English actor Idris Elba marries Somali model Sabrina Dhowre

English actor Idris Elba has tied the knot with Somali model and actress Sabrina Dhowre in a ceremony in Morocco, Press Association reported today. The wedding ceremony took place yesterday at the Ksar Char-Bagh hotel in Marrakesh, according to British Vogue magazine. Elba and Dhowre, a model and former Miss Vancouver, had

#WorldBookDay : 8 top books on Somalia

In honour of #WorldBookDay, an international day dedicated to highlighting the power of books to illuminate the human experience and “to inspire behavior based on understanding, tolerance, and dialogue”, Biladd.com takes you on a literary tour of Somalia: Crossbones by Nuruddin Farah Set in Somalia around the 2006 US-backed Ethiopian invasion, the final volume in Farah's Past Imperfect

Former Sudan president now an inmate at maximum security prison – reports

Former Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir has been taken to Kober prison, a maximum security facility in the capital Khartoum, reports say. His transfer to the prison ends rumours about his travel to outside the country. Reuters, citing prison officials, said that he was being held in solitary confinement under tight guard. The former

Aamin: Somalia’s free ambulance services that are saving lives

About 13 years ago, Abdikadir Haji Adan used all his savings to buy his first ambulance. Today, he has a fleet of more than a dozen. The ambulances may be old and some on their last leg, but they get the job done. Adan runs the Aamin Emergency Services (AES), a

Somalia needs debt cancellation now to give its children a chance

Meeting the children at a primary school in Baidoa town, in the southwestern Bay region of Somalia, my heart swelled with joy. As they showed me how they could say the days of the week in English, the teacher beamed, I felt so proud that the world's humanitarian response was

The wounds of the Garissa university attack, four years on

Four years ago this month, gunmen attacked Kenya’s Garissa University, killing at least 147 people, most of them students. It was one of the most horrific attacks ever to occur on Kenyan soil. Somalia-based militant group, al-Shabab, which continues to carry out attacks inside Kenya, claimed responsibility, saying it was


Some of The biggest misconceptions that many non-Muslims have about Islam have to do with the word "ALLAH". For various reasons, many people have come to believe that Muslims worship a different God than Christians and Jews. This is totally false, since "ALLAH" is simply that Arabic word for "God" -

From the ashes of genocide, Islam rises in Rwanda

A handful of Muslims took a stand during the hundred days of slaughter. Their stance inspired thousands of Rwandans to become Muslim in what was once called Africa’s most Catholic country. "I was a Catholic pastor before genocide," Matabaro Sulaiman told TRT World on a chilly Thursday night in Kigali, dressed

Uganda’s bicycle ambulances help the pregnant, sick and injured

In the early months of her pregnancy, Sandra Naigaga had to walk more than four kilometres to get to antenatal care at the health centre in Kibibi, Uganda. Uganda has high maternal and newborn death rates, with 15 women dying every day from childbirth and pregnancy-related issues. That worried Naigaga in those initial

GoFundMe campaign launched for Somali mother with tumour

A GoFundMe appeal has been launched to help raise money for a Somali mother of six who needs emergency treatment for a mouth tumour. Faiza Hassan Haji, a single mother, lives in Somalia's central Hiiraan region. Three years ago, she discovered a small bump on her right cheek. Due to her lack