16-Year-Old Girl In Mogadishu Caught On Video Confessing To Working With Child Abductors

Several videos of a young woman being questioned about her involvement in child abduction have been circulating on social media. The girl details in the videos how she was promised $500 a month by a group of older women if she managed to abduct children for them. She states in the video that she was told to “bring any child that you see”. When she … Continue reading 16-Year-Old Girl In Mogadishu Caught On Video Confessing To Working With Child Abductors

Dr Leyla Hussein OBE Elected As Rector At The University Of St Andrews

On October 16th, The University of St Andrews announced that Dr Leyla Hussein OBE had been elected to become its new Rector. This is the first time since the passing of the Universities (Scotland) Act in 1858, which is an ancient university governance structure in Scotland, that a Black woman has been appointed to the role. The position is student elected. The newly elected Rector … Continue reading Dr Leyla Hussein OBE Elected As Rector At The University Of St Andrews

Mother of Three Raped And Killed In Burco

On the 11th of October, reports surfaced on various Somali news websites stating that a woman was shot dead in the northern town of Burco. The victim, who was a local resident, was identified as Ugbaad Cali Cabdullaahi. According to Ugbaad’s family, the victim’s body was found showing signs of rape. Ugbaad is survived by her three children. Local police have arrested one suspect as the case … Continue reading Mother of Three Raped And Killed In Burco

Protests Erupt In Mogadishu Over The Gang Rape And Killing Of Hamdi Mohamed Farah

On Friday 11th September, the body of a young woman who would later be identified as Hamdi Mohamed Farah was found dead in the Waberi district of Mogadishu, Somalia. Hamdi was gang-raped and thrown off of a six-story building which resulted in her death. When reports of Hamdi’s brutal death surfaced on the media, scores of people in Mogadishu took to the streets to demand justice … Continue reading Protests Erupt In Mogadishu Over The Gang Rape And Killing Of Hamdi Mohamed Farah

Court In Puntland Acquitted Suspects In Hodan Shanlayste’s Rape And Murder Case

A court in Puntland has released six out of the seven men who were on trial for the rape and murder of Hodan Shanlayste. One of the men who was acquitted had publicly admitted to committing the crime. Hodan Shanlayste was brutally raped and murdered in Garowe, the capital city of the Puntland region in Somalia on the 11th of April 2019. Hodan, a mother … Continue reading Court In Puntland Acquitted Suspects In Hodan Shanlayste’s Rape And Murder Case

Court In Puntland Reconvenes For The Fourth Time Over Hodan Shanlayste’s Rape And Murder

On the 11th of April 2019, Hodan Shanlayste was brutally raped and murdered in Garowe, the capital city of the Puntland region in Somalia. Hodan, a mother of two young children, was attacked in her own home and left for dead by the assailants. Hodan was reportedly pregnant at the time of her death. Reports of this case began circulating in Somali media earlier this … Continue reading Court In Puntland Reconvenes For The Fourth Time Over Hodan Shanlayste’s Rape And Murder

Somali Parliamentary Committee Introduces Harmful “Sexual Intercourse Bill”

On Saturday, August 8th, the Somali parliament convened to discuss the introduction of the “Sexual Intercourse Bill”. This particular bill is being introduced in order to replace the existing Sexual Offences Bill, which was unanimously adopted by the Council of Ministers in Somalia on 30th May 2018. The Sexual Offences Bill was hailed to be a solid work of legislation and notably praised by President Judge … Continue reading Somali Parliamentary Committee Introduces Harmful “Sexual Intercourse Bill”

Human Rights Activist Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe Has Passed Away

Somali human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, doctor and founder of The Hawa Abdi Foundation, Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe has passed away. The announcement was made this morning on Facebook by her daughter Deqo Mohamed. “Mama Hawa”, as she was affectionately known to locals, became Somalia’s first female gynaecologist in 1971. In 1983, Dr. Hawa set up the Rural Health Development Organization (which was … Continue reading Human Rights Activist Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe Has Passed Away

District Commissioner Seynab Habsey Assaulted By Security Guard In Mogadishu

Reports surfaced on Friday 25th June that Warta Nabadda District Commissioner Seynab Habsey was assaulted in front of the mayor’s office in Mogadishu. The District Commissioner was trying to enter the building to attend an event that was being held to commemorate the deadly attack that took place at the mayor’s office a year ago. District Commissioner Seynab Habsey was amongst the government officials that … Continue reading District Commissioner Seynab Habsey Assaulted By Security Guard In Mogadishu

Ambassador Amina Mohamed Is In The Running For The Post Of Director-General Of The WTO

Ambassador Amina Mohamed, a Somali-Kenyan career diplomat and international civil servant, has been nominated by the government of Kenya for the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Ambassador Mohamed was nominated on the 7th of July 2020 after the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, announced that he would step down on 31 August 2020. Ambassador Mohamed has served Kenya and the international community … Continue reading Ambassador Amina Mohamed Is In The Running For The Post Of Director-General Of The WTO