“My sister was a very strong-willed person who took care of her family and business; she was that one person in the family who took care of everyone,” says Abdulkadir. She was the family’s breadwinner. While at work in the Baidoa market, a blast ripped through the market, killing her instantly. “We never got to recover a full body. The authorities handed over the parts of her they could find for a burial.” Her death followed another tragic misfortune for the family: her husband was killed by a car bomb a few years earlier. Abdulkadir travelled to Baidoa to arrange his sister’s funeral. Without any relatives to raise the children in Baidoa, Abdulkadir had no choice but to take the children to live with him in Mogadishu.


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