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Elman Ali Ahmed - human rights activist



Elman Ali Ahmed is unknown Somali hero. Elman Ali Ahmed was a young Somali Diaspora who went to Italy in the mid 1980's to Study and finished his Electronic Engineering Masters in Germany. In 1988, Elman Ali Ahmed went back to Somalia to help his country's economic growth and opened the first franchise Electronic shops, " Elman Electronics " in and around Mogadishu and before he moved to the other parts of Somalia, the civil war broke out and Somali government collapsed. The hero Elman, began helping the unfortunate young street kids better known as "Ciyaal koolo dhuuq" and the kids who lost every thing including their parents, and family who had nothing During the war, he gave them food shelter, shoe shining equipments and open-up Electronic Schools to teach them Electronics then employ them in his own company. Elman Also was the solo company to supply electronics in Mogadishu during the wars he also had the well known Club Elman FC, who help youth for sports activities. In 1992 severe drought strike south Somalia bay bakool region and because of the ongoing wars famine is declared, large amount of Somali woman and children fled from the gedo region to Mogadishu this is the time known as " Somalia restore hope". Young Elman Ali Ahmed, saw the devastation of his people suffering, He opened up feeding places for the woman and children, he also expanded his school, using his own money to feed, educate and employ most of the refugees from the drought, the UN and others acknowledged his big hear and later after he died open Elman peace organization to continue his work. Elman Ali Ahmed was a a peace maker , he build a Mosque near K4 zope Tower, and was the Imaam. Elman Ali Ahmed was the victim of an apparently political killing in Mogadishu on 9 March 1996. He was shot in the back by three so far unidentified hooded gunmen near his home in the conflict-torn southern part of the city, which is controlled by General Mohamed Farah Aideed. O Allah! Forgive Elman Ali Ahmed . O Allah! Surely Elman Ali Ahmed is under Your protection, and in the rope of Your security, so save him from the trial of the grave and from the punishment of the Fire. You fulfill promises and grant rights, so forgive him and have mercy on him. Surely You are Most Forgiving, Most Merciful. Elman Ali Ahmed REST IN PEACE!

This is his daughter Ilwad who's followed in her late father's footsteps.

 

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Good topic, RIP to Elman, and bless his daughter.

Fatima Jibrel

Spurred on by the Somali Civil War that began in 1991, Jibrell along with her husband and family friends co-founded the Horn of Africa Relief and Development Organization, colloquially referred to as Horn Relief, a non-governmental organization (NGO) of which she is the Executive Director. Horn Relief describes its mission as: "supporting sustainable peace and development in Somalia through grassroots capacity building, youth development, promotion of human rights and women's leadership, and protection of the environment."

Jibrell was instrumental in the creation of the Women’s Coalition for Peace to encourage more participation by women in politics and social issues. She also co-founded Sun Fire Cooking, which aims to introduce solar cookers to Somalia so as to reduce the reliance on charcoal as a fuel.

For her efforts against environmental degradation and desertification, Fatima was awarded in 2002 the Goldman Environmental Prize, the most prestigious grassroots environmental prize. In 2008, she also won the National Geographic Society/Buffett Foundation Award for Leadership in Conservation. -- Source
 

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Dr Hawa Abdi - A human rights activist, Doctor (specializing in gynaecology) and also a lawyer.

A very impressive lady!



She founded the DHAF Foundation, one of the largest IDP camps in the country.
Hawa received her medical training in Kiev, Ukraine, during the 1960s with the help of a Soviet scholarship. After completing her studies, Hawa returned and opened her clinic; soon the practice drew clients from all over the country, and even abroad. She was one of Somalia's first female gynecologists.
She married, raised three children, invested in hundreds of acres of farmland and had enough left over to purchase a beach getaway.
Hawa opened her private clinic for women and children in 1983. But when the government collapsed eight years later, she threw open her doors to all, treating victims of shootings, malnutrition and a string of epidemics. As word of her generosity spread, the needy flocked here. Today she runs a camp housing approximately 90,000 people, mostly women and children.She offers treatment, clean water and whatever food she can spare. Nowadays, few can pay, but no one is turned away.
Her greatest support: two of her daughters, Deqo, 35, and Amina, 30, also doctors, who often work with her. Despite the bleak conditions, Dr. Abdi sees a glimmer of hope. “Women can build stability,” she says. “We can make peace.”
In 2010, Glamour magazine named Dr. Abdi and her two daughters "Women of the Year", dubbing them the "Saints of Somalia", "equal parts Mother Theresa and Rambo’’.
http://www.drhawaabdifoundation.org/
 

