Saturday, July 13, 2019

Rest in Peace Hodan Nalayeh

Thanks for your contributions to the Somali Diaspora as well as African Diaspora overall!  Your beautiful  blogs and short films about life in Kismayo  were/are enlightening!  Rest in peace, you are gone too soon.

The late Hodan Nalayeh

Associated Press

   OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - As bombings and attacks rocked the African nation of Somalia in recent years, Canadian-Somalian journalist Hodan Nalayeh found what she believed was a higher calling: Showcasing the hidden beauty of her homeland and its people.

   On Twitter, she shared posts featuring marine life dangling from the hands of fishermen, a small boat setting out in cerulean waters, and locals holding leopard-spotted stingrays.

   "Dried fish is big business on the island of (hash)Ilisi. They call this fish `Shabeelka Bada,' or `tiger of the ocean,"' Nalayeh wrote Thursday.

   "People save all their lives to have a retirement by the beach, yet we have plenty of it and cannot see its value. Let's appreciate the beautiful blessings we have," she wrote in an earlier posting.

   On Friday, the journalist dedicated to telling positive stories from a country suffering through decades of civil war, extremist attacks and famine was killed along with her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman, entrepreneur Mahad Nur and at least 23 others after a bomb exploded outside the Asasey Hotel in the Somalian city of Kismayo and gunmen stormed inside. Fifty-six other people were wounded in the attack, according to the Jubbaland regional president.

   Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the 14-hour assault that ended as troops killed the gunmen.

   On Saturday, friends and family reeled as they heard that Nalayeh, 43, a journalist and mother expecting her third child, was among the dead.

   Maaz Khan, a 24-year-old filmmaker in Toronto, said Nalayeh had shared her hard-earned wisdom when he met her a few years ago.

   "She was always very inspiring," he told The Associated Press. "She would say, `It's tough in the beginning, but always push through and don't give up on your passion."'

   Ahmed Hussen, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, mourned the journalist's death, saying on Twitter that she "highlighted the community's positive stories and contributions in Canada" through her work.

   "We mourn her loss deeply, and all others killed in the (hash)KismayoAttack," he said.

   Nalayeh was born in the northern Somalian city of Las Anod but moved with her parents and 11 siblings to the Canadian province of Alberta in the winter of 1984, when temperatures dropped to -40 degrees Celsius. Her father, a former Somalian diplomat, took a job as a parking attendant, she told in a 2014 interview.

   The family relocated to Toronto in 1992, and Nalayeh later completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Windsor and worked in sales and business, she said.

   In the podcast "Meaningful Work, Meaningful Life," Nalayeh told host Francine Beleyi that she made a mid-career pivot, going back to school to earn a postgraduate certificate in broadcast journalism and fulfill her childhood dream of being a journalist and television host. She became the world's first woman Somali media owner, according to statements she made to Canada's Status of Women committee in 2014.

   "I went back to work three months after giving birth. I said "This is not for me anymore," she told Beleyi.

   In 2014, she launched the Integration TV platform as a way to tell Somali stories, moving to the coastal city of Kismayo in 2018 to continue her work after visiting Somalia several times.

   The platform, widely known among members of the Somali diaspora, had gained hundreds of thousands of social media followers in the last five years. It also led Nalayeh to meet Suleiman, who was recently helping to build a drinking well in the drought-stricken African country. The couple was married last November in Kenya, according to her sister.

   Saciido Shaie, a Somali activist in Minnesota, said Nalayeh had wanted her two sons and younger generations of the Somalian diaspora to know about her country of birth.

   "She was like, `I will take this platform and I will use it to shed a light both to Somalians in Somalia and Somalians outside," Shaie said, adding "I'm heartbroken" at her death.

   Aw Hirsi, who knew Nalayeh's husband from their time together as government ministers in Jubbaland, described him as a dedicated husband.

   "He was a magnificent, creative guy who deeply cared for the (average) man. He was so kind, so understanding and down to Earth," Hirsi said.

   Shaie said when someone asked Nalayeh what she would like to be remembered for, the journalist said she didn't want to be "famous and all of that."

   Rather, she said, Nalayeh responded: "I just want people to remember me as someone who is a unifier."


Terror attack on Kismayo, Somalia Hotel. 26 Dead

The Asasey Hotel in Kismayo, Somali after Al Shabab Terror Attack

Associated Press

   MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Islamic extremists blew up the gate of a Somali hotel with a car bomb and took over the building for more than 14 hours, leaving 26 people dead before Somali forces who besieged the hotel overnight killed the attackers. The victims included a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist.

