A Somali-born journalist who was raised in Canada returned to her homeland in an attempt to paint an uplifting picture of the war-torn nation, but her project ended with her tragic death at the hands of terrorists.
“Hodan Nalayeh, raised in Canada, moved to Somalia to show aspects of the country that are often missed by media outlets,” according to The Daily Caller. “She founded Integration TV, a channel that shared stories about Somalia and its people. The stories included citizens starting a new library and female business owners succeeding in a marketplace.”
Nalayeh was known for using the hashtag #SomaliPositivity, and the YouTube channel for her television network had 70,000 followers.
But on July 12, terror group Al Shabaab targeted the Asasey Hotel in Ksmayo, Somalia with a suicide car-bomb and subsequent assault by several terrorists, who entered the facility with weapons and battled with security forces. Nalayah was critically injured in the attack, and died later in the hospital. Her husband Farid was also killed in the attack.
The terror group reportedly claimed the attack on one its websites, and said that it intended to kill local public officials. Indeed, one candidate for the regional presidency was also killed.
Al Shabaab, also spelled “al-Shabab,” is a Somali Islamic terror group which, literally translated, means “the youth.” It also known to operate in other African nations, including Kenya and Nigeria.
“It emerged as the radical youth wing of Somalia’s now-defunct Union of Islamic Courts, which controlled Mogadishu in 2006, before being forced out by Ethiopian forces,” according to BBC. “There are numerous reports of foreign jihadists going to Somalia to help al-Shabab, from neighbouring countries, as well as the US and Europe. Al-Shabab advocates the Saudi-inspired Wahhabi version of Islam.”
Ilhan Omar, who is from Somalia, has not yet commented on the terror attack and has not condemned it. This comes the same week Omar refused to condemn Al Qaeda.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.