“As a minibus driver, I was well acquainted with all the routes around the city and was always aware of the lingering risk of vehicles laden with explosives potentially taking the same routes.” Aaden normalized this as an occupational hazard in order to not be paralyzed with fear. On a typical workday, while shuttling kids and women around the city, he saw a convoy of cars transporting the President of Jubbaland. He pulled to the side of the road to make space for the convoy to pass when a speeding car, packed with explosives, drove into the space between and detonated. Aadan was the only survivor. He was bedridden in hospital for two months with extensive shrapnel wounds. He still passes by the place where it all happened. What remained of the bus is not too far away, a poignant reminder of what could happen.


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