   Three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Americans and a Briton also were among the dead, said Ahmed Madobe, the president of Jubbaland regional state which controls Kismayo. Fifty-six people, including two Chinese, were injured in the hotel attack, he told reporters.

   At least four al-Shabab assailants attacked the Asasey Hotel Friday evening, beginning with a suicide car bomb at the entrance gate and followed by an assault by gunmen who stormed the hotel, which is frequented by politicians, patrons and lawmakers.

   The attack lasted more than 14 hours before troops shot dead all attackers inside the hotel compound, Col. Abdiqadir Nur, a local police officer, told The Associated Press.

   Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, often uses car bombs to infiltrate heavily fortified targets like the hotel in Kismayo, which has been relatively quiet in recent years.

   The attack is a blow to the Somalia government's efforts to hold nation-wide, one-person one-vote elections next year.

   Security officials cordoned off the site of the attack and prevented journalists from taking photos or video of the damaged hotel and in some cases destroyed journalists' cameras. Government officials have not been available for further interviews.

   Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh and her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman, died in the attack, Mogadishu-based independent radio station Radio Dalsan confirmed to AP.

   "I'm absolutely devastated by the news of the death of our dear sister Hodan Nalayeh and her husband in a terrorist attack in Somalia today. What a loss to us. Her beautiful spirit shined through her work and the way she treated people," Omar Suleiman, a Texas-based imam who knew the victim, wrote on social media.

   Nalayeh was born in Somalia in 1976, but spent most of her life in Canada, first in Alberta and then in Toronto. She founded Integration TV, an international web-based video production company aimed at Somali viewers around the world. She was the first Somali woman media owner in the world.

   Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen mourned Hodan Nalayeh's death on Twitter, saying she "highlighted the community's positive stories and contributions in Canada" through her work as a journalist. "We mourn her loss deeply, and all others killed in the (hash)KismayoAttack," he wrote.

   Nalayeh's endless "positivity" and "love for people" was inspiring, said Canada's New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath on Twitter.

   "In Ontario, Hodan launched (at)IntegrationTV to tell the beautiful stories of the Somali Diaspora, and took that same humanity and love to her reporting and storytelling in Somalia. My thoughts are with her family, and the victims of the (hash)Kismayo attack during this horrific time."

   A top official of the African Union condemned the attack.

   "This is an attack meant to derail progress in Somalia as the country rebuilds and consolidates the gains made on peace and security," said Francisco Madeira, special representative of the chairman of the African Union Commission. "Somalia has made tremendous progress in seizing territory and pushing out the terrorists from many places across the country."

   He said the African Union's multinational force in Somalia will continue to work to stabilize the country.


Saturday, June 01, 2019

Injinia Mweusi Aua Huko Virginia!

Pichani ni Dewayne Caraddock

Hivi, inakuaje injinia (Engineer) mweusi, msomi, mwenye kipato kikubwa anaamua kuua wafanyakazi wenzake?  Jana,  Injinia Dewayne Craddock mwenye miaka 40, aliua wafanykazi wenzake 12 walipokuwa wanamaliza siku ya kazi huko Virgina Beach, Virginia.  Polisi walimua Craddock hapo papo.

Sasa, watu hapa USA wauliza kwa nini walimuwua wakati wauaji wa kizungu wanakamatwa na kuwekwa gerezani?   Na kawaida hao wauaji wa wengi wanakuwa wazungu, imekuaje huyo baba mweusi aliamua kuua?

Unaweza kusoma habari zaidi hapa:

Watu waliuawa  May 31, 2019 na Dewayne Craddock, walikuwa wanfanyakazi wenzake

Barua Pepe za Kitapeli

Good Day,

Can you help the less privileges people your country? I am willing to donate my late husband's funds to the less privileges for the help of mankind. All i need from you is your sincerity to use this funds if you are sure of your sincerity please get back to me.

      Mrs Madinah Hamza.


Dear Friend
I am Mr.Robinson Jonathan personal attorney to a foreign national who died of heart attack 2010 without any registered next of kin as he was long divorced and had no child My client left behind (US$5.7Million) Five million seven hundred thousand united states dollars,in the bank here in Lome-Togo.The bank has issued me a notice to come forward for the claim or have his account confiscated,Since I have been unsuccessful in locating any relatives of my decease client.

I contacted you because you have the same name with him and you can perfectly fit as next of kin to My late client we can work together as partner enable us claim the fund and share it 50/50 I will give you more details as soon as I hear from you.

