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Anglo-Somali Society Meeting, Monday 23 October 2017



Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG


As usual our October meeting is a part of the Somali Week Festival at Oxford House. See for an update of the week’s programme.


The venue is about 5/10 mins walk from Bethnal Green station on the Central Line,  one stop from Liverpool Street. Go west along Bethnal Green Rd.  Derbyshire St. is the 7th turning on the left.




5.30 – 6.00 pm    Arrival in the Theatre      No admission charge.

 No need to book in advance.



6.00 pm      Dr. MOHAMED YUSUF AW ALI:    Mental Health in Somaliland


Dr. Mohamed is a graduate of both the Univerity of Hargeisa and Kampala International University (KIU), Uganda. He has worked as a medical doctor in the Hargeisa Group Hospital and as a pediatric lecturer and medical officer in the KIU Teaching Hospital. In 2011 Dr. Mohamed was nominated to be the operational research coordinator at the Communicable Disease Research Centre at KIU. During 2012/2013 he joined the UN Population Fund as a reproductive health programme analyst.


In the last four years, Dr Mohamed has been working with different international mental health charities based in the UK including Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International, Richmond Fellowship International and Richmond Companions International as quality and compliance auditor and director of programmes. He is a member of Healthwatch Ealing as well as a member of the Somaliland Mental Health support Organisation (SLMHSO) being responsible for the organisation’s activities in London.                          



6.45 pm       Dr. IDIL OSMAN:   Contextualising Somali migration increase.


                     Idil has worked for over 12 years as a national and international journalist for the BBC, the Guardian and the Voice of America, spending the majority of her career covering stories from the Horn of Africa. She is the author of the recently published 'Media, Diaspora and the Somali Conflict' by Palgrave Macmillan ( along with numerous publications that focus on media, migration, development, conflicts in the Horn of Africa and diaspora communities in Europe. She completed her PhD in Journalism and is an expert on diasporic media and development communications. She's currently a research associate at SOAS and is working on a research project called the Research and Evidence Facility that's examining the root causes of regular and irregular migration from the Horn of Africa.



7.30 pm     Close



Future Meetings: 



6pm  23 October 2017 General Meeting with guest speakers at Oxford House, London E2 6HG (Council Meeting 4:30pm)

6:30pm 23 January 2018 Council Meeting at Walston House, Aylesford Street, London SW1V 3RL

 6pm 21 February 2018 AGM and General Meeting with guest speakers and supper, Indian YMCA, Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