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|| Nabad iyo Barwaaqo || Radio Muqdisho Staff Members along with famous singers, Khadija Qalanjo, Hassan Aden Samatar and Faynuus Sheikh. During a time when the words "Hardship" and "Pain" didn't exist in the Somali vocabulary (1980's)


|| Elegant, Natural Beauty || Somali Girl in Mogadishu (1980's)

Afternoon coffee with friends at #Galkayo, Mudug.

Left-to-right: Omar, @jacfaryusuf , @farahpare , me and @faaidlabaguud

Hello Galkayo πŸ‘‹πŸΎπŸ‘‹πŸΎπŸ‘‹πŸΎ. #viewsfromthe252 #galkayo #somalia #africa

For those who was born and rise at here #Galkayo will for ever hold place on our hearts is the city that emerge me shape me and provided me with propose and platform to lunch my self to world.

Ramadan Kareem #252#Galkayo#ramadan mode

They call #Galkayo but I call #Goldkayo.

|| Somali President, Mohamed Farmaajo || Then First Secretary of the Somali Embassy in the United States (1985)

Mohamed's parents were activists affiliated with the Somali Youth League (SYL), Somalia's first political party. During the 1970s, his father worked as a civil servant in the national Department of Transportation.

Mohamed attended a local boarding school in Somalia. Between 1989 and 1993, he completed a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of New York at Buffalo. He followed that in 2009 with a Master's degree in Political Science (American Studies) from the University of New York again.
In an administrative capacity, Mohamed worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia before the collapse of the federal government in 1991 and the ensuing civil war. Between 1985 and 1988, he also acted as First Secretary in the Somali embassy in Washington and worked with various human rights organizations. Later on, Farmaajo would become a Commissioner Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

On October 14, 2010, Farmaajo was appointed as the new Prime Minister of Somalia. In its first 50 days in office, Prime Minister Mohamed's administration completed its first monthly payment of stipends to government soldiers, and initiated the implementation of a full biometric register for the security forces within a window of four months. In addition, high level federal delegations were dispatched to defuse clan-related tensions in several regions.

To improve transparency, Cabinet ministers fully disclosed their assets and signed a code of ethics. An Anti-Corruption Commission with the power to carry out formal investigations and to review government decisions and protocols was also established so as to more closely monitor all activities by public officials. Furthermore, unnecessary trips abroad by members of government were prohibited, and all travel by ministers now require the Premier's consent. A budget outlining 2011’s federal expenditures was also put before and approved by members of parliament, with the payment of civil service employees prioritized.


|| Nabad iyo Barwaaqo || Radio Muqdisho Staff Members along with famous singers, Khadija Qalanjo, Hassan Aden Samatar and Faynuus Sheikh. During a time when the words "Hardship" and "Pain" didn't exist in the Somali vocabulary (1980's)

|| Elegant, Natural Beauty || Somali Girl in Mogadishu (1980's)

|| Colonial Period || Somalis performing the fascist solute in front of the governor of Italian administered Somaliland (1930's)

During colonial times, Somali citizens were forced to learn the fascist solute honoring Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. If an Italian official passed by and you didn't solute, soldiers would arrest you and have you publicly flogged to send a message. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
These practices along with many other atrocious acts led to the creation of the Somali Youth League (SYL) and culminated in the 1948 Mogadishu Riots which lead to the death of Hawo Taako, today recognized as the mother of modern-day Somalia.

|| Somali Landscape || The Beautiful Jagged Rocks of Calmadow

|| Ciidamada Daraawiishta || Somali warriors being photographed with their horse (1910's)

|| Calanyahow ha Dhicin || No matter what happens, we must never let our flag fall, for our flag gives us our identity. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
This flag carries with it the blood of those who sacrificed their lives defending it. This flag carries with it the tears of those who cried for it and this flag carries with it the memories of those who honored it. This flag is more than just cloth and ink, it is the very symbol of our shared oppression and resiliency as a people. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
As long as there are brave Somali Men and Women who will stand up to defend this flag, the ultimate dream of all Somalis will never die; the dream of Somaliweyne.

|| Young Somali Boys || Offsprings of the elite in Mogadishu (1890's)

A woman named Howa sits beside her four-year-old son, Fartun in the stabilization center of Galkayo Regional Hospital in Galkayo, Somalia. "We lost all our livestock because of the drought," said Howa as she sat with Fartun in the hospital, "most of our livestock was goats and if there is no rain the goats cannot survive because they cannot graze and there is no water for drinking." With nothing left, Howa and Fartun were forced to leave their home near the Ethiopian border two months ago and make their way to an IDP camp in Puntland. "Within the two months, we did not eat our food," continues Hawa, "we ate what the people gave us and the [humanitarian] agencies gave us." Fartun's weight plummeted and as it dropped so too did the strength of his immune system. He soon became sick just as 300,000 other children in Somalia may become sick this year if they're not reached. -----------------------------------------------
Feel like I can quickly tune images like this out. Sometimes it seems like they create more distance than connection. I debated whether to post this photo...."What's the point? Do I want to throw this image into the day of friends and family?" But Fartun is real. And sometimes I have to remind myself of that with images like this - "this is a child." Plain and simple. He's a child who has played and laughed, gotten hurt and cried, all as children do. And that dissonance with what I understand of as childhood can feel tangible and important to hold.... This is a child --------------------------
I don't know... evening thoughts as I sit at the day's end stuck in a compound #somalia #galkayo #africa #malnutrition #drought #onassignment

|| Somali Landscape || Tourists enjoying the view off of Somalia's northern, coastal canyons (1970's)

