Somalia

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…

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…

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…

0 From smallpox victim to polio eradication advocate

Ali Maow MaalinWHO Ali Maow Maalin of Somalia died suddenly at the age of 59 last week. He was the last person infected with smallpox in the world. What he did with his life after the infection is what makes Maalin’s story truly remarkable. He took his experience and set…

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…

0 Interactive: How the world responded in 2011 to Somalia’s famine

The Guardian has produced an excellent interactive analysis of how, and why, the international community responded to the famine in Somalia in 2011: Some conclusions: Despite sophisticated early warning systems to help predict – and, in theory, prevent – the escalation of severe food crises, it seems it is still…

0 Somalia: Famine, death and suffering continues

The deadly, tragic situation in Somalia persists. As the ONE Campaign notes in an overview Update on Horn of Africa: Four million people remain food insecure in Somalia and 250,000 in Southern Somalia continue to face famine conditions. These conditions are expected to persist at least through December 2011 and…

4 Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times is screaming at you

Malnourished children in SomaliaDFID To pay attention to the massive catastrophe still unfolding in the Horn of Africa! Traditionally, at least within the mainstream media, journalists are supposed to behave as if they are neutral observers. It’s a crock, of course, since we’re real people full of all sorts of…

0 Does chasing down terrorists in Somalia help or hurt famine relief effort?

The deadly famine in East Africa continues and now conflict involving the Islamist extremists known as al-Shabab could make a terrible situation much worse. Aid workers are getting kidnapped, the Kenyan military invaded Somalia to search for the extremists (who deny the kidnappings), which then prompted a claimed member of…