Somalia

Basics
0 The high cost for African migrants sending money back home

The ability for people from Somalia to send money back home is becoming increasingly harder. Barclays bank’s attempt to shutter its services were met with strong opposition. Now the same issue is being raised in the US with Merchants Bank planning to end its remittances services to Somalia this week. “Somalia…

Basics
0 Remittances to Somalia survive another day in the UK

Somali activists on the “Boris bikes” in London.Oxfam GB Somali campaigners rode through the city of London last month on the Barclays bank-sponsored “Boris bikes” to protest the bank’s decision to cease its cash transfer work in Somalia. The bank did not change its mind, but the campaigners won an…

Basics
0 Why remittances are a big deal for Somalia

Daniel Gerstle Note: There will be a local public forum on this issue tonight, 6 pm, sponsored by Oxfam and the local Somali Youth & Family Club, at the Pine Ridge Apartments complex, 3725 South 180th Street, SeaTac.  Somali migrants send an estimated $1.3 billion back home each year. The…

Basics
0 Doctors Without Borders pulls out of Somalia after 22 years

Somalia – MSF distributes ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to families with young children. The France-based medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced it was leaving Somalia after 22 years due to security concerns. The organization that provides crucial health relief in conflict settings has remained in Somalia through some…

World Politics
0 US Welcomes Somalia’s New President

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Two decades since the embarrassing Black Hawk Down incident, the United States is opening a new chapter with Somalia. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the newly elected leader of Somalia, met with Obama and Clinton in separate meetings late last week. The meeting was accompanied by official U.S. recognition…

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