For every mistake, Something is learnt ♥.
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moghamara:

My day in Adʿiyah

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samiratastic:

pharmawhat:

Now this here folks is where you find humanity.

Sorry, I have to share the pictures and letters
Children that have spent most or all of their existence in a camp can have so much hope, kindness and intelligence.  

samiratastic:

pharmawhat:

Now this here folks is where you find humanity.

Sorry, I have to share the pictures and letters

Children that have spent most or all of their existence in a camp can have so much hope, kindness and intelligence.  

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samiratastic:

gaanjibo:

Please spread the word.

ok, so i’ve had a few discussions about this today and I think a few people need to know how many times Kenyan authorities have tried done this.

*Note, Somalis are native to north-eastern and eastern Kenya, land given to Kenya by the British. cos white men can just draw our boarders and give land to who they please right

The Shifta War (1963–1967) was a secessionist conflict in which ethnic Somalis in the Northern Frontier District (NFD) of Kenya (a region that is and has historically been almost exclusively inhabited by ethnic Somalis[2][3][4]) attempted to join with their fellow Somalis in a Greater Somalia. The Kenyan government named the conflict “shifta”, after the Somali word for “bandit”, as part of a propaganda effort. The Kenyan counter-insurgency General Service Units forced civilians into "protected villages" (essentially concentration camps) as well as killing a large number of livestock kept by the pastoralist Somalis.”

The Wagalla massacre took place on 10 February 1984 at the Wagalla Airstrip. The facility is situated approximately 15 km (9 mi) west of the district capital of Wajir in the North Eastern Province, a region primarily inhabited by ethnic Somalis. Kenyan troops had descended on the area to reportedly help diffuse clan-related conflict. However, according to eye-witness testimony, about 5,000 Somali men were then taken to an airstrip and prevented from accessing water and food for five days before being executed by Kenyan soldiers.

According to a commissioner with the The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission of Kenya, a government oversight body that had been formed in response to the 2008 Kenyan post-election violence, the Wagalla massacre represents the worst human rights violation in Kenya’s history.

… For years the Kenyan government denied that a massacre had taken place and insisted that “only 57 people were killed in a security operation to disarm the [area’s] residents”. It was not until October 2000 that the government publicly acknowledged wrongdoing on the part of its security forces.”

The Garissa Massacre was a 1980 massacre of ethnic Somali residents by the Kenyan government in the Garissa District of the North Eastern Province, Kenya. The incident occurred when government forces, acting on the premise of flushing out a local gangster known as Abdi Madobe, set fire to a residential estate called Bulla Kartasi, killing people and raping women. They then forcefully interned the populace in a primary school for three days without food or water, resulting in over 3000 deaths. The Somali government, then led by Siad Barre, intervened by threatening that if such brutalities doesn’t come to an end, then the Somali Forces will overthrow the Nairobi regime and occupy the country. The Kenyan government therefore uplifted the curfew and set the people free.”

This is just from lack-of-info-wikipedia.

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My follower count is suffering because of school work, I should drop out..

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I think the most painful realisation comes when you find that you cannot speak your mother tongue as well as you do the language of the land where you grew up. My English is evidence of this. When something as simple as a colour, or the name of an animal in your mother tongue leaves you dumb. Yesterday I could not find the world for ‘turtle’ in Somali, only after my mother reminded me, did I recall knowing it.


We betray our mother tongues, for the languages of nations who will never fully accept us. We let the strangeness infest our mouths until we forget how to accommodate our original tongues.

mother tongue, Farah Gabdon

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Languages

A couple of days ago I went to a university applicants day at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) and went to three language taster sessions, the first one was Mandarin and I soon realised it wasn’t for me I completely get pin yin but the actual characters are so hard to recognise let alone associate tones to.

The second was Arabic and having learnt how to write and read Arabic but never the actual meaning, it was fun I understand conversational Arabic and tbh I would probably sign up for the class.

The final taster was Swahili and it was amazing the tutor was really good, we started of introducing ourselves in Swahili and it was so cool how so much words were similar to Somali. The tutor Donovan told us about how he began studying Swahili at SOAS and is now a teacher there he even has his own book on colloquial Swahili. I was funny watching people struggle to pronounce words which me and my friend (Also Somali) picked up or even understood.

This whole experience made me want to immerse myself into languages, I mean my mum understands and speaks five languages (Somali, English, Italian, Spanish and Arabic) having done Spanish GCSE and forgotten everything as well as understanding but struggling to speak Somali fluently I would love to learn a Asian/African language. If I end up at SOAS I will definitely take up a language.

