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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 | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

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...

'She Will Not Be Accepted For Marriage': Many Somaliland Teens Believe Female Genitals Should Be Cut

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 03.03.2014 | Impact

HARGEISA, Somalia (AP) — The 30 Somali teenagers — both boys and girls — all agreed: Female genital mutilation is harmful and the practice shoul...

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.

Somalia Has Just Become a Recognized Country. So What Does That Now Mean for Somaliland?

Ramaa Reddy Raghavan | Posted 04.01.2013 | World
Ramaa Reddy Raghavan

For Somalia, this is wonderful news, but what does this statement mean for Somaliland, an unrecognized state, located in the northern tip of Somalia, that declared its independence from Somalia in 1991?

Introducing 'Barefoot Midwives'

Sheryl WuDunn | Posted 12.04.2012 | Impact
Sheryl WuDunn

Since not everyone can visit a hospital, Edna now wants to take the hospital to the people by training a large cadre of "barefoot midwives" who will travel from village to village to offer their medical services.

How Edna Adan Built Somaliland's First Maternity Hospital

Teri Whitcraft | Posted 12.01.2012 | Impact
Teri Whitcraft

Edna Adan, a 75-year-old former U.N. diplomat who has rubbed shoulders with presidents and kings, says her greatest achievement is her most recent: building the first maternity hospital in her country.

The Muslim Mother Teresa

Kate Grant | Posted 12.01.2012 | Impact
Kate Grant

Edna is as tough as General Petraeus, as compassionate as the Pope, as tireless as Michael Phelps, as beautiful at 75 as Tina Turner, and has a 'get-it-done-no-excuses" work ethic to rival Bill Gates.

Remembering Moguay

Jennie Goutet | Posted 10.10.2012 | Impact
Jennie Goutet

Moguay was weak and needed this attention in order to fatten up. I also loved to just hold him and tell him he would grow up to be a big strong guy.

Pastoralism: Good News From a Troubled Region of Africa

Ian Scoones | Posted 09.12.2012 | World
Ian Scoones

A new book argues that the livestock trade in the Horn of Africa, across Ethiopia, Somaliland, Somalia, Sudan and Kenya, much of it unrecorded, informal and often illegal, amounts to around $1 billion each year.

WATCH: How To Boat To Somalia Without Getting Killed By Pirates

Adam Valen Levinson | Posted 08.26.2012 | Travel
Adam Valen Levinson

Attacks are unlikely on Somali ships and for a fee tourists can hitch a ride from Yemen with some cargo. In my case, there were a lot of cookies involved.