Ifrah Ahmed was born into a refugee camp in Somalia, but in 2006, she emigrated to Ireland as a teenager. She is the founder of the United Youth of Ireland non-governmental organization. As a social and community worker she has been involved in many community projects. To name a few, she was involved with UNICEF, Amnesty International, Irish refugee Council, and Somali Community in Ireland.
“Recounting her traumatic childhood experiences of female genital mutilation-cutting (FGM/C) when applying for refugee status, she vows to devote her life to the eradication of the practice. “I hope our film achieves the same impact on FGM/C as the film ‘Philadelphia’ did for the issue of HIV/AIDS,” she said. “
Principal photography has started in Belgium. Production is set to be completed in February in Ireland and Morocco. Martha Cango Antonio, Barkhad Abdi, and Somalian musician Maryam Mursals also star. Mary McGuckian is producing and directing from her own script.
“Ifrah is just an immensely inspiring person and her story speaks to all of refugee status, sexual violence in conflict, gender based violence, the asylum system as well as FGM,” McGuckian said. “Fundamentally, ‘A Girl From Mogadishu’ celebrates the power of testimony. How, when women find the courage to stand-up, speak out and tell their truth, the impact can be more than inspiring and empowering, and act as a meaningful catalyst for change.”