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Cabinet Secretary Dr.Hassan Wario was a slim movie actor

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 Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario    Photo: Kevin Tunoi

Wario was cast in a 1992 movie by Lenny Juma. In an interview, Juma remembers scouting for a Somali actor to act alongside stars like George Asprey, Todd Boyce and Maggie Oneal in a movie, The Dying of the Light.

"I found him at the National Theatre, back then he was young, about twenty years ago, and he was slim. It must have been about 25 years ago," says Juma.

He adds Wario had a minor but speaking role in the movie. "It was his first big break in to acting. He was to play an aggresive Somali soldier," says Juma adding that Wario was a composed and talented actor.

The movie, directed by Peter Kosminsky was about a missionary, Sean Devereux (25 November 1964 - 2 January 1993) who was an English Salesian missionary and aid worker murdered in Kismayo, Somalia in 1993 while working for UNICEF.

The movies traces the last months of Devereux who was a teacher in England, teaching for two academic years before departing to take up missionary work in Africa. He arrived in Liberia in February 1989 and began work with the Salesian community at St. Francis School in Tappita District, briefly finding himself imprisoned after pleading for the release of a student drafted into the army as a child-soldier.

In his second year, escalating violence during the Liberian Civil War had forced the closing of the school and Devereux joined the UN refugee agency, where on one occasion he was beaten by soldiers after confronting one of them for attempting to steal food meant for refugees. Ultimately he was ordered out of the country in September 1992 and Devereux duly left for a brief stint in Sierra Leone.

He then began working with UNICEF in Somalia where he was assigned to organise relief for the starving, particularly children, in Kismayo, the stronghold of one of many warlords. After only four months in the country, Devereux was fatally shot in the back and the back of the head by a lone hired gunman while walking near the UNICEF compound on Saturday, 2 January 1993.

Wario acted as one of the aggressive Somali soldiers.

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