Shukri Yahya Abdi, 12-years-old, passed away on the 27th of June due to drowning in River Irwell in Bury. Abdi was recovered at midnight on Thursday. Emergency services were called just before 8 p.m.
Abdi is understood to have been with two other girls near Dunster Road, close to Bury town centre, when she got into trouble in the river.
Her mother, Zamzam Ture spoke to Manchester Evening News saying, she had no idea why her daughter was in the water as she could not swim. Her mother recalls memories and shared that Shukri was really helpful in the home. The mother further shared with campaigner Maz Saleem that Shukri was bullied for two years and she went to the school and they did nothing about it. (See full post below)
Salaams everyone, I just spoke to Shukri Yahya Abdi’s mother today to pay my respects for the loss of her beautiful…
Her mother has also recorded an interview explaining the background of the bullying, the lack of action from the school and how the media have edited her interviews as well as lack of support from the police.
Shukri Yahya Abdi, a Somali refugee came to the UK alongside her mother and siblings for a better life.
According to Manchester Evening News, Det Insp Andrew Naismith, of GMP’s Bury district, earlier said:
“This is an incredibly tragic incident in which a young girl has lost her life, and my thoughts are with her family at this devastating time.”We have a team of detectives working on this, but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances at this time. “With the warmer weather, it’s tempting to go into the water to cool off, but I’d like to remind everyone of the dangers of playing near or swimming in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs and would strongly urge against this.”
Anyone with information should contact 0161 856 8172 quoting reference number 2154 of June 27 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
The petition calls upon the LEA (Local Education Authority) of Bury to investigate Broad Oak High School for potential negligence and a potential breach of its duty of care towards its pupils in light of accusations of failure to address incidents of bullying.
“We advise everyone across the UK to sign this petition as it affects every parent of every child. We hand over responsibility of our children 7 hours a day, 5 days a week the moment we leave them at the school gates. We therefore should expect a level of duty of care to be observed by those whose care they are under.”
“This money will be given to her mother who is here alone looking after 5 other kids. They are refugees from Somalia and we would like to take the burden off her mother’s shoulders and help her pay for the funeral and any other costs. No money is too much or too less every penny is valuable. We can ensure that every penny we raise will go to Shukris mother.”
I pray Shukri Abdi family get justice. The schools lack of or no response at all to the situation is tone deafeningly heartless. Moreover, the police officer or officers who made the comment about it being too hot should be fired.
— 모신 (@no7MRA) July 3, 2019
It is alleged that Shukri was constantly bullied at the school and was led to the river. According to her family she couldn't swim. @gmpolice @JamesFrith This needs investigating! pic.twitter.com/emfxOR7868
— DOAM (@doamuslims) July 1, 2019
#JusticeForShukriAbdi the police need to investigate this. A young black girl lost her life when she was pushed into a river by a bunch of white girls who knew she could not swim.
— 모신 (@no7MRA) July 2, 2019
The pain her mother is feeling is evident. She was so young so innocent. Shukri's death cannot be one that can be easily forgotten. How is her mother different from ours. We have to raise awareness. #justiceforshukriabdi pic.twitter.com/RfOrkrANAh
— ع (@n_aishaa0) July 1, 2019
Remember the face of his little one who has left to drown by 2 “friends” and found by police 4 hours later and whose case isn’t being investigated. She was only 12 and came from Somalia last year. Shukri Abdi. #justiceforshukriabdi pic.twitter.com/eGYRpDyo5e
— أنا أو (@aishammn__) July 1, 2019
Imagine seeking refuge in another continent just to be bullied, killed & have your cause of death swept under the rug & dismissed at 12 yrs old. No mother should have to experience the pain of losing their child & be left with injustice 💔 #JusticeForShukriAbdi#JusticeForShukri
— Susu🇸🇩 (@saroyahm_) July 2, 2019
This is not okay. A thorough in-depth investigation needs to be done! questions need to be asked! those 'students' need to be questioned. The school needs to be questioned! remember her name Shukri Abdi! #JusticeForShukriAbdi pic.twitter.com/yiaHWNvw6U
— 🌸 (@elequentsoul) July 2, 2019
Something wrong with narrative on death by drowning of Somali refugee Shukri Abdi: how can police claim no "suspicious circumstances" when family insist she could not swim & thus completely out of character – racism & bullying of refugees all too common…https://t.co/PscNPzUQzG
— Aisha (@AishaManiar) June 30, 2019
Schools will proudly say they have “zero tolerance on bullying” but are failing to protect vulnerable children like Shukri. I can’t even begin to imagine what her family must be going through after losing their little angel 😔 #JusticeForShukriAbdi https://t.co/EFCqhad1tt
— ℱ (@bitterbrowngirl) July 2, 2019
If this was Becky it would be front page news, anti bullying & safeguarding would come into effect immediately & the entire school would be under immediate investigation. But Shukri is black and was a refugee, her family don’t have the voice to speak so we must do it for them!
— Yasmin (@somarleygirl) July 2, 2019
though today has been joyful celebrating somali independence day, the case of Shukri Abdi is heartbreaking. as a 12 year old to experience the transition from her home country to the west is already tough but then to deal with bullying and being left to die shouldn’t be something
— Maya (@sumvyax) July 1, 2019
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un, rest in power Shukri Abdi.
Please consider signing the following petition calling on James Frith MP to investigate Broad Oak High School for potential negligence that resulted in the death of 12-year-old Shukri Abdi: https://t.co/YiAOBWQOqx pic.twitter.com/d23HDBRFxz
— Khidr Collective (@khidrcollective) July 4, 2019
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