Sisters of Somalia is now available to watch on YouTube after screening on Monday, 1 July 2013 on Witness, Al Jazeera’s flagship documentary strand.

Asha Hagi Elmi is a humanitarian and peace activist, internationally recognised for her work helping to build peace in Somalia and defending the rights of women. In August 2012, just months before her husband Abdi Farah Shirdon became prime minister of Somalia, Witness journeyed with Asha to the refugee camps of Mogadishu, swelled to bursting from 2011 by tens of thousands of Somalis fleeing drought and the threat of famine.

Asha, her sister Amina and other women from the NGO she founded, SSWC (Saving Somali Women and Children), distribute food, clothing, medical and practical aid, lend an ear to the refugees’ stories and, most of all, attempt to restore dignity to the lives of the often traumatised and very vulnerable women and children they meet in the camps.

Asha has since become a legislator in the Somali Federal Parliament.

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