OpEd: Is AMISOM willing to unify and empower Somali National Army?

On July 1, Somalia celebrated 55 years of independence from colonial rule and formation of the Somali Republic. As we celebrate this important date on our calendar, I can’t stop thinking if we are still fully independent and what it is that we are missing.

Dadaab’s refugees: Stolen dreams and shattered lives

Most Kenyans get their first taste of Somalia either in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area, also known as “Little Mogadishu” or, if they are journalists or aid workers, in Dadaab, the sprawling refugee camp located some 100 kilometers from the Kenya-Somalia border that hosts close to 350,000 refugees, most of whom are Somalis.

#WalkOfHope in Wajir, 400 kilometers into epic trek

#WalkofHope participants in northeastern Kenya covered 400 kilometers by Thursday evening, half way through the 800 kilometers trek. The trek, which began June 13 at the Tana River bridge in Garissa County with about 300 volunteers and aimed at creating awareness about the region’s insecurity and underdevelopment, made its way to Wajir town June 25… Continue reading…

Young Somali man’s journey from matatu tout to CEO

At the centre of the bustling city of Nairobi along Kenyatta Avenue, next to the famous New Stanley Hotel is Pan Afric Life Insurance house, an inconspicuous old-style building, different from the glass and steel structures that are typical of Nairobi.

Journalism at a Crossroads: Highlights from the 2015 World Press Freedom Day celebrations

On May 3 and 4, I attended the World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Riga, Latvia. Co-hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the theme of this year’s event was “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality & Media Safety in the Digital Age.”

#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.

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.

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