...and then some days you're just a goat head-butting its own reflection. #galkayo #somalia #africa #goat #mommasaidtheredbedayslikethis #goatsonassignment #goatown #goatistan #goatopia

|| Ancient City of Merca || White sand beaches, seaside villas and beautiful year-round weather. Some may even call it paradise on earth (1980's)

|| Nabad iyo Barwaaqo || The colorful art portrayed on many Somali businesses is just one of the many reasons why Mogadishu is truly unique (1980's)

|| Somalia's Founding Fathers || The Somali Youth League (SYL). The Somali Youth League's establishment on May 15, 1943 is annually commemorated and seen as a national holiday in Somalia. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
During the Second World War, Britain occupied Italian Somaliland and militarily administered the territory from 1941 to 1950. Faced with growing Somali aspirations for independence, the Somalis and the British came to see each other as allies. The first modern Somali political party, the Somali Youth Club (SYC), was subsequently established in Mogadishu in 1943.

At its foundation, the party had 13 members. The group's founding members were significantly influenced by the earlier religious rebellion at the turn of the century of Mohammed Abdullah Hassan (the "Mad Mullah"), including the SYC's founding father, Abdulqadir Sakhawadin. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €To empower the new party, the better educated police and civil servants were permitted to join it. By 1948, following an official visit to the territory by the Four Power Commission, the SYC was a well-structured political unit. Abdullahi Issa was elected as its leader and renamed itself as the Somali Youth League (SYL) and began to open offices not only in Italian and British Somaliland, but also in the Ogaden and in the Northern Frontier District (NFD). β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
The SYL's stated objectives were to unify all Somali territories, including the NFD and the Ogaden; to create opportunities for universal modern education; to develop the Somali language by a standard national orthography; to safeguard Somali interests; and to oppose the restoration of Italian rule. SYL policy banned clannishness so that the thirteen founding members, although representing four of Somalia's five major clans, refused to disclose their clan affiliations.

|| Somali Intellectuals || Researcher at the Somali Geological Survey Department in Hargeisa (1971)

|| Inside the Somali National Museum || (1930's)

The National Museum of Somalia is housed in a two-storey building that dates back to 1872. It was built at the request of the Omani Sultan of Zanzibar, Barghash ibn Sa'id, as a residence (called Garesa) for the then Governor of Mogadishu, Suleiman bin Hamed, after he had received permission from the Somali Sultan Ahmed Yusuf of the Geledi Sultanate.

In 1933, the building was totally reconstructed and adapted to the Somalia Museum. It was the most important cultural place in Italian Mogadishu. The museum was established in 1933 by the colonial authorities in Italian Somaliland. After shutting down operations in 1991, it later reopened, and presently houses a number of important historical artefacts.

FOLLOW him πŸ‘‰ @jeromejarre A #Turkish Airlines (THY) cargo plane carrying over 60 tons of food aid and medical supplies arrived in Somalia's capital city, #Mogadishu , on Tuesday as part of a global aid campaign by Turkey's flagship carrier.

The use of the plane, emblazoned with the campaign's twitter hashtag #LoveArmyForSomalia, was donated by Turkish Airlines. "Turkish Airlines plane just landed. It carried more than 60 tons of humanitarian assistance. Turkish Airlines help #Somalia #loveArmyFor Somalia," THY said in a post on #Twitter .

The plane's cargo was delivered to the needy yesterday. Humanitarian aid was collected thanks to a campaign initiated by social media phenomenon Jerome Jarre and soon received an endorsement from actor Ben Stiller and social media celebrities who helped attract more donors, ultimately collecting more than $2 million in less than a day. Some 80,000 donors from 125 countries contributed to the campaign. THY pledged that 200 tons of aid will be flown to Somalia in the next six months as part of the campaign.

Baby formula for malnourished #Somalian infants was brought to the Mogadishu airport by a THY Airbus and Somalian government ministers were among those welcoming the plane. In a ceremony after the flight landed, Turkey's Somalia Ambassador Olgan Bekar said they were proud that THY has taken part in the aid campaign for Somalia. He noted that the Turkish carrier has been the only airline with direct flights to the African country since 2012 and Turkey has always been a donor to Somalia. "All Turkish institutions and agencies work to help the Somalian people," he said.

Seda Kalyoncu, THY's corporate communications manager, said Turkey and Somalia have developed closer ties in recent years and Turkish leaders have been frequent visitors to the country. "THY, the Turkish Red Crescent and government agencies have long been active in Somalia in terms of humanitarian assistance. Turkish companies also played a role in developing infrastructure in the country. THY heeded the call for aid and pledged to carry everything collected in this campaign to Somalia. We are grateful to Jerome Jarre and all donors making CONTINUE READING πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

|| Beautiful Somali Girls || Somali flower girls taking part in the Independence day parade in Mogadishu (1987)

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