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In Djibouti, life moves to the beat of qat

Bundles of qat are sorted at a fishing port in Djibouti before being transferred to the north of the country. This shipment is destined for the town of Obock, an hour-long speedboat ride across the Bay of Tadjoura from Djibouti’s capital. Maan Y Ahmed for The National.

DJIBOUTI — Across the world, the rhythm of the day is determined by different things: the nine-to-five grind of financial hubs, the intervention of the afternoon siesta in some hotter reaches and the cycle of prayers in parts of the Islamic world. Djibouti moves to a different cadence. Djibouti moves to qat. In this sweltering […]

May 25th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

A onetime refugee aims high

“Of course, I think about the instability, I think about the insecurity, I think about the challenges that lie ahead, but I think these challenges face women wherever they are,” said future Somalian presidential candidate Fadumo Dayib, who is graduating from the Harvard Kennedy School. “But the ultimate challenge really is: How far am I willing to go with my convictions?” Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

For Fadumo Dayib, the notion of home is a complicated one. A Mason Fellow in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Dayib was born in Kenya, the daughter of uneducated Somali parents. Her father, a truck driver, and her mother, a “nomad,” had left Somalia to start their […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Briefing to the AU Peace and Security Council by Amb Nicholas Kay, (SRSG) for Somalia 18 May 2015‏

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Thank you for this opportunity to brief the Peace and Security Council on Somalia. I am glad to be doing so with my friend and colleague, Ambassador Maman Sidikou. Tomorrow we will be briefing the UN Security Council together. The AU-UN partnership in Somalia is unique, strong and essential for success. Excellency, Let me begin […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

White Widow ‘has killed 400 people’ as key figure in al-Shabaab


Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the White Widow, is at the “right hand” of terror leaders in Somalia. Spy chief says White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite is responsible for the deaths of at least 400 people, including last month’s slaughter of 148 people at a university in Kenya, according to Somali security chiefs. She is thought to […]

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Minnesota’s Radical Experiment in Jihadi Rehab

In February, leaders of Minneapolis’s Muslim and Somali communities held a press conference about how to counter violent extremism.PHOTOGRAPH BY LEILA NAVIDI / STAR TRIBUNE VIA AP

This past week, at a pre-trial hearing for five young Somali-Americans accused of attempting to join the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), U.S. District Court Judge Michael Davis announced that he would consider moving the men from prison to a halfway house while they awaited trial, provided that their lawyers could come up […]

May 16th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Hon Mustafa Duhulow:Our young people are our future leaders and the only assets we have in Somalia


Today, 15 May 2015 is the National Youth Day of Somalia. It was 15 May 1943when 13 young Somalis came together and formed Somali Youth League (SYL). These 13 young people are our heroes that initiated the struggle of our independence that came to materialize in 1960 when Somalia became independent country. It was 67 […]

May 15th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Judge keeps terror suspects in jail but says he’s open to ideas

Five young men are accused of trying to join the ISIS terror group (left to right): Adnan Farah, Zacharia Abdurahman, Hanad Musse, Guled Omar, Hamza Ahmed. Photos courtesy of local and national law enforcement agencies

A Minneapolis judge offered a flicker of hope Tuesday to families of five young men accused of trying to join the ISIS terror group who now sit in county jails. Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled that the five men will continue to remain in jail pending trial, but he said he was interested […]

May 13th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

3 Somali Natives Who ‘Went Home to Fight’ Plead Guilty to Terror Charges in Brooklyn

Terror suspects Madhi Hashi (pictured), Ali Yasin Ahmed and Mohammed Yusuf are charged with providing support to militant group al-Shabaab.

Hours before jury selection was to start in their trial, three Somali-born men pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to support a terrorist group, stemming from their fighting for the Shabab in Somalia. Ali Yasin Ahmed, 30, and Mohamed Yusuf, 32, were on-the-ground combatants who fought Somali government troops around Mogadishu, prosecutors said, while Madhi […]

May 13th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Obama’s pick to be US ambassador to Somalia withdraws

Katherine Dhanani

President Barack Obama’s pick to be the first American ambassador to Somalia in nearly 25 years has withdrawn her nomination, the White House told lawmakers on Monday, an unexpected suspension in U.S. plans to deepen ties with the African nation plagued by violence and instability. An administration official said Katherine Simonds Dhanani, a career diplomat […]

May 12th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

U.S. attorney, FBI to answer Somali community questions

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, right, and FBI special agent in charge Richard Thornton announced a criminal complaint charging six Minnesota men with conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, April 20, 2015. Jeffrey Thompson | MPR News

In the first such meeting since six Twin Cities men were charged with trying to join ISIS in Syria, Minnesota’s U.S. attorney and top FBI official will answer questions Saturday from members of the Somali-American community. Andy Luger, the U.S. attorney, and Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton will appear at a town-hall-style meeting at […]

May 9th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

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