A Letter to My American Children, From Your Somali Mother

So much has been put at stake ― the proud history of the U.S. as a home for those in need, the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It is a personal tragedy writ large, one shared across thousands of individual families, stories of separation and degradation. The news that President…

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Trump and the Ongoing Fight with the Shadow of the Elephant

President Trump’s temporary order banning people from seven majority Muslim nations from entering the United States is a most unfortunate and thoughtless decision. The order targets people who have neither the desire nor the capability to carry out hostile actions against America. What’s more, these people are from some of the countries that have been…

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Spotlight on Kuwala: Giving Entrepreneurs in Africa a Chance to Shine Internationally

Born in Malawi, Africa, and raised in Canada, entrepreneur Veronica Nnensa never lost her passion for the continent. After studying public affairs and policy management with a focus on African development, in 2014, it was no surprise that her passion for her home country led her to launching her business Kuwala, with co-founder, Freeda Mulenga. Kuwala…

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South African Schoolgirls Provide Leadership for the On-going Revolution

The current student protests have their antecedents in the youth movements of 40 years ago. These students are fighting for their lives, their dignity and their humanity. Their resistance to white supremacy should provide inspiration to Black girls colonized in the US, Europe and around the world. Pretoria Girls High School was shaken to its…

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Meet Ilhan Omar, the First Somali-American Woman Running for Public Office in the U.S.

It’s not often that an East African woman gets elected to public office in the U.S. But that is likely to happen after activist Ilhan Omar made history on August 9th, 2016 by winning a fiercely competitive DFL primary in a Minneapolis House district. A victory that will probably lead Ilhan Omar to win the…

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Once a Somali refugee, she is now running as Somalia’s first female president

Some Ugandans have decided to show their support for Somali Presidential candidate Fadumo Dayib on Twitter using the harsh tag #Dayib4President and push for Somalia to elect its first female President. Fadumo, 43, has been a refugee having fled the violence in the horn of Africa nation. It was until she was 14 years old…

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