When I Was a Child Blog

When I was child, I lived in a village at the border between Ethiopia and Somalia. In that village, people were interrelated across clans. We were raised clanless and classless. Poor and rich supported one another. As a child, I was brought up by all responsible adults regardless of class, age or gender. I looked upon them with respect like my blood parents. They also...

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Reimagining Somali Studies: A Reflection Blog

  About a month ago, “Re-Imagining Somali Studies: Colonial Pasts, Postcolonial Futures,” a paradigm-shifting Somali Studies workshop, took place at Harvard University. Its catalyst, #CadaanStudies, began a little more than a year ago with Safia Aidid’s call to action about erasure and the nature of epistemic violence on Somalis through an academic discipline known as Somali Studies, of which most Somalis had no knowledge of despite its...

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Six Poems on #CadaanStudies by Mohamed Eno Blog

Haash-Taag Cadaaneed   Anoo haruur gurtoo sita haan caanuhu ka huluq leeya Ku ma hamin inaan ka hadlo haash-taag caddaaneede Balse ha moodin hadal la’aanteyda inaan hurdeysnahaye Waa hubaal Safiyooy in halganka loo hanweynnahaye Hambalyaanna idin wadaa iyo hal iyo nirigteede Iga hooya hadiyadaad ku hanateen hash-taag caddaaneedka Weynu hor degnaa hadeey korodhu halista dagaalladu e Hoobiye kol leysku garaacayo ka ma hakano duulaanku e...

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PODCAST PHOTO Podcast

This month’s special podcast examines contemporary Somali storytelling and orality and asks the ways in which oral tradition become taken up across creative fields. This podcast is moderated by Zeinab Aidid and features Abdi Latif Ega, Sofia Samatar, Ahmed Knowmadic and Ladan Osman.    


The Fear Amongst Ourselves Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches #6 Mogadishu, Somalia The fear of insecurity disconnects people in the neighborhood. It creates unspeakable walls between us. We meet and exchange greetings, all very short: Asalaamu alaikum. Wa alaikum asalaam. We do not get to know each other by names. We have lived here, a district in Mogadishu, for almost two years. Every day I take a walk around the area with my mother. When we...

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Translation Not Possible Blog

There is an episode of Star Trek’s The Next Generation (yes, I am a sci-fi nerd) where we are introduced to an alien species that only communicates through metaphors and allegories. This method of communication is incomprehensible to others who only hear the nonsensical strings of individual words, even with the technology to translate languages universally. Whenever I watch an old Somali riwaayad, the ones...

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About Maandeeq

Maandeeq (she who “satisfies the mind”) is the name of the female camel that symbolically represented the Somali nation in poetry. It was she who was looted under colonialism, retrieved by her rightful owners at independence in 1960, and mistreated by dictatorship, corruption and war.

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