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…

9 Books About East and Horn of Africa You Need to Read Before End of 2013

Writer and poet Taban Lo Liyong, a well known literary figure in the region, described East Africa as “a literary desert.” He made these remarks in 1969, his view being that the region didn’t produce distinguished writers, or if it did, there was no body of work worthy of artistic merit. More than 40 years… Continue reading…

The Dilemma of Somali Youth: to Stay or not to Stay

Joyce Cary, the Irish writer presented the African as little more than a boy, incapable of understanding complex issues, but full of admiration for everything European. This paternalism of Africa and Africans has continued for generations and is even stark when it comes to Somalia and Somalis, a nation and a people divided by lines… Continue reading…

Can Women Train Their Husbands and Get Men to Do What They Want?

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy There is a nagging question that some women often ask themselves. How do they train their husbands? In a world where the rate of divorce is equal to the rate of marriage, any fresh ideas or techniques that can salvage marriages becomes enticing…. Continue reading…

9 Stunning Photos From The Hajj [+ VIDEO]

More than one million Muslims from around the world are in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. The pilgrimage is the largest annual gathering in the world. During the course of the Hajj, pilgrims make a lot supplications, prayers and ask Allah for forgiveness. Every able-bodied Muslim who can afford… Continue reading…

Jeffrey Gettleman and Western Media’s Narrow View of Africa

Many foreign writers on Africa are guilty of two extremes – condescension and too much praise, with the former being more dominant. It is easy to see why it is so much simpler to be disdainful. Arrogance does not require mental application. In fact, it shows a certain degree of laziness. All one has to… Continue reading…

A Ramadan to Remember

It was a race against time, but I was determined to make it. By the time I was done with the immigration processing at the Cairo International Airport, I had less than half an hour before I could eat suhuur, the pre-dawn meal eaten by Muslims before fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. It… Continue reading…

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