Unsung heroine’s quest to replace bullet with football

Fatuma Abdulkadir with the Kenyan flag in Lyon, France, where HODI represented the country. PHOTO | COURTESY OF HODI

What you need to know:

  • In North-Eastern Kenya, where girls as young as 12 are easily lured from school for female genital mutilation, beading and eventually marriage, this was another frontier from which to stimulate change.
  • Ms Adan has been recognised repeatedly for her role in strengthening community cohesion and has been honoured as an unsung Kenyan heroine. She has won the Stuttgart Peace Award for her work in conflict resolution, as well as the Hope Through Education Award.

Early in the morning of July 12, 2005, hundreds of armed raiders from the Borana community attacked the Gabbra people living in Turbi area, north-west of Marsabit.

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