Condolence Message for Fartum Abukadir Yusuf

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is saddened to learn about the death of Fartum Abukadir Yusuf and their unborn child. Fartum was the loving wife of Ahmed Omar Hashi Tajir a renowned journalist from Somalia.

Fartum breathed her last yesterday evening 12 November 2012 – shortly after the death of their unborn child.

Fartum will be remembered as a pillar who courageously looked after the family when her husband was forced to leave Somalia after he was shot and injured as a result of his work. Fartum and the children later joined Ahmed in exile.

We will always remember her strength in the times of adversity. Fartum will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Our thoughts are with Ahmed and the family. May Fartum rest in Eternal peace.



Human Rights Defender of the month: Alex Njenga John

Alex Njenga has always believed in egalitarianism both as a principle and as a tool for justice. As a result, he has always been suspicious of, and at times hostile to social prejudices that treat some people as “more equal than others,” – to use a line from George Orwell’s famed political fable, Animal Farm.

Some of the experiences that have shaped his social and political outlook have been personal. As an adolescent in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, Alex was stigmatised and denied healthcare after he identified himself as belonging to Kenya’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) community.