Born in the heart of Somalia’s Jubaland- Afmadow, Mohamud Siraji along with his family fled to Kenya as refugees in 1991. He lived in Liboi Refugee camp for one year and later moved to Ifo, Dadaab refugee complex. It was in Dadaab that Mohamud spent overwhelming majority of his early life.
He went to Halane Primary School for lower primary, Midnimo Primary School for Upper primary and Ifo Secondary School (’06). Mohamud was a young bright student and because of his high grades landed him a teaching contract to teach in his old high school for three years before leaving the camps. He received a scholarship in 2009 that sent him to York University, Toronto. He graduated with Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Certificate in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.
In university, Mohamud was involved in student organizations that were socially conscious and refugee oriented. Most notably, he served as the VP Finance managing hundreds of thousands of dollars and the president of World University Services of Canada (WUSC) – a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to improving education, employment, and empowerment opportunities for youth around the world.
On Feb 15th 2018, Mohamud won a parliamentary by-election and was officially sworn in to the 10th parliament on March 10th 2018.