‘Brave, Inspiring’ Somali-Canadian Journalist Killed in Kismayo

“Passionate”, “brave” and “a shining star who was a force for good” – these were just some of the tributes that poured in for Canadian-Somali journalist Hodan Nalayeh, who died on Friday during a 14-hour hotel siege in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo.
The 43-year-old, who was pregnant, was killed in an al-Shabab-claimed attack along with her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman, a year after she moved to Somalia from Canada with a mission to showcase the east African country’s rich culture and natural beauty.
As the founder of Integration TV, Nalayeh used the hashtags #SomaliaSuccess and #SomaliPositivity to post videos on YouTube of Somali youth and female entrepreneurs, as well as share pictures on Twitter of her travels in the country, including the fishermen of southern Ilisi Island and camel herders in Las Anod, the northern city where she was born.
On Monday, she uploaded photographs of the setting sun in Kismayo, saying: “People save all of their lives to have a retirement by the beach, yet, we have plenty of it and cannot see its value. Let’s appreciate the beautiful blessings we have.”
At least 26 people were killed and 56 others wounded in Friday’s attack on Kismayo’s Asasey Hotel.
In a Facebook post confirming her death, Nalayeh’s family wrote: “She spent her life devoted to serving the Somali people and reporting on positive, uplifting stories … She brought inspiration and hope to the Somali people through storytelling.”
She was expecting her third child at the time of her death.

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