This incredible speech was part of TedX Mogadishu where the former minister talked about his wonderful journey, fleeing the war at young age, growing up in Dadaab refugee camp, coming back to Somalia as a MP and becoming the youngest minister in Somalia history.
Unfortunately 12 days later he was gunned down at the gate of Villa Somalia.
Early reports say that 31-year-old Abbas Abdullahi Siraji – the youngest Somali minister in the Somali cabinet – was shot dead at the front gates of Villa Somalia this evening by Somali government soldiers who were escorting the Auditor General, Nur Farah. The soldiers began firing at Mr. Siraji as his car approached the checkpoint leading to the compound.
A source close to the investigation said that Nur Farah’s bodyguards were suspicious of the vehicle carrying Abbas Siraji and believed they were following their car too closely.
Abbas Siraji was not alone in the car when he was fired upon and unconfirmed reports say that another minister was with him, although it is said to have survived the shooting.
Hours before he was killed, Abbas Siraji launched a public works initiative called the ‘Capacity Injection Program’ with assistance from Africa Development Bank and UNOPS.