November12013

najmani:

Ilwad (Elle) Elman runs the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center in Mogadishu with her mom, Fartun. Her father was an ardent peace activist in the 1990s, spreading the mantra “Put down the gun, pick up the pen” around Somalia, but was assassinated in 1996. Elle returned to Mogadishu three years ago while the conflict still raged on in the city. She works closely with victims of rape and sexual assault, as well as rehabilitating child soldiers by teaching them vocational skills.

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February132013

Somali-Australian artist Nadia Faragaab talking about art, language, and the issues affecting her community.

August22012

thalamtnafsee:

I think this deserves a standing ovation in front of the mainstream feminists who have constantly dehumanized and demeaned our existence as Muslim women by suggesting that we’re oppressed people. This deserves a standing ovation in front of the hundreds of men who have claimed that the religion of Islam does not tolerate liberated and free women (which is, of course, contrary to the teachings of Muhammad). This deserves recognition; Muslim women are participating in wrestling, swimming, shooting, and other physically demanding sports while wearing the physical hijab.

All of you are my role models; go kick me some misogynistic ass ladies!

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April62012
mllanders:

‘The police station where Khadija Hajji Diriye, in the background, works is like a Mogadishu version of “Hill Street Blues.” in Mogadishu. Veiled women and prayer-capped men People flow through the gates in a constant stream to take their seats at a big desk and make complaints — spousal abuse, stab wounds, contractual disputes, a missing TV. The officers type up reports with an ancient typewriter and occasionally investigate and make arrests do their jobs.’
(You’re welcome, NYT.  Anytime.)

mllanders:

‘The police station where Khadija Hajji Diriye, in the background, works is like a Mogadishu version of “Hill Street Blues.” in Mogadishu. Veiled women and prayer-capped men People flow through the gates in a constant stream to take their seats at a big desk and make complaints — spousal abuse, stab wounds, contractual disputes, a missing TV. The officers type up reports with an ancient typewriter and occasionally investigate and make arrests do their jobs.

(You’re welcome, NYT.  Anytime.)

March172012
soobaxblog:

Heard of Somali environmentalist and humanitarian Fatima Jibrell? Fatima is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Horn of Africa Relief and Development Organization and co-founder of Sun Fire Cooking. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Women’s Coalition for Peace. Daughter of a Somali merchant marine and wife to a diplomat, Fatima was educated in Syria and the United States with degrees in Social Work and English. Through her work, she continues to tirelessly work on issues affecting Somalia. For her efforts, she was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2002, the largest award for grass-roots environmentalists. Follow Fatima’s work at Horn Relief here and watch her participation in an expert panel on deserts and migration here. Be Inspired! Be Positive! Be Somali!

soobaxblog:

Heard of Somali environmentalist and humanitarian Fatima Jibrell? Fatima is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Horn of Africa Relief and Development Organization and co-founder of Sun Fire Cooking. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Women’s Coalition for Peace. Daughter of a Somali merchant marine and wife to a diplomat, Fatima was educated in Syria and the United States with degrees in Social Work and English. Through her work, she continues to tirelessly work on issues affecting Somalia. For her efforts, she was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2002, the largest award for grass-roots environmentalists. Follow Fatima’s work at Horn Relief here and watch her participation in an expert panel on deserts and migration here. Be Inspired! Be Positive! Be Somali!

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March62012

In Mogadishu hundreds of Somalis march in a rare open protest against  Islamist Shebab insurgents and their Al Qaeda allies. “Down with Al  Qaeda! Down with Al Shebab!” the crowds chanted, as they marched through  the streets near the presidential palace, passing areas recently struck  by suicide and car bomb attacks set off by the hard line Shehab.
Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP / Getty Images

In Mogadishu hundreds of Somalis march in a rare open protest against Islamist Shebab insurgents and their Al Qaeda allies. “Down with Al Qaeda! Down with Al Shebab!” the crowds chanted, as they marched through the streets near the presidential palace, passing areas recently struck by suicide and car bomb attacks set off by the hard line Shehab.

Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP / Getty Images

(Source: Los Angeles Times, via brownnippleafficionada-deactiva)

March32012
zuleikha:

self-sufficiency.

zuleikha:

self-sufficiency.

(Source: irathersmiile, via zuleikha-deactivated20121202)

February292012
dynamicafrica:

In Somalia, Faduma Aden Mohamud, 37, explains how she manages to survive  in Mogadishu, selling samosas and cold drinks in a refugee camp to  support her large family.

dynamicafrica:

In Somalia, Faduma Aden Mohamud, 37, explains how she manages to survive in Mogadishu, selling samosas and cold drinks in a refugee camp to support her large family.

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