Born in a refugee camp — headed to Princeton
Asad Hussein was born in the world’s largest refugee camp after his family fled the war in Somalia.
Somali migrants return from Libya with tales of horror and abuse
After years stranded in Libya, Somali migrants return home recalling harrowing experiences, including fighting to survive in the desert.
Religious fatwa bans female genital mutilation in Somaliland
FGM is prevalent in Somalia where an estimated 98 percent of females between the ages 15 and 49 have undergone the procedure.
Paralyzed as a child, Somali man proves disability doesn’t equal inability
Growing up in a war zone is hard enough, but surviving and thriving in those conditions when you have a disability is an even greater challenge, which is why 22-year-old Ismail Rage’s uplifting story is making headlines across Somalia.
They had a dream ticket to a better life but then the travel ban happened
A year after President Trump signed his travel ban, hundreds of Somali refugees, including children in urgent need of critical medical care, remain at the world’s largest refugee camp with their American Dream in tatters.
Rape is now a crime in Somaliland
Mediation by community elders and other attempts to solve rape cases outside the court system are also banned.
Turkey supplies weapons to Somali soldiers amid partial UN embargo
Somalia’s defense minister confirms to VOA that Turkey gave small weapons and machine guns to about 400 soldiers who recently graduated from a Turkish military training camp in Mogadishu.
Bomb blast prompts Somalis to do something new — donate blood
Giving blood might be commonplace in many Western countries, but it’s unusual in a country with no blood banks, where social stigma and unfounded fears of needles or anemia keep most people from donating blood.
Source: Turkish-built military base was target of deadly Mogadishu truck bomb
A senior Somali official tells VOA Somali that there was intelligence that al-Shabab was planning to attack the base.
Her doctor dreams ended in a Mogadishu bomb blast
She was on the verge of fulfilling her lifelong goal of becoming a physician, but Maryan Abdullahi Gedi’s family and friends ended up attending her funeral instead of her graduation.