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Hadraawi (Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame)



"This respected poet is to the Somalis what Shakespeare was to the English...his poems and literary works reflect on all aspects of life such as social ills, politics, love, peace and the agony of the Somali people."
- Ahmed Hussein Kahin

Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame, better known as Hadraawi, is Somalia's most beloved poet. He was born in Togdheer in Northern Somalia (1943). When of school age, he left his sister and eight brothers to live with his uncle in the Yemeni port city of Aden. While at school, he became known for his wonderful storytelling about lions, jackals and hyenas.

When Somalia was declared independent from Italy in 1959, Hadraawi moved from Aden to Mogadishu. In the early 1970s, he graduated in literature and education from Somali University in Mogadishu. Also during this time, he became well-known for his poetry and plays. His storytelling at Radio Mogadiscio was legendary. Radio stations were numerous in those days, making available a platform for people's opinions and criticisms: "The freshly independent Somalis loved politics, every nomad had a radio to listen to political speeches, and remarkable for a Muslim country, women were also active participants, with only mild mumblings from the more conservative sectors of society."

Hadraawi was no exception in speaking his mind. Known as an influential commentator on the political situation in Somalia, he became highly critical of the military regime of Siad Barre, who had taken power in 1969. Unfortunately, because of one of Hadraawi's plays, Tawaawac (Lament) and his poem, Siinley, Hadraawi was imprisoned at the infamous Qansax Dheere from 1973 to 1978.

After his release in 1978, he became the director of the arts section of the Academy of Science, Arts and Literature for Somalia. In 1982, he joined the Somali National Movement that was based in London. In 1981, for refusing to praise the government, Hadraawi had to flee Somalia for Ethiopia. There, he joined other emigre members of his Isaaq Somali clan to work for independence from the military regime of Barre. When Barre was finally overthrown, in 1991, violent regional factionalism broke out and became the new threat to Somalia. Disappointed, Hadraawi moved to London.

During the years 1991 to 1999, Hadraawi traveled throughout Europe, taking part in many poetry and folklore festivals. When a relative peace had returned to his homeland in Somaliland, he returned and settled in the now recovering and thriving city of Hargeisa.
 

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AbdiAziz Muse Maahay (CabdiCasiis Muse Maaxaay)


A prominent Somali philanthropist who is known for his gigantic and selfless heart.

Maahay dedicated his life in helping children with severe medical conditions in Somalia by bringing them to better equipped medical facilities overseas in order to get them treatment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Fy76PGsEY

He's the founder of SOMCare, a Rochester, Minnesota based non profit that helps severely disabled people from East Africa receive treatment and takes medical supplies from the US to Somalia.

By Jeff Hansel
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Abdiaziz Maahaay's urgency gets tempered with the need to first help whoever's most in need.

Maahaay, 39, of Rochester, started a nonprofit for people from Somalia, mostly children, who live with disfigurement. Most get help directly in Africa.

But two children came for treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. One, an 11-year-old girl, needed surgery after a violent rape by armed rebels. Another, a 3-year-old boy born with bladder and abdominal malformation, got his first surgery in Rochester.

Maahaay can't turn his back on them, and he seeks help from anyone who will listen.

After 17 years of war in Somalia, he says, "everything has been destroyed." Even normal medical care is unavailable.



There simply are no specialists for urgent, complex medical needs.
"This is what I get, e-mails, daily," Maahaay says as photo after photo of people in need fades from his computer screen -- a woman shot in the face, another who had a tumor in her mouth.

