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The First Faces Of Famine In Somalia

Brett Tarver | Posted 02.24.2017 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

I've come to Somalia with World Vision, to meet children living on the brink of famine. The United Nations issued the warning last week. If the rains fail again, and if international aid is not taken, Somalia could see a repeat of the 2011 famine which killed more than 250,000 people.

How TLC From Canada Is Saving TB Patients In Somalia

Chelsea MacLachlan | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Chelsea MacLachlan

Already in the grips of an impending famine, fragile Somalia can't handle much more. But while hunger rates grab news headlines, there is a much quieter killer at work: tuberculosis. TB is one of the top ten causes of death globally, and Somalia is estimated to have one of the highest incidence rates in the world. Meanwhile, here in Canada, it's International Development Week. It's a chance to highlight and celebrate all the good work Canada has done globally. I find this difficult.

Somali Refugee Refused Entry To U.S. After 10 Years On Wait List

CP | Tom Odula, The Associated Press | Posted 02.04.2017 | Canada

It's unclear why they were turned away after a court blocked Trump's ban.

Somali Children Need Our Immediate Help To Weather Looming Famine

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

A looming famine threatens the survival of many, particularly children, as 5 million face starvation in Somalia. There's no time to mull this over, considering whether or not to respond. The stark fact is that hundreds of thousands of children need immediate help if they are to survive.

Drought Is Forcing Somali Families To Split Up Just To Survive

UNICEF Canada | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

Khadija and her fellow villagers are among the five million people - nearly two out of every five Somalis - facing food shortages exacerbated as a result of the ongoing drought. Failed crops and the loss of livestock are causing widespread misery, malnutrition and disease.

Travelling Back To Africa Gave Me A New Perspective On Happiness

Yasin Osman | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Living
Yasin Osman

A few months ago I was given the chance to reconnect with my roots, roots I was hardly holding on to. I was going to Africa for the first time since I was a child. With barely any memories of my home country, Somalia, I travelled carrying the western stereotypes of my home continent.

2 Suicide Bombers Kill 13 Outside UN Office In Somalia

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the bombings.

The Thin Red Line: Family Planning In Fragile Places

World Vision | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Pregnancy during war, natural disaster, or economic collapse isn't simply a time of joy and wonder; it's often tainted with anxiety and fear. For these women, it's more like nine months of holding the thin red line of courage against almost impossible odds. The strength and resilience needed to do this is astounding.

Al-Shabab Uses Donald Trump Clip In Terror Recruitment Video

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.02.2016 | Canada

In the clip of Trump, he calls for the "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

Canada Can and Must Do Better for the World's Most Vulnerable

Ahmed Hussen | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Ahmed Hussen

Having spent the first part of my life living in Somalia, Canada was a beacon of light. I came to Canada in 1993 as a refugee, and was welcomed with open arms. Coming to Canada was not just an opportunity to feel safe -- it quickly became home. Sadly, our nation has lost its way. What motivates me to run in this election is a reflection of my journey from being a refugee living in social housing, to becoming a lawyer, and advocating on behalf of all Canadians. The Canada I knew in the 1990s was one that welcomed refugees and new immigrants openly, striving to ensure equal opportunities for all.

Why Food Aid Fuels International Conflict

Patricia Adams | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Adams

As much as 80 per cent of humanitarian aid can be stolen en route. Most often, rebel groups will set up road blocks and "tax" the aid agencies wishing to deliver the aid. In effect, the aid agencies directly support rebel groups by feeding them or providing them with goods that can be traded for arms or other services.

SENTENCED: Canada's First Ever Conviction For Trying To Join Terrorist Group

CBC | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada

Mohamed Hersi, the first man ever convicted in Canada of trying to join a terrorist group, was sentenced by Justice Deena Baltman to 10 years in pris...

The Rob Ford Scandal Shows We're All a Little Racist

Nicholas Barber | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Barber

As we all watch in awe as the human train wreck that is Toronto mayor Rob Ford continues to unfold, let us take a moment to reflect on the very ugly role that racism is playing in the Ford saga. I think that many of the people who claim to be disturbed by the fact that Rob Ford does drugs are, on some level, actually disturbed by the fact that Rob Ford (allegedly) smokes crack with Somalians in Little Mogadishu.

The Last Man Complex

Jackson Doughart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jackson Doughart

Any time that an unfamiliar idea is forced onto society, some political schlepper will invariably say something like this: "We all want the same thing...

Awash In Refugees, Whose Needs Come First?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We are awash in refugees, today, especially with the disaster taking place in Syria. We have limited resources -- human and financial. We must priorit...

Our First Diplomat Here In 20 Years

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A longtime Canadian diplomat will become the country's first ambassador to Somalia in more than two decades.The announcement of David Angell'...

How Is Canada's Somali Population Faring?

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

The Somali Canadian population is "undergoing the growing pains of integration into the larger Canadian mainstream" according to the head of the influential Somali Canadian Congress. Ahmed Hussen, a noted activist and newly minted Ottawa University lawyer, reflects on mentorship, influence and integration for Canada's large Somali population.

Kenyan Troops Enter Somalia

CBC | Posted 12.16.2011 | Canada

Kenyan military forces have moved into southern Somalia to pursue suspected Islamist militants after a series of kidnappings along the border, a Kenya...

Dadaab Refugee's Dreams Lead Her to Canada

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.27.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Fatumo's childhood was contained in the world's largest refugee camp; a place we worry carries a stigma for harbouring victims who await handouts. She fought against a bleak fate that seems sealed by outside media: images of desperate people who refuse to help themselves. Instead she chased a dream to study abroad.

Dadaab: What Will Happen Now?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.14.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Journalists predicted that the rains would come in October, implying that this would end the crisis. But by then, the planting season will have passed. The rains, if they come, will likely bring flooding and disease. The famine may peak in early December, as we are preparing to celebrate our winter holidays.

Yasmin Warsame and The African Future

Septembre Anderson | Posted 11.13.2011 | Canada Living
Septembre Anderson

The East African famine is a crisis that hits close to home for Warsame -- she was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and has family living there. "It could just have easily been me or my son starving over there," she said.

Bono's Activism From TIFF to the G20

Andrew Cooper | Posted 11.12.2011 | Canada Living
Andrew Cooper

The hallmark of Bono's celebrity activism has been a concern with gaining access to key political decision-makers. However, over the last year the focus of attention has turned away from a fixation with politicians at the apex of power in the traditional global establishment.

Feed the Body and the Soul in Dadaab

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.08.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Beyond the urgency of filling empty stomachs is the legacy of torture and trauma that so many of these refugees have endured. The soul can become just as empty.

Are Aid Groups Misleading Famine Aid Donors?

The Guardian | Tracy McVeigh | Posted 11.04.2011 | Canada

The head of an international medical charity has called on aid agencies to stop presenting a misleading picture of the famine in Somalia and admit tha...

Education Helps the Garden Grow When Rains Don't Fall

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.20.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

David Arap Kilel nearly stumbles up the hill of his slanted farm in pinstripe pants tucked into knee-high gum boots, wet despite the neighbouring dry fields. "I'm the first home in my community with irrigation!" he shouts breathlessly, waving calloused hands.