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Somali troops may have been drawn into Ethiopia’s civil war

The Mail & Guardian spoke to Somalis about their relatives who disappeared after signing up for military training and fear they may have been killed

Debt forgiveness will top the African agenda in 2021

After being praised for their handling of the pandemic, African countries must now confront the economic fallout – even as they grapple with existing political and security challenges

Review: Sam Msibi’s perilous dance on the frontlines

Lensman Sam Msibi’s memoir, The Accidental Frontline Journalist, reveals a life irrevocably bound to South Africa’s history

Environmental destruction is the human rights challenge of our time: Archbishop Tutu

World leaders must choose between life or death for humanity, say climate justice activists at 10th Desmond Tutu international peace lecture

Controls on remittances risk driving financial flows to Somalia underground

The regulations aim to prevent money laundering and financing terror organisations, but implementing them is proving to be difficult

On the Covid frontline in Mogadishu

Abdirahman Yusuf was determined to document the pandemic, so he went to the place that scared him most — the Covid-19 hospital

On Hodan Nalayeh’s brave legacy, and what it means to be Somali

Hodan Nalayeh was a Somali journalist famous for telling uplifting, positive stories about her country. She was killed in a terrorist attack in Kismayo in July 2019. A year later, the writer Ifrah Udgoon remembers how Nalayeh’s life and work shaped her own

Review: America through Ilhan Omar’s eyes

In this memoir, the first Somali-American woman elected to the US Congress describes how she got there

The pandemic has shifted patterns of conflict in Africa

Although the overall rate of conflict has remained steady in Africa during the past 10 weeks of the pandemic, the nature of this is changing in subtle but significant ways

Meet refugee camp’s ‘Corona Guy’

One radio presenter is using the airwaves to bring vital facts about the virus to Dadaab’s 217 000 residents

‘Soon he’ll be seen as threatening, not cute’: What it’s like to raise my black son in America

There is no separating George Floyd’s killing from the struggles black people have faced ever since the first slave ships landed on these shores

On the frontline: The junior doctor at Mogadishu’s Covid call centre

In less than a week, 16 000 Somalis called into the government’s new coronavirus hotline. Dr Jihan Ali works there, advising callers and collecting and providing data to colleagues

Crisis, what crisis? How not to handle a pandemic

So far, most countries on the African continent are dealing with Covid-19, but not all leaders are taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously

‘In Kenya, you cannot go anywhere without an ID. I don’t have one’

Double-registration has effectively rendered stateless tens of thousands of Kenyan citizens who are ethnically Somali

In East Africa, the locusts are coming back for more

In February the devastating locust swarms were the biggest seen in East Africa for 70 years. Now they’re even bigger

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Zuma, Zondo play the waiting game

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