Somalis, Weddings and the New Era

By Abdulkarim Jimale

Engulfed by decades of civil strife, Somalia, located in the heart of Horn of African, has seen almost half of its seven million population scattered across the globe with most ending up in the western world.

Somalis are Muslims and most of their culture comes from their religion. Traditional weddings are part of their lives but the trends on how they conduct the ceremonies have changed.

“Weddings are very important occasions for Somali communities where ever they are in the world” Gedi Mohamed an elder in Nairobi told The Star.


A Somali Pirate in Action Talks to AJ, Unraveling the Piracy Career Story

Somali pirates have captured world news’ headlines. They attack all types of vessels from small yachts to supertankers. The magnitude of Somali pirates’ attacks goes beyond the Somali waters to threaten the entire region around the Gulf of Aden.

Although international warships are patrolling the long Somali coast, Somali pirates continue their attacks threatening international trade.

Young uneducated pirates in the lawless, poor country of Somalia have gained nearly $200 million in ransoms since early 2008. An estimated 10 ships, with 236 crew members, remain at the hands of Somali pirates.


Somalia Professionals Dreams’ Cut Short

Note: On 3 December 2009, a bombing at Shamo Hotel left senior government officials, journalists and students dead and wounded raising condemnation from certain Western countries. The author reflects on the emotional and psychological ‘fallout’, as he recalls friends who had died in that blast.

Medical, Computer Science and Engineering graduates who had hopes of serving their country was shattered moments before they were to receive their hard earned certificates by a bomb which sent them early to their graves.

A local group of international journalists wanted to air this auspicious occasion for their respective media houses, bringing the deaths of these graduates to headlines worldwide. Meanwhile, future graduates at the same institution, Banadir University reflect on their futures.


Who Are the Real Pirates in Somalia’s Water?

When will Somali piracy problem come to an end? When will the world really care for Somalia’s unprotected waters, stop the illegal fishing and the dumping of toxic waste? When would the world leave the vast coast of Somalia to Somalis to protect?

According to the United Nation (UN) report, an estimated US$300 million worth of seafood is stolen from the Somali’s coastline each year by foreign vessels. In response, piracy off the Somali coast has threatened international shipping since the collapsed of Somali government in early 1990s.

It has recently become a big issue, which has affected the maritime world and has lead to a shift in strategy towards Somalia. Somalis and many leaders around the world believe that the problem of piracy is linked to the need for peace and stability in Somalia.

I pine for you

You’ve made me restless
I pine for you
Never in midstream leave me,
How can I tell you how I suffer
I live for you, I will die for you.


Foreign Helicopters Sky Hunting Somali Wild Life

Somalia – Has Somalia’s wildlife been defined as terrorists? Are the ostriches, gazelles and warthogs harbouring terrorists?

“From late 2008 up to the present foreign helicopters patroling warships in Somali waters have been poaching and stealing wildlife from the coastal villages in North Eastern, Somalia” Farah Ahmed an elder in Eyl district told, IOL.

Elders and nomadic families of the coastal villages in Puntland, a self-declared state in northeastern Somalia, are suffering from foreign helicopters that are hunting and stealing wildlife on the outskirts of the villages in coastal areas. The most targeted areas by the flying poachers are Nugal, Karkar and Mudug regions. More

Divided By War, United By War: Story Of Somali Refugee Players In Kenya

AFTER escaping the violence back home, where the radical Islamist group Al Shabaab wanted to kill their passion for the sport, youth full Somali refugees continue to pursue their dream of playing in the big leagues in Europe. As they dribble the ball in the rugged and tiny play fields in Eastleigh estate of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, they hope that one day they will be celebrated like Somali-born Manchester City midfielder ABDISALAAM ABDULKADIR IBRAAHIM.


Hundreds of Somali youth refugees living in the Eastleigh estate of Nairobi see the long day as boring, sitting in makeshift restaurants alongside the streets, talking about the world cup games, and arguing who and why, with hope of finding a role model to emulate.



Previous Older Entries