Somalia

Yemen conflict drives Somali refugees back home


Once a week, a merchant boat makes a 30-hour trip from Yemen to Somaliland. Instead of carrying livestock – its usual freight – it now carries hundreds of people fleeing the conflict in Yemen. Some of them are Yemenis, but many are Somalis who had once fled in the opposite direction. Read more...
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Beaches and fashion: Showing another side of Somalia


A quick scroll of Ugaaso Boocow’s Instagram account reveals photo after photo of pristine beaches, exotic fruit cocktails and fashionable clothing. Like so many other users of the social network, Ugaaso is a young woman who loves to show off her life through photos and selfies. But the difference is that Ugaaso -- who has 70,000 followers -- lives in Somalia, one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Read more…
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Somalilander's lifelong dream: building his own helicopter

 
It all started when Said Abdi Jidheh, a car mechanic in Somaliland, heard about a fire in which several people died. The local authorities didn’t have a helicopter to assist in a rescue. This tragedy inspired Jidheh to build one himself – from scratch. Read more…

A guided tour of Laas Gaal's mysterious Neolithic rock art

 
Somaliland has few tourist attractions, but the rock paintings at the Laas Gaal cave complex are becoming increasingly popular with local and overseas visitors. Since a team of archaeologists stumbled upon the paintings in 2002, a modest but growing number of tourists have come to explore Laas Gaal. Mohamed Amin Jibril, who lives in Somaliland, shares his experience of visiting the caves, home to some of the earliest known rock art in the Horn of Africa. Read more...
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Massive drought forces Somalis to flee their homes

Severe drought is forcing Somalis to abandon their homes and travel long distances - often walking for days - in search of food. This is the worst drought in the region decades: an estimated 10 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan are affected. In Somalia, the situation is made worse by decades of conflict and skyrocketing food prices, forcing many Somalis to flee to refugee camps in neighboring countries. Read more...

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YouTube assault video worsens Somali reputation

A group of Minneapolis teenagers have found themselves headline news after publishing a video in which they push people over in the street. Identified as of Somali origin, the pranksters will, our observer there explains, only add fuel to the fire for the local anti-Somali press. Read more...

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Yacht hijack: should France pay the pirates?

Photo from the French military

A French luxury yacht hijacked by pirates on the coast of Somalia last Friday has highlighted a vast and growing problem in uncontrolled waters. Local bloggers explain that if the pirates get their ransom, attacks will only be encouraged. Read more...

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