Mr.Robinson Jonathan


United Nations Compensation Unit, In Affiliation with World Bank Our Ref: U.N.O/W.B.O/09/2019/1982/05

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Serikali Yasisitiza Majadiliano Kuboresha Sekta ya Habari

Na George Binagi-GB Pazzo, BMG
Serikali imesema haina mpango wa kuendelea kuvifungia vyombo vya habari vinavyokiuka kisheria kwenye utekelezaji wa majukumu na badala yake itaendelea kutumia njia ya majadiliano pale inapotokea changamoto ya kiutendaji.

Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Habari Maelezo ambaye pia ni Msemaji Mkuu wa Serikali, Dkt. Hassan Abbas aliyasema hayo jana jijini Dodoma wakati akizungumza kwa niaba ya Waziri wa Habari, Utamaduni, Sanaa na Michezo kwenye kilele cha maadhimisho ya Siku ya Uhuru wa Vyombo vya Habari Duniani 2019.

Dkt. Abbas alisema ni vyema wadau wa habari wakaunda kamati maalum itakayoketi na kujadiliana na Serikali kuhusiana na changamoto mbalimbali wanazodhani ni vikwazo kwenye utekelezaji wa majukumu yao ikiwemo vifungu na sheria za habari.

Aidha Dkt. Abbas aliwahimiza wadau wa habari kuzisoma na kuzielewa vyema sheria hususani Sheria ya Huduma za Vyombo vya Habari ya mwaka 2016 ili wanapokutana na Serikali kwenye majadiliano wawe na uelewa wa kutosha kuelezea vifungu vyenye changamoto tofauti na hivi sasa ambapo baadhi wanalalamika bila kuweka wazi vifungu gani vina mapungufu.

Katika maadhimisho hayo, washiriki walipendekeza maazimio 16 ikiwemo kuunda kamati itakayoketi na Serikali kujadiliana baadhi ya changamoto zinazokwamisha uhuru wa habari kama vile kufungia vyombo vya habari pamoja na kanuni zenye vikwazo kwenye Sheria ya Huduma za Huduma za Vyombo vya Habari ya mwaka 2016.

Taasisi mbalimbali zilishiriki kufanikisha maadhimisho hayo ikiwemo MISA Tanzania, Ubalozi wa Marekani, Internews, FES, IMS, Umoja wa Mataifa, UTPC, TMF, TEF, UK Aid, TAMWA, MCT, Unesco na Serikali ya Tanzania huku kauli mbiu ikiwa ni “wajibu wa vyombo vya habari kwa demokrasia, tasnia ya habari na uchaguzi nyakati za upotoshaji wa taarifa”.
Kaimu Balozi wa Marekani nchini Tanzania, Dkt. Inmi Patterson akizungumza kwenye maadhimisho hayo ambapo alisisitiza juu ya uhuru wa vyombo vya habari katika kutimiza majukumu yake bila kuingiliwa.
Balozi wa Uingereza nchini Tanzania Mhe. Sarah Cooke akitoa salamu zake kwenye maadhmisho hayo.
Mkurugenzi wa Umoja wa Klabu za Waandishi wa Habari Tanzania (UTPC), Abubakary Karsan akichangia mada kwenye maadhimisho hayo.
Afisa Mawasiliano wa Umoja wa Mataifa ofisi ya Tanzania, Stella Vuzo akitoa salamu za Katibu Mkuu wa Umoja wa Mataifa, Antonio Guterres kwenye maadhimisho hayo.
Washiriki wa maadhimisho hayo wakifuatilia ujumbe wa Katibu Mkuu wa Umoja wa Mataifa, Antonio Guterres kwa njia ya vidio.
Fuatilia matukio katika picha kwenye maadhimisho hayo.
Washiriki wa maadhimisho ya Siku ya Uhuru wa Vyombo vya Habari Duniani 2019 kitaifa jijini Dodoma wamesimama kwa muda kama ishara ya kumuombea aliyekuwa Mwenyekiti wa Chama cha Wamiliki wa Vyombo vya Habari Tanzania (MOAT) na pia mmiliki wa makampuni ya IPP, Dkt. Reginald Mengi aliyefariki usiku wa kuamkia jana nchini Dubai akiwa na miaka 77.
Washiriki wakiwa kwenye picha ya pamoja.
Washiriki wakifuatia mada kwenye maadhimisho hayo.
Mkurugenzi wa Misa Tanzania, Sengiyumva Gasirigwa (kulia) akisalimiana na Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Habari Maelezo, Dkt. Hassan Abbas (kushoto) baada ya kuwasili kwenye maadhimisho hayo.
Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Habari Maelezo, Dkt. Hassan Abbas akiwa na Kaimu Balozi wa Marekani nchini Tanzania, Dkt. Inmi Patterson pamoja na viongozi kutoka taasisi mbalimbali kutembelea mabanda ya maonyesho ya kitaaluma kwenye maadhimisho hayo.
Wachezaji wa ngoma za asili kutoka kabila la Wagogo walinogesha mapokezi ya washiriki na viongozi mbalimbali.
Picha na KD Mula

