Safiyah Ismail, second from left, a nurse at Seattle Children's, answers questions during a gathering of members of the Somali Health Board. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Anti vax movement puts Somali American kids at risk

A recent study found children of Somali-born parents were less likely to be immunized against measles, prompting calls for better public health outreach.
Nov 17, 2016
The author, right, and a friend at graduation from Rainier Beach High School last spring. (Courtesy photo)

Educating the Horn: Paving a path to college for Somali youth

UW freshman Ahlaam Ibrahim is launching an ambitious campaign to connect young Somali Americans with help applying to college.
Oct 7, 2016
Ilhan Omar is poised to become the first Somali American elected to a state legislature. (Photo from Ilhanomar.com)

“A new era of representation” for Somali Americans in politics?

Ilhan Omar’s high-profile campaign in Minnesota is "a wake up call” that Washington could have better representation of Somali Americans in politics.
Sep 16, 2016

5 Somali words I wish we had in English

Out of touch with your cultural roots? Well there's a Somali term just for you that suggests booting you back to your homeland.
Jul 13, 2016

SeaTac Muslims, interfaith leaders criticize idea of ‘tactical map’

Residents, interfaith leaders spoke out after an investigation uncovered an attempt at religious profiling of Muslims in the city of SeaTac.
Jun 7, 2016

Strong bonds grow at program for pregnant Somali women

The mysterious underwater rhythm of an in-utero heartbeat is the signature sound of prenatal checkups. When I was pregnant, it was a ritual I looked forward to. Now, four months after the birth of my son, I’m hearing that amazing sound again, but in a very different setting. It’s coming from behind a folding screen […]
Apr 29, 2016
A montage of words written in Somali and English, seen on the onecityproject.org website.

A push for Somali language classes at UW

There are currently no formal Somali language classes offered in the entire Northwest, despite a huge Somali diaspora community.
Apr 8, 2016

Why I moved back to Somalia (and you should, too)

Members of the Somali diaspora are leaving a Seattle that's increasingly inhospitable for working class immigrants and people of color, and returning to rebuild their homeland.
Feb 2, 2016
Coach Ar Ahmed rallies East African youth players in the Companion Athletics basketball league. The not-for-profit program is one of several trying to address a perceived generation gap in the community. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Trying to make sense of shootings, East Africans see a generation gap

Is a cultural clash between generations in the East African community a root cause for the recent wave of gun violence.
Nov 30, 2015
Safiyah Ismail, second from left, a nurse at Seattle Children's, answers questions during a gathering of members of the Somali Health Board. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Somali health fair confronts cultural barriers to care

The third annual Somali health fair will provide culturally sensitive advice and services for a community with unique needs.
Nov 13, 2015
Jama Abdirahman, a photographer, filmmaker and journalist has covered Black Lives Matter and the Somali community for the Seattle Globalist. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Why did the FBI show up at this Globalist youth reporter’s house?

An unannounced visit by FBI agents to a young journalist's Seattle home exposed the agency's problems building trust in Muslim communities.
Sep 3, 2015
Naima Abdi, 6, sits in the women's section with parents and siblings of players. The organization also has a smaller program for girls held at the SeaTac Community Center. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Closing the “opportunity gap” for South King County immigrant students

Many new immigrant and refugee families say they are being left behind — especially when it comes to education.
Jun 19, 2015

Malitia MaliMob rapper voices Somali American struggles

Tired of living out negative Somali stereotypes, the rapper behind Seattle's Malitia MaliMob decides to confront them head-on.
May 12, 2015