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Friday 14th August 2020
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Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Protests were held on Saturday 27 June in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, London, Sheffield, Toronto and Los Angeles over the death of Shukri Abdi. Shukri was 12 when she drowned in the River Irwell, near Manchester. Shukri Abdi, who is originally from Somalia, arrived in the UK as a refugee with her family in 2017.

In circumstances which are currently under investigation in an inquest being conducted by the Coroner’s Office in Manchester, Shukri drowned in the River Irwell in late June last year. The initial investigation by Greater Manchester Police stated that it did not regard the death as suspicious and that Shukri had died in a tragic accident.

However, this has been challenged by the family. The family of Shukri Abdi have suggested that Shukri was bullied at Broad Oak Sports College, the school that she attended and which has since changed its name to Hazel Wood High School and that this may have been a factor in her drowning as she was unable to swim. The family have questioned the way Greater Manchester Police conducted their initial investigation and the Independent Office for Police Conduct has itself launched an investigation into the conduct of Greater Manchester Police.

Photos courtesy of Bashir Ibrahim

Protests were organised across the UK and in cities in the United States to raise the case of Shukri Abdi. Hundreds of people attended these protests to highlight the case, the investigation of which currently remains adjourned.

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