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About Chief Editor

Abdirizak Yonis is a senior chief editor at Bartamaha Media (a SMO "Somali Multimedia Organisation" Company), where he oversees the Bartamaha News outlet. Abdirizak was previously the National news editor of Bartamaha dot com. He has written for the site since the late 2012

I’m not really a Somali, yet I’m not Kenyan either. I think I am more of a Dadaabian

In the shade of a thorny acacia tree inside the Dadaab Refugee Camp, Shamsa Abdullahi Osman rests on a bench breastfeeding her youngest child, Aden, who was born only six months ago. On the dry red soil next to the … read more »

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Family tell of shock over missing Bristol girl believed to be heading for Syria

  Bristol — The family and friends of a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Bristol who is suspected of flying from Britain to join Islamist fighters in Syria have spoken of their shock and confusion. Police revealed on Monday night that the … read more »

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Dozens turn out for community meeting on radicalization of Somali youth

  Minneapolis – Dozens of Somali community members concerned about the recruitment of local youth into extremist groups called for more resources to help combat the radicalization of their children. More than 60 people at the Brian Coyle Community Center inMinneapolis … read more »

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Somalis ‘feeling safer’ in Mogadishu, survey says

Mogadishu — Residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, are feeling safer and more optimistic than they were a year ago, according to a new survey. The Heritage Institute of Policy Studies, which analysed data collected from more than 1,600 residents, … read more »

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Somali PM answers questions over Mogadishu Seaport contract

Mogadishu – Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed answered questions to Somali parliament’s permanent committee in Mogadishu over the recent government decision to hand over Mogadishu Seaport to Al-Bayrak, a Turkish company which recently landed a long-term contract to manage the … read more »

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VIDEO: Fishing Without Nets (2014 Somali Film) – Official Trailer

Shot in East Africa with Somali actors and directed by 2014 Sundance award-winning director, Cutter Hodierne, FISHING WITHOUT NETS tells the mesmerizing and sobering story of the bandits from the Somali point of view. First-time feature filmmaker Hodierne combines the … read more »

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Three political races show St. Cloud’s changing face

ST. CLOUD, MINN. – Almost every evening, Abdul Kulane walks the streets of modest houses near downtown, hopeful that when he rings doorbells he’ll get a warm reception from whoever answers. “Hello,” he says cheerfully through his Somali accent. “My … read more »

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The pirates gather on a ragged beach and sail toward shipping lanes, scanning for freighters, the prey of their craft. Rifles drawn, scarves blowing, they troll East African waters, where the deeds of desperate men collide with the precarious rhythms … read more »

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Somalia puts $2MN bounty for new Al-Shabaab leader

MOGADISHU – The Somali government on Saturday announced a $2 million bounty on the head of new Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Omar Abu Ubeyd.“The government offers $1 million for information leading to the arrest of the new Al-Shabaab leader and $1 … read more »

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Wargelin Show Sept 25-Oct 1st Safarkaygii Cardiff, UK, Lontana da Mogadishu & Yaa Soomaali ah?

Barnaamijka Wargelin Show todobaadkan wuxuu ku saabsan yahay socdaal uu soo saaraha barnaamijka Abdisalaam Aato ku tagay magaalada Cardiff ee gobolka Wales ee dalka UK, hakaasi oo uu ka qeybgalayey kulan ay Qaramada Midoobay soo qabanqaabisay loogana hadlayey “Storytelling Somalia”. Bookings & Business … read more »

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Gov’t declares Public Awareness Campaign to combat th widespread corruption in the country

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) The Federal Government of Somalia today announced its first move to fight the widespread corruption within the government offices amid efforts to regain good governance in the war-torn nation, according to the Minister of Information Mustaf Dhuhulow. The … read more »

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POLITICS WILL SAVE SOMALIA by Nicholas Kay,

By Nicholas Kay — Sitting in Mogadishu, it’s easy to think the world needs to learn from Somalia. As human suffering escalates in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Libya, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, Somalia looks increasingly stable and … read more »

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3 killed as Somali pirates fight over ransom

AP – Three Somali pirates were killed in a fight over the ransom paid to free the German-American journalist who was released this week after two years and eight months of captivity, a police official said Friday. The gunfight broke out … read more »

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Farah Mohamed Shirdon, Canadian jihadist thought killed in Iraq, appears in Vice video

Ottawa – A Calgary man who was rumoured to be dead after travelling to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria appears to be alive and has conducted a video interview with media outlet Vice. Farah Mohamed Shirdon, of Calgary, first came to attention in … read more »

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The Men with Many Wives: the British Muslims who practise polygamy

The Telegraph — It is estimated that as many as 20,000 polygamous Muslim marriages exist in the UK. In a Channel 4 documentary this week, director Masood Khan will delve into the community of British Muslim polygamists to find out … read more »

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Hamilton family fears son killed fighting for Islamic State in Syria

A Hamilton family fears that their son, who had begun shunning the local Muslim community as too moderate, has died in battle alongside Islamic State extremists in Syria. Mohamud Mohamed Mohamud’s family “have not heard it officially, but they’re accepting … read more »

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Six killed in gunfight in Somalia over claimed ransom payment

MOGADISHU – Six people were killed in central Somalia in a gunfight over a supposed ransom payment tied to the release this week of a German-U.S. journalist held hostage in Somalia for more than two years, police said on Thursday.The … read more »

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Alberta group warns prime minister that ISIL is recruiting Somali youths

Calgary – EDMONTON – The leader of a Somali group has written to the prime minister warning that young people in Alberta are being recruited to become fighters for the radical group ISIL. In his letter, Mahamad Accord says he has … read more »

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US hotels deny Museveni accommodation over gay rights

  Kampala — A group of gay activist in Dallas, Texas last Wednesday forced two hotels to deny President Museveni accommodation, saying he is a human rights violator. The President had been booked in, according to dallasvoice.com, an online gay … read more »

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Qatar will not host 2022 World Cup: FIFA executive

Reuters – The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday.“I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup … read more »

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