Somalia lost a rising star, Almas Elman in a senseless Shooting

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Almas Elman, a Somali Canadian activist was shot dead inside Halane camp in Mogadishu on 20th November.

Her killing shook Somalia.

Ms. Elman succumbed to gunshot injuries at a Mogadishu hospital.

It is believed that Almaas Elman attended a meeting on improving rural livelihoods before her killing. She returned from Canada along with her sister ilwad Elman, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, to help the people and take part in rebuilding Somalia, a country that was destroyed by civil war and terror groups.

Almas served at the Somali embassy in Kenya between 2016 and 2017. She went back to Somalia and decided to spearhead peace initiative, youth and women empowerment, fighting violent extremism and advocate for good governance, voluntarily.

Some sources reveal that Almas was pregnant at the time she met her death. She was two weeks shy of celebrating her one year wedding anniversary.

Ms. Elman is a sister to Lieutenant Col Iman Elman of the Somalia National Army. Her father Elman Ali Ahmed, a peace activist was murdered in 1996 in Somalia. He was the man who coined “Drop the Gun and Pick the Pen” slogan to promote education.

The shooting happened at Halane, one of the areas believed to be the safest and most protected part of Mogadishu. It is still not clear who killed Ms. Elman since no one claimed responsibility.

However, the Government of Somalia have condemned the killings , vowed to launch investigations and bring the perpetrators into book.

This is not the first time the best of Somalia- elites and humanitarians were killed. On 12th July, 2019, Hodan Nalayeh, 43, a Somali inspirational journalist was killed in Hotel Asasey attack in Kismayo alongside her Newly married husband. Nalayeh was the founder of Integration TV, a YouTube channel that highlights positive stories about Somalia.

Other Prominent people killed recently within Somalia include Abdirahman Omar Osman, former immediate mayor of Mogadishu and many others, all died as a result of attacks carried out by terror groups.

Somalia claimed the lives of many prominent people and professionals Courtesy of Al-shabaab. Millions of netizens also lost their precious lives in painful and heartless attacks carried out by al-Shabab, the al-Qaeda linked terror group.

The questions that begs answers are, why are people who come back to Somalia being targeted? Who is selectively targeting the expertise who came back for their Country and want to have input in the journey of rebuilding Somalia? Who is scaring other expertise and investors to return to Somalia?

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