However, eight weeks later, she was lifeless.
Her husband Farid Jama Suleiman — a businessman and former regional minister — additionally died within the assault alongside three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Individuals and one Briton.
Nalayeh was a distinguished Somali-Canadian journalist who was obsessed with depicting Somalia — a rustic lengthy blighted by conflict, famine and terrorist assaults, past the standard bombs and bullets narrative.
Nalayeh, 43, was a powerhouse on social media, the place she used her massive following to proceed her theme of sharing a aspect of Somalia hardly ever seen in protection of the nation.
In her final tweet Nalayeh spoke of a new-found ardour for pictures, sharing beautiful pictures of native younger fishermen within the island of Illisi, close to Kismayo.
Nayaleh was born in Somalia in 1976 however her household moved to Canada when she was six years outdated.
In an interview earlier this 12 months, she recalled what it was wish to develop up in a household of 12 kids, in addition to the toll transferring to Canada had on her household.
“She died serving the Somali neighborhood all over the place and doing what she liked most. She introduced inspiration and hope to the Somali individuals by way of story telling. She will probably be deeply missed,” the assertion learn.
Nalayeh had two sons from a earlier marriage and spoke brazenly concerning the cultural stigma connected to being a divorced single dad or mum.
“Society judges you,” she stated. “They give the impression of being down on ladies who’re single dad and mom, males look down on you as a result of they assume you might be a straightforward catch…They assume no one goes to pay dowry for you. All these loopy concepts like you’re simply not as worthy when you find yourself divorced.
“However you realize what, my journey sharing that with one among my followers and them realizing that life occurs to many people. We will begin over, we are able to be taught, we are able to develop and you do not have to be ashamed,” she stated within the AWIM interview.
Nalayeh’s dying has led to an outpouring of grief on social media with many sharing their shock and disbelief at her dying.
By means of her work with Integration TV, Nalayeh impressed a era of younger Somalis who had beforehand solely seen their nation by way of the lens of conflict.
“Hodan… was opening up a beforehand little know or seen aspect of Somali… Exhibiting us that regardless of every thing that Somalia has endured, its individuals nonetheless have hope, an everlasting spirit and a will to make the perfect of a scenario past their management,” Jamila Mohamed, who met Nalayeh in Kenya earlier this 12 months, informed CNN over WhatsApp.
“It is at all times a danger going to Somalia, at all times, you by no means know what’s going to occur subsequent,” she stated.
“We mourn her loss deeply, and all others killed within the #KismayoAttack,” he stated.