“I think the girl child needs a voice, I think the girl childs’ voice needs to be heard”,Belqisa.



On first glance Belqisa Abdi, is a young beautiful African woman of Somali decent, she is garbed in a modern version of the Hijab a strong indication of her faith.

Belqisa was born in Mandera a Kenyan town bordering Somalia, which has been the center of ongoing ethnic clashes between different communities. And where practices like early marriage and Female Genital Mutilation are deeply engrained in the culture.

Years later, a single mother  of three and a strong advocate against early marriage and FGM, Belqisa is a young woman on a mission. She will be featuring in an upcoming documentary film by African Youth Initiative for Democracy.


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