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: Veronica Almedom

Veronica Almedom is a poster child of successful immigration. A duo Eritrean and Swiss citizen, she was born in Italy, and grew up in Switzerland where she permanently resides. Her parents are some of the earliest victims of Eritrea’s cycles of violence. When Eritrea’s war of independence peaked in the early 1980s, they escaped the country as unaccompanied minors, wandering through Sudan, Saudi Arabia, before making the hazard journey across the Mediterranean into Europe. There, they crossed first to Italy, and finally, to Switzerland, where they settled first as refugees, and later, as permanent residents.