Inside Mogadishu’s Rajo camp, cheers can be heard from the family and friends of Mohamed Noor and Huda Omar, a Somali couple, who have just married.
As they walk arm-in-arm through the place that will be their home, onlookers and guests dance in celebration of the start of their new journey. “Life is about who you marry, not the type of home you live in. I love him” Huda Omar told Reuters photojournalist and reporter, Faisal Omar, who visited the makeshift camp and documented its colourful nature in the days leading up to the wedding, as well as the celebrations that followed.
The Rajo camp is home to roughly 400 internally displaced people and is located in the capital of Mogadishu. Most of those who live there came during the early 1990s, as fleeing the famine. Years of conflict ravaged the Horn of Africa gave them no choice but to remain at Rajo.
Noor has built a simple home for himself and Omar to start their new life, a small shack, divided into a bedroom and eating area which is part of Noor’s family’s larger makeshift house. Omar left her family hut in a farming area in Afgoye, roughly 20 miles away, for Rajo to live with her husband. For the wedding, the couple’s bedroom has been decorated with colorful balloons and flowers. “We have loved each other for a very long time,” the 20-year-old groom said. “I could not afford to build a house and marry her, so my mother helped with the little money she had.”
Noor, who was born in the camp, works as a mason with his father. His family were forced to move out of their hometown of Baidoa, after losing their livestock to the famine. Other’s who live in the camp are builders, or sell sweets, nuts and stick toothbrushes to make money. Some beg around the seaside city, which like the rest of Somalia has been gripped by violence since the toppling of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. “Life is tough here. Sometimes there are explosions nearby and the roads are blocked so I can’t get to work,” Noor explained to Reuters.
After the wedding, the couple celebrate a week-long honeymoon at their new home. After seven days, Omar is joined by other women for more festivities, during which guests bring presents, utensils and cakes. The bride’s mother and mother-in-law place a coloruful scarf on her, in a symbolic gesture indicating she is married.
In the days that follow, life returns to normal. Omar will undertake chores at home, while Noor goes back to work. “I hope we will have children and I will be able to educate them,” Noor said. “If I get a good job, I will save my money and open a shop for my wife so she can become a trader”.
The photos were taking by Feisal Omar for Reuters. The story first appeared on International Business Times. Read rest here
Listen her words. This is how Hodan wanted all of us to remember her. She loved Somalia and her fellow Somalis. What a loss for our people. #PrayForKismayo #RIP #HodanNalayeh #AllThingsSomali ... See MoreSee Less
We lost a giant. Please share the video so everyone hears Hodan's own words of how we should remember her. #RIP
this is a massive tragedy, RIP and sabr iyo imaan to her family and loved ones.
I don’t know her but I felt really sad when i heard the news may Allah bless her soul and all people who lost their life 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾Ameeen
It’s loss we all felt , may Allah reward her Jannah. What an amazing life we lost today 😞. Such a heartbreaking.
We lost our sister but we never give up and May ALLAH reward her Jannah Inshalaah
Another black page for Somalië..! Rest in eternal.Peace...! Beautifull and very Brave Hodan Naleeye...😢😢😢😢
So tradgic. Praying for all those impacted by this attack.
may Allah give Her the Highest rank in Jannah😭😭
I'm a 33 year old man and belive me I shed a tear for this clip, I loved her like a sister a big sister with a great soul
ILAHAY HA uu NAXARISTO
Absolutely thats the reason I loved her AUN 😭
Allah ha ugu bishaareeyo janadii Fardowza Hodan iyo dhamaan intii ku geeriyootay!! Aammiin Aammiin Aammiin
I don’t know when this terror attacks will stop, but we are so tired of this. Every time, we feel hart broken, sad and angry because of some idiots are doing this to such innocent, kind, caring, and patriotic people. This is really enough 😢
We lost another Somali talent women 💔 May Allah grant you the highest level in janna
❤️😢 Zamzam Adem Maryan Farah
May Allah grant you the highest level in jana fardosa
I am, and always have been, a reasonably tolerant individual. I count amount my very best friends an American of African descent who happens to be a practicing Muslim. I have invited and accepted the company of all races and religions at events I've organized and attended.
All that said, if Ilhan Omar is a reflection of the attitudes and beliefs of Somalis in American, you will soon have lost the trust and tolerance of all but the most ignorant and naive Americans.
She is bringing discredit on the entire Somali community and eventually the backlash, although peaceful, with be total ostracism.
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Wearing the hidde iyo dhaqan as gambo. Wow love it.
masha allh ilhaan dhal boqortooyo
Ilhaan hambalyo abaayo
Beautiful comments Somali one❤
Ilhan qurux nolow 😍 congratulations sis
Islaantu socod badanaa
Masha Allah so proud of you sis ilhan Omar.
Keep going sis
nooloow walaashay carabta meel iga saar
Mashallahi illhan Omar congratulations
Masha Allah, well done🇸🇴
Maansha allah fariido baa laguu bixinayaa baayo....no more ilhan hhhhhh🤣🤣🤣🤣🤔
Maasha allah we are proud of you sis keep going ❤️❤️