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In Pictures: Defiant Somalis vow to report
A journalism school trains Somali refugees in Kenya amid a spate of deadly attacks back home targeting the press.
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2012 10:48

Somalia is the most dangerous place in Africa to work for the press, but that has failed to deter a brazen group of young journalists studying in neighbouring Kenya, who have vowed to return home to report on their war-torn country. 

Fifteen journalists have been killed in Somalia this year, a grim record, with six dying in attacks in September alone. Because of the persecution reporters face at home, Somali media have flourished in the Kenyan capital. Many say they are unafraid of the dangers they will face reporting from their home country.

"Everyone will die one day," Abdiladiif Ali declares in a small room he shares with two other Somalis in his new home in Nairobi. "Whether I am in Somalia or in a safer place, still death will meet me." 

Mohamed Osman is the founder of Al-Imra Institute of Language and Journalism, and chairman of the Somali Exiled Journalists Association. 

In 2010, Mohamed Osman founded the institute in Nairobi. Today, young Somali refugees pack the single classroom. Nearly half of the 30 students are female. 

Ali sits toward the back, but takes notes carefully. His brother, working in the United States, sends him money to cover the monthly tuition fee of 1,000 shillings (US$12).

The school has no equipment of its own. Osman relies on local journalists, who occasionally lend their cameras and audio recorders for the students to learn how to use. The education Al-Imra offers is highly sought after, despite its meagre resources. 

"I will work wherever I find a job," says 27-year-old student Fatuma Lsse. "If I find work in Somalia, the better for me, it is my country. You need to be bold, somebody has to work there."


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A videographer sets up his camera at a memorial service to honour the late Somali journalist Ali Sharmarke, assassinated by al-Shabab militants five years ago.
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Eastleigh, a neighbourhood in Nairobi inhabited predominantly by Somali immigrants, is known as "Little Mogadishu".
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An apartment building in Eastleigh occupied by Somali immigrants.
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Students at the Al-Imra Institute of Language and Journalism in the Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh. Of the thirty students enrolled in the school, nearly half are women.
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A woman walks through the streets of Eastleigh, a Somali neighbourhood in Nairobi known as "Little Mogadishu".
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One of Eastleigh's several shopping malls. In recent years the Somali neighbourhood has developed into a commercial hub.
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An English language school in Eastleigh. Many Somali journalists study English hoping to find work with international media.
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Abdiladiif Ali, a Somali refugee studying to be a journalist, at his home in Eastleigh.
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Students wait before class outside of Al-Imra Institute of Language and Journalism in Eastleigh.
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In class, students learn about media ethics and law.
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Two Somali journalists meet before the memorial service for the six journalists slain in September.
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A security guard stands at the door of the memorial service. Even in exile, Somali journalists continue to receive threats.
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A videographer sets up his camera at a memorial service to honour the late Somali journalist Ali Sharmarke, assassinated by al-Shabab militants five years ago.

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A videographer sets up his camera at a memorial service to honour the late Somali journalist Ali Sharmarke, assassinated by al-Shabab militants five years ago.

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Eastleigh, a neighbourhood in Nairobi inhabited predominantly by Somali immigrants, is known as "Little Mogadishu".

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Eastleigh, a neighbourhood in Nairobi inhabited predominantly by Somali immigrants, is known as "Little Mogadishu".

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Students at the Al-Imra Institute of Language and Journalism in the Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh. Of the thirty students enrolled in the school, nearly half are women.

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Students at the Al-Imra Institute of Language and Journalism in the Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh. Of the thirty students enrolled in the school, nearly half are women.

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A woman walks through the streets of Eastleigh, a Somali neighbourhood in Nairobi known as "Little Mogadishu".

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A woman walks through the streets of Eastleigh, a Somali neighbourhood in Nairobi known as "Little Mogadishu".

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One of Eastleigh's several shopping malls. In recent years the Somali neighbourhood has developed into a commercial hub.

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One of Eastleigh's several shopping malls. In recent years the Somali neighbourhood has developed into a commercial hub.

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An English language school in Eastleigh. Many Somali journalists study English hoping to find work with international media.

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An English language school in Eastleigh. Many Somali journalists study English hoping to find work with international media.

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Abdiladiif Ali, a Somali refugee studying to be a journalist, at his home in Eastleigh.

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Abdiladiif Ali, a Somali refugee studying to be a journalist, at his home in Eastleigh.

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Students wait before class outside of Al-Imra Institute of Language and Journalism in Eastleigh.

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Students wait before class outside of Al-Imra Institute of Language and Journalism in Eastleigh.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Little-Mogadishu-?image_id=0b5x4bPbrta1fIn class, students learn about media ethics and law. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:32:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Little-Mogadishu-?image_id=0b5x4bPbrta1fRoopa Gogenini Al Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload ImagesIn class, students learn about media ethics and law. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Little-Mogadishu-?image_id=0fGbbSK8Sq6nwTwo Somali journalists meet before the memorial service for the six journalists slain in September. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:32:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Little-Mogadishu-?image_id=0fGbbSK8Sq6nwRoopa Gogenini Al Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload ImagesTwo Somali journalists meet before the memorial service for the six journalists slain in September. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Little-Mogadishu-?image_id=0eGGgCh7Lv7XXA security guard stands at the door of the memorial service. Even in exile, Somali journalists continue to receive threats. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:32:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Little-Mogadishu-?image_id=0eGGgCh7Lv7XXRoopa Gogenini Al Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload ImagesA security guard stands at the door of the memorial service. Even in exile, Somali journalists continue to receive threats.


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