HODI Bringing tribes together through football

HODI (Horn of Africa Development Initiative) founder Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan has achieved the unimaginable, by bringing together warring tribes.

The campaigner and activist has been working in Northern Kenya with HODI in a bid to bring young people together. The region has been plagued by tribal warfare for decades, with generations of bitterness and violence taking their toll on the very fabric of the community.

In an interview with the BBC, Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, said that she wanted kids to put down their AK-47s and pick up a football instead. Denied the opportunity to play as a young woman, Fatuma was also met with resilience and uncertainty when she began to run matches.

Children from rival tribes wouldn’t play together, citing the others as a form of enemy or rival. It was then that Fatuma placed extra emphasis on inter-tribal structures. As a result, she noticed an immediate dissolution of pre-existing bias and hatred. Teamwork came into play and the children started to interact and co-operate in a way which had not been experienced for years.

Her work has received international acclaim, and she has been recognised with several prestigious awards and accolades.

The BBC Outlook Inspirations programme is one which highlights exceptional individuals who do great work across the globe; this year Fatuma is one of the nominees.


Colin J McCracken
Colin J McCracken

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Colin J McCracken is an Irish editor and writer of both fiction and journalism. Coming from a background in education and film, his passions are split between the environmental and the entertaining. Constantly striving for a more sustainable existence and trying to balance it while simultaneously buying too many books.