Former refugee running as Somalia’s first female president


Fadumo Dayib was once a Somali refugee. A Harvard graduate and mother, she now lives a comfortable life in Finland. Despite the overwhelming odds, she running as Somalia’s first female president.


Fadumo Dayib is trying to do something no one has ever done before. Despite overwhelming odds, she is vying to become Somalia’s first female president. Those long odds have a lot to do with her own story. She has been a refugee for most of her life. Despite not learning how to read until she was 14 years old, she now has a master’s degree from Harvard in public administration and is working on a Ph.D. But in a country with a dismal human rights record and a long history of oppression against women, running for the highest public office in the land comes with risks. Fadumo Dayib joins me now. Welcome to the program.

FADUMO DAYIB: Thank you very much, Rachel.

MARTIN: Why do you want to do this?

DAYIB: Because I see what I’m doing as a moral obligation and a civic duty towards my country. I’ve watched for almost 26 years, hoping for a competent leadership to come that can bring us all back. There’s 1.5 million Somalis in the diaspora, 1.2 million internally displaced inside the country. And they’re all yearning to have a dignified existence to go back.

MARTIN: What is life like – if you are a child in Somalia right now, what does your future hold? What is day to day life like?

DAYIB: It’s very bleak. If I speak about a child in Somalia who wakes up and might be in an internally displaced camp, this is a child who sees violence because majority of the women and children also get raped. They, you know, experience attacks by al-Shabab. And of the 12 million Somalis that I spoke about, 75 percent are under the age of 30. Of that, 68 percent are unemployed. That’s why they end up either joining piracy or joining al-Shabab, or going on to migrate and dying on their way to the West.



Who remembers the Italian immigrants who worked and died in mines?

Coal was king in Black Diamond, a small town about 25 miles southeast of Seattle along the Cascade Mountain range. Russell Lee [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Coal was king in Black Diamond, a small town about 25 miles southeast of Seattle along the Cascade Mountain range. Russell Lee [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A century ago in Black Diamond, Wash., the freight trains arrived empty twice a day and twice a day they left, loaded with coal. Railroad assistant Amos Ungherini would go down the line each day in a hand-pumped “speeder” to weigh the cars. Back then, the railroad was more than just a way to get coal to market. It was the lifeblood of the town.
Ungherini and others of Italian descent worked hard in and around the coal mines of Washington. And unfortunately, some paid the ultimate price.  Continue reading

Starla Hilliard Barnes is paraplegic, but competing in Mrs Montana pageant is not a no

Starla BarnesParaplegic to compete in Mrs. Montana pageant

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2016 6:12 pm

A Kalispell woman who was paralyzed in a 2009 hit-and-run accident and then was injured again in another crash last year will be the first-ever wheelchair contestant in the upcoming Mrs. Montana pageant.

Starla Hilliard Barnes has been breaking down barriers for people with disabilities ever since she was first injured. Two years ago she was named Ms. Wheelchair Montana.

Since she was paralyzed from the waist down seven years ago, Barnes has worked to regain her independence. She got married, gave birth to a daughter and has become an advocate for overcoming adversity. Continue reading

Budapest Premier Kultcafé: Europe’s first and largest disability-friendly community and cultural space


Premier Kultcafé, located in the premises of what used to be the premises of the Vörösmarty cinema on Üllői út, just off Kálvin tér in central Budapest, opens today with a cinema, café, bakery and events hall all operated by employees living with disabilities. Initially, the 620 square metre venue, which is run by a foundation established by celebrated Hungarian actress Mari Törőcsik, will provide work to 8-10 people.

The former cinema underwent a HUF 150 million revamp, which extending to the renovation of the 55-seat grand hall and a variety room to host concerts and other cultural events. (…)

Premier Kultcafé was born to show that culture belongs to everyone and there are no obstacles by employing people with disabilities

– they wrote on their Facebook page.

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Goldman Sachs buying up snapchat ads for International Women’s Day

  • March 8, 2016, 11:00 AM EST

Goldman Sachs is taking over Snapchat today. Snapchat

Aplethora of brands are celebrating International Women’s Day today, and if you scroll through Snapchat, you’ll likely see a promo for Goldman Sachs.

As part of a campaign to promote the 10,000 Women project, which provides business and management education for women in developing countries including China and Afghanistan, the Wall Street bank is running ads alongside editorial content in four Discover channels: Refinery29, Vice, BuzzFeed and National Geographic.

According to Snapchat, it’s the app’s first content-related ad buy across Discover channels, and was put together after Goldman Sachs created the campaign’s idea and creative.