Somalis raise money for family of man killed over love match

Somalis have taken to crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to raise money for the family of a man murdered in Mogadishu over his nephew’s marriage.

Ahmed Mukhtar Salah, a Somali Bantu, was beaten, stabbed and burnt alive over his nephew’s plans to marry a woman from a “superior” clan, according to local media reports.

Somali police arrested the mother of the young woman and several other people in connection with the killing.

Salah, survived by a family of 12, ran a garage in the Somali capital.

Somali Faces, an online platform set up to share stories of Somalis from around the world, set up the GoFundMe page to raise money to help the victim’s family.

It said it will “also be raising further awareness on the plight of Somalia’s minority groups by showcasing their personal stories”.

Somali social media users and activists are pushing for those behind the attack on Salah to be properly punished.

Somali Faces said it had decided to raise funds for Salah’s family to alleviate their suffering.

It has already raised $3,211 of a $13,000 goal.

Farah Yussuf is a Digital Reporter with Star FM Kenya. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Masinde Muliro University.

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