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Social Media Movement Effectively Raises Over $1MM For Somalia Famine

When used correctly, social media can be a powerful tool to reach thousands of people at any given moment. Put a little celebrity power behind that and you can do a lot of good.

That was the idea behind the celeb-driven, “Love Army For Somalia,” which wanted to literally fill up a Turkish Airline plane with food and water, and immediately deliver it to aid people affected by the Somalian famine.

This movement actually all started with the Twitter hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia, as Vine and Snapchat star Jerome Jarre urged his following to help aid Somalia in their time of crippling famine. In his video, he passionately talked about the people of Somalia losing their means of water, food, and livestock:

From there, social media activist Chakabars Clarke got involved, along with YouTube celebrity Casey Neistat who posted a video entitled, “We have 10 days to get a Million Dollar$,” as he let his following of 6.7 million YouTubers know that there are over 6 million Somalians currently affected by the terrible drought, and need help.

The reason they wanted to team with Turkish Airlines is because it is the only airline that flies into Somalia. Fortunately, Turkish Airlines immediately showed their support for the movement, saying they were ready to go:

Then the big guns came in, as actor Ben Stiller, yes, the guy from Meet The Parents, offered his Stiller Foundation as a vessel to raise the money, as they all vowed total transparency with the money, and that the food would directly help the people of Somalia.

After it was all set up, the help began to pour in from over 68,000 people, even celebrities such as Calvin Harris, NFL player/activist Colin Kaepernick, and countless YouTube personalities, as the GoFundMe campaign reached over $1 million in less than a day.

As of this writing, the campaign is three days old, with over $1.8 million raised, and will continue until March 27, as they support continues to rain down.

As Stiller said in his video, everyone needs help. Although it’s hard to focus on everyone who needs help, this is a vast movement with legs on it, and being a part of it could directly help millions in need.

If this is something you think you want to support, you have some time. Look into it, if it’s for you, this looks like it could be something really special.

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Islamist Group in Somalia Bans Samosas For Being Offensive

Various sources out of Somalia are noting last week’s militant Islamist fighters in Somalia taking to their vehicles, mounted with loudspeakers, to announce a bizarre ruling banning samosas across parts of the war-torn country they control. The al-Shabaab group has banned samosas after finding them ‘offensive’ and too Christian.

Samosas have been served for centuries in the region, and the unexpected move means Somalis could now expect to be punished if “caught cooking, buying or eating samosas, known locally as sambusas” [DailyMail]. While no specifics have been released behind the ban’s reasoning, it is thought that the samosa’s three-sided figure bares resemblance to the symbol of the Christian Holy Trinity.

Al-Shabaab’s organization is linked to al-Qaeda and has command of several provinces of Somalia, currently in battle with the country’s official government for total control. While Samosas may seem like a trivial topic, the ban comes amidst a series of other authoritarian rulings, including the ban on playing or watching of football mandated earlier this year.

Millions face death by starvation in the area, with the UN declaring a famine in two parts of the country and the al-Shabaab group denying aid groups access to the country.