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Wareysi: Taliye ku Xigeen ka Tirsanaa NISA oo Is-Casilay
Taliye ku xigeenkii hay’adda sirdoonka iyo Nabadsugida Qaranka Soomaaliya ee dhanka howlgallada Cabdisalaan Yuusuf Guuleed ayaa waraysi gaar ah oo uu VOA-da siiyay ku sheegay in uu iska casilay xilkaasi.

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:11:23 +0300

Wareysi: Cali Khaliif oo ku Sugan Hargeysa
Hoggaamiyaha maamulka Khaatumo Prof. Cali Khaliif Galleydh, ayaa kulan la yeeshay mas’uuliyiin ka tirsan Somaliland oo uu ka mid yahay madaxweyne Siilaanyo.

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:22:24 +0300

Howlgal Amni oo ka Billowday Muqdisho
Howlgal gaar ah oo loogu talagalay in lagu sugo ammaanka gobolka Banaadir ayaa xalay si rasmi ah uga billowday magaalada Muqdisho.

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:17:26 +0300

Hooyo Caruurteeda ku Weysay Abaarta iyo Tahriibka
Magaalada Boosaaso waxa ku sugan dad badan oo ay soo bara-kicisay abaartii mudada dheer ka jirtay gobollo badan oo ka tirsan dalka Soomaaliya. Dadkaasi waxaa ka mid ah Hooyo Caasho Cumar oo VOA-da la wadaagtay dhibaato xanuun badan oo ka soo gaartay tahriibka iyo abaarta, oo ay ku weysay laba ka mid ah sadexdii wiil ee ay dhashay, mid kalena uu xabsi ugu jiro Libya. Wariyaha VOA da Yuusuf Maxamed Yuusuf ayay u warantay.    

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:34:38 +0300

Madaxweyne Trump oo Tagey Tel Aviv
Madaxweynaha Mareykanka Donald Trump ayaa maanta tagey Israel, halkaasi oo uu ku bixinayo booqashadiisa ugu horeysay isaga oo madaxweyne ah, wuxuuna doonayaa inuu dib usoo nooleeyo dadaallada heshiiska nabadeed ee muddo loo raadinayo Israel iyo Falastiin.

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:05:44 +0300
Somalia, resting place of a Dodgson. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2015 v9n1 p0429.

According to the Commonwealth Graves Commission, the last resting place of a Raymond Austen Dodgson, died in service of the North Rhodesian Regiment on Aug 18, 1940, is Somalia, in Hargeisa War Cemetery.

I do not know if he was a close or distant relative, but the name Dodgson has been passed down through males since someone could not properly spell "Rogerson" in a village in Yorkshire. And through the Commonwealth Graves Commission, of the 44 who died in both world wars, 4 were close relatives of my father and grandfather.

Of the 18 Dodgsons who perished from guns and explosions in the second world war, 9 were civilians, bombed from above. Somalia is not the first country to suffer massive civilian losses, and is one of many where civilian losses outnumber military losses. Loss of life from German guns or Al Shabaab guns is still loss of life; their mothers mourn them, and so do I. Some of the videos on this page bear witness to a country emerging out of the ashes.

And I claim Raymond Austen Dodgson as my own. I now have proof that my own are part of the soil of the African continent. We are one.

Update 20170320: Raymond Austen Dodgson was the result of a marriage between the Dodgson and Austen families who separately produced Lews Carroll and Jane Austen. He was a great-grandson of William Oliver Dodgson, London stock-broker and railway oligarch, who was also my ancestor. Which makes his father and my grandfather first cousins. He was the only son of his father, who died between world wars in South Africa where he was growing oranges. His mother returned to England, became Mrs Harrison, and deeply mourned her lost son the rest of her life.
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Talking about Somalia at the Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Conference. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p0918


The annual gathering of politicians and "we the people" started today in Washington, DC.

The first panel I witnessed was chaired by Congressman Keith Ellison, of Minnesota, and include Ambassador Johnny Carson, who was the State Department's number 1 person on Africa, a representative from USAID, and 2 Somali women activists.


The tone was subdued, Somalis are having a hard time in their own country, and Somali youths living in Minnesota often have great challenges.

However, I was hearing that things are being done in Somalia, a great change from the symposium of Somalia held 4 years ago in the offices of the American Bar Association in Manhattan. Then, the former ambassador to Somalia was almost in tears, talking about the history of Somalia and how things were deteriorating even further.


I asked the panel about Turkey, because I know that turkey has a peacekeeping role in Somalia. Yes, indeed, and the country is giving aid, but it is only to Mogadishu.

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Drinking Fanta With Islamist Militants
Visiting Mogadishu in the fall of 2006, I was prepared to confront angry Islam. What I saw stunned me, but not in the way you might expect.

Sat, 13 May 2017 16:40:35 -0500

Navy SEAL Who Died in Somalia Was Alongside, Not Behind, Local Forces
The SEALs were in the country for “an advise, assist and accompany mission,” and Pentagon officials said Somali forces were supposed to lead the operation.

Tue, 09 May 2017 07:34:04 -0500

Somalia Raid Kills Shabab Leader and 3 Associates
The raid, carried out shortly after the killing of a Navy SEAL team member, was part of Somalia’s renewed effort to rout the Shabab, the Islamist militant group.

Sun, 07 May 2017 20:34:24 -0500

Navy SEAL Killed in Somalia in First U.S. Combat Death There Since 1993
The death comes as American military commanders in the country are holding newfound additional authority in reserve, citing caution.

Fri, 05 May 2017 09:04:25 -0500

Somali Public Works Minister Seen as ‘Rising Star’ Is Shot to Death
Two soldiers were arrested in the shooting of Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, but the motivations were not clear, including whether it was an accident.

Thu, 04 May 2017 15:16:06 -0500

Pentagon Warns Ships as Pirates Again Prowl Waters Off Somalia
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who was visiting a nearby base in Djibouti, said that he was not yet calling on the Navy to respond but that civilian mariners must be on alert.

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:57:55 -0500

8 Indians Rescued From Somali Pirates, Officials Say
The eight had been taken hostage two days earlier during a clash between Somali forces and the pirates.

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:24:01 -0500

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As Yemen conditions deteriorate, Somali refugees look to return home
As the bitter conflict in Yemen grinds on and the humanitarian situation there continues to deteriorate, conditions facing the almost 280,000 refugees in-country are worsening and their needs and vulnerabilities...

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:01 GMT

As war grinds on in Yemen, Somali refugees eye return
Facing danger and growing hardship in Yemen, some 30,600 Somalis have reportedly returned home since war broke out in 2015.

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:01 GMT

UNHCR revises funding needs for displaced Somalis
UNHCR, the UN Refuge Agency is revising its funding requirements for people displaced inside Somalia and for Somali refugees in the region. We are seeking some USD 488 million to provide continued support...

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:01 GMT

Braving bombs and bullets to stay in school in Yemen
With over two million children out of school in Yemen as a result of the conflict, UNHCR is helping refugee, displaced and local children to continue their studies.

Tue, 2 May 2017 00:00:01 GMT

Sowing the Seeds of Social Entrepreneurship
Somali refugee invests in the youth of South Africa together with Absa/Barclays Africa Bank

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:01 GMT

UNHCR says death risk from starvation in Horn of Africa, Yemen, Nigeria growing, displacement already rising
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning today that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among populations in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria is growing. This warning is in light of droughts that...

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:01 GMT