“A bright light in a sometimes dark sky..”positive journalist killed in Somalia hotel attack

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Former Toronto journalist Somali-Canadian Hodan Nalayeh

Society has been sunk into a mourning following a great loss of humanity. Sadly amongst the loss Somalia has suffered in the recent terror attack is reportedly the death of a Somali-Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh who was killed in an attack on a hotel in Somalia on Friday.

Nalayeh 43, and her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman were among those killed in the attack in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo.

Police said the bomb went off at a hotel where local elders and lawmakers had been discussing an upcoming regional election and was followed by gunfire.A suicide bomber rammed a car containing explosives into the Asasey hotel in the port of Kismayo, and gunmen then stormed the building. Witnesses said they heard gunfire inside the hotel soon after the car bomb went off.

At least 26 people, including the prominent journalist and several foreigners, have been killed. Police report added that the death toll could be high.

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The militant Islamist group al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s central government, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nalayeh had recently returned to Somalia after living in Canada for years “to help showcase Somalia’s peaceful transformation.”

“Unfortunately, she paid for it with her life.”

Kenya’s majority leader Aden Duale informed of the journalist’s death stating that he knew her as one person who always tells the world the positive side of Somalia through her online TV.

“Hodan was always keen to showcase the best aspects of her community, whether in the diaspora or back in Somalia, but she would never shy away from tackling controversial topics that made many in her community uneasy,” Baksh told CBC News.

“Hodan was an amazing journalist who was never afraid to ask the tough questions and she often did it with style and a smile.”

Many others have narrated of Nalayeh’s great impact and their love for her after the sad news.

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“The joy killers once again killed our Joys.”-Abdiaziz Elamiaziz.

“So heartbreaking. Hodan was a rare gem.May Allah Grant her and those who were Killed Jannatul Firdous.”- DiBOO.

“She was exposing somalia’s greatness to the world😭😭😭 God easy for her the questions in the grave.”-Princess Aisha.

“Forever in our hearts ❤“- Benarfa KE.


May her admired soul Rest In Peace!

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