For more than two decades, on the first week of every month, I would find myself scrambling to send money to relatives in various cities, towns and village across the Somali territories and neighbouring countries. Despite my good intentions, I rarely succeeded in reaching my hawala (remittance firm) agent on time, though always mindful that too much delay could result in a family's eviction or student's suspension.
Students across Kenya are protesting about the government's inability to protect the students in Garissa. Read more about some of the protests here. The violence broke our hearts, and as we tweet, we can join in solidarity, share their tweets, build the movement. Use #147notjustanumber when you post.
If you are building actions and tools to support the students and the university, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are no shades of grey, no nuance or even cause and effect in the simplistic world view proclaimed by the current Canadian government.
The Conservatives response to the horrific attack in Nairobi's Westgate Mall has been to thump their chests and proclaim their anti-terror bona fides.
"The fight against international terrorism is the great struggle of our generation, and we need to continue with the resolve to fight this," bellowed Foreign Minister John Baird. For his part, Stephen Harper boasted that "our government is the government that listed al-Shabab as a terrorist entity."