Ahmed Jama

Ahmed Jama

Chef, Somalia


Bringing Back Peace and Life to Mogadishu

In this presentation from the third MAD Symposium, chef Ahmed Jama describes how he left London in 2008 to return to his war-torn homeland of Somalia. He went back to open The Village, a restaurant for the community. Since making the move, Jama has been able to open five businesses.

He’s achieved all of this despite seemingly insurmountable challenges: in September of 2012, terrorists targeted The Village, setting off bombs that killed 14 people. And just a few days ago, on 7 September 2013, a militant group bombed the restaurant, leaving at least 15 dead and 20 more wounded.

 

 

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