A few dozen local and international academics, experts, researchers recently gathered in the Somali capital of Mogadishu to discuss issues related to fostering peace and national reconciliation in Somalia.
The arresting images of young women and men in white T-shirts and red ribbons tied around their heads clearing debris at the 14 October bomb blast site in Mogadishu was uplifting to victims of the heinous terror attack against innocent civilians.
Sahra Kooshin is a campaigner and advocate for women rights. She is also a well-known poet and author and currently works as the Deputy Executive Director and Programs Manager at the Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA).
Idris Ahmed Yaqub is not afraid to advocate for peace in Somalia, a country that is still reeling from the effects of civil war.
The 31-year-old native of Mogadishu vividly recalls the turbulent times of his boyhood and adolescence.
She is a published author, activist and humanitarian worker who prides herself on serving the community.
Born and bred in Mogadishu, Sucdi Dahir Diriye has never known any other work besides engagement with civil society and mobilizing the community in times of conflict and famine.