Somalis find themselves caught between twin crises: the worst drought to hit the region in more than 40 years, and ongoing insecurity caused by terrorism.
The United Nations is warning that a famine looms in Somalia’s future. The country has not seen rain for the past three consecutive rainy seasons, over a two-year period.
Aleya Kassam, one of the founders of Wau Eats in Nairobi, said her family has enjoyed making samosas for generations. As they experiment with different fillings, Americans living in Kenya are even ordering apple pie samosas for Thanksgiving.
Rumbila Abdullahi was born in a refugee camp in Kenya. Today, she’s on her way to becoming a doctor. In many ways, she was an outlier, and her school journey came with immense pressure to succeed.
Top of The World: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are meeting with NATO officials in Brussels to discuss a withdrawal of the military alliance from Afghanistan. And, the Ever Given, the massive cargo ship that recently blocked the Suez Canal for a week, has been impounded until $900 million in compensation is paid. Also, Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has signed a controversial law extending his mandate in office for two years
"There is no doubt that the US is an outlier when it comes to its use of capital punishment," says Delphine Lourtau, executive director of the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide.
Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller has announced a major troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. The news is being met with plenty of skepticism.
In the early 2000s, the United States resettled thousands of Somali Bantu, a group of marginalized tribes who have faced years of discrimination. Nearly 20 years later, many of their adult children are facing the unimaginable: deportation to Somalia.
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis broke his silence Wednesday, denouncing President Donald Trump’s call for a military response to the civil unrest. And, Thursday marks the 31st anniversary of China's bloody Tiananmen Square democracy crackdown. Also, in another echo of 1989, a huge fuel leak into a river within the Arctic Circle has lead Russian President Vladimir Putin to call for a state of emergency.
Activists have been fighting to stop FGM for years. During the COVID-19 lockdowns worldwide, they saw both progress and backsliding.
For years, human rights groups have been sounding the alarm about civilian harm caused by counterterrorism operations in Somalia.