Samia Yusuf Omar’s Italian dream. An interview with Teresa Krug of Al Jazeera

by Rina Brundu. Today (1) the Italian paper Corriere della Sera reported the death of the young Somalian sprinter Samia Yusuf Omar (2), as told by athlete and countryman Abdi Bile. Samia – who during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing “managed a personal record of 32.16 seconds in the 200 metre sprint event, with the crowd roaring in applause” – allegedly died while on her way to Italy on a boat from Libya. The news reports are far from clarifying the matter, therefore I have asked a few questions to Teresa Krug, writer and Al Jazeera journalist, who had interviewed Samia during the past months for the publication of a book about her life. Read More