The Somalian militant group has showed no signs of stopping its attacks.
In order to genuinely win the hearts and minds of the ordinary citizens, the Somali leadership must not hasten making decisions on their behalf or self-interest by signing any treaty at a disadvantaged position with countries that have more negative record than positive.
Al-Shabaab remains a real and credible threat and should be addressed as one. The likelihood of another spectacular commercial shopping center attack in the region remains as real today as it did a year ago.
Shukri Sheikh Ali thought this year would be different. It was to be a time of rebuilding, of recovering, of returning home. Instead, she is starting over once again from scratch, her land thirsty for rain and her village emptied by conflict.
With many displaced people still living in camps following the country's years of conflict and the 2011 famine, activists
At the end of the day, it is the Somalis who have to learn at this time of great adversity to make peace with one another, and make space for one another.