Every morning, 28-year-old Officer Shamis Abdi Bile rises before dawn to make breakfast for her three young children.
She bustles around the house, taking part in a few of the traditional tenets homemaking, something that is arguably still expected of Somali women. But once her family has eaten, Bile takes on an unexpected role.
Bile becomes a warrior; fighting for the prosecution of rape and sexual violence in Puntland, Somalia.
She changes into her khaki police uniform, neatly pressed and spotless, and walks several miles through the dusty streets of Garowe — the small capital city of Somalia’s vast, barren Puntland state — to the local police station.
Bile is the only female officer in her unit, and the only woman handling issues of sexual violence in the area.