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20 August 2012                  14:46 ET

A Somali Olympic athlete has reportedly drowned while attempting to reach Europe on a migrant boat.

Runner Samia Yusuf Omar was trying to cross from Libya to Italy in April when the boat she was travelling in sank, according to Italian media.

The head of Somalia’s National Olympic Committee confirmed to the BBC that she had died but did not say how.

Samia competed in the 200m event at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 despite having almost no formal training.

Although she came in last place, several seconds behind the other competitors, the BBC’s Alan Johnston in Rome says it is extraordinary that she was able to take part at all.

She had grown up and trained in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, facing war, poverty, a complete lack of athletics facilities and prejudice from some quarters against women participating in sports.

According to a profile of Samia on al-Jazeera, she faced death threats and intimidation when she returned to Somalia after the 2008 Olympics, with the Islamist militia al-Shabab controlling parts of the capital.

‘We will not forget’

In October 2010, the runner is reported to have moved to Ethiopia in search of a coach to help her train for the London 2012 Olympics.

What happened between then and her apparent death in the Mediterranean Sea is unclear.

According to al-Jazeera, there were no guarantees that she would be accepted to train at the stadium in Addis Ababa – it was dependent on her running times and permission from the Ethiopian Athletics Federation.

Reports in Italian media suggest she may have been hoping to find a coach in Europe who could help her reach the London Olympics.

Italian newspaper Corriere Della Serra says Samia’s fate only came to light when former Somali Olympic athlete Abdi Bile brought it up at a talk.

He mentioned Mo Farah, the Somalian runner who moved to the United Kingdom aged 12 and triumphed in this year’s Olympics.

“We are happy for Mo – he is our pride,” he said. “But we will not forget Samia.”

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19323535

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Samia Yusuf Omar was born on March 25th, 1991 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samia_Yusuf_Omar

March 25th, 1991

3 + 25 +1+9+9+1 = 48 = her life lesson = Remembrance.

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July 4, 2012               5:55 PM ET

Two Canadians who were kidnapped from a refugee camp in Kenya by armed gunmen and taken to Somalia before being rescued say the attack happened suddenly with bullets fired, lots of confusion and some aid workers being ordered into another vehicle.

Steven Dennis, 37, of Toronto, and Qurat-Ul-Ain Sadazai, 38, from Gatineau, Que., were among four aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council captured at gunpoint from the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya on June 29. They were held for three days before being rescued.

“They came with guns. They started rounding up people, pushed one into our car, and they got in the car,” Sadazai told The Canadian Press from Nairobi, where the freed hostages are now resting.

“It was five minutes of shock.”

The group’s driver was shot and pulled from the car and it was only later Sadazai found out he’d been killed.

Four international aid workers were abducted on June 29 from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, which is about 100 kilometres from the Somali border.

Four international aid workers were abducted on June 29 from Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp, which is about 100 kilometres from the Somali border.

They were driven out of the camp, located about 100 kilometres west of the Kenya-Somalia border, and then forced to walk nine hours each night and sleep and hide during the days.

The hostages quickly learned that their abductors didn’t plan to kill them, they just wanted money, Dennis said Wednesday.

He says his big feet and big wallet helped him escape injury and survive until he and the other hostages could be rescued.

He says there was a lot of confusion and gunfire when the aid convoy of two cars was attacked.One of the bullets grazed his front pocket where he always keeps his wallet. He told his parents, Peter and Carol-Ann Dennis, in a telephone call from Nairobi that his credit card saved him. He was left with just a bruise.

After being released, Dennis learned that trackers had followed his footprints in order for military officers from Kenya and Somalia to carry out a daring rescue mission 40 kilometres inside Somalia’s border that saw one Somali gunman shot to death and the hostages freed.

‘Mentally, you are in some ways prepared. As aid workers, we do know that there is a risk always and we are in areas that are high risk — this is something that happens and you have to work with it.’—Qurat-Ul-Ain Sadazai, freed hostage

“Because he’s very tall, he’s 6-5″ and has big shoes and big feet and he said later on that he found out that the tracking was done very easily because they see these big feet and these little feet of the other aid workers,” Carol-Ann Dennis told CBC News.

