Category Archives: UK & Europe

Blind Somali Jihadist fighting alongside ISIS militants in Syria

Daily Mail – A blind jihadist pictured fighting alongside ISIS militants in Syria has reportedly urged others to join the Islamist militants, saying having a disability is no excuse. Taymullah al-Somali, a Dutch national who is believed to have travelled … read more »

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VIDEO: British far-right group ‘invades’ UK mosque. ‘Respect our country, we’ll respect your mosques’

British far-right group ‘invades’ UK mosque, demands it remove ‘sexist’ signs The far-right group Britain First posted a video showing several members of its ‘Kent battalion’ entering the Crayford Mosque and confronting an elderly man about signs labeling separate entrances for women … read more »

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Qoraaga Cabdiqaadir Oromo oo ku geeryoodey London

London (Bartamaha) Magaalada London isbitaal ku yaalla waxaa xalay ku geeryoodey allaha u naxariste /qaadir Cismaan oo loo yiqiinnay Oromo oo ka mid ahaa qorayaasha Soomaliyeed ee qoraallada badan ka sameeyay colaadaha iyo dhaqanka Soomaaliyeed. Waxaa la sheegay inuu qoraagu la … read more »

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Somali women are ‘buck-toothed herdswomen’ Wandsworth school places decision maker

A volunteer for Wandsworth’s school admissions panel has been dismissed after publishing an offensive blog describing Somali women as buck-toothed herdswomen from a Saharan oasis. Retired journalist Hugh Thompson, from Putney, will no longer sit on the borough’s Independent Appeal … read more »

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Twin schoolgirls who ran away to Syria named as star pupils

Two British schoolgirls who ran away to Syria have been identified as star pupils who had 28 GCSEs between them.Twins Salma and Zahra Halane sneaked out of their home during the night while their family slept two weeks ago.The 16-year-old … read more »

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Somali Man sentenced to 5+ years for attempting to smuggle €40,000 Cocaine

A Somalian refugee who was attempting to smuggle more than €40,000 of cocaine into England via Dublin has been given a five and a half year sentence. Ibrahim Mohamed (34), who had been granted asylum in the UK in 2001, … read more »

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Teenage twin sisters from Manchester flew to join ISIS in Syria

Twin sisters have fled their home in Manchester to join ISIS fighters in Syria, it is feared. The 16-year-old girls crept out of their bedrooms in the middle of the night, grabbed their passports and flew to Istanbul in Turkey. … read more »

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Hero teacher saves pupil’s life by donating his kidney

A selfless teacher who saved the life of a seriously ill pupil by donating one of his kidneys has been hailed as a hero. Ray Coe said he knew it was ‘the right thing to do’ after being told Alya … read more »

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Fears over community response to khat ban

Home Office survey of people of Somali origin in Birmingham in 2005 found that 34 per cent said they had chewed khat in month before the interview. The Home Secretary has rejected calls to rethink a planned ban on the … read more »

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Bristol schoolgirl meets UN secretary general to end FGM

Fahma Mohamed’s incredible journey from Bristol schoolgirl to the global figurehead of the movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM) took another extraordinary step yesterday when she met United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon. It is the start of the … read more »

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VIDEO: British Somali girl leads Guardian campaign to end female genital mutilation

A 17-year-old student is calling on Michael Gove to help end female genital mutilation in Britain by asking headteachers to train and inform teachers and parents about the horrors of the practice. Fahma Mohamed is urging the education secretary to write to … read more »

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Police appealing for information about missing teenage boys

Police are appealing to trace two boys who have been missing since last night.13 year-old Mohamud Mohamud and 14 year-old Joe McFarland-Hills, have not been seen since yesterday evening. Mohamud is a black male around 4ft 9ins and of slim … read more »

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Somali women protest against adoption decision by Harrow Borough Council

More than 50 women from the Somali community took to the streets outside Harrow Civic Centre to protest against an adoption decision they say goes against their religious beliefs. The women gathered outside Harrow Borough Council’s offices in Station Road … read more »

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London: First Young Poet Laureate is announced

The inaugural Young Poet Laureate for London was today named as a Kenyan-born Somali woman who grew up in the capital. Winner Warsan Shire, 24, said she would aim to inspire other youngsters as she was encouraged by her mentor, … read more »

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Anything to declare? Traffickers of plant-based drug khat make no attempt to conceal their cargo as Swiss customs find bundles rammed into three suitcases

By HELEN COLLIS — European imports of khat – a plant chewed as a stimulant – have rocketed recently with border officials seizing 1.3 tonnes of it in Geneva alone this year. Swiss customs staff have documented the vast hauls at Geneva … read more »

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Britain’s Somalis: What is holding them back?

The road is long BARBER shops are excellent places for gossip. Hassan Ali’s place in Kentish Town is no different. The north Londoner arrived in Britain from Somalia with dreams of becoming a mechanic. But he was good at cutting … read more »

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Nadifa Mohamed’s Somali journey

Sameer Rahim talks to Nadifa Mohamed, one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, about her challenging novel set in Somalia. The Somali café in Shepherd’s Bush where I had agreed to meet Nadifa Mohamed turns out to be closed. “I … read more »

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Campaign against Barclays remittance block heads to No 10

Channel 4 — A petition of 20,000 signatures, over a Barclays’ decision to block remittance services, goes to Downing Street… as Olympian Mo Farah also joins the cries of protest. The petition, being delivered to No. 10 on Wednesday, opposes … read more »

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Mo Farah calls on Barclays to maintain Somali ‘lifeline’

The Treasury is to look into the decision by major high street banks, including Barclays, to withdraw support from companies which transfer money to developing countries. Lord Deighton, the commercial secretary to the Treasury, has confirmed that the Government will … read more »

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WATCH: Singing for Somalia from the diaspora

Aar Maanta is a singer and songwriter who fled Somalia’s civil war in the 1980s and has spent much of his life in the United Kingdom. His lyrics are deeply personal, encapsulating lost childhood dreams and striving for peace and … read more »

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