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16 september 2009
Gender & Human Rights in Somalia- Ubah´s story
SOMALIA: Ubah Abdi Adood, "I am sure if we return we will be killed"
NAIROBI, 15 September 2009 (IRIN) - In the eyes of her family and relatives, Ubah Abdi Adood committed a serious crime by marrying a man from the "wrong" clan.
Adood, 29, fled her home at the end of 2008 not because of fighting but because of threats and beatings from those closest to her. Adood's husband, Mahamud Abdi, is from one of Somalia's marginalized minority groups, the Madiban.
Minority groups such as the Madiban, Gabooyo and Tumal, are often discriminated against, mostly for the work they do, such as shoemaking and iron-smelting. Though Somalis and Muslims, these minority groups have traditionally never married into the larger Somali clans and do not mix with them socially. Adood spoke to IRIN on 15 September:
"I knew Mahamud [husband] before we got married. We both grew up in Galkayo in the same area. But because of his clan, I never really paid any attention to him. I was married off young to a man who died shortly afterwards, and my family then married me off again - but that marriage ended up in a divorce.
"We met again in 2007 and we started seeing each other secretly. I fell in love with him. He is kind, gentle and handsome. I adore him.
"We decided to get married in secret. We did it in July 2007. That is when all my problems started. My family and relatives found out and immediately wanted me to get a divorce. I refused. I was beaten repeatedly by my brothers, cousins and uncles. He [Mahamud] was threatened and on one occasion shot at. He fled to the south side of Galkayo [the town is partly in Puntland and partly in south-central Somalia].
"My relatives found out that I was pregnant with Mahamud's child and tried to force me to abort. I had to sleep in friends' homes or hotels to evade them.
"My mother was the only one who tried to protect me. At one time they broke my mother's arm while she was trying to protect me from the beatings.
"I told them my husband is Muslim and that is all I care. I didn’t break any laws, but they would not listen.
"Finally, my mother and I decided that I should leave before they killed me.
"I am now in Nairobi but even here I don’t feel safe. I was recently attacked and now I stay indoors. I don’t go anywhere. My husband fled to Ethiopia. I hope we will be reunited soon in a place we can both feel safe.
"I know we will never be able to return to our homes and live in peace. I am sure if we return to Galkayo we will be killed."
Theme(s): (IRIN) Conflict, (IRIN) Gender Issues, (IRIN) Human Rights
16 september 2009 01:39 | Door: shukri
i cant believe this!
is soo sad, tribe is what killed us and they r still practice it
16 september 2009 01:42 | Door: nin qabil lahan
waa wax laga naxo ruunti, siday ay uu dilaan gabhada waay xuntahay, bal nederlandka ha siyaan assylum gabadha iyo wilkaba.
16 september 2009 12:39 | Door: Mohamed
Sahra, thank you for this. I thought really that this things happened secretly, but this woman is talking about it so publicy.
really i am ashamed of our people.
16 september 2009 12:43 | Door: Maxamoud
oo soo madhilayaan labadooda ba haday misna isku arkaan?!
16 september 2009 12:44 | Door: Amal
I also wouldnt mind congratulating this lady pesonaly, she is our hero!
16 september 2009 16:25 | Door: Faisal
Again, you have us speechless Sah. What can one say!
Love your wits,
17 september 2009 16:48 | Door: abdi
thank u sahra for sharing this with us.
Please keep on sharing news from somalia with us.
your brother, abdirahman
19 september 2009 00:42 | Door: Fatima
Sahra! This is happ still in the world???????
21 september 2009 07:05 | Door: deeq
sahro walaahi waaka helay abaayo masawiro aad u qurux badan iyo waqti ad u fiican aa soo qadatay
24 september 2009 23:10 | Door: Abdirizack
This is against fundamental human rights of people. This lady followed hert, i would too and i am sure the ones punishing her would too or already did.
What a shame!
Down with qaabiil! down down down!
Thanks sahra for sharing walaalo. u r amazing....
but plz be careful!
26 september 2009 01:54 | Door: Carly
Dear Sahro, thank you for keeping us in touch with what is happening in Somalia! A big hug from here in Colombia, Carly
28 februari 2010 20:38 | Door: ahmed ali
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