‘The harmonious interweaving of different languages – an everyday reality for us third culture kids’

by Christina Fonthes  THE CROWS PLUCKED YOUR SINEWS is a one woman play “about Somalis in Britain and Britain in Somalia”. The piece – written and directed by Hassan Mahamdallie with the assistance of Jamil Dhillon – explores colonialism and empire, politics, and ‘culture and tradition’ through the eyes of young British-Somali – Suuban –… Read More

Politicians Must Acknowledge the Link Between Negative Media Stereotyping of the Somali Community and Marginalisation

by Faisa Abdi and Hamdi Issa What are the implications when British society as a whole strongly associate Somalis with intractable problems? Over the past decade, media reporting on the Somali community has been disproportionately negative and perpetually centred on moments of crisis. The typical captions are all too often the pirate, the benefit cheat,… Read More

Migrants will have the keys to 10 Downing Street – make sure your voice is heard on 7 May

by Awale Olad A recent report by the Migrants Rights Network (MRN) and the University of Manchester highlighted the strength in numbers migrants will have in the upcoming General Election. However, despite what some right-wing papers would have you believe, they are by no means a voting bloc. The report told us that 4 million… Read More

“I belong deeply to myself” by Somali Art

by Somali Art I make art that is influenced by Somali culture and history. The horn of Africa is a historical gateway between Africa and Asia. Somali culture is rich in influences including other African cultures, Persian, Ottoman, Arab and Indian culture. Since the Somali civil war the arts scene in the Somali community has… Read More