Somaliland: The Women Shepherds

Somaliland Sun – Tuesday, 28 January 2013 (originally published 22 Jan)

Woman Shehard
For Sahra Water is a central concern year round. Image: Somaliland Sun

Somalilandsun – UNTV producer Francis Mead and videographer Antonio Tibaldi traveled to Somaliland in northern Somalia. Francis says he won’t forget Beerato, the village where they filmed in central Somaliland. They found a world of dust, sheep, goats, camels – and bold women, insisting on changing their lives – and knowing how to party – dancing, singing and clapping in the Sufi style. Francis explains more here:

We travelled with Amina Souleiman, a Somali woman who gained political asylum in the UK during Somalia’s civil war in the 1990s. She now spends half her year helping women in her homeland stand up for their rights.

The UN Democracy Fund is financing her project. It’s a remarkable initiative, though each step forward has to be patient and small, and is met by resistance from the male village elders. We met Sahra – an impressive, highly intelligent woman, a shepherd with no formal education and one of the leading lights in the village. Sahra is one of Amina’s protegés . . .

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