Prominent Somali-Canadian peace activist Almas Elman was killed in Mogadishu on November 20th. According to a statement from the African Union, Almas was shot while travelling in a car on a high-security base near the international airport where many diplomats and humanitarian workers have offices. The incident happened just a few months after the death of Hodan Nalayeh, a Somali-Canadian journalist renowned for her positive stories of Somalia.
Almas Elman was part of a family of activists. Her mother Fartuun Adan and her father Elman Ali Ahmed founded the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in Mogadishu in 1990. Almas’ sister, Ilwad, is also a well-known social activist and was one of the shortlisted nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019. Ilwad Elman is currently the Director of Programs and Development at the Elman Peace Centre. The recent deaths of Almas and other Somali human rights activists from the diaspora shows the increasing risks they face.
Almaas Elman, Somali-Canadian Activist, Is Shot Dead in Mogadishu, New York Times, 20 November 2019.