In mid-July, two weeks before my trip to Somalia, I was standing in a Toronto courtroom comforting my aunt as we listened to the detailed events of my cousin's murder for the very first time. In attempt of lightening the mood, a task so impossible considering the emotions we all felt that day, I discussed with her my excitement of seeing Hargeisa—both of our home city— for the first time. My attempt at a more lighthearted conversation to layer our collective depressed mood fell short when she looked me in the eyes and said: "I fled war for the safety of my children only to have them die here."
After ISIS militants and supporters disseminated video and images of James Foley's brutal beheading on Tuesday, Twitter finally cracked down, suspending the accounts of multiple ISIS accounts. Now ISIS has moved to Diaspora, a network that's having a much harder time controlling the flow of extremist propaganda.