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Somali Faces

Somali Faces
Type of site
OwnerMohammed Ibrahim Shire
LaunchedJanuary 1, 2016; 8 years ago (2016-01-01)
Current statusOnline

Somali Faces is a non-profit organization[1] that shares day to day stories of ordinary Somali people from around the world. It was founded by Mohammed Ibrahim Shire, a Somali storyteller, author and academician.


Somali diaspora

Mohammed started the Somali Faces platform in January 2016. They have traveled across Europe and the Americas by initially focusing on Somalis living in the Diaspora. They proceeded in efforts to narrate the Diaspora experience in the face of perpetual stereotypes of Somalis in the media.

Somalis in Somalia

Following this, they have started touring the Horn of Africa visiting many remote villages and towns in Somalia and Somaliland to capture the human stories.


In January 2017, following the gang rape of two Somali girls in Galdogob, Somalia, and the subsequent release of the video footage, Somali Faces raised emergency funds online to resettle the two families.[2]



  1. ^ ""Project shows true face of Somalis"". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
    - ""Somaliske hverdagsfortællinger"". Globalnyt (in Danish). 23 April 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
    - ""Gesichter Somalias"". Welt-Sichten. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Outrage over Somali gang-rape video". BBC News. 17 January 2017.
    - Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith (18 January 2017). "Gang rape video on Facebook of 16-year-old girl sparks outrage". The Independent.
    - Migiro, Katy. "Somali gang rape video sparks call for justice, not fine of camels". Reuters UK.
  3. ^ "Innovative Award". International Somali Awards. Retrieved 2018-04-05.

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