Dennis had only worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council for the past year in Kenya, but had a lengthy background in humanitarian work with other agencies, including Doctors Without Borders.

He says all of the other workers captured were experienced aid workers who knew what to do in a kidnapping situation. He said their captors showed them respect during their time in captivity.

“The kidnappers were telling us ‘no problem,'” he says. “We heard that a lot.”

Sadazai said her crisis training helped her get through the ordeal.

“Mentally, you are in some ways prepared,” she said. “As aid workers, we do know that there is a risk always and we are in areas that are high risk — this is something that happens and you have to work with it.”

She says she thought it might be weeks, or months, before the situation would be resolved.

Dennis’ parents said they were appreciative of the support they received while their son was being held captive from the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Canadian government.

“[The government] did a lot more than just reach out to us. But they want to keep a low profile, they don’t want the bad guys to know what they’re doing and that sort of thing but … we’ll pay our taxes a lot more happily in the future than we have in the past. They were outstanding,” said Peter Dennis.

He has not been told when his son might return to Canada, but his mother has a plan for when he does.

She says she wants to “hug him forever.”

Sadazai, who is married, said she plans to take 10 days to visit her parents in Pakistan before returning to continue her work with the Norwegian Refugee Council at the Dadaab camp, home to about 460,000 refugees.

“It hasn’t changed any of my plans,” she said of the kidnapping. “I’m still committed.”

Also kidnapped and rescued were Norwegian Astrid Sehl, 33, and Glenn Costes, 40, a Filipino, who was shot and injured during the initial kidnapping.

from:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/07/04/steven-dennis-kidnap-victim.html

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Steven Dennis

125455 455591               51

 

his path of destiny = 51 = Do the right thing.  Being logical.  Facing facts.  Harsh reality.

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June 22, 2012

A Muslim convert from Brooklyn who pleaded guilty to posting online threats against the creators of the “South Park” television show has been sentenced to 11 ½ years in prison.

Jesse Curtis Morton, who founded the now-defunct Revolution Muslim website, was sentenced Friday in Alexandria. Earlier this year he admitted using the site as an outlet for al-Qaida propaganda. He also conspired with another man to deliver a thinly veiled threat to the creators of the “South Park” television show for perceived insults to the prophet Muhammad.

Defense attorneys had sought a prison term of less than five years.

The other defendant in the case, Zachary Chesser, received a 25-year sentence, but he also tried to travel to Somalia to join the al-Shabab terrorist group.

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/man-sentenced-online-south-park-threat-16628103#.T-SNLrVSTNk

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Zach Chesser

8138 3851159               52

 

his path of destiny = 52 = Criticism.  Harsh words.

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June 22, 2012

A Muslim convert from Brooklyn who pleaded guilty to posting online threats against the creators of the “South Park” television show has been sentenced to 11 ½ years in prison.

Jesse Curtis Morton, who founded the now-defunct Revolution Muslim website, was sentenced Friday in Alexandria. Earlier this year he admitted using the site as an outlet for al-Qaida propaganda. He also conspired with another man to deliver a thinly veiled threat to the creators of the “South Park” television show for perceived insults to the prophet Muhammad.

Defense attorneys had sought a prison term of less than five years.

The other defendant in the case, Zachary Chesser, received a 25-year sentence, but he also tried to travel to Somalia to join the al-Shabab terrorist group.

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/man-sentenced-online-south-park-threat-16628103#.T-SNLrVSTNk

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Jesse Morton

15115 469265                 45

 

his path of destiny = 45 = Blame.

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Sunday 10 June 2012                 05.26 EDT

Kenya‘s minister for internal security, George Saitoti, and his deputy have been killed in a police helicopter crash in a forest just outside the capital, the government says.