(I also went to a talk for History which is the course I have applied for and also randomly ended up at a law seminar) 

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My neighbour brought over some falafel over and Hanan is crying because she doesn’t like feta…

My neighbour brought over some falafel over and Hanan is crying because she doesn’t like feta…

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stay-human:

stay-human:

Beyonce: Don’t Play Apartheid Israel
As a feminist woman of color I ask Beyoncé to stand on the side of justice and cancel her gig in Tel Aviv, Israel. Beyoncé is scheduled to play to a segregated audience in Israel on July 15, 2014, the venue has not been confirmed in Tel Aviv. This boycott is “inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression.” Israel is a persistent violator of international law and has failed to respect fundamental human rights. Until Israel ends its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine I ask you, as a person of conscience and a philanthropist, not to play in Israel. Beyoncé, please join  now in the cultural boycott of Israel, and help stop entertaining apartheid.
Sign the petition here!

Guys the petition barely has 1250 signatures. Now I know for fact we can do better than this. It’s fucking Beyonce, we need to reach like tens of thousands for this to work. Fucking sign it instead of just reblogging this stuff on tumblr and get everyone else you know to sign it as well. If Beyonce pulled out of a concert from Israel think of how huge a win for BDS that would be, there would be so much exposure and it would really help, at the very least, American awareness (which is especially important cuz that’s where Israel’s military and political support comes from that lets them commit war crimes with impunity).

stay-human:

stay-human:

Beyonce: Don’t Play Apartheid Israel

As a feminist woman of color I ask Beyoncé to stand on the side of justice and cancel her gig in Tel Aviv, Israel. Beyoncé is scheduled to play to a segregated audience in Israel on July 15, 2014, the venue has not been confirmed in Tel Aviv. This boycott is “inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression.” Israel is a persistent violator of international law and has failed to respect fundamental human rights. Until Israel ends its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine I ask you, as a person of conscience and a philanthropist, not to play in Israel. Beyoncé, please join  now in the cultural boycott of Israel, and help stop entertaining apartheid.

Sign the petition here!

Guys the petition barely has 1250 signatures. Now I know for fact we can do better than this. It’s fucking Beyonce, we need to reach like tens of thousands for this to work. Fucking sign it instead of just reblogging this stuff on tumblr and get everyone else you know to sign it as well. If Beyonce pulled out of a concert from Israel think of how huge a win for BDS that would be, there would be so much exposure and it would really help, at the very least, American awareness (which is especially important cuz that’s where Israel’s military and political support comes from that lets them commit war crimes with impunity).

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hysterifun:

when ur parents go out food shopping

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I was actually watching this yesterday and I found out birds eat baby turtles *cries*

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wall-flawer:

This is the cutest thing I’ve seen ever

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omg this iranianathiest guy is going to give me a heart attack, why is he all up in the somali tag, your giving me high blood pressure just leave somalia alone!

now how do I block this obnoxious guy with his torso on full display smh

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Until 9/11, Islam didn’t figure in the New Atheists’ attacks in a prominent way. As a phenomenon with its roots in Europe, atheism has traditionally been the archenemy of Christianity, though Jews and Judaism have also slipped into the mix. But emboldened by their newfound fervor in the wake of the terrorist attacks, the New Atheists joined a growing chorus of Muslim-haters, mixing their abhorrence of religion in general with a specific distaste for Islam (In 2009, Hitchens published a book called “God Is Not Great,” a direct smack at Muslims who commonly recite the Arabic refrain Allah Akbar, meaning “God is great”). Conversations about the practical impossibility of God’s existence and the science-based irrationality of an afterlife slid seamlessly into xenophobia over Muslim immigration or the practice of veiling. The New Atheists became the new Islamophobes, their invectives against Muslims resembling the rowdy, uneducated ramblings of backwoods racists rather than appraisals based on intellect, rationality and reason. “Islam, more than any other religion human beings have devised, has all the makings of a thoroughgoing cult of death,” writes Harris, whose nonprofit foundation Project Reason ironically aims to “erode the influence of bigotry in our world.” »

Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens: New Atheists flirt with Islamophobia

Flirtation is an understatement.

Dawkins, in a recent rant on Twitter, admitted that he had not ever read the Quran, but was sufficiently expert in the topic to denounce Islam as the main culprit of all the world’s evil: “Haven’t read Koran so couldn’t quote chapter and verse like I can for Bible. But [I] often say Islam [is the] greatest force for evil today.” How’s that for a scientific dose of proof that God does not exist?

A few days later, on March 25, there was this: “Of course you can have an opinion about Islam without having read the Qur’an. You don’t have to read “Mein Kampf” to have an opinion about Nazism.”

It’s an extraordinary feat for an Oxford scholar to admit that he hasn’t done the research to substantiate his belief, but what’s more extraordinary is that he continues to believe the unsupported claim. That backwards equation — insisting on a conclusion before even launching an initial investigation — defines the New Atheists’ approach to Islam. It’s a pompousness that only someone who believes they have proven, scientifically, the nonexistence of God can possess.

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