Almaas Elman was a Somali-Canadian humanitarian aid worker, the eldest daughter of a prominent family of humanitarian aid-workers. Her father was Elman Ali Ahmed, a pioneering peace activist who was also gunned down in 1996. The work of her family focused on social justice, women’s rights and rehabilitating children impacted by Somalia’s decades-long war. Elman had served as First Secretary, in the Somali embassy, in Kenya. Upon her return to Somalia Elman served as a liaison with diplomats from the European Union.
“Ms. Elman was a committed, tireless advocate for the countless survivors of sexual violence in Somalia.” - Laetitia Bader, Africa division of Human Rights Watch
Submitted by our members in 2020.