Somali refugees rediscover lost arts and crafts skills in an East London workshop | AFP

Textile designer and founder of Hazfa Studio Hafza Yusuf runs a weekly textile and art workshop with a number of elderly women in East London. Originally from Somalia, Hafza wants to bring her country’s culture back to the women from the community, and bring them back to the skills they left behind when fleeing Somalia.

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Large blast near Somalia parliament: security source | AFP

Plumes of thick black smoke are seen over the city after a suspected car bomb exploded near the parliament in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, witnesses and a security official said. IMAGES

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Zimbabwe’s all-female anti-poachers and Somalia’s floating restaurants: Africa Weekly 22/11/19 | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to Zimbabwe, where a unique all-female anti-poaching unit is revolutionising the way the world looks at conservation. And then we head to Somali capital Mogadishu, where innovative restaurant owners are attempting to breathe life into the war-torn country and bolster its small but growing tourism sector. And we bring you all the stories that made the headlines this week.

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Far from bombs, Somalis try to relax on ‘floating restaurant’ | AFP

In the Somali capital of Mogadishu, despite regular terror attacks and conflict, people are trying to rebuild their prospects. Despite the everyday terror, new businesses, including a floating bar and restaurant, are attempting to breathe life into the war-torn country and bolster a small, but growing tourism sector.

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Somalia forces register with biometric system to end corruption | AFP

Somali troops are biometrically registered in Dhusamareb, Somalia. The process is being carried out to ensure the disbursement of soldier’s salaries directly in their bank accounts, which helps to fight against corruption.

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Here’s the latest for Saturday, July 13th: Barry has made landfall weakened to a tropical storm; Louisiana Governor says levees hold but the storm remains a threat; Islamic extremists attack Somali hotel; Meditation helps kids stay calm in class.

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Aftermath of deadly attack on Somali hotel

Somali forces Saturday morning ended an all-night siege on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayo, in which the death toll has risen to 26 people, including a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist and several foreigners, officials say. (July 13)

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Aftermath of deadly Somalia hotel siege | AFP

Twenty-six people were killed and 56 injured in a 12-hour attack by Al-Shabaab jihadists on a popular hotel in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo. IMAGES of aftermath and Somali local leader

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Garissa accomplice gets life, two others 41 years, for Kenya massacre | AFP

A Nairobi court Wednesday sentenced three men to terms ranging from 41 years to life for abetting the massacre of 148 people by Somali jihadists at Garissa University in northeast Kenya in 2015. IMAGES

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Ethiopian PM receives Eritrean President and Somali President

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed receives Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed at the airport in Gondar, Ethiopia. IMAGES

Somalis ‘pleased’ as Ilham Omar elected to US Congress

Somalis praise the election of onetime Somali refugee Ilhan Omar to the US Congress. Omar fled Somalia’s civil war with her parents at the age of eight and spent four years at a refugee camp in Kenya. She and Rashida Tlaib have become the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress.

Behind the wire in Australia’s ‘Pacific Gulag’

On the Pacific island of Nauru Somali asylum-seeker Khadar Hrisi is afraid even to go to sleep because of his wife’s repeated suicide attempts. They live in a refugee settlement camp, a place defined by desperation and rarely visited by outsiders. The vast majority of inhabitants are there against their will, the subjects of a controversial deal between this island’s government and Australian authorities keen to rid themselves of migrants.