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Somali Links

These sites are of interest. The Woyingi Blogger does not endorse the content of these sites. Please inform me if any of the links do not work.

Uniting Communities to Mitigate Conflict: The USAID-funded Uniting Communities to Mitigate Conflict program engages women and youth to address clan differences—which often serve as a driver of conflict in Somalia, but can also serve as a source of conflict mitigation.

IIDA Women’s Development Organization: IIDA is operationally the largest grassroots movement in Somalia, and is represented in different regions of the country such as Lower and Middle Shabelle, Banadir Galgaduud, Bay and Bakool, and continues to work towards fostering sustainable development. IIDA recognizes the problems Somali women face in a country whose history is characterized by a decade-long war, has earned the respect of the Somali community and is able to resourcefully and successfully penetrate the grassroots, even in times when international organizations are unable to do so.

Edna Hospital of Somaliland: Website of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital, a non-profit charitable  community hospital, focusing on the needs of women and children, established by Edna Adan Ismail, who donated her UN Pension to establish this facility in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

The Center for Hadraawi Literature is based in Hargeisa. With more than 1,000 volumes, the center houses a variety of Hadraawi’s unlimited contribution to the Somali poetry, by means of books; papers, tapes, CDs and DVDs. The center also holds workshops, organizes reading programs, and sponsors lectures and seminars by noted authors and illustrators. Its vast collection is available to students, educators and the community. The Center was officially launched in October 2009 to house the extensive collection of more than 1,000 volumes composed by Mr. Mohamed I. Warsame (Hadraawi), scattered throughout the world.

Peers United for Somali Health (P.U.S.H) is a service organization composed of professionals and students devoted to improving healthcare in Somalia. Crippled by years of political instability, violence, and lack of social infrastructure, the people of Somalia have faced crises even beyond those brought by constant internal warfare. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Somalia has some of the “worst health indicators in the world.”

Mogadishu University Website

University of Somalia Website

University of Burao Website

Puntland State University Website

Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies

The Digital Somali Library (DSL) provides full-text, online access to 137 books from Indiana University Bloomington’s Somali collection. IU’s Somali collection ranks among the top-tier of such collections in the world and, in many cases, it includes unique items.

Somali Minority Rights & Aid Forum – SOMRAF, is a not for profit human rights, aid & development oriented organization founded in 2008. It was established by persons dedicated to improve the degraded conditions and rights of the underprivileged Minority groups in Somalia and Somaliland. SOMRAF seeks to help the minority communities in creating sustainable solutions to the problems they faces, and progress away from absolute poverty, marginalization and unemployment.

The United States

The Somali Family Care Network is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping all Somali groups in the United States work together to improve social and economic opportunities for the Somali community.

The Somali Diaspora Project: The Somali Diasora-A Journey Away. Since launching the Somali Documentary Project in 2003, Somali American photographer Abdi Roble has taken more than 100,000 photographs showing every aspect of Somali migrant life, whether riding the bus, studying the Quran, celebrating a wedding or shopping in a local Somali-run store in Minneapolis. Settings range from the butcher’s shop to the mosque; from the kitchen to the classroom.

The Somali Bantu : Their History and Culture Culture Profile 2002 by Dan Van Lehman and Omar Eno

Portland State University’s National Somali Bantu Project, in partnership with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), was awarded an ORR “ethnic self-help” grant in 2003. The overall goal of the project is to work with the Somali Bantu refugees and service providers to make the resettlement and integration process more successful. The initial objective of this project is to increase the knowledge and understanding of the service provider community about the Somali Bantus’ history, culture and practical challenges in the United States. Secondary objectives of the project include leadership training and promoting agricultural opportunities, among others, that help build strong families and communities.


The Somali Centre for Family Services is a broad-based non-profit organization that enjoys very strong community support and is well respected by other service providers as well as by funders. The centre was established in 1991 in response to a large influx of Somali newcomers to Canada. Initially, it was established to preserve culture and heritage. However, it quickly became apparent that the needs of the community were more in the realm of settlement, integration and counseling.

Somali Canadians Today: An Online News and Cultural Zine

Somali Hope Academy Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to education to underprivileged children in Somalia.


Somali Youth Development Resource Centre (SYDRC) was established in September 2000 as a federation of 5 main Somali organisations in the borough. In 2007, SYDRC changed its management structure to become the only Somali youth lead organisation in the UK. The majority of trustees elected were young people between the ages of 18-30 years of age. A youth Advisory Board was set up to provide stronger voice to the service users and also became a mechanism to feed into the management committee. The new face of SYDRC has made a huge difference to the lives of young Somali`s and encouraged more young people role models to volunteer.

Elays Network: The name Elays is of Somali origin and translates to mean light- which can also be referred to as a light house. The purpose of a light house is to guide and carefully direct sailors on rough waters to land and safety. Similarly, whilst Elays is in existence we aim to guide and direct the youth during the most crucial and difficult years of their development, whilst living in what is similar to rough waters- the streets of London. Like a lighthouse, Elays acts as that steadfast constant presence which offers comfort, security and opportunity.

Hands Off Somalia is a campaign originally organised to oppose any upcoming corporate, political and military intervention in Somalia by the British government, which was signalled at their conference held on 23 February 2012. Hands off Somalia! aims to stop any imperialist intervention in Somalia through helping to build and mobilise mass support for the right of Somalia’s self-determination. We also oppose all criminalisation of the Somali community in Britain. Hands off Somalia! is a non-sectarian, anti-imperialist and anti-racist campaign which aims to offer organisation and education, through public actions and independent media, to all people in Britain who oppose outside intervention, and believe Somalia should be able to determine its own future free from the chains of imperialism.

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