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Fartuun Adan
فارتون آدن
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Adan in 2015
Occupation Activist
Title Executive Director of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre
Spouse(s) Elman Ali Ahmed
Children 4: Almas, Ilwad and Iman

Fartuun Abdisalaan Adan (Somali: Fartuun Aadan, Arabic: فارتون آدن) is a Somali social activist. She is the Executive Director of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre.

Personal life

Adan grew up in Somalia. She was married to Elman Ali Ahmed, a local entrepreneur and peace activist. The couple had four daughters.

In 1996, during the height of the civil war, Adan's husband was killed near the family's home in southern Mogadishu. Adan subsequently emigrated to Canada in 1999.

In 2007, she returned to Somalia to advocate for peace and human rights.

On November 20, 2019, local authorities confirmed her daughter Almaas Elman, who had also returned to Somalia as an aid worker, had been shot and killed in a car, near the Mogadishu airport.


Adan is the Executive Director of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, a Mogadishu-based NGO established in honour of her late husband. She serves as the organization's Executive Director, while their daughter Ilwad works alongside her.



In 2013, Adan was presented an International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department of State.

In 2014, she also received an award from the government of Germany for her work with the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre.

Fartuun Adan, together with her daughter Ilwad Elman was among the finalists nominated for the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity in 2017.

See also

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