This Former Refugee Could Become Somalia’s First Female President

This Former Refugee Could Become Somalia's First Female President
Somalia presidential candidate Fadumo Dayib.

AFRICANGLOBE – Some Ugandans have decided to show their support for Somali Presidential candidate Fadumo Dayib on Twitter using the harsh tag #Dayib4President and push for Somalia to elect its first female President.

Fadumo, 43, has been a refugee having fled the violence in the horn of Africa nation. It was until she was 14 years old that she was able to access education. She holds three master’s degrees in health sciences and public health and is doing a PH.D in women’s governmental participation and empowerment in post-conflict regions.

Dayib was born in Kenya but tensions between Kenya and Somalia lead to the arrest and deportation of her family back to Somalia. Her family sought refuge in Finland where Dayib got the opportunity to get a proper education.

The mother of four left her Children in Finland for Somalia in 2005 to run for the Presidency.

“And when I was going to Mogadishu in January, I sat them down and I told them that I’m leaving you, but I’m not sure I might come back. And if I don’t, then you have to know that you are also expected to do this. When the day comes and you have the capability to do so, you must fight for democracy. We must not let evil overcome goodness. And they understand why we need to do this for Somalia because they share the love that I have for Somalia.” Dayib told reporters.

According to media reports Dayib has already received death threats, but that has not killed her dream of becoming Somalia’s first female President, of from running in the upcoming elections, which are due to be held in 2016.

It is her passion and determination that has inspired the people in Uganda to rally behind her and offer her support. Here are some of the tweets…