Archaeologists Unearth Forgotten Islamic Ancient City In Ethiopia

British archaeologists in Ethiopia have uncovered a forgotten city dating as far back as 10th century AD that was once believed to be the home of giants.  Continue reading “Archaeologists Unearth Forgotten Islamic Ancient City In Ethiopia”

‘Sweet As Broken Dates’ Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa To Be Released August 25

In 1988, on the eve of a two-decade civil war, Somalia’s authoritarian ruler Siyad Barre launched punishing airstrikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. Continue reading “‘Sweet As Broken Dates’ Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa To Be Released August 25”

No Country For Nomads: The Hard Life Of A Somali Shepherd

Well-adapted to the desert, but not to the modern world Continue reading “No Country For Nomads: The Hard Life Of A Somali Shepherd”

Danish-Somali Girls Freed From The Koran School In Somaliland

Jasmin, who grew up in Vejle, says she was chained for up to 14 days at a time while staying at the school. Continue reading “Danish-Somali Girls Freed From The Koran School In Somaliland”

In The Land Of Frankincense

The isolated territory of Somaliland sees the industry as both a blessing and a curse. Continue reading “In The Land Of Frankincense”

Horn Of Africa: Premiership Football And Khat Unify Region

They make an odd pair, the Premiership and the khat plant, and yet the two have a similar impact in the Horn of Africa. Continue reading “Horn Of Africa: Premiership Football And Khat Unify Region”

Dinosaur Paintings Discovered At Shimuhshimuh Caves In Erigavo, Somaliland

Cave paintings have been found at Shimuhshimuh north of Erigavo. The paintings were found by Jama Dabhaan and colleagues in 2010 but have been declared now after the photos taken were recovered. Continue reading “Dinosaur Paintings Discovered At Shimuhshimuh Caves In Erigavo, Somaliland”

Documenting Diversity: “Somaliland” Depicts The Lives Of Somali Students

All it took was one online job listing to unite three filmmakers on a journey that would take them 8,000 miles from home to one of the most unrecognized places on Earth. Continue reading “Documenting Diversity: “Somaliland” Depicts The Lives Of Somali Students”

Premiere: Listen To Amaal Nuux’s Stirring Anthem For The Oppressed, “Last Ones”

By Annie Felix

Following a four-year-long musical hiatus, Somali-Canadian songstress Amaal Nuux is back with her breathtaking new single “Last Ones.” Continue reading “Premiere: Listen To Amaal Nuux’s Stirring Anthem For The Oppressed, “Last Ones””

Minneapolis May Allow HBO To Film ‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’ In Public Housing

Producers of ‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’ must satisfy resident council before filming in public housing.  Continue reading “Minneapolis May Allow HBO To Film ‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’ In Public Housing”

Cedar Cultural Center Awarded $500,000 To Boost Minnesota Residencies For Somali Artists

A newly awarded $500,000 grant will enable the Cedar Cultural Center to set up multiweek residencies for Somali artists at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State University, Mankato. Continue reading “Cedar Cultural Center Awarded $500,000 To Boost Minnesota Residencies For Somali Artists”

Four Start-Ups To Watch In The Somaliland Capital Of Hargeisa

By Samir Dualeh

Somaliland is a self-declared state of four million people, bordered by Ethiopia and Djibouti. The capital is Hargeisa, which is home to just over a quarter of the population, according to Somaliland government figures. Continue reading “Four Start-Ups To Watch In The Somaliland Capital Of Hargeisa”

Tireless Campaigners In The Fight Against FGM In Somaliland

By Arndt Peltner / MC

Nearly every woman in Somaliland was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a child. Usually, a razor blade was applied to them without an anesthetic. Campaigners want the practice stopped. Continue reading “Tireless Campaigners In The Fight Against FGM In Somaliland”

Sahra Halgan Sings Recognition For Somaliland

By Dan Grunebaum

We in the West are used to thinking of music mainly as entertainment. On occasion, it can fulfill a religious function, Continue reading “Sahra Halgan Sings Recognition For Somaliland”

The Literary Story Of Somaliland Has Been Muted By Hypocrisy

By Khainga O’Okwemba

Our nation is renowned

For its honesty, for humility; Continue reading “The Literary Story Of Somaliland Has Been Muted By Hypocrisy”

Somaliland: Keep Ideology Out Of K–12 Education

Mohammed Dahir Ahmed

Intense ideological competition is going on in Somaliland’s education system. The competition involves all tiers of education, without exception. Multiple Middle Eastern individuals and Islamic charitable organizations are trying Continue reading “Somaliland: Keep Ideology Out Of K–12 Education”

Book Fair Aims To Help Change Somaliland’s Oral Culture

By Gregory Warner

In the unrecognized autonomous region of Somaliland, literacy is more than a educational goal. It’s an economic lifeline to the diaspora who provide most of the country’s economic support. Continue reading “Book Fair Aims To Help Change Somaliland’s Oral Culture”

Meet Warsan Shire: The Somali-British Poet Quoted By Beyoncé In Lemonade

She was London’s Young Poet Laureate, becoming a voice for its marginalized people – now her work has been recited by the queen of pop Continue reading “Meet Warsan Shire: The Somali-British Poet Quoted By Beyoncé In Lemonade”

First Look Friday: Get Lost In Harmony With Somalia’s Own Faarrow – Interview

They say when music hits you you feel no pain. Such is a true statement when it comes to the Somali-sister duo known around the globe as Faarrow. Continue reading “First Look Friday: Get Lost In Harmony With Somalia’s Own Faarrow – Interview”