From Refugee to Presidential Candidate
Fadumo's story of determination, courage and triumph in the face of adversity has inspired thousands. It has been a rocky road but Fadumo has survived them all and she is now one of Somalia's presidential candidates.
The Journey From Refugee to Presidential Candidate
In this keynote speech Fadumo shares her journey from refugee to presidential aspirant. Fadumo moved to Finland facing various adversities in 1990 and she studied to become a nurse.
Fadumo became frustratedthat after 25 years post-conflict Somalia was still without political leadership. She hopes to return to her homeland to end the killing and corruption and help lead Somalia towards prosperity and stability.
Discuss Somalia together as a class:
What kind of history does Somalia have?
Where is the country located?
Do all Somali children have the opportunity of attending school?
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Watch the keynote speech in your class and answer the questions.
- What is the key to life according to Fadumo? How does she justify her statement?
- Who has acted as a significant figure in Fadumo's childhood? What kind of help has Fadumo received from this person?
- What kind of thoughts and / or feelings does Fadumo's story evoke in you?
Go through the questions together as a class and discuss how people can pursue an optimistic future despite their difficult pasts.