Renowned Journalist And Activist Hodan Nalayeh Killed In Somalia Just Weeks After Returning To Home Country

Her husband also lost his life in the same attacks.

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| July 18 2019,

4:00 pm


"She spent her life devoted to serving the Somali people and reporting on positive, uplifting stories," a statement from the late journalist's family read. "Her dedicated mission was to spread light and love to the Somali world through her work in journalism. She died serving the Somali community everywhere and doing what she loved most. She brought inspiration and hope to the Somali people through story telling. She will be deeply missed."

A respected storyteller, Nalayeh was the founder of Integration TV, an internet news service dedicated to "building a community of inspiring and uplifting stories for Somalis worldwide."

A mother to two boys from a previous marriage, Nalayeh spoke candidly earlier this year about the cultural difficulties being a divorced parent.

"Society judges you," she said to African Women in Media. "They look down on women that are single parents. Men think that you may be an easy catch. You're half a woman because nobody's gonna pay dowry for you. All these crazy ideas like you are just not as worthy when you are divorced."

"But you know what, my journey sharing that with one of my followers and them realizing that life happens to many of us and we can start over, we can learn, we can grow and you don't have to be ashamed."

Many across social media mourned her death, sharing anecdotes of her many accomplishments.

In a statement obtained by NBC News, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau condemned the attacks and promised to work alongside other nations in order to combat future terrorist acts.

"Her loss is deeply felt in Canada, and in Somali and journalistic communities around the world," Trudeau said. "Canada strongly condemns this heinous attack, and will continue working with Somalia and other international partners to address the root causes of terrorism and violent extremism."


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