On August 12, as people from all over the world celebrated International Youth Day, hundreds of Somali youths took to the streets to take action and improve their communities in a clear demonstration of their relevance to peace and development in the country.
The relative peace and stability in Somalia have seen an increased use of safe spaces for transformative youth activities. Young people across the country gather in these spaces to exchange knowledge, share ideas, experiences and skills, and build friendships through arts and sports.
When Vincent Lelei flew into Mogadishu in January 2017 to assume his duties as a senior United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia, he found a country in the grips of a severe food insecurity crisis after four consecutive below-average rainy seasons.
Mogadishu - A joint IGAD-UNSOM mission visited Garowe, Puntland, and Hargeisa, Somaliland, from 28 to 30 July 2018, to take forward ongoing efforts to find a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Tukaraq area of Sool region.
Growing up in the Mogadishu suburb of Taleex in the 1980s, Bile Ismail Diriye and Abdikadir Maalim Mohamed were the best of friends.
Their bonds of friendship were nurtured in the suburb’s streets and sports fields, where they would play and pass away their spare time.
Baidoa, Dhumuusareb, Garowe, Jowhar, Kismayo – In especially-convened consultations in cities around Somalia this week, Somali women gathered to discuss enhancing their role in the country’s peace and reconciliation process and to strengthen the fight against violent extremism wh
Somalia’s civil war wrenched the country in many ways.
Families were torn apart, the rule of law faded away, government institutions collapsed, and education came to a standstill, to name but a few of the setbacks the country faced because of the violence.
Gaalkayo – Leaders, community members and police from North and South Gaalkayo have come together this week for a week-long discussion to establish a community forum and joint police community action plans – key steps in furthering peace-building progress in the region.