Once A Somali Refugee, She’s Now Running As Somalia’s First Female President

dumo, 43, has been a refugee having fled the violence in the horn of Africa nation. It was until she was 14 years old that she was able to access education. She holds three master’s degrees in health sciences and public health and is doing a PH.D in women’s governmental participation and empowerment in post-conflict regions.

Dayib was born in Kenya but tensions between Kenya and Somalia lead to the arrest and deportation of her family back to Somalia. Her family sought refuge in Finland where Dayib got the opportunity to get a proper education.

The mother of four left her Children in Finland for Somalia in 2005 to run for Presidency.

“And when I was going to Mogadishu in January, I sat them down and I told them that I’m leaving you, but I’m not sure I might come back. And if I don’t, then you have to know that you are also expected to do this. When the day comes and you have the capability to do so, you must fight for democracy. We must not let evil overcome goodness. And they understand why we need to do this for Somalia because they share the love that I have for Somalia.” Said Dayib toNPR

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According to media reports Dayib has already received death threats, but that has not killed her dream of becoming Somalia’s first female President, of from running in the upcoming elections, which are due to be held in 2016.

It is her passion and determination that has inspired the people in Uganda to rally behind her and offer her support. Here are some of the tweets…

Why are people threatened by a woman who could potentially end bloodshed in their own country? Enemies of Progress.

“I was accused of having ambition, as if lack of ambition is a virtue” JPAM. I’m sure he can identify with Dayib’s struggle

Hello activists, theres a first young woman president and she needs your support for Somalia.

Beauty, Brains, Benevolence What Somalia needs is a reorientation, what better to present it than

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