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The struggle of the Somali women after the civil war

Being mothers, sisters, daughters or even wives Somali women have been violated in many ways, their sons, husbands, brothers, fathers and uncles has been killed, some of them has been rapped, others faced different violence.

Despite all that, Somali women never got tired neither demoralized but kept their struggle to survive, they replaced their men in the fight for survival, they started taking care of the family, and most of them started looking jobs to earn so that they help their families, but since most of them were illiterate earning a well paid job isn’t easy.

Most of them started selling Qat by sitting on the streets/tarmac to sell it all day and night, it’s the worst job to do since they always face disputes/violations from those men who buy it, some go knocking door to door asking if they need any help around the house i.e. house cleaning or washing clothes, others made cookies for sales, and so on so forth. Almost every mother leaves her house and kids including infants at 4:00 am everyday just earn little money to help their families.

Regardless of all that effort, most of the women receive less appreciation from their husbands, instead some of them face violations from their husbands arguing why they don’t provide extra money for them to go to tea shops and chew Mirra (Qat) with other losers like them, and if they don’t provide that money they seize the little money she earned to rise her kids.

After the civil war, Somali women became the warriors, they kept their legacy alive, as mothers they started fighting for their kid’s wellbeing, they acted both mothers and fathers, they rise their family well, they bear with all that violations and abuse, they never got tired from carrying their duty, some of them became widows after their husbands been killed, while others don’t count their husbands as part of the family to help them because they became useless but still feed them and provide money for them.


olutosin's picture

Women my Women

Still the same story my dear, I usually have goose pimples whenever I read these types of write ups, they bring the picture home, where I am but clearer and they usually have deafening scream that ask the same old question! Can't you do Something? I am so helpless, may be it is so this way because if on the other way round, I could do something to allevaite thee poverty, I may be on the other side, the Right side, where all they do is spend the money on mundane and ephemeral things, we will continue and the time may be nearer when we will be so empowered as to economically empower other women, I have seen a woman empowered on Worldpulse, the Change is undescribable, and the woman is myself, if all women would be empowered CHEI! this World would be transformed

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


Ruun Abdi's picture

Thanks dear friend for taking

Thanks dear friend for taking some time to read ma post. the change is at the corner and not far, hope all women will get the opportunity to be empowered, somehow it seems like the civil war brought women to the big screen cuz sometime back they used to be considered less but now they are considered as the backbone of each family, and they takcare of almost everything.



Lilith784's picture


The strength of these women is just incredible - imagine what they could achieve if they had the opportunity to use it for whatever they wanted instead of needing it all to survive and withstand the pressure and violence they are experiencing now.


Ruun Abdi's picture

dear friend thanks for taking

dear friend thanks for taking sometime to read, yeah that would have been great and hope one day they will get that opportunity.

Warmest regards.


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