Hotel in Mogadishu. [Feisal Omar/Reuters]

 Friday was a bloody day in Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab’s siege of Maka al-Mukarama Hotel in Mogadishu was the longest siege in Somalia’s recent history.

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