A Somali’s quest took her to the 2008 Olympics, but her story, like those of so many Africans, ended tragically.
By Lutfi Sheriff Mohammed and Robyn Dixon
Los Angeles Times
MOGADISHU, Somalia – When she was 17, Samia Yusuf Omar experienced a brief moment in the international spotlight when she ran a 200-meter race representing Somalia at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Omar finished far behind other sprinters in her qualifying heat, but as a female athlete competing in the Olympics for Somalia, a country known mainly for being a failed state, she made headlines.
She also got hooked on a dream: Omar wanted to train as a runner and compete internationally for her country, and to earn money to support her family. She was determined to get to Europe, where she hoped to find a trainer.
Several months ago, Omar boarded a boat in Libya that she hoped would…
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