As journalists, the filmmakers behind this project followed the conflict in Somalia for many years as reporters. When, in 2011, Al-Shabaab lost control of Mogadishu and an increasing level of security was achieved, it seemed an opportune time to return to Somalia to tell a different kind of story. The goal was, and remains, to help change the script on hackneyed media images by shining a light on three inspirational Somali women who have each led groundbreaking initiatives to bring about peace and renewal.
While on production in Hargeisa and Mogadishu, the filmmakers were so moved by what they witnessed that they made a pledge there and then to use their skills and resources to support the efforts of these women towards peace. They aim to accomplish this by using the film and other media generated as a vehicle for raising awareness of the humanitarian projects documented, and, therein, a means for providing vital funds to maintain and expand this work.
These projects are:
A non-profit charity hospital in Hargeisa established to provide health care and training for nurses, midwives, and other health workers in Somaliland.
A charity providing life-saving medical care, food, and shelter to 90,000 refugees as well as a 400-bed hospital, an 800-student school and multiple clinics.
A charitable organisation that runs programmes to rehabilitate child soldiers and integrate them back into society. The Center also provides shelter and therapeutic support to victims of sexual violence.
In the wake of the elections, for the first time in more than two decades, Somalia has a real chance at peace. We hope that, as well as supporting three worthy causes, the timeliness and visibility afforded by this project will help keep hope alive for millions of Somalis across the world.