In the last two months, it was estimated that over 30,000 Somali babies died by hunger and diseases in the Dabaab refugee camp in Kenya. Through the News media from all over the world, we witnessed Somali mothers burying their dead babies with no visible tears on their faces. “Why are you not crying?” One [...]
Somali women are the basis on which Somali society continues to thrive and exist. They take care of the household chores, they work, they raise children, they keep the family together, and they regularly send money to the extended families back home in Somalia. Despite Somali women being extremely busy, they are emerging as the [...]
Historical Distortions: The story of Queen Ebla Awad (Araweelo) is one of the most controversial in Somali society. Since almost all Somali stories are oral and not written, it is impossible to prove their authenticity. When these stories were first told, most Somalis were nomads who did not know how to write and read.
Somalis are not belligerent, anti-government, pirates or terrorists, as they are often portrayed in the media. A number of you subconsciously or consciously believe this false depiction of a remarkable people. Somalis are simple people who desire to live in a peaceful environment with justice, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, just like the people [...]
Rising from the ashes of Somalia’s devastating civil war is an image so powerful, it could help provide a solution to the never ending devastation: educated Somali women. Women with the power and knowledge to pass their education to their offspring have the chance to construct a healthy and successful society from the chaotic rubble [...]
If you have to explain in three simple words how Somalia could emerge from the ashes of war, these words would be “peace”, “diplomacy” and “education.” Somalia’s contemporary history is clouded with cycles of political violence, and economic deterioration coupled with periods of political and economic upheaval, foreign occupation, dictatorship and continued environmental decay. [...]
On Friday, October 23, 2009, President Obama and the governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick appeared jointly at an event in Boston, MA. The event was meant to raise funds for Governor Patrick’s reelection bid in 2010. I was excited to attend. During lunch, I sat with some high-profile attorneys and other important people. As people [...]