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: Kasale Maleton Mwaana

Kasale’s human rights activism precedes his years. The son of pastoralist parents from Ngorongoro district in northern Tanzania, he grew up seeing his parents and entire community having to defend their land and way of life against authorities who thought their lands could be put to better use. Now, at 25, Kasale is already one of the most recognizable advocates of his people’s cause, much to the ire of Tanzanian authorities.
“Our people’s struggle goes back many generations. It started with the pushing out of our forefathers from Serengeti to gazette Serengeti National Park in 1959, and then further evictions from the Ngorongoro crater to gazette the Ngorongoro conservation area in 1975. Since then, every generation has had to resist further evictions. It’s now my generation’s turn,” he says.