Wednesday, January 13, 2016

INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO - Ilwad Elman, Somali human rights advocate

I was really inspired by 26-year-old Ilwad Elman who runs the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center in Mogadishu with her mom. 
Her father was an ardent peace activist in the 1990s, spreading the mantra "Put down the gun, pick up the pen" around Somalia, but he was assassinated in 1996. 
Ilwad returned to Mogadishu in 2010 while the conflict still raged on in the city. She works closely with victims of rape and sexual assault, as well as rehabilitating child soldiers by teaching them vocational skills.

In the video below, Ilwad talked about a new organization for rape victim founded by her mother's NGO.

Below is an interesting Q&A with Ilwad

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