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By Olive Thiong'o
“Don’t kill us.” Those were the final words of Adan Mohammed Ibrahim, Adeso’s then security officer, in response to the man holding a gun towards him. Minutes earlier, the same gunman who shot and killed him had said: “Guys, we’re here to take the money, not to kill.” Unfortunately that turned out to be false.
This scene happened on December 4, 2010 as Adeso staff members were headed for a cash transfer distribution exercise in the Sanaag region of Puntland, Somalia, as part of one of the organization’s humanitarian interventions.