We mourn the loss of dedicated peacebuilder, Abdi Botan

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our partner and friend, Abdi Ali Botan, who died on Saturday 4th April, 2020, of natural causes.

Abdi Botan (known to us as Botan) was the Project Officer for our partner organisation in Somalia, Social life and Agricultural Development Organisation (SADO). He was dearly loved and highly respected in his community and by those he worked with.

Botan worked with SADO for many years to develop projects that supported young people at risk of poverty or armed recruitment to become peaceful and productive members of their communities. Through vocational training programmes and teaching young people about their rights and how to live together peacefully, Botan’s work touched the lives of many, and helped to spread peace across communities in a country tarnished by decades of armed conflict.

He is remembered as a kind, funny, caring and hardworking person, and a committed peacebuilder.

Over the years, Botan played a key role in driving change in Somali society as part of the SADO team. His legacy will live on in the people whose lives he helped to transform, and the pockets of peace his work created.

Our thoughts are with Botan’s family, the SADO team, and all those who were close to him at this time.

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