Tragedy at Sea: A Somali Athlete Lost His Life in Search of a New Destiny
Samia Yusuf Omar of Somalia athlete lost his life in an attempt to reach a boat on the Italian coast.
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Young athlete aged 21 years embarked in Libya direction Italy in search of a new life.
The history of this sad story was told by former semifondist Somali, Abdi Bile, gold medalist in the sample of 1,500 m at the 1987 World Cup at a meeting of the Somali National Olympic Committee.
Somali athlete coach Mustafa Abdelaziz confirmed the Italian newspaper as athlete embarked this summer on a boat to try to get the boot, where he intended to continue his sports career, due to poor support from his country because of lack of funds.
“Suprvietuitorii this trip have communicated the list of persons who died during the crossing and there there is the name. I was amazed.
I knew the way to the West is dangerous, but we could not imagine that she will be one of the victims, “said Abdelaziz, who explained that her mother had sold land to fulfill the dream and keep her away from wars and poverty that grinds centro-African state on the east coast of the continent.
Samia Yusuf Omar was born into a family of six siblings, orphaned father, being the eldest child. In 2008, African 100m champion and the 2008 Beijing Olympics competed in the 200m trial and was his country’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony.