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The Young Country At Risk Of Forgetting Its History

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 05.18.2017 | World
Hibaaq Osman

A country’s national day affords its people a chance to look back at their past, and consider where they might be headed to in the future. Many Soma...

An Earth Day Expletive

Alan Farago | Posted 04.21.2017 | Green
Alan Farago

(Update: April 21, 2017) Evidence is accumulating that climate change will be the defining event of the 21st century and yet, in the 2016 election th...

It Takes A School

Thought Matters | Posted 02.24.2017 | Education
Thought Matters

By Jonathan Starr Prologue It is early summer 2011, near the end of our second year at the Abaarso School in Somaliland, Africa. The prolonged...

Yemeni Refugees Seek Safety In One Of The World's Poorest Places

Refugees Deeply | Rowaida Abdelaziz | Posted 08.23.2016 | World

ASTHMA NIBAH CAN speak the language of the country where she has sought refuge. Growing up in Yemen, her stepmother was Somali, so as a young girl she...

Yemenis Fleeing A Deadly Conflict Find Themselves Stranded In Somaliland

Refugees Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.27.2016 | World

Yemenis fleeing conflict are taking overcrowded livestock boats across the Gulf of Aden to Somaliland – an unrecognized country. Such is the magnitu...

One Hump, Two Humps, No Humps - Camelids, Section 1: Animal Planet on the Looney Front, Part 17

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.11.2017 | Travel
Mike Arkus

They have a common ancestor, the two-humped camel and single-humped dromedary of Asia and Africa on the one hand and the llama, alpaca, guanaco, and v...

"It's Djiboutiful!"(And the Hottest New Destination)

Richard Bangs | Posted 11.18.2016 | Travel
Richard Bangs

When our rafts were bitten by crocodiles or hippos, complications presented we hadn't imagined. We were in Ethiopia making a series of first desce...

Fighting Maternal And Infant Mortality In Somaliland

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

Almost all maternal and newborn deaths are preventable. Millions of lives can be saved if women have access to skilled and trained midwives during pregnancy and childbirth.

A Different Kind Of Independence Day

Edna Adan Ismail | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Edna Adan Ismail

In the quest for independence, there are good days and there are bad days. Today is a good day. Today, on our Independence Day, the people of Somaliland are filled with hope and renewed determination.

Somaliland's Long Game

The New Yorker | Amber Terranova | Posted 04.29.2014 | World

Since 2008, Narayan Mahon has been taking photographs in the unrecognized states of Somaliland (a region of Somalia), Nagorno-Karabakh (a region of Az...

Tears of Defiance, Resilience and Courage: Through It All, Somalia Will Rise

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Hibaaq Osman

Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers. Women carrying babies struggled to climb onto the cumbersome vehicles, built not for carrying humans but cargo and commodities.

Ukraine Diplomatic Deal: Necessary Next Steps

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Beyond economic aid to Ukraine and other Eastern European nations, we have identified four overarching themes that should be reinforced and reaffirmed by Congress and the administration.

5 Flights of Fancy I'd Rather Not: On a Wing and a Prayer On the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.14.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

There are flights, many hours long, that pass in a daze as you slip into and out of somnolence, or get engrossed in a film or book. Then there are tho...

Litter from Indonesia -- Rubble in Paradise: Cleaning Up the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Garbage breeds everywhere -- old sneakers, crushed beer cans, plastic bottles, broken glass and plastic household items defile the ought-to-be pristine shores.

From Bloody Nose Ridge to the Valley of Death

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If and when North Korea's Kumgangsan (Diamond Mountain) resort opens again for foreign visitors, you can actually move through the most heavily fortified border to a scene of spectacular beauty.

Nurses for Edna -- A Medical Mission to Hargesia, Somaliland

Nancy Leigh Harless | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nancy Leigh Harless

In August 2013, Wanda Chestnut, Kim Law and Kerra Plesko, three members of the Nurses for Edna team, left for Hargesia, Somaliland. Due to a death in the family the last nurse, Sarah David, joined them two weeks later.

IVR Junction: Connecting Unheard Voices to Global Social Media

Aditya Vashistha | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Aditya Vashistha

The World Wide Web has enabled rich communities of user-generated content, lending a platform for users to broadcast their photos, videos, and commentaries to an international audience. But in rural India, is it possible for a smallholder farmer, owning only a basic mobile phone, lacking Internet access, and literate only in the local language, to participate in this global dialogue?

Inspiring Muslim Women: Khadiga and Edna at Work

Katherine Marshall | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Katherine Marshall

Khadiga Hussein is one determined lady. Her cause is peace -- an end to violence of all kinds, national and domestic, communal and individual.

Why I Support the Edna Adan University Hospital...and Why I'm Asking You to Join Me

Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital

Many in Edna's position might have justifiably chosen to rest on their laurels. Instead, upon retiring from WHO, she decided to continue giving back to her country. Edna is a humanitarian of a different sort -- cut from the same cloth as Mother Teresa or Paul Farmer.

Tiny Hands and Big Smiles: Faces From Edna Adan Maternity Hospital

Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital

The Edna Adan University Hospital is a nonprofit facility that provides care to expectant mothers and their babies regardless of their ability to pay. We want to say thanks to the hundreds of people who have donated generously to Edna's hospital in the RaiseForWomen Challenge.

Edna Adan University Hospital: 300 Fistula Repairs and Counting

Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital

The Community Midwife program at Edna Adan Hospital, which is supported by UNFPA, seeks to train 1,000 women from all over Somaliland to be qualified healthcare workers in the hopes that they will return to their homes and provide assistance for other women.

Fighting Against FGM in Somaliland

Brenda Ray | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Brenda Ray

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgEdna Adan not only trains mid-wives so they can return to their rural environment and provide pre-natal and birthing support, but also teaches them to carry with them the message that genital mutilation of any girl or woman does not serve them.

Fighting Maternal Mortality in Somaliland

Jenni Morello | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Jenni Morello

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgIn our modern society we forget that maternal mortality is a threat that still plagues the world.

One Goal: Decreasing Newborn and Maternal Mortality

Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgEdna Adan Ismail has literally committed everything she has to achieve one purpose: decreasing the newborn and maternal mortality rate in Somaliland and the Horn of Africa.

On Mother's Day, Let's Invest in Women

Diane Lane | Posted 07.12.2013 | Impact
Diane Lane

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgNeedless suffering and death can be avoided if women are invested in and valued culturally for more than just their reproductive capacity.