Women have time and again shook the world to its core by pulling off seemingly impossible fits. Clearly one should never underestimate the power of a woman. 24-year-old Iman Elman has gone on record as a strong warrior and soldier in the Somali National Army. In spite of all the odds she has faced in her military career, she has risen through the ranks to become an army captain.
Iman Elman fights on the front lines leading her troop against brutal terrorists in Somali
The Somali Military does not have many women in its service. Only 7.5% of the soldiers in Somali troops are of the female gender. It goes without saying that Iman has had to wade through the murky waters of a sexist carrier in a country that is torn apart by war. She even recounts that at one time she was handed two trousers and asked to sew them into a skirt that she would wear. She has however beaten all odds to wear trousers where all women wear the traditional hijab and nothing else. While most women soldiers are relegated to do menial tasks in the army, Iman is a captain commanding an entire troop of soldiers and leading them to war.
Iman Elman follows in the footsteps of her father, Elman Ali Ahmed, a peace activist who is feted for protecting many children from becoming child soldiers in Somalia
Iman’s journey to her current rank is quite impressive. She left Somalia in 1991 when the country’s government fell. She and her mother and sister took off for Ottawa Canada. She returned into Somali in 2010 and was grieve-stricken on seeing how the al-Shabaab had ravished the country. It was then that she resolved to join the government forces in an attempt to rid the country of the great evil of al-Shabaab. The journey for this great lady has been good this far.