Elman Ali Ahmed

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Elman Ali Ahmed
فارتوون عد
Born Somalia
Died 9 March 1996
Mogadishu, Somalia
Occupation entrepreneur, activist
Spouse(s) Fartuun Adan
Children Almas, Ilwad and Iman

Elman Ali Ahmed (Somali: Cilmi Cali Axmed, Arabic: فارتوون عدن‎) was a Somali entrepreneur and social activist.

Personal life[edit]

Ahmed was based in Mogadishu. He hailed from the Habar Gidir Hawiye clan.[1]

Ahmed was married to Fartuun Adan, with whom he had four daughters.[1]

Due to having receiving death threats, Ahmed had planned to move abroad. On 9 March 1996, he was assassinated near the family's home in the southern part of the city. The area was at the time under the control of faction leader Mohamed Farah Aidid. Although Ahmed's killing was alleged to have been politically related, a representative of Aidid denied involvement and instead condemned the murder.[1]

Career[edit]

Professionally, Ahmed was a businessman with his own vehicle repair and recovery service. He also ran a technical training institute in the city to rehabilitate young militants during the height of the civil war.[1]

Additionally, Ahmed was politically engaged, often taking to task local leaders for failing to put an end to the civil conflict. He was politically unaligned, and advocated peace and reconciliation.[1]

Ahmed likewise managed a football team in the city, provided relief services to disadvantaged children, and contributed to rehabilitating community facilities such as roads and electricity.[1]

Elman Peace Centre[edit]

In honour of Ahmed, his wife Fartuun Adan and their children established the Elman Peace Centre in Mogadishu. Adan serves as the NGO's Executive Director, while their daughter Ilwad works alongside her.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Documento - Somalia: Amnistia Internacional condena el asesinato de un pacifista". Amnesty International. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Canadian sisters on front lines of rebuilding Somalia". Hiiraan. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014.