"The hashtag is a celebration of what makes each country unique in a fun way," says Semhar Araia, an Eritrean-American social activist and head of Semai Consulting, a firm focused on getting members of the African diaspora to get involved with global poverty issues. She actively tweets on pan-African issues and has participated in the hashtag. "It shows that despite the circumstances, despite what politicians may say, there's a real joy in being African."Read More
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Where are you local?" Hannah Tsadik, Horn of Africa Regional Programme (HARP) Resident Representative asked.
The 2nd HAB Forum was an evening of intense discussions, poetry, music and candid conversations about the role of Diaspora in peacebuilding in the Horn of Africa.
Panelists included Semhar Araia, Founder of DAWN - Diaspora African Women's Network and CEO of Semai Consulting, Teferi Melesse from theThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia as well as renowned academic Professor Ephraim Issac, the first Professor of Afro-American Studies at Harvard University who sent a video message.
On November 6th to 8th, The Mosaic Institute hosted a weekend of professional development and training for our UofMosaic Fellows. 22 of our Fellows from 7 different campuses across Canada gathered in Toronto, where they had a chance to meet as a cohort, share ideas, and build skills and networks that they can take back to their campuses and communities.
The three-day event included workshops on topics such as diaspora leadership, facilitating dialogue, and understanding human rights in Canada. The Fellows also visited the MaRS Discovery District to meet with Studio [Y] alumni and learn how to apply social innovation tools to design their campus and community projects.
The training weekend also included a career panel, a session on personal branding, and networking opportunities for the Fellows to expand their professional networks and gain practical advice as they plan their careers.
We had an incredible group of guest speakers and workshop facilitators that joined us over the weekend to share their experiences and perspectives with our Fellows:
Ahila Poologaindran, Municipal Government worker, & former member of Mosaic's Young Canadians’ Peace Dialogue on Sri Lanka
Natale Dankotuwage, IDEX Accelerator Fellow, & former member of Mosaic's Young Canadians’ Peace Dialogue on Sri Lanka
Nadia Bello, Education and Communications Advisor at the York University Centre for Human Rights
Joyce Kaplan, Business and Career Coach, & Lawyer and Legal Consultant
Andrea Russell, Director of Academic Affairs at UofT, & International Human Rights Lawyer
Dr. Praseedha Janakiram, Family Physician, MD at Women's College Hospital Crossroads Clinicfor refugees, Coordinator of Global Health Program at UofT Department of Family & Community Medicine, & co-lead of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Family Medicine
Dylan Marando, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at UofT, & former Senior Advisor to the Premier of Ontario
We thank all of those who made this great weekend possible!
By Eva Botkin-Kowacki, Staff writer OCTOBER 10, 2015
Climate change is drying out the Horn of Africa at an alarming rate, say scientists.
Paleoclimatologists examined past moisture trends and found that the current drying trend is extreme, according to a paper published Friday in the journal Science Advances.
What "our paleoclimate records tell us is that this drying is really unusual in the context of the last 2,000 years," says study lead author Jessica Tierney, a paleoclimatologist at the University of Arizona.
"As greenhouse gases rise, we expect the region to get drier," Dr. Tierney told The Christian Science Monitor. Previous climate models had suggested that the region would see more rain as global temperatures rise. Tierney's work suggests that those models need to be revised.
"These models are designed to predict global climate change but sometimes aren’t perfect for every region of the world," she says.
And the Horn of Africa is particularly tricky.
"There’s actually two rainy seasons in this region," she explains. "The models are essentially missing the main rainy season, which is from March to May. The projections are all concerning the second rainy season in East Africa which is from September to November. They all suggest it’s going to get wetter."
But according to samples gathered on site, "we’re not seeing that wetter projection come to pass," Tierney says.
Tierney and her team examined a sediment core from the bottom of the Gulf of Aden. Trapped in the ancient layers of mud and sand were leaf waxes whose isotopic composition reveals how wet the landscape was at the time the leaves grew.
The region has been struggling with severe patterns of drought for decades.
A decrease in rainfall from March to May, the primary rainy season, means agriculture suffers.
With less moisture in the soil throughout the year, people in the region face more than water shortages; they face food shortages.
To top it off, the region is entangled in socio-political strife.
"Climate change can be a threat multiplier for regions that already have political and social stresses. And that’s certainly the case in East Africa," says Tierney.
Effects of the 2011 drought and famine in the Horn of Africa were magnified by little and slow support for those in need. Because of security concerns and access some regions could not receive aid.
During the 2011 crisis Semhar Araia, who was Horn of Africa regional policy adviser for Oxfam at the time, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor. “Droughts have become cyclical in the Horn, and this season has been the driest in years. But other factors include long-running conflict, a rise in food prices, and lack of long-term development and planning for future crises,” she explained. “It’s a combination of natural and man-made causes.”
And it may only get worse as global temperatures climb.
"The climate we’re going into now, we’ve never seen as a human species," says Tierney. "It’s totally different."