Abdirahman Mohamud Kulane has an unusual perspective on how his fellow Somalis see the world around them. He believes that people see not only through their eyes, but also through their hearts.
Abdifatah Hassan Ali’s childhood was forged in a crucible of civil war and violence. By his own account, he fled the chaos and insecurity of Mogadishu on ten occasions, only to find his way back to the war-torn city each time.
Ahmed Diini Hassan knows only too well the importance charity work plays in the lives of the poor and vulnerable members of society.
Born in 1956, Ahmed, who hails from Hiiran region, was orphaned at a tender age, leaving him dependent on charity of others.
Growing up in the Mogadishu suburb of Taleex in the 1980s, Bile Ismail Diriye and Abdikadir Maalim Mohamed were the best of friends.
Their bonds of friendship were nurtured in the suburb’s streets and sports fields, where they would play and pass away their spare time.
Somalia’s civil war wrenched the country in many ways.
Families were torn apart, the rule of law faded away, government institutions collapsed, and education came to a standstill, to name but a few of the setbacks the country faced because of the violence.
Mustaf Yusuf Ibrahim’s experiences as a migrant seeking a better life abroad differ little from those of so many others – hunger, fear, mistreatment and abuse.
At the age of 17, he and two friends left Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, where they saw no future for themselves.
Hassan Mohamed Elmi is passionate about youth empowerment and what it can do for Somalia.
He believes peace and stability in his country can only be achieved if young Somalis are part of the federal and state governments’ development plans and programmes.