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Somalia’s athletes brave war to train for the Olympics

Most athletes coming to the London Olympics are thinking of medals. But for Mohamed and Samsam, their greatest achievement was reaching here safely. Their journey to the Olympics has meant training in the world’s most difficult conditions, dodging bullets and …

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British Somalis going back for a future

Hassan, a 20-year-old man from Sheffield, is enjoying life in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Back in the UK he faced so many challenges. His family was always worried about him getting into trouble and ending up in jail – or dead. Sitting …

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Al-Shabaab: ‘Your peace depends on us being left alone’

As a major conference on Somalia opens in London, reporter Jamal Osman went to Somalia to speak to the Islamist group that will not be attending the summit, despite controlling most of the country. Senior representatives from over 40 governments …

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Al-Qaida fighting for hearts and minds in famine-hit Somalia

Men claiming to be al-Qaida operatives are moving into the humanitarian vacuum in Somalia, distributing aid and cash to drought victims in an attempt to win hearts and minds, a Guardian investigation can reveal. On a visit to the sprawling …

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