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Happy Somali Youth Day! In celebration Mercy Corps is hosting a 10-day youth soccer tournament in Garowe, Somali. In communities recovering from conflict, Mercy Corps uses the power of play to bridge divisions and promote peacebuilding.
Learn more about how Sport for Change is transforming lives.
Photo: Lindsay Murphy/Mercy Corps

Happy Somali Youth Day! In celebration Mercy Corps is hosting a 10-day youth soccer tournament in Garowe, Somali. In communities recovering from conflict, Mercy Corps uses the power of play to bridge divisions and promote peacebuilding.

Learn more about how Sport for Change is transforming lives.

Photo: Lindsay Murphy/Mercy Corps

The Shabab militant group, which presents itself as a morally righteous rebel force and the defender of pure Islam, is seizing women and girls as spoils of war, gang-raping and abusing them as part of its reign of terror in southern Somalia, according to victims, aid workers and United Nations officials. Short of cash and losing ground, the militants are also forcing families to hand over girls for arranged marriages that often last no more than a few weeks and are essentially sexual slavery, a cheap way to bolster their ranks’ flagging morale.

From a gut-wrenching piece in The New York Times on the increasing violence against women in Somalia.

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Ed Ou’s work from the Somali-Kenyan border is in the current issue of Polka Magazine.  You can see the accompanying multimedia piece here.

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Today, November 9, 2011, is FWD Day of Action. FWD the facts and help us to reach 13.3 million FWDs in honor of the 13.3 million in need. FWD the facts now!

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Today, November 9, 2011, is FWD Day of ActionFWD the facts and help us to reach 13.3 million FWDs in honor of the 13.3 million in need. FWD the facts now!

With foreign aid on Congress’s chopping block this week, it seems like a good time to revisit this infographic from GOOD detailing how US foreign aid spending stacks up against the rest of the budget.

With foreign aid on Congress’s chopping block this week, it seems like a good time to revisit this infographic from GOOD detailing how US foreign aid spending stacks up against the rest of the budget.

It is important to remember that however plagued Somalia is, however routine conflict, drought and disease have become, however many Somalis have already needlessly died, Somalis are not somehow wired differently from the rest of us. They are not numb to suffering. They are not grief-proof. I’ll never forget the expression on Mr. Kufow’s face as he stumbled out of Benadir Hospital into the penetrating sunshine with his lifeless little girl in his arms. He may not have been weeping openly. But he looked as if he could barely breathe.

Jeffrey Gettleman, in a stunning piece in The New York Times on the crisis in Somalia.

ONE unveiled a new PSA titled “The F Word: Famine is the Real Obscenity” to spark a more urgent response to the growing famine in Somalia that has already killed more than 30,000 children in just 3 months.

Learn more at One.org.

Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places.