Perspective inspires Guled

Guled Aden, formerly of Somalia and now a Mirrabooka resident. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d421847
Guled Aden, formerly of Somalia and now a Mirrabooka resident. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d421847

The 25-year-old Somali man has taken that drive to develop a non-government organisation called Horn Health Relief Africa to create unity and opportunity.

‘We want to work in Ethiopia which has the highest mother and child mortality rate in Africa,’ he said.

‘We’re also forming an umbrella of all Ethiopian communities in Australia to bring them together and make them one community so they can help each other.’

Mr Aden said he also wanted to rally indigenous and ethnic communities in Australia together so they stand up to issues they face and find solutions.

‘The Australian indigenous and ethnic communities need to find solutions from within their own, they need to have strong leadership,’ he said.

The biomedical scientist said having strong community leaders gave people further opportunities that many across the world did not have.

‘I was born in a third world country, I know the life back home, I know the life people live there, so it gives me the passion to achieve,’ he said.

‘People should take advantage of opportunities because a lot of people die just to get to those opportunities.

‘You hear about asylum seekers in the news coming to Australia, running away from wars and killings and poverty, they’re trying to get a better life.’

As an active community member, Mr Aden is associated with Somali Ethiopians, the Ethiopian community of WA, Islamic assoc- iations, Horn African Cultural association Perth, and the Somali Ethiopian Community of WA.