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Woman on Frontline Against al-Shabab

Iman Elman is one of few women in the Somali National Army fighting against the Islamist militant group al-Shabab

Iman Elman is a captain in the Somali National Army leading a team of soldiers liberating towns and villages from the control of the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. The 24-year-old is unusual as women make up only 7% of Somalia's military and very few of them go into combat. Her father Elman Ali Ahmed was a peace activist whose motto was "put down the gun, pick up a pen".

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(Photo: Iman Elman, a captain in the Somali National Army, courtesy of Iman Elman)

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