Category: Somalia

Comedian who lampooned Islamists is murdered in Mogadishu

A prominent Somali comedian who regularly made fun of Islamist extremists was murdered in Mogadishu. Abdi Jeylani Malaq, known popularly as “Marshale,” ridiculed the al-Shebab insurgents as part of his comedy routine. The assassination shows the power of ridicule against Islamists and other rigid ideologues – as well as the dangers in standing up to them. Marshale is one of...