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…

Somali money transfer companies must self-regulate to maintain the integrity of their services

In a world where financing of terrorism and efforts to combat it have taken center stage, sending hundreds of millions of dollars every year to a country where majority of the beneficiaries do not have access to credible, government-issued identification documents was always going to raise serious regulatory questions.

Second woman from diaspora announces candidacy for president of Somalia

Anab Mohamed Dahir has been thinking about Somalia ever since she came back from Mogadishu in 2013. Now, Anab, who lives in the Minnesota town of St. Cloud, wants to do something to change Somalia’s current situation. She’s declared candidacy for president of Somalia.

11 types of Somali women that you should know about

This is just my personal observation, not poking fun at any specific person, so ha i cunin. However, if the shoe fits:

10 amazing photos of Ramadan from around the world

More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world are marking the holy month of Ramadan, which started Thursday. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is the month in which the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed by Allah to the Prophet Muhammad.

From Dadaab refugee camp to Harvard University

An 18-year-old Somali student who came from a refugee camp in Kenya has been accepted to Harvard University, one of the world’s most prestigious schools.

Global Somali women launch movement to play an important role in politics

Speaking thousands of miles away from their homeland, a group of Somali women from the diaspora Saturday night launched a movement in Minneapolis that would advocate for equal political representation for women in Somalia’s government.

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