A spokesman said the prime minister, Raila Odinga, had been informed of the deaths of Saitoti and his deputy, Orwa Ojode.

A former long-serving vice-president under the former president Daniel Arap Moi, Saitoti was also a presidential candidate in an election expected to be held by March next year.

A Reuters photographer counted three bodies at the scene of the crash in a forest in the Ngong area just outside Nairobi.

Debris from the burnt-out blue police helicopter was strewn in the brush where government officials and curious locals jostled to catch a glimpse.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. More people were feared to have been on board the helicopter.

Saitoti, an ally of the president, Mwai Kibaki, was the leading government voice against the Somali militant group al-Shabaab, often visiting the scenes of grenade attacks inside Kenya and vowing the east African nation would crush the group.

Kenya’s troops have been fighting al-Shabaab in neighbouring Somalia since last October. The militants have killed several people in a string of grenade attacks in Nairobi, the far north and the coast in retaliation against Kenya’s moves against them.

from:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/10/kenyan-ministers-killed-helicopter-crash?newsfeed=true

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George Saitoti was born on August 3rd, 1945 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Saitoti

August 3rd, 1945

8 + 3 +1+9+4+5 = 30 = his life lesson = Count your blessings.

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PHOTO: Fellow journalists and supporters crowd around the body of Ahmed Addow Anshur, who was murdered in the Somali capital of Mogadishu Wednesday.

May 24, 2012

A local journalist was gunned down in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, becoming the sixth journalist killed so far this year and putting the east African nation on track to have its deadliest year ever for media workers.

Ahmed Addow Anshur, who worked at a local radio station, was murdered by four armed assailants on motorcycles near a market midday Wednesday, according to the National Union for Somali Journalists (NUSOJ). NUSOJ said the attackers escaped the scene and the motive for the killing is not yet known.

Anshur’s death marks the sixth killing of a local journalist in Somalia since the new year and the second this month, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In a statement, the NUSOJ said the targeting of journalists is part of a concerted effort to “undermine the media freedom and freedom of expression,” but the organization’s Secretary General, Mohammed Ibrahim, said it’s often difficult to tell who is actually be behind the attacks.

Somalia has been rocked by violence for the past two decades as the transitional government battles militant Islamists, including the al Qaeda-allied terrorist organization al-Shabaab, for control of the country. Al-Shabaab, which includes in its ranks several American-born fighters such as the rapping jihadist Omar Hammami, occasionally claims responsibility or is blamed for the killings, but other times — such as in Anshur’s case — the journalists are gunned down in areas controlled by the government.

There are also a variety of violent criminal gangs to consider, Ibrahim said, not to mention journalists who are simply caught in the crossfire.

“[The journalists] know that it’s risky, it’s deadly, but they respect their profession,” said Ibrahim, a veteran Somali journalist who is the first recipient of the Galloway Family Foundation Fellowship for International Investigative Reporting at the ABC News Brian Ross Investigative Unit. “They report to the outside world the situation on the ground. It is a great bravery.”

Before coming to the U.S., Ibrahim contributed reporting from Somalia to the New York Times and worked closely with Pulitzer prize-winning Times reporter Jeffrey Gettleman.

The United Nations special representative to Somalia condemned Anshur’s murder in a statement today and said journalism in the war-torn nation is “essential to a free and functioning society.”

“It is well known that Somali journalists have the most difficult working conditions in the world,” the U.N. representative, Dr. Augustine Mahiga, said. “But that does not make it any easier to accept when one is brutally killed. Ahmed Addow Anshur was targeted in cold blood for carrying out his doing his job as a professional journalist…”

In all, the CPJ counts 41 journalists that have been killed in Somalia since 1992 and has named the country the most dangerous on the continent for media workers. The deadliest year to date was 2009, in which nine journalists were killed.

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/somali-journalist-gunned-sixth-killed-months/story?id=16422739#.T76DZEVSTNk

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Ahmed Addow Anshur

18454 14465 151839            69

 

his path of destiny = 69 = A marked man.

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