Witness: Sisters of Somalia (2012)

Al Jazeera English (30’)

Sisters of Somalia is about Asha Hagi Elmi, an internationally recognised humanitarian activist famous for her work helping to build peace and defend the rights of women in Somalia. Filmmakers Joost van der Valk and Mags Gavan travel with Asha to the refugee camps of Mogadishu, swelled to bursting point in 2011 by tens of thousands of Somalis fleeing drought and the threat of famine. Asha, her sister Amina and other women from the NGO she founded, Saving Somali Women and Children (SSWC), distribute food, clothing, medical and practical aid, lend an ear to the refugees’ stories and, most of all, attempt to restore dignity to the lives of the often traumatised and extremely vulnerable women and children they meet in the camps.

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