Somalia: Mogadishu is yet to deliver the right messiah


Early 1991 when the Somali Government has crumpled piece by piece and the regime has vacated the power and many Somali analysts have rushed to conclude that the Somali misfortune will end and new era will start for Somalia. Unfortunately, an aimless Somali civil war has started and Somalia entered into a new era of […]

Briefing: The risks and rewards of easing Somalia’s arms embargo

Photo: UN Photo/Stuart Price

The UN Security Council earlier this month relaxed a long-standing arms embargo on Somalia, allowing the government to purchase light weapons for 12 months. “On the arms embargo, originally imposed in 1992, the Council decided that it would not apply to arms or equipment sold or supplied solely for the development of the government’s security […]

Somalia replaces extremism with a programme of reform – Op-Ed


When I stood in front of a large gathering in the city of Dusamareb last week to discuss the delivery of public services, I couldn’t help thinking how important it is for a Somali leader to get out of Mogadishu and listen to people in the regions. To be discussing policing, tax collection and judicial […]



We have recently seen visits to Puntland by the British Ambassador to Somalia Mr Matt Baugh and also the EU Ambassador to Somalia Mr Michele Cervone d’Urso. One thing they both have in common is their concern regarding the ‘democratization’ of Puntland. Looking at Mr Faroles pretence of democracy they have cause to be very […]

Somalia moves forward at world Taekwondo [PICTURES]


Just it sounds like the rebirth of Somalia at world taekwondo, as small boys representing the war-torn horn of African nation of Somalia scored a tangible victory at the Open world taekwondo challenge cup in the city of Tongeren Belgium over the weekend. The boys are Faisal Jeylani Aweys and Mohamed Deq Abdulle. Faisal won […]

Somalia must strengthen the rule of law and investigate sexual violence


On February 5, 2013, a court in Mogadishu handed down a one year imprisonment sentence to a Somali journalist and a woman he had interviewed who claimed she had been raped by members of the Somali security forces. The case itself is most troubling on many levels. Human rights and women’s groups, international legal organisations, […]

Britain: Dear UK PM Honourable David Cameron

PM Office

I find myself knocking your door again with one kilo of khat with me again I feel compelled to write this letter as a concerned member of the community almost exasperated at the lack of progress being made on this long standing issue. We as a community feel we have spoken with one voice by […]

Somaliland: Real terrorism threats in fictional State

In the wake of the recent travel advisories by the United States and Great Britain, the local Somaliland regional administration has finally decided to act and tackle terrorism and extremism. In the past week alone, the Ahmed Silanyo Government apprehended more than 80 suspected members of the al-Shabab group including the son of a prominent […]

Somalia: No going back – By: PM Abdi Shirdon


In recent days a court case in Mogadishu has attracted attention all over the world. The details of the case are not for me to comment upon here – it is sub judice as an appeal is under way – but what surprised me was that the commentary did not include any reference to the […]