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The story of a 17-year-old Somali returnee


AAH Somalia PCC


Eido Mohamed Abdi is a 17 year-old mother to four-month old daughter named Umulkhayr. Eido was married off in an arranged marriage in Yemen at the age of 14. Eido’s mother left her after the marriage and they haven’t met since then.



Before her marriage, the Somalia national lived in rural Yemen with her mother but did not get chance to attend school. 


Eido came to Hargeisa, Somaliland, in January 2017 but her husband left her to look for work in Mogadishu. She now lives with her mother-in-law in Isha-Borama village, Hargeisa, Somaliland. 


Eido is determined to overcome the odds stacked against her. She heard about literacy classes on offer at the Peaceful Coexistence Centre (PCC) in Hargeisa, run by Action Africa Help International (AAH-I), and immediately enrolled. PCC provides a hub for various social integration programmes through education. After just four months, Eido can now read and write. “In future I want to learn tailoring so that I can become self-employed and support my family.”


The PCC is under AAH-I’s project, ‘Integrated approach to increase social self-reliance, livelihood opportunities and peaceful coexistence among Persons of Concern (PoC) and refugee hosting communities in Hargeisa, Somaliland.’ The objective of the project is to increase social self-reliance and socio-economic well being of refugees and asylum seekers and refugee-hosting communities. The project supports diversification of livelihood opportunities and promotes local population receptivity towards refugees.

Inspiring story ahead of the World Refugee day.