FIIDEEY MOHAMED ABDI

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Fiideey is a grandmother who is now raising five children after the death of her daughter. Her daughter’s husband was killed by an explosive device placed under his car; on the one-year anniversary of his death, her daughter was killed in the same way. “They were both independent journalists, which is probably the most dangerous job in Somalia today. There is no greater tragedy than for a parent to bury their child,” Fiideey says. She lacks sufficient financial means to support her grandchildren because she cannot work and raise the children at the same time, but she has managed to enroll three of the children in school. “I feel so much sadness when I think about the children growing up as orphans, and at the loss of my daughter, but being busy full-time with my grandchildren and helping them grow to be happy and successful adults is what keeps me going.”

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