Courageous peacebuilder Abdullahi Isse will be greatly missed

On Friday 12th July, Al-Shabaab attacked a hotel in Kismayo, Somalia where a meeting was taking place between local government officials and civil society leaders to discuss the upcoming elections. 26 people were killed in the attack and tragically one of those killed was Abdullahi Isse (known to us as Isse). Isse was the Executive Director of SADO, local partner of Peace Direct.  

Dylan Mathews, Peace Direct CEO said:

“Isse was a close friend and colleague who passionately believed in the potential of Somali communities to build a peaceful country. The world has lost a funny, courageous and dedicated activist whose love for his country was infectious. Isse’s death is a tragedy, but the work of SADO will go on, and we will be there to help Isse’s team to continue to build a safer Somalia for all.”

Peace Direct condemns any attack on civil society and our belief that non-violence is the best way to resolve conflict and secure long-term peace remains firm. This attack demonstrates the urgency of supporting local peacebuilding initiatives like those of SADO, and the need for more dialogue.

We will be working closely with SADO in the coming days and weeks to offer them as much support as we can at this difficult time, and to ensure their great work and the work that Isse wholeheartedly believed in continues.

We stand in solidarity with all those affected by Friday’s attack, and with the people of Kismayo and Somalia. Isse’s memory will live on through all we do, for many years to come.

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