Somali Journo, Assassination Survivor, Flees Country

24.06.09

Categorie: Africa, David Axe, Reporters |

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by DAVID AXE

Two weeks ago, unidentified gunmen targeted Somali radio reporter Ahmed Omar Hashi, aka Ahmed “Tajir,” as he was walking in Mogadishu’s Bakara Market with Moqtar Hirabe, his director. Hirabe died, on the spot; Hashi’s friends rushed him to Medina Hospital, pictured, with wounds to his arm and stomach. The attack was the latest in a series of assaults on journalists.

In the following week, my readers, with a big boost from World Politics Review publisher Hampton Stephens, helped me raise more than $1,600 to get Hashi out of Somalia — and the Committee to Protect Journalists raised $1,000, on its own. Today, I’m happy to report that Hashi has safely left the country. He’s in a neighboring African nation, safe for now. But his assailants have called him, threatening to kill him if he ever returns to Somalia.

Hashi’s life, in Africa, is all but over. His next step is to seek asylum from the U.S. State Department, in order to begin a new life, in America. We can help. Asylum requires testimony from friends and colleagues. I will be writing a letter on Hashi’s behalf, to form the core of our support for his application. You can help out, by penning a letter, as a word document, and sending it to me at david_axe-at-hotmail.com. The letter should voice your support for Hashi’s request for asylum.

If you’re uncertain about whether Hashi deserves your support, please read my old dispatch from Somalia.

We’re halfway to helping a real hero start a new life, after a close brush with death. Let’s keep pushing.

(Photo: via Ahmed Omar Hashi)

Related:
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Somali Gov’t to Neighbors: Invade Us, Please
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Offiziere.ch: Mogadishu Battle Draws in Foreign Powers
Ethiopians Re-Invade Somalia?
Ethiopian Prez: Somali Insurgents “Desperate”
Alleged American Jihadist in Somalia = CIA Drone?
Offiziere.ch: Fresh Fighting Deepens Somali Islamist Schism
Fighting Resumes in Mogadishu

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7 Responses to “Somali Journo, Assassination Survivor, Flees Country”

  1. Hi friends

    I would like to thank you your tireless efforts towards our Colleagues Ahmed Omar Hashi and you’re raising his fund.

    Hope you are doing well and its really help full.
    Daud Abdi Daud
    Somalia Press Freedom Activist
    Many Thanks

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