Since childhood, Hawa Adan Hassan wanted to become a fashion designer. Last year, she started a business at her family house in Mogadishu, Somalia to make her dreams come true.
A few days a week the centre prepares meals with meat and vegetables to distribute to up to 400 families from Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen, as well as some Egyptian families.
The spillover of political rivalries into open conflict will dismay Somalia’s allies and play into the hands of the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency, which mounts attacks on civilians around East Africa in its bid to install strict Islamic law.
The attack happened in a restaurant near a police base, the brain behind the attack is unknown.
A suicide car bomb exploded early on Sunday evening and was followed by a shootout between al Shabaab militants and security forces at the Hotel Afrik. The fighting lasted into early Monday.
Militant group Al Shabaab claimed the attack, after a spike in activity in recent days by the Al-Qaeda linked group which has seen it inflict mass casualties in Somalia and attack a US military base in Kenya.
The explosion ripped through rush hour as Somalia returned to work after its weekend. At least 125 people were wounded, Aamin Ambulance service director Abdiqadir Abdulrahman said, and hundreds of Mogadishu residents donated blood in response to desperate appeals.
For the people of Somalia, Saturday was a black day. The massive car bomb explosion in a busy area of Mogadishu on that day killed and injured scores of people.
The toll was likely to rise as scores of people were rushed to hospitals, government spokesman told the media. Earlier, the director of the Aamin Ambulance service, confirmed the 76 dead and said more than 50 others were wounded.