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Somalia's first female police cadets in 20 years

5 October 2012 Last updated at 19:05 BST

For the first time in 20 years, the Somali Police Academy in Mogadishu has started accepting female students.

Dozens of young Somali females want to join.

They regard joining the police as patriotic, saying that Somali women are capable of achieving peace and security in the country.

Ghada Nassef reports.

Video produced by BBC Arabic's Ali Halani