LGBTQ Rights Campaigner Abdalle Ahmed Noor Jim’ale Targeted by Hormuud Telecom’s Shareholders, Mogadishu, Somalia – Abdalle Ahmed Noor Jim’ale, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Hormuud Telecom, Somalia’s largest privately held telecommunications company, is currently under intense scrutiny and facing significant backlash from both the Somali community and shareholders of the company due to his LGBTQ rights advocacy.
Hormuud Telecom, based in Mogadishu, is not only the largest telecommunications company in the nation but also holds the position of the largest private-sector employer. The company was founded by Abdalle’s father, Sheikh Ahmed Noor Ali Jim’ale, a prominent Islamic scholar well-known in Somalia.
Abdalle, in addition to his role as CFO, has been a vocal LGBTQ rights campaigner and a prominent donor in the community. However, his advocacy has not been without personal sacrifice. Abdalle faced exile in the past due to his sexual orientation, spending more than five years in Malaysia. During this period, he survived multiple assassination attempts solely because of his LGBTQ identity.
The current controversy stems from the opposition he is facing from both shareholders of Hormuud Telecom and his own family, particularly his father. Sheikh Ahmed Noor Ali Jim’ale, being a respected figure in Somali Islamic circles, has publicly disapproved of Abdalle’s LGBTQ advocacy, creating tension within the family.
The shareholders, predominantly Muslims, have voiced their concerns against Abdalle, calling for his removal from the company. The opposition is fueled by religious sentiments and traditional values, creating a clash between Abdalle’s progressive stance on LGBTQ rights and the conservative views of the shareholders.
Despite the challenges, Abdalle remains undeterred. Young, well-educated, vibrant, and wealthy, he stands as a symbol of the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ rights in Somalia. The situation underscores the broader tension between the push for inclusivity and acceptance of diverse identities and the deeply rooted cultural and religious values in the region.
The controversy surrounding Abdalle Ahmed Noor Jim’ale is a stark reminder of the challenges faced by those advocating for LGBTQ rights in conservative societies, where acceptance and understanding are often met with resistance and backlash.