Somalia has been torn by decades of conflict since the 1991 ouster of long-time dictator Siad Barre by warlords who then turned on each other. Somalia had transitional administrations from 2004 but it did not have a functioning central government until the 2012 election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
In the last three years the country has stabilized but there is still a lot of work to do, Nicholas Kay, the outgoing representative for the UN Secretary General in Somalia, told The Associated Press.
“The country in the past two-three years has come together quite significantly. It is both politically stable and developed as well,” he said.
Kay said the parliamentary and presidential elections that are set for 2016 will take place and he expects leaders to respect the constitutional term limit of four years after they made firm commitments to do so. Somali leaders are currently discussing how elections will be held.
Among those standing for president is Fadumo Q. Dayib who has had her share of hardships but has perseverance against all odds. She was born in Kenya but was soon deported back to her native Somali due to her parents not having proper travel documents. According to the BBC, Dayib didn’t learn to read or write until age 14 but she recently received her Master’s degree in health care and public health from Harvard University.
The mother of four has already received death threats from the terrorist organization, Al-Shabaab but nothing can dissuade her from running.
“What can Al-Shabaab do to a woman who has died 4 times? I died when I was born, I died when I was mutilated, I died on my wedding night and I died when I gave birth to my first child… I am not afraid of death. What can Al-Shabaab do to a woman who has died 4 times? I’d rather die for something I believe in, than live and be dead inside, because I don’t believe that a woman belongs either in a house or in a grave. That’s why I am running for President in 2016 in my country, Somalia” she said in a speech given beginning of 2015.
This statement she posted in her Facebook page raise many concerns. But reading between the lines, her courageousness is an inspiration to all women!