Somalia to award outstanding individuals in the diaspora in honor of Hodan Nalayeh

Somalia’s government has announced that it will award a prize in honor of journalist Hodan Nalayeh who was killed in an attack by Islamist militants.

The annual Hodan Nalayeh prize will be awarded to “outstanding” individuals from the Somali diaspora.

Nalayeh, who grew up in Canada, returned to Somalia last year to highlight positive stories about her country of birth.

She was among 26 people killed by al-Shabab militants in Kismayo on Friday.

Nalayeh, who was nine months pregnant, and her husband were killed when the gunmen stormed a hotel where regional politicians and clan elders were discussing forthcoming regional elections.

In honour of her “inspirational life” Somalia’s foreign ministry will “recognise an outstanding individual who made a positive contribution from the Somali diaspora”, it said on Twitter.

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