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
Somali American filmmaker and comedian Liban Barre. (Video still by Starla Sampaco)

#GreaterSeattle: The funny side of growing up Somali American

These Somali American teen filmmakers are getting big laughs from videos about the generation gap between them and their immigrant parents.
Jul 18, 2016

Somali diaspora speaks up about the dangers of migrant trafficking

Perils of the East African refugee crisis develop long before reaching the Mediterranean Sea, as one Seattle Somali-American reports.
Apr 26, 2016
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

Seattle East Africans reach out to police, politicians through iftars

Crosscut posted a two-part series about efforts to build the relationship between Seattle's growing East African communities and city officials and police.
Aug 26, 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