Somalia’s government has announced that it will be awarding an annual prize to honour journalist Hodan Nalayeh, who died in an attack in Kismayo on Friday.
She and her husband Farid Juma Suleiman were among the 26 people killed as gunmen stormed the Asasey Hotel, where regional politicians and clan elders were discussing a forthcoming regional election.
Nalayeh was born in the northern Somali city of Las Anod but grew up in Canada after moving there with her parents and 11 siblings when she was six. She decided to base herself in Somalia last year.
She has been credited with showing a different side to Somalia to the stories of civil war, militancy and famine.
In a statement on Twitter, to honour the reporter’s inspirational life, Somalia’s foreign ministry will recognise an outstanding individual who made a positive contribution from the Somali diaspora