Diaspora athletes organise peace marathon
Two former athletes and Somali Diaspora members from the U.S., Abdel Qadiir and Abdi Warsame Isaaq, organised a peace marathon in Mogadishu earlier this month. Moreover, they initiated workshops for Somali trainers, athletes, and schools on international sport rules and techniques.The two athletes are a good example of Diaspora members investing in the social development of their country of origin.
HIRDA has supported the Marathon, recognising the positive effect sport can have on the cohesion in a community. Particularly in Mogadishu, a city that has until recently been the scene of a protracted war, it is important to focus on rebuilding trust within the community: sport is a powerful tool in this process. With girls participating in the public marathon, an important step is made to encourage their social and physical health. A few months ago their participation in the public sport event would have still been unthinkable. Nike contributed through sports gear for the boys and girls: thank you Nike!
The return of the Somali athletes to their country of origin shows a trend that is becoming stronger. With Somalia becoming increasingly stabilized, more and more Somali Diaspora members are returning to Somalia, making use of their knowledge, setting up business and helping to rebuild and develop their motherland. HIRDA observes this as a very positive trend, encourages the return of Diaspora members and will try to cooperate with them as much as possible.