On the Covid frontline in Mogadishu

We want to inform the Somali people that today, March 16, 2020, we can confirm the first case of coronavirus in the country,” said Somalia’s health minister, Fawziya Abikar, in a televised statement. Suddenly, panic set in. Now the virus was real and on our shores. For years, Somalia has …

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Coronavirus: Public information will save lives in Somalia

The Federal Government of Somalia has been proactive in addressing the coronavirus and, like everywhere else in the world, there are meetings after meetings on this global issue. A facility has been identified for quarantining and treating the victims of the virus and schools and universities have been ordered to …

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Climate change: A major global threat

The climate change, that is, the change of the global climate and in particular the changes in meteorological conditions that extend on a large time scale, is a major global existential threat.  The greenhouse effect causes the increase of temperature of the planet primarily due to the tremendous increase in …

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How do we reduce disaster risks for the conflict-affected?

In September, I marched along the streets of New York with impassioned climate activists calling for greater action on climate change. Their placards warned ‘the seas are rising and so must we’. A young woman, balanced atop a pillar, held one sign which said ‘I can’t believe I’m protesting the …

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