IRELAND / FGM SOMALI REFUGEE

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Smugglers brought Ifrah Ahmed to Ireland where she claimed asylum. Now she is a global campaigner against FGM and a High Profile Supporter for the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. UNHCR

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STORY: IRELAND / FGM SOMALI REFUGEE
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 APRIL 21, DUBLIN IRELAND

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, Ifrah Walking through Dublin
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“In Ireland there are young girls who are born here, and raised in this country, who doesn’t need to go through what I’ve been through.”
3. Aerial shot, Dublin views
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“I want to pay tribute to some of the very courageous people who have been on the forefront of this, Akidwa has been mentioned already, but nobody has done more work, than a young lady called Ifrah Ahmed.”
5. Wide shot, Parliament
6. Various shots, Ifrah Walking through Dublin
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“My name is Ifrah Ahmed, I am a former refugee, who is now a proud Irish citizen.”
8. Various still photos of Ifrah Ahmed in Somalia and Ireland
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“I just wanted to make a difference, because we all know FGM causes death, and also kidney failure, and then it causes a lot of health consequences. It’s very important, not only in Somalia, but for women and girls around the world in countries where FGM is practiced, and also the girls who were born in European cities, including Ireland, are protected from the practice.”
10. Various shots, Ifrah Walking through Dublin
11. Various still photos, Ifrah with Irish President and political leaders
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“The bill was passed, and then President Michael D. Higgins signed it into the law. That was my biggest achievement, and something drove me to say if I can make it this way, I can do more.”
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“God has given me a gift. My daughter was born in Ireland, she's not going to suffer the consequences I've been suffering.”
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“And for me, having her, it makes me stronger. even it makes me say, there is a reason now why I want to continue what I am doing.”
15. Various shots, Ifrah Walking through Dublin

STORYLINE:

Smugglers brought Ifrah Ahmed to Ireland where she claimed asylum. Now she is a global campaigner against FGM and a High Profile Supporter for the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“In Ireland there are young girls who are born here, and raised in this country, who doesn’t need to go through what I’ve been through.”

Ifrah was born in Somalia, and fled the outbreak of war in 2006 at the age of 17. She escaped traffickers and was granted asylum in Ireland. Since settling in Ireland, she has devoted her life to helping eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and providing integration support to newly arrived youth migrants and refugees from Africa in Ireland.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“I want to pay tribute to some of the very courageous people who have been on the forefront of this, Akidwa has been mentioned already, but nobody has done more work, than a young lady called Ifrah Ahmed.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“My name is Ifrah Ahmed, I am a former refugee, who is now a proud Irish citizen.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“I just wanted to make a difference, because we all know FGM causes death, and also kidney failure, and then it causes a lot of health consequences. It’s very important, not only in Somalia, but for women and girls around the world in countries where FGM is practiced, and also the girls who were born in European cities, including Ireland, are protected from the practice.”

In 2010, Ifrah established The United Youth of Ireland, an NGO that provides support to young immigrants and refugees in establishing businesses, assisting them in settling in Ireland, and educating young people about the importance of human rights. Having been a victim of FGM, Ifrah established The Ifrah Foundation in Ireland in 2010, where she advocates for the eradication of FGM in Somalia. In 2012, she succeeded in the establishment of legislation banning the practice in Ireland.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“The bill was passed, and then President Michael D. Higgins signed it into the law. That was my biggest achievement, and something drove me to say if I can make it this way, I can do more.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“God has given me a gift. My daughter was born in Ireland, she's not going to suffer the consequences I've been suffering.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Ifrah Ahmed, Somali Refugee, Activist:
“And for me, having her, it makes me stronger. even it makes me say, there is a reason now why I want to continue what I am doing.”

Thanks to Ifrah’s Hard Work Ireland banned FGM in 2012

Ifrah began supporting UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in 2014 and became a High Profile Supporter in 2020.
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