Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre

EPC is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 and is dedicated to promoting peace and empowering communities.

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We provide innovative, life-saving support to those in need and strive to create more enabling and progressive environments through our work. Our philosophy on aid and development is centered on locally driven solutions from a committed and professional collective of compassionate people.

Elman Peace is named after its founder, Elman Ali Ahmed; an ardent and pioneering peace activist, remembered to this day as the Somali Father of Peace. Elman and his wife, Fartuun Adan ran the organization together until the war worsened in Somalia, and they made the decision to split up; Elman would stay behind and continue to fight for peace and Fartuun would flee the country for the safety and future of their daughters. It would be the last time Fartuun and her children would see Elman alive. A few years later Elman was the victim of a political, execution style assassination on March 9th 1996. “His murder has sent a chilling message to Somalis desirous of peace and normality.” - Amnesty International

In 2006, Fartuun left her daughters in the safety of Canada, where she had raised them on her own as a refugee from the war in Somalia. She left Canada to return to conflict laden Somalia during the height of the war to continue the work her husband was killed doing.

The torch of activism was passed to their daughter, Ilwad Elman, who returned to Somalia in 2010 to work alongside her mother & take part in the rebuilding of Somalia. Together Fartuun & Ilwad lead Elman Peace, and under their visionary leadership, the organization has sustained Elman’s mission & legacy of promoting peace and protecting human rights.

Their unwavering commitment to the people of Somalia has garnered Elman Peace immeasurable recognition from their community, various Heads of States, the United Nations and international organizations across the world through awards, acknowledgements and partnerships.