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A Conversation with Muna Ahmed and Khadija Charif Blog / Featured

Muna Ahmed and Khadija Charif are two emerging Minnesota-based photographers. After attending their exhibits “Behind Both Fences” (Muna Ahmed) and “Jaded Youth” (Khadija Charif) on view at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis this past April, we spoke more about their work. Safia Aidid: In “Jaded Youth” and “Behind Both Fences,” you both mediate on the tensions and contradictions of the Somali American...

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What Happened When K’naan Came to Cedar? Blog / Featured

Photo: Cedar Riverside, credit Burhan Mohamud As many of you know, on sunny Saturday afternoon, the West Bank Community Coalition held their annual block party. This year, musician K’naan Warsame would be in attendance. The event was set to take place in Cedar, a notable Somali community. K’naan was even scheduled to give a live performance. His arrival in the Twin-Cities, which holds the largest...

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Hello from the Outside: Alien Citizen Liner Notes Blog / Featured

It’s September 2014 and I’m in an unlabeled room at O’Hare. I’m not allowed to use my cellphone, and have no signal anyway. My luggage is at my feet, my passport is in a terse custom agent’s hand. He unlocks and enters a white door, in a hallway of locked white doors. I promised my father I’d never lose sight of my passport. I’ll probably...

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Open for Submissions Blog / Featured

Maandeeq is always looking for original and innovative content. Our posts typically average 600-800 words. Take a look at the Maandeeq manifesto, blog posts and podcasts to get a sense of our style and audience: knowledgeable but accessible, informative, and critical. Our contributors identify as Somali, and write about a diverse array of topics relating to the Somali territories and diaspora. We encourage you to...

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In the Borderlands Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches #5 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia I sit on a quiet patio in Bole on a Sunday afternoon, catching up with an old friend from Canada who, like me, is completing a PhD in history in the United States. Like me, she is a child of the diaspora, born abroad to parents from the Horn, retracing and rediscovering roots alongside academic research. It strikes me that...

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PODCAST PHOTO Podcast

We’re getting ready to record our January MAANDEEQ podcast. You can tweet your questions or comments to us for our #AskMaandeeq segment, comment here or on Facebook, email or through AskFm. Don’t forget to keep sending us recent #CadaanStudies material – books, magazines, articles, lectures, television/film, art, advertisements – for our monthly #CadaanStudies roundup.


The Conditions of Gabar Xishood Leh, an Idealized Somali Womanhood Blog

Years ago, on a bleak winter afternoon, I had my tongue professionally pierced in Toronto. I had numerous piercings beforehand so my family should have been accustomed to my piercing tendencies. Unfortunately, judging from their reactions—ranging from bemused to horrified—that was not the case. The most vocal critics were my parents: my mother bemoaned at what she considered a desecration of a God-given body and...

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PODCAST PHOTO Blog / Podcast

In this episode, we discuss Somali representations in media and pop culture, Drake and East African girls, the challenges of pursuing creative careers, why it’s important to have the confidence of mediocre white men, and more.  


All Return Is Not The Same Return Blog

Who is the Somali? I talk about this a lot lately. There’s few things we acknowledge in our ideas of what it means to be Somali and who is often restricted from that category. It is precisely the displacement of Somalis across the globe that places us in the position to have to think about clarifying identity more broadly. Somalis in the diaspora are clamouring...

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Poem: “The Somalia That Once Was and Will Be” Blog

My grandmother was snatched by a lion’s mouth while wrapped up in a goat’s skin Luckily she slipped away from within This was told to me through oral tradition A poet nation’s rendition   My name is written in the Somali red sand. My roots fixed in Puntland Where the remnants of my ancestors stand   Where the livestock sit under the frankincense trees Refreshed...

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