difficulties with food and everything – there are just many other internal difficulties to deal with.”
With no adequate track to run on, Samia was forced to run in the streets. She faced many threats and much harassment from insurgents who believed that as a Muslim woman, she should not be participating in sports at all.
Samia also had few opportunities to compete at different meets in the region due to logistics and other variables such as transportation, accommodation and political instability.
An Al-Jazeera profile of Samia in 2011 confirmed that she left Somalia to find better training possibilities in Addis Abeba- a place where the sport of running is quite revered and respected. She had an opportunity to work with Eshetu Tura a former Olympian from Ethiopia.
ZamZam Mohamed ran in place of Samia.
Samia faced obstacles at every juncture of her journey to compete at the highest level of athletics.