Somali Diaspora Plea to Westpac: Don’t cut remittances lifeline

The Australian Somali community has warned Westpac that closing the accounts of Somali money transfer operators on Tuesday 31 March will cut off a vital life line for thousands of poor Somalis dependent on funds sent by family to purchase basics such as food, water, health and education. Westpac, which was the last of the […]

Death toll from Somalia hotel attack rises to 24

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers. Somali special forces stood over three bloodied bodies of the alleged attackers after officials declared they have […]

Imam wants more CPS engagement with Somali community

A local Somali Imam is pleading for better relations between his community and the police. The body of Mohameddek Ali Mohamud was found Wednesday morning at Canada Olympic Park, the third such death of a young Somali-Calgarian this year. Imam Abdi Hersy says he doesn’t know what to do, but trust needs to improve between […]

Somali youth group hosts hoops tourney

A colorful array of blue, green, yellow and orange danced across the court. In the gym of Apollo High School on Saturday, six teams donned shirts of bold color to participate in a basketball tournament hosted by the St. Cloud Somali Youth Organization. Prior to the game, individual team members mingled with a free-shoot warmup, […]

UN envoy Kay condemns terrorist attack on Mogadishu Hotel

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned in the strongest terms yesterday’s terrorist attack on a hotel in Mogadishu city that resulted in the death of many civilians, including the Federal Government’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, H.E. Ambassador Yusuf Bari-Bari. “I condemn yesterday’s terrorist […]

Officials: Siege of gunmen in Somali hotel enters 2nd day

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Gunmen from the Somali extremist group al-Shabab, who had taken up positions in a hotel frequented by government officials and dignitaries killing at least nine people, were exchanging fire with government troops more than 12 hours later, officials said Saturday. After the gunmen’s initial attack Friday, government troops managed to take up […]

Changes to WIC program pose challenges for Somali grocers

At SeaTac Produce in Tukwila, Amira Abdulle cheerily greets customers along with her sons, who help to warm sambusas sold in the front case at the register. After shadowing her mother, Sahra, at the Tabarak minimart for nearly 10 years, Abdulle jumped at the opportunity to lease the space next door when a former casino […]

Her Instagram Feed Finds The Fun In Long-Suffering Somalia

Ugaaso Abukar Boocow has become an Instagram sensation by sending out stunning visual messages from an unlikely place: poor, suffering Somalia. She was just a toddler when her grandmother fled with her to Canada to escape Somalia’s Civil War, leaving her mother behind. Then last year, she decided to go back, moving to the capital, […]

Why a retired British army colonel has become the last hope for Somalia’s forgotten hostages

Even by Somalia’s standards, the village of Amara is a lawless place. A tumbledown hamlet in the sunbleached scrubland north of Mogadishu, it lies in a “no man’s land” between turf controlled by local warlords and the al-Shabaab Islamist militia. It is the perfect spot to keep hostages, and during the height of the Somali […]

Top Shabaab commander captured

Mogadishu – A top commander of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab was captured Thursday as he was preparing attacks in the country’s capital, a senior intelligence officer said. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was too early to name the commander, because investigations were still underway. He was captured with three […]

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