Posts tagged Somalia


Forgotten Somalia: #MogadishuMourns #PrayforSomalia

Saturday 14 October marked a dark day for Somalia and indeed Africa with a terrorist truck bombing in Mogadishu which killed more than 300 people, and injured another 200. Some of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition. The terror attack is the worst in Somalia’s history. While there has been an outpour of humanitarian support from various countries across the world, harsh criticism has been levelled against African countries over a lethargic response to the crisis. Social media users have also been questioning where the global solidarity for Somalia is. Questions have been raised why there are no trending hashtags on the tragedy similar to social media campaigns which emerged after terror attacks in America and Europe.


Somalis warned to stop seeking justice in Al-Shabaab courts

Somalia’s justice system is still yet to take shape. The slow pace of legal reformation has made many Somalis to look for justice in the mobile courts operated by Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group Al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab implements a strict and harsh interpretation of Islamic Sharia law, and new courts are being constituted in a bid to stop people from going to the Al-Shabaab courts.

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Viral Video shows Somali and Ethiopian Migrants and Refugees being held and abused by Libyan gangs

African migrants and refugees travelling to Libya are being frequently abducted, tortured, sexually exploited and made to engage in forced labour. The people smugglers and criminal gangs are using social media to broadcast the abuse and violence they inflict on African migrants in their captivity and to demand ransoms (ranging from US$ 8,000-10,000) from their families back home, the UN says.