|| Askhiro Hassan || Photo of Askhiro Hassan pictured with her son, Giorgio Marincola (1932). Born to an Italian father and a Somali mother, Giorgio moved to Rome in 1933 to begin studies with his sister, Isabella. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
During the rise of Italian fascism, Giorgio was attending the university of Rome, studying to become a doctor and return back to Somalia. When he witnessed the injustices being committed by the Nazis in northern Italy, he decided to join the partisan resistance and fight against the axis powers.
During an operation one day to dislodged Nazi troops from the Alpine town of Stramentizzo, many partisans, including Giorgio lost their lives. After the end of the war in 1953, Marincola’s heroism and ultimate sacrifice was recognized as he was posthumously awarded the nation’s highest military honor, the Gold Medal for Valor (Medaglia d’Oro al Valor Militare) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Once the war ended, Giorgio's sister, Isabella was able to leave the war ravaged country and return back to her mother in southern Somalia. After a few years, she became an actress, starring in many prominent Italian films.
She lived a long and fruitful life, dying at the old age of 85 in Bologna, Italy with her family by her side. (March 30, 2010)