We as a society are surrounded by heroes, strong cape wearing heroes that save the day. However heroes can be much more than what we see on the movie screen. Edna Edna is a great example of a hero, cape or not. Edna Aden is very family oriented; wife, first lady of the Somalia. Doctor and inspiration. During her time as First Lady she did lots of work in helping impoverished girls earn the right to education, helping families stay healthy, and providing a variety of services to veterans. Not only did she stand strong next to her husband as the First Lady of nation, but she also made plans to better the Somaliland/Somalia Health system. From her time as a child and a student in London to her time in the public eye in Somaliland, in my opinion, a hero must possess the characteristics of inclusion to everyone and the ability to be a role model, someone everyone can look up to and also relate to. Edna is a hero because of the grace and civility she carries with her, as well as how she makes it her mission to better the life of everyone. She was Foreign Minister of Somaliland from 2003 to 2006, and had previously served as Somaliland’s Minister of Family Welfare and Social Development.
She is the director and founder of the Edna Aden Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa and an activist and pioneer in the struggle for the abolition of female genital mutilation. She is also President of the Organization for Victims of Torture and Edna Aden University Hospital
Edna never lacks grace and civility under any situation, when others go low she goes high which is a quality that qualifies her as a hero. From her time as a student at Borough plytechnic.currently knows as London south Bank University to all the way to the National stage, EDNA has struggled with constant discrimination from others for being an African woman. She had to learn to be civil and decide how she wanted to represent herself. When her Egal was elected as second prime minister in Somali, a new string of challenges came her way. ¨Egal became the first prime minister from northern republic of Somaliland which was eventually united with great republic Somali that time. Being put under the spotlight as the first lady of Somali .First Lady can bring many challenges. When she was confronted with evil and disrespect from people she did not fight back, instead she showed them through her civility and grace that she is right where she deserved to be. During her time in the as First Lady, she was truly a hero to both herself and other young girls that thought they were too different to be accepted in a place like the education and public sectors. The best part is that she did it with grace, giving many a hero to look up to. She showed us her civil side when visiting different places. For me, this shows a great deal of heroism because Egal is able to share her knowledge which can rub off on us all. Being her own person and choosing to define herself and make an imprint on us all in such a positive way is a worthy characteristic of any hero. Although it may not seem like characteristics of a hero to be civil and graceful, Edna showed us all that was how she was going to define herself, and in the end it made a big difference in the kind of hero she is and how her realness relates to us all.
Another reason Edna is a hero to me is the way she wants to better the lives of everyone. She achieves this by being human, meaning she understands a person’s everyday life and gives her followers an easy character to relate to. She is inclusive to everyone and during her time as the Director of the larger Hospital builds by herself in Somaliland and she had many projects that benefitted children, veterans, and many other groups of people. Edna is a hero for many younger people that still have their lives ahead of them. She wants to better the lives of children so when they grow up they know right from wrong, and they themselves are able to better their lives. She portrayed a heroic figure by giving time and attention to others especially kids, knowing that we were shaping the future. Even after her time as the First Lady, she still wanted to continue putting others first and using her resources to better the world. “After the Egal left the power in1969, EDNA pledged to continue her mission of encouraging young people to follow their dreams, and she remained involved in her community. Even after leaving the presidential palace, EDNA had and still has ways she gives and gives, insuring to somehow better someone’s life. EDNA pledging to continue her mission shows how hardworking and dedicated she is to the lives of others. This is shown abundantly throughout her entire life. Bettering the lives of others is just another one of EDNA’s heroic characteristics.
She goes through life inspiring children and empowering women; EDNA is inclusive to all and wants to better the world. She has inspired me to be the best version of myself and has taught me to be strong in defining who I am, and showing me that I am able to have my own opinions and share them with the world. EDNA inspires us all to not only better the lives of others but also better our own lives. She is an inspiration to young teens and adults because she knows we are the future and she wants to give us the best Health to grow, learn, and develop in. Though she may not wear a cape or fly through the sky, EDNA is the perfect example of a hero. She wears the cape of civilness and grace, and has reached new heights when it comes to the wellness and support she has provided during her time as First Lady and throughout her historic life.
In 2018, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University
By: Hussein Abdi Rageh
Contagious disease expert