Somalia: Global Financial lifeline is Under Threat

London (HAN) February 11, 2015- Expert Analysis with interview , Your Power & Regional Influence Magazine, opinion page by Mary Harper.

I started this blog post in 2013, following a decision by Barclays Bank in the UK to close the accounts of Somali and other remittance companies. The problem has spread to other countries, most recently the US where on Friday 6 February 2015, the main bank providing services to Somali money transfer companies, Merchants Bank of California, closed their accounts. You can listen to some of my BBC interviews on the subject by clicking on the following links:
You can read her thoughts on her Somali remittances matter in this BBC online File:

Hadrawi
Harper with the legendary Somali Poet Hadrawi

 

Mary Harper: She is a journalist and writer, specializing in Africa. I have reported on events on the continent since the early 1990s. I am Africa Editor at the BBC World Service and author of the book, Getting Somalia Wrong?

Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State, published by Zed Books. You can find out more about my work by looking at my website www.maryharper.co.uk. Posting pieces by others does not mean I endorse them.

Meanwhile: USA Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Erik Paulsen (D-MN), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), Juan Vargas (D-CA), Adam Smith (D-WA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Gwen Moore (D-WI), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) today in calling for a joint meeting with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss and formulate an emergency plan to ensure that lifesaving money transfers to Somalia can continue.

Photo: Somali president accompanied by ministers arrived central Somali town of Dhuusamareeb,


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