"I'm very proud of what he's doing, and his efforts," says Jon Eckhoff, owner of Venture Computer Systems, which hosts Maahaay's Web site for free.

"Abdi has a presence that makes you feel good to be around him, and he has everybody's interests ahead of his own. ... I wish we could help the whole world. But Abdi is going to do it one person at a time."

To reach a Kenyan hospital, individuals must first fly to Uganda and then ride to Kenya's capital city of Nairobi. They need heart, neural and repairative surgery. Some surgeries can be done in Kenya, others can't. But all cost money, as does staying in Kenya.

"They live there, and I have send them monthly $100 to $150," Maahaay says. For each, he says, "maybe it takes $25,000 to repair. I don't have it."


Jawhar Mohamed came from Kismayo, Somalia, to seek treatment for a rare birth defect that affected her 2-year-old son, Mohamed. The toddler was born with his bladder on the outside of his body, and there were no specialists who could treat the condition in war-torn Somalia or in neighboring Kenya. Michele Jokinen/Post-Bulletin
He wants physicians to volunteer, used heart-surgery equipment, training for local health providers in Somalia and an end to the war. But he takes what he can get. He's become so well-known in Somalia that people seek him out as the man who helps children.
The hospital in Kenya is the lifeline, he says. Thousands visit there daily, from as far away as Uganda, Somalia and Sudan.

"I want the Rochester people, not only the Somali people but the community of Rochester, to help this hospital survive and prosper," he says.

To make it work, he drains his own resources.

"When I started this I thought I could save one child. But when I looked, it was a second child, and a third child, and now it's more than 26 -- and it's hard sometimes. But I say to myself, 'Sacrifice, and I can save a child's life.'"

Reporter Jeff Hansel covers health for the Post-Bulletin.
 

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The Somali Amelia Earhart


Asli Hassan Abade (Somali: Asli Xasan Cabaade; Arabic: عسلي حسن آباد‎) was the first and so far only female pilot in the Somali Air Force (SAF). A prominent member of the SAF, she paved the way for gender equality within the military ranks.

They should make a military base named after here she is a living legend.
 

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Sayyīd Muhammad `Abd Allāh al-Hasan (Somali: Sayid Maxamed Cabdille Xasan, Arabic: محمّد عبد اللّه حسن‎) (April 7, 1856, in Buuhoodle northern Somalia – December 21, 1920 in Imi, Ogaden) was a Somali religious and patriotic leader. Referred to as the Mad Mullah by the British, he established the Dervish State in Somalia that fought an anti-imperial war for a period of over 20 years against British, Italian and Ethiopian forces.

Poet and Warrior iman too.
The Parching Winds of Somalia " A Must see for every Somali"
 

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Monument of Imam Ahmed Ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi, Mogadishu, Somalia
Imam Ahmad was born near Zeila, a port city located in northwestern Somalia (then part of Adal, a Muslim state tributary to the Christian Ethiopian Solomonic dynasty), and married Bati del Wambara, the daughter of Mahfuz, governor of Zeila. When Mahfuz was killed returning from a campaign against the Ethiopian emperor Lebna Dengel in 1517, the Adal sultanate lapsed into anarchy for several years, until Imam Ahmad killed the last of the contenders for power and took control of Harar.
In retaliation for an attack on Adal the previous year by the Ethiopian general Degalhan, Imam Ahmad invaded Ethiopia in 1529. Although his troops were fearful of their opponents and attempted to desert upon news that the Ethiopian army was approaching, Imam Ahmad maintained the discipline of most of his men, defeating Emperor Lebna Dengel at Shimbra Kure that March.
 

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Mohamed "Mo" Farah, (born 23 March 1983) is a somali-born British international track and field athlete. He is the current 10,000 metres Olympic champion and 5000 metres Olympic, World and European champion. On the track, he generally competes over 5000 m and 10,000 m, but also runs the 3000 metres and occasionally the 1500 metres. He has expressed a desire to move up to the marathon after the 2012 Summer Olympics.

first somali to win a olympic gold medal.
 
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