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Wehu Wavunja Kaburi ya Marehemu na Kubaka Maiti!

Imani ya Ushirikina (Uchawi) umezidi Tanzania!  Watu wanafukua maiti halafu wanaibaka!  Wana uchu ya pesa na mengine kuweza kufanya hivyo au ni wagonjwa wa akili?  Upumbavu! Mary Mkwaya Malamo alikuwa miaka 35. Alifariki mwanzoni mwa wiki.

The Late Mary Mkwaya Malamo

Mwili wa aliyekuwa Afisa wa Wizara ya Nishati Mery Mkwaya Maramo aliyefariki mwanzoni mwa wiki hii na kuzikwa jana katika Makaburi ya Pugu Mwakanga jijini Dar es Salaam, Usiku wa kuamkia leo (Ijumaa) watu wasiojulikana wameufukua na kuutoa nje ya jeneza kisha kuuvua nguo .
Kaka wa Marehemu Mary, Deogratius Maramo amesema inasemekana mwili wa marehemu uliingiliwa kimwili lakini bado wanasubiri ripoti ya Polisi ili wajue kilichomtokea ndugu yao.

Kaka huyo wa marehemu amesema kuwa hakuna kitu chochote kilichoibiwa kaburini humo.!

Kaburi la Marehemu Mary Mkwaya Malamo baada ya kuvunjwa na wachawi

Mnaweza kuangalia Video HAPA:

Maelezo ya Fundi aliyegundua Kaburi Imevunjwa. HAPA

Ugonjwa wa Homa ya Dengue Umerudi!

(AP) - Tanzanian authorities have announced an outbreak of the mosquito-borne dengue fever in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam and Tanga region along the coast.

   Deputy health minister Faustine Ndugulile said Thursday that 252 people have been hospitalized in Dar es Salaam while 55 others have been admitted at health facilities in the Tanga region.

   Dengue fever causes severe headache along with muscle and joint pain. There is no cure.

   The Tanzanian government attributes the outbreak to heavy rainfall.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Kumbukumbu - Mauaji Rwanda 1994

Wadau, nilikuwa mwandihsi wa habari katika gazeti la serikali, Daily News. Siku ya 4/4/1994, tulipata Telex kibao kuwa watu wanafurika Bukoba na sehemu zingine mpakani kutoka Rwanda. walisema watu wanauawa ovyo, kisa...eti WaTusi!  Walisema watu waliokuwa marafiki jana, leo ni maadui!  Asante Mwalimu  Nyerere, sisi waTanzania wote ni NDUGU!


Rwanda genocide victims 1994

By The Associated Press

   KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) - Twenty-five years ago, Rwanda descended into an orgy of violence in which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by the majority Hutu population over a 100-day period in what was the worst genocide in recent history.

   The massacres, mostly by gangs wielding machetes, swept across Rwanda and groups of people were killed in their homes and farms and where they sought shelter in churches and schools. The mass killings started after a plane was shot down on April 6, 1994, in the capital, Kigali, killing President Juvenal Habyarimana. The killers were encouraged by hate messages broadcast on radio stations. Rwandan police, military and other government authorities did not stop the killings.

   Scores of thousands of terrified Tutsis fled Rwanda for neighboring countries including Congo, Tanzania and Uganda. The waves of murders continued until the rebel forces of the Rwandan Patriotic Front took control of the country. Paul Kagame, who led the rebels, helped re-establish order in the country and served as vice-president and defense minister from 1994 until he became Rwanda's president in 2000. Under Kagame's leadership Rwanda has achieved stability and economic growth, although he is widely accused of being intolerant of criticism and of running a repressive government.

   The scale of the killings in 1994 was unimaginable but the reporting and photographs taken at the time, for which AP won Pulitzer prizes, helped to inform the world of the horrors of the genocide.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019