Five ways Ramadan is different between America and Somalia

Living in a Muslim country is far different from living in a secular one, but this difference becomes especially distinct during Ramadan.
Jun 1, 2018

Somali Christians facing persecution hope for sanctuary in U.S.

Somali Christians in Kenya say their countrymen are persecuting them for their beliefs — even as options for refuge in the U.S. have been reduced.
May 11, 2017
Somali Americans gathered in SeaTac in early March for an emergency fundraiser to provide relief for the ongoing drought Somalia (Photo by Damme Getachew)

Survival first, safety second: Somalia drought overshadows travel ban

Trump's travel ban came just as drought has put millions of Somalis at risk of starvation, leaving the local community grappling with dual emergencies.
Mar 15, 2017

Somali Americans celebrate new President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo

Somalia's newly elected President Farmago offers the Somali diaspora a ray of hope for the motherland.
Feb 15, 2017
Masjid Ramadan, Hargesia, Somaliland. (Photo by Ikram Issa)

1,000 Somali Shillings: How mosques hold Somalia together

A Seattle Muslim who moved back to his native land found his faith rekindled inside the four simple walls of a Somali mosque.
Jan 25, 2017
Hamda Yusuf. (Photo by The Seattle Globalist)

Composting and the art of interacting with well-intentioned white people

Composting and the art of interacting with well-intentioned white people.
Mar 13, 2016
Midwife Faisa Farole examines Malcolm Stonehill (the author's son) at the new Rainier Valley Community Clinic, which offers culturally competent pre- and postnatal health care. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Rainier Valley midwives offer “culturally competent” care for diverse moms

In a zip code where 59 languages are spoken, pre- and postnatal care can't be cookie-cutter.
Mar 4, 2016

Mayors urge feds to find solution to Somali remittance crisis

Mayors sign resolution calling for feds to find a way for families to resume sending remittances to Somalia.
Jun 23, 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

Searching for a solution to the Somali remittance crisis

Somali Americans came together with politicians to look for a way to keep remittance money flowing to Somalia in spite of banks' restrictions.
Apr 3, 2015
"We are all thinking about it," said Egal, regarding the interruption of money transfer operations. "We have to help back home." (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Anti-terrorism regulations cut a critical lifeline to Somalia

Starting today, immigrants in Washington have no legal way to send money back to family in Somalia.
Feb 6, 2015
Hamda Yusuf, a third-year international studies major who is Somali American, often works on her poetry about identity at the Quad on the University of Washington campus. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Borders collapse in voices of young poets

A growing cohort of immigrant poets gives a universal spin to Northwest themes.
Sep 26, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Hamdi Lilah)

Local designer uses fashion to help Somalia

When Hamdi Mohamed first drew a map of Somalia, with the word “FREE” pushing out against the borders of the country, she wasn’t sure what she would do with it. The Chief Sealth High School student just knew it represented her desire for her home country to be freed of anarchy, violence and the numerous other issues it […]
Jul 24, 2014

Let’s talk about female circumcision

Northwest immigrants and their doctors grapple with female circumcision.
Apr 10, 2014
Abdi Mohamed Ali, left, helps Rachel Eagan pronounce Somali words in an evening class held Tuesday at Foster High School. “You need to speak to Somalis,” to learn, Ali says. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Want to learn a useful foreign language? Try Somali

An evening class at Foster High School in Tukwila is helping people learn Somali. It’s not an easy language, but in a region with a lot of Somali immigrants, a few words go a long way.
Oct 4, 2013
Seattle resident Hawo Abdi Farah, a Somali, is worried about possible bank-transfer restrictions that would affect her ability to wire money to relatives in Somalia. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Bank restrictions threaten Somalia’s remittance lifeline

Immigrants in the Northwest send millions of dollars to relatives Somalia every year. But international banks backpedalling from anti-terrorism laws could cut off the flow.
Sep 13, 2013

Molding a million bones for victims of genocide

Seattle lends a hand in a macabre participatory art project to raise awareness of humanitarian crises in Congo and Somalia.
Apr 6, 2013

Not “Just Another Towelhead”: A Globalist Q&A with slam poet Hamda Yusuf

Meet Hamda Yusuf: She’s 19, she’s a local slam poetry champion, and she wants to be the US ambassador to Somalia.
Apr 5, 2013

Fond memories of Somalia manifest at South Seattle restaurant

Al Uruba restaurant on Renton Avenue serves up traditional food in the kind of peaceful setting that may finally be returning to Somalia after decades of war. 
Feb 18, 2013

SIFF film picks from Africa

Of the 460-odd films from 64 different countries playing at SIFF this year, only a thin slice hail from Africa. To be fair to the SIFF programmers, they can only screen the films that get submitted, and only a few African countries have robust film scenes. But c’mon – only 5 features and 4 shorts? […]
May 20, 2012