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Secretary-General’s remarks to High-Level Event on Famine Prevention and Response [as delivered]

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I thank the World Bank for co-hosting this event and I thank all of you for being here to express your solidarity with some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Nearly seven months have passed since my Call to Action to respond to the threat of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, North East Nigeria and Yemen. Since then, ...

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Ohio Somali Community Shocked by Teen’s Slaying

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy has shaken Columbus’ community of Somali refugees. The Dispatch reports Mohamed Abdulkadir was found shot to death Monday afternoon in the driveway of a Columbus home. Residents and family have told The Dispatch that Mohamed came home after classes at Licking Heights High School and then walked to a ...

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Somali book fair offers respite from bombs

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MOGADISHU – Long associated with pirates, famine and bombs, Somalia showed a different face to the world this week as it welcomed foreign writers for the first time to its annual book fair. The event took place for the third time in the scarred seaside capital Mogadishu, but until now security was too precarious for overseas authors to take part. ...

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At Least 32 Killed in Ethiopia’s Oromia, Somali Regions

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WASHINGTON —  At least 32 people have been killed in clashes across Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions following clashes between rival ethnic Somali and Oromo forces, a former Ethiopian lawmaker said. Speaking to VOA Somali Service, Boqor Ali Omar Allale said at least 32 ethnic Somalis, including his younger brother, were killed on Monday night in Awaday, a small town ...

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180 Somali soldiers escape to Mandera after Bullahawa Al Shabaab attack

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At least a dozen of them had injuries when they arrived at the Kenyan border and were admitted to Mandera hospitals, officials said. Others included 14 civilians. Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) came to the help of the SNA in Bullahawa by bombing various positions that Al Shabaab militants had taken over. Witnesses said the militants withdrew and escaped amid heavy ...

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Dublin exhibit shows Somali immigrants integrated into central Ohio

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Among U.S. cities, Columbus is second only to Minneapolis in the number of Somali immigrants. But how many of us really know our Somali neighbors? The Dublin Arts Council has taken a step toward introducing 15 extraordinary young men and women from the area who are of Somalian descent. In “Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah: Community In-Between,” the council presents color portraits ...

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Somali Restaurant Bombed for Third Time in 3 Years

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At least four civilians were killed and three others were injured when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest early Friday evening inside a small restaurant in the Somali town of Baidoa. Witnesses told VOA Somali that a man wearing a vest arrived on a bicycle and entered Barwaqo restaurant, then detonated his vest. All four victims died at the ...

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Somalia just unveiled its first tech innovation hub

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iRise Hub, which will officially open in the Somali capital in September, will function as a co-working space and provide research, incubation, and acceleration services for new start-ups. The name iRise is a play on the #SomaliaRising hashtag from Twitter, which has been used to document the country’s socioeconomic and political progress over the last few years. Abdihakim Ainte, the ...

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In Minneapolis, a call for Somali entrepreneurs, and ‘sharks’

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Entrepreneur Shahed Amanullah couldn’t help but see slivers of his younger self in the Somali-American youth he’d met over the years at Minneapolis mosques. They were passionate, innovative and wanted to go far in life. “I’ve seen that. I’ve heard their stories,” said Amanullah, co-founder of the business startup firm Affinis Labs in northern Virginia. “I’ve heard their pleas to ...

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Seven challenges standing in the way of Somali prosperity

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Clan supremacy, corruption, and external actors are just a few of the things preventing Somalia’s emergence as a stable and functioning state. There are seven major challenges standing in the way of building a strong, prosperous and united Somalia. They are like seven snakes wrapped around the nation — and Somalia won’t move forward unless we, Somalis, untangle them all. ...

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