updated 6:05 AM MDT, May 23, 2017
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Somali Refugees illegally refused entry by the EU detained for months in Ukraine, abused and tortured

 By Martin Kreickenbaum

 According to research by the German television station ARD’s news magazine Report Mainz and the weekly publication Der Spiegel, the prisons are financed with millions of dollars from Brussels.

Hasan Hirsi, who fled Somalia more than three years ago, told reporters he was tortured with electric shocks in Ukraine. “Hirsi’s hands trembled as he spoke of his ordeal in the detention center,” wrote Der Spiegel. For days the refugees were given nothing to eat. They were beaten repeatedly and tortured again and again with electroshocks. “I realized that the situation for me in Ukraine was terrible. I couldn’t stay,” said Hirsi. He was still a minor at the time.

  • Written by Abdullahi
  • Category: EUROPE

Snowden: NSA helped British steal cell phone codes, as its signals is known intercepted nearly 300,000 keys for mobile phone users in Somalia

By Ken Dilanian

WASHINGTON — Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden.
A story about the documents posted Thursday on the website The Intercept offered no details on how the intelligence agencies employed the eavesdropping capability — providing no evidence, for example, that they misused it to spy on people who weren't valid intelligence targets. But the surreptitious operation against the world's largest manufacturer of mobile phone data chips is bound to stoke anger around the world. It fuels an impression that the NSA and its British counterpart will do whatever they deem necessary to further their surveillance prowess, even if it means stealing information from law-abiding Western companies.

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The Economist reports that the children of African refugees from Somalia do far better in school than low-income British children in general

 "Somali immigrants," it reports, "insist that their children turn up for extra lessons at weekends." These are "well-ordered children" and their parents understand that education "is their ticket out of poverty."

THE poorest people in Leicester by a wide margin are the Somalis who live in the St Matthews housing estate. Refugees from civil war, who often passed through Sweden or the Netherlands before fetching up in the English Midlands, they endure peeling surroundings and appalling joblessness. At the last census the local unemployment rate was three times the national average. But Abdikayf Farah, who runs a local charity, is oddly upbeat. Just look at the children, he says.

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  • Category: EUROPE

Media training for Somali community in the UK

 Members of the Somali community are being urged to take advantage of free media skills training to help raise the profile of their organisation, project or good cause.

The Somali Voices project, managed by the Media Trust in partnership with and funded by the Open Society Foundation, aims to help raise the platform of individuals working in the community, providing them with new skills to share their positive stories.

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  • Category: EUROPE
 
 

 

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