A famous young female Somali painter is speaking through her paintings across Somalia, and people are noticing.

Nujuum Hashi Ahmed’s paintings are about the day to day life of the common Somali citizen. Her paintings are about peace, an end to the conflict in the country and a Somalia where there is abundant food and prosperity.

Her art studio is located in her small apartment in the capital Mogadishu. She spends most of her time painting and notes that for her, the scariest thing in life is an empty canvas.

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