Tag: violence


War begets terror Blog / Featured

Since the beginning of 2017, the frequency and lethalness of al-Shabaab’s attacks inside Somalia have reached new levels. This reality was demonstrated for everyone last month, on October 14, when a huge truck filled with explosives detonated at a busy intersection in the capital Mogadishu claiming almost 400 lives. This relentless wave of bombings and assassinations by al-Shabaab comes despite an escalation of the United States’ military activities against the...

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The Fear Amongst Ourselves Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches #6 Mogadishu, Somalia The fear of insecurity disconnects people in the neighborhood. It creates unspeakable walls between us. We meet and exchange greetings, all very short: Asalaamu alaikum. Wa alaikum asalaam. We do not get to know each other by names. We have lived here, a district in Mogadishu, for almost two years. Every day I take a walk around the area with my mother. When we...

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The Ties that Bind, Pt. II Blog

“So if a colored woman is raped and killed, why do the Days rape and kill a white woman? Why worry about the colored woman at all?” Guitar cocked his head and looked sideways at Milkman. His nostrils flared a little. “Because she’s mine.” – Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon (p. 223). December 4th, 2014: I had the great pleasure of meeting Nuruddin Farah, an...

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The Ties that Bind, Pt. I Blog

June 28th, 2015: After an exhausting day at work, I plopped myself onto the leather couch in my living room, flipping on CP24—a fast-paced Torontonian news station that has become the choice ‘background noise’ channel at my house. A news story broke about the killing of two men in a condominium somewhere in downtown Toronto. The headline darted across the screen in caps: MAN WANTED IN DOUBLE...

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