SINTOK: Despite the unrest in some parts of their country, two Somali graduates from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) are keen to return home to serve the people.
Abbas Mohamad Mahdi, 28, and Ahmed Derow Isak, 32, from Mogadishu, are determined to return home and work in their home country after completing both their Bachelor and Master degrees in Information Technology.
The duo received their Master of Science (Information Technology) from UUM Pro-chancellor Tan Sri Osman Aroff today.
Abbas said as the second of six siblings, he wanted to support his younger siblings to further their education.
“My father passed away when I was eight years old and my mother raised the family by doing odd jobs.“I was able to further my studies here thanks to my elder sister and a younger brother who helped me financially,” he said when met.
Abbas said he chose to come to UUM after he heard about it from friends who had furthered their studies at the university.
He initially planned to further his studies in Sudan but when he came to know about the peace, harmony and good social development enjoyed by Malaysians, he decided to come here to study.
Ahmed Derow said life in Malaysia was better than Somalia but he would still return home to work in his own country.
“My wife is there and so are my siblings who have helped to finance my studies here.
I will use the knowledge and experience I gained in this country to give back to my people back home,” he said.
Ahmad Derow said although his mother has migrated to United Kingdom and he could further his studies there, the cost that he need to bear was too high.
He said Malaysians should be grateful by the various benefits that they enjoy especially in the furthering their studies locally.