Rethinking the Somali State

Somalia has been a failed state for over two decades and is beginning to fully recover as a nation. Beyond broader developmental issues, Somalia has lagged because it lacked a proper structure of government. In “Rethinking the Somali State“, I propose an innovative model for achieving full statehood for Somalia: Vision 2021. In addition, I… Continue reading…

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…

What Ramadan campaign Walaal Afuri teaches us about unity

When you hear Somalia, what comes to your mind? Blue sky, Indian Ocean, ancient land? Let me tell you more than that. Let me tell you a story. It’s a story of dedication and absolute trust. It’s a story of many, of volunteers, of team work but most of all it’s the story of Omar… 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…

Dear tribe…

Dear ‎tribe, I used to hear your name when I was little, spoken in hateful tongue and bitter hearts. Though I grew up to love and cherish mankind with warmth, you were always left out in the cold, alone. I was eager to open the door and offer you something warm, a biscuit perhaps, or… Continue reading…

Relationships in Flux (Part 5): Somali Stories

This is part five of a series about true stories of Somalis living in the U.S. and their relationships. The series is part of a book the author is working on titled,“Courtship and Marriage: The Somali Experience in America.” The author has interviewed three dozen people whose names and locations have been changed for privacy… Continue reading…

Obama nominates first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in more than 2 decades

President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated United States’ first ambassador to Somalia since the “Black Hawk Down” incident in Mogadishu in 1993.

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