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Feeding Our Future Scam: Somali Charity Deceived Out of Million-Dollar Donation, Claims Prosecutors

A legislative representative dropped proposals that would have funneled $6.5 million to a nonprofit The Diana E. Murphy federal courthouse in Minneapolis was shown on Friday, May 17, 2024. A charity established 25 years ago to aid Somali refugees and immigrants was implicated in a scheme that involved over $1 million in funding for other charities offering free meals to kids amid the pandemic. Numerous charities were set up or resurrected to take part in a federal program providing free meals to children during the…

Exclusive Interview with Groundbreaking Somali Filmmaker, Mo Harawe, Delves Into Cannes Debut ‘The Village Next to Paradise’:…

The Cannes Film Festival makes history with Mo Harawe's debut feature 'The Village Next To Paradise,' a groundbreaking Somalian film. Harawe, born in Mogadishu, moved to Austria to study film at 18. His film follows a single father in a Somali village, exploring daily challenges and striving for a better future for his son, Cigaal. The story also revolves around Araweelo, navigating life post-divorce. The film stars Ahmed Ali Farah, Anab Ahmed Ibrahim, and Ahmed Mohamud Saleban, depicting a unique side of Somalia rarely seen…

Norway, Ireland, and Spain Officially Acknowledge Palestinian Sovereignty

Israel has summoned envoys from three European countries while recalling its own ambassadors. Norway, Ireland, and Spain will recognize a Palestinian state, showing support for statehood in territories Israel controls. Israel fiercely criticized the decisions and pulled its ambassadors from the three countries. Over 140 countries support a Palestinian state, and the recent announcements could lead to more momentum, pressure, and criticism for Israel. Norway, one of the non-EU countries, backs a two-state solution and…

Exploring Meaning in a Brutal World: Review of ‘The Village Beside Paradise’ Debut

Cannes: In his first feature film, Somali-Austrian filmmaker Mo Harawe explores the impact of war on life and death with depth and rawness. The film challenges the stereotypical Western view of Africa, shedding light on the intimate lives of a makeshift family in Somalia. Even in the face of struggles, they treat each other with dignity. Set in a remote village by the stunning Indian Ocean, the story follows the bond between a grave-digger, Mamargade, and his son, Cigaal. Their interactions with a young divorcee, Araweelo,…

Pentagon Neglects Compensation for Innocent Victims in 2022, Ignoring Evidence of Mother and Child Killed by U.S. Forces in Somalia

The United States neglected to offer any compensation to the family of a woman and her 4-year-old daughter killed in a drone strike in Somalia in 2018, as per a recent Pentagon report on civilian casualties. The report, issued almost a year behind schedule, reveals that the Pentagon made no ex gratia payments in 2022, despite allocating funds for such purposes. The drone strike in Somalia on April 1, 2018, resulted in the deaths of at least three, possibly five, civilians, including 22-year-old Luul Dahir Mohamed and her…

Unpacking the Illegality of the Ethiopia-Somaliland Naval Base Agreement in a Dynamic International Arena

On the 1st of January in 2024, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, signed an agreement with the Republic of Somaliland. In this deal, Ethiopia would gain access to a piece of coastal land in Awdal province to construct a naval base for a period of fifty years. In return, Ethiopia would acknowledge the sovereignty of Somaliland. However, the Federal Government of Somalia, the recognized governing body, strongly opposed this deal, referring to it as invalid. The global community, including entities like the United…

Revolutionizing Work Trends in East Africa: Urging Change and Innovation

Authored by Honorable Sadik Warfa on Thursday, May 9, 2024, the establishment of International Workers' Day, or May Day, in the 19th century aimed to inspire workers and push for fair conditions, just pay, and an eight-hour workday. This day, celebrated at the start of May, carries great importance for East Africans, featuring several events organized by trade unions, labor groups, and government bodies. Nevertheless, the immense influence of workers on society might warrant more than just a single day of acknowledgment.…

Dhusamareeb’s Temporary Learning Center Oasis for Displaced Children

In Somalia, displacement is a common trauma for children, tearing them from their homes, friends, and lives, leaving emotional scars that are hard to heal. Traumatic events create invisible wounds, hindering kids from attending school. Starting school is a crucial milestone for every child, including Hassan (13). Hassan, the oldest of four in his family, never went to school until a severe drought in 2021 forced them to leave their home in Bay region, leading them to settle in Arladi camp, Dhusamareeb. His father, a…

Fatal Blast Claiming Lives: 5 Victims in Northern Kenya Near Somalia Border

A deadly explosion in the northern region of Kenya resulted in the deaths of five individuals close to the border with Somalia. The bomb, concealed on a donkey cart to avoid detection, went off in El Wak town in Mandera County, injuring five others. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bears resemblance to previous assaults carried out by al-Shabab militants associated with al-Qaida operating in the area. Earlier this month, suspected al-Shabab gunmen entered the El Wak hospital, injuring guards and…

Yemeni Houthi Rebels Launch Devastating Missile Strike on Red Sea Vessel

Yemen’s Houthi rebels launch missile strike, causing damage to a ship in the Red Sea float: left; list-style: none; padding: 1px; margin: 6px 0px 0px 0px; display: inline-block; position: relative A ship in the Red Sea was damaged by a missile attack carried out by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Monday, according to authorities. This incident marks the latest in a series of assaults on vessels in the vital maritime passage. The attack occurred near Mokha, Yemen, as…

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