Somali FM holds a memorial service for martyr Hussein Elabe

Mogadishu -The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Saturday held a memorial service for Hussein Elabe Fahiye, who was martyred in a car bomb attack on civilian vehicles trying to cross a checkpoint near the unknown soldier’s monument in Mogadishu on May 22.

In his speech to the memorial ceremony, Minister of Finance, H.E. Dr. Abdirahman Dualeh Beileh, stressed the national principles adopted by the late Hussein Elabe during his career in planning, finance and diplomacy, which laid a beautiful path for the functions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Hussain Elabe Fahiye became the Somalia’s 13th foreign minister in 2007. He has also served as minister for both the Ministries of Livestock and the Welfare of Disabled and Orphans of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia between 2005 and 2007. He was director general of the Ministry of National Planning for more than 12 years during the Somali central government led by President Mohamed Siad Barre.

Elabe did not flee the country during the civil war and did not resort to other countries but preferred to stay in the country, and served him for 58 years, including 13 years of foreign service, and spent a lot of his life in the service of his country and his people with all sincerity and dedication.

Deputy Minister of Finance H.E. Mr. Abdullahi Sheikh Ali said at the ceremony that the martyr Hussein Elabe took a vital role as coordinator of a government humanitarian campaign in 1974 to transfer about half a million of the population of Somalia from the north and the central regions to areas in the south to save them from the severe drought that was called ”abaartii daba-dheer” because of its impact on vast areas of the country.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, HE Mr. Said Haji Mohamud Farah, spoke about the biography of the martyr Hussein Elabe, while Amb. Abdusalam Haji Ahmed Liban, a member of the Foreign Ministry’s advisory committee, Mr. Nour Ahmed Wehliye, advisor to the Ministry of Planning, and Mr. Hussein Siyaad (Aato), a senior official in the Ministry of Finance, revealed the achievements of the martyr.

Verses from the Holy Quran and Islamic duas were read at the beginning and end of the memorial service held at the Foreign Ministry building, which was attended by some members of the two Houses of Parliament, ambassadors, some directors general of ministries, diplomats, civil servants and some of the martyr family.

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: