Somalia was in the news last week. Yet another time it was negative news. A suicide bombing at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) building in the Somali capital Mogadishu killed 18 people on 19 June 2013. Of course, the radical Islamist group called al-Shabab (Arabic for “the boys”) carried out the blast as they announced responsibility on their Twitter account. Despite this setback, Somalia has, on relative terms, a surprisingly positive development over the past months. Although attacks continue to happen, the amount of such incidents is decreasing and the overall development of the country is a positive one. Somalia is taking “baby steps” forward and there is a tendency towards more stability. Thus, Somalia deserves to be also positively mentioned in the international media!
Headings like “Is ICC recolonizing Africa?” were common during the past weeks in African newspapers across the continent. It does not come as a surprise, as African leaders decided on 26 May 2013 during an African Union (AU) meeting that the trials against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto should be sent back from The Hague to a national court in Kenya. The motion was brought up, quite ironically, by Uganda and reportedly supported by all AU member states with the notable exception of Botswana. This move is short-sighted and strengthens impunity on the African continent.
Yesterday, I returned from Tanzania back to Austria. After six months of volunteering for the Kilimanjaro Hope Organization (KIHO), I am able to look back to a fantastic time in this East African country! It was a time full of learning and creating new bonds across cultures and boundaries. I have practically learned how to approach and work with local communities and realized the need to work with group initiatives. Also, I had the opportunity to meet and live together with various community initiatives from the rural areas. In this blog post, I want to share some of my thoughts and experiences with you during these six months in Tanzania.