Footage displaying captured Ethiopian prisoners during the 1977 Somali-Ethio war. The militia men you see are not the Somali regulars but WSLF guerrillas supported with Somalia’s military hardware. Love the chanting in the end (“This is not an Ethiopian country, this is a Somali country”).
Allahu naxaristo Abwaan Cabdulqaadir Xirsi Siyaad ‘YamYam’ oo tirinaya gabayga caanka ‘Soomaali Baan Ahay’. Codka waxa laga duubay sanadkii 1978. Dhageyso wacan! Late poet, Abdulqadir Hirsi Siad ‘YamYam’ reciting his famed poem ‘I am Somali’. Listen to his recital (1978) of the poem. I have added both the Somali and English transcriptions. Enjoy!
Interior of one of Somalia’s ancient Masjids (taken 1937). Bit disturbing to see colonial flags hoisted inside the mosque. Either it was hoisted specifically for the picture (part of Italy’s propaganda campaign) or it was a norm. Allaahu Aclam
A short poem written in 1994 by Amina Ahmed Yusuf during the height of Somalia’s man-made famine in 1993 where over 300,000 Somalis perished. It is written through the eyes of a young Somali child. “Can You Hear Me? Can you hear me? Can I be heard? As you poke me, dear doctor, with your […]
Cabdulqaadir Xirsi Siyaad (Abwaan Yamyam), beautifully defined the meaning of Soomaalinimo in a poem that he devised during the 1977 war. A master piece, that professes the Somali ethos, leaving out our bad characteristics hehe Cabdi Maxamed and Shaafici Saciid eloquently translated the Somali version in to English, although, one can never truly render Somali […]