Prominent civil society leader and peace activist dies in Mogadishu
Professor Abdullahi Shirwa, a well-known and revered civil society leader and peace activist died in Mogadishu, on Saturday night as per his family and friends. According to his family and friends, Abdullahi has been ailing for the last few days and he was to be flown out of the country for medical treatment on Sunday. Various leaders and community members have expressed their condolences on the death of Abdullahi Mohamed Shirwa. Diini Mohamed Diini, who worked with civil society, said Shirwa was a scholar and philanthropist who worked for peace. "May God forgive his sins, may God reward him with paradise,'' Diini said. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Robe, in a statement from his office, sent his deepest condolences to the family, children and the people of Somalia in general. ''I wish to convey my condolences to friends, family and the entire Somali people on the death of Professor Abdullahi Shirwa,'' Roble said. The premier described the deceased as a hero who left the Somali nation and dedicated his time to serving his people, noting that two individuals, Sheikh Ali Warsame and Abdullahi Shirwa, left Somalia for good and social welfare. Abdullahi Mohamed Shirwa, in addition to his role in social affairs, is remembered for his role in leading the relief efforts for the families of the victims of the October 14th Zoobe bombing.