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 […]
Murtidan hoosta ku qoran oo laga heli karo buugga la yiraahdo Madhaafaanka Murtida (The essential wisdom – pub. 1973) oo uu qoray Yuusuf Meygaag Samatar, waa buug xambaarsan murti iyo maahmaahyo. Yuusuf wuxuu ka mid ahaa Xubnihii Guddigga Far Soomaaliga (1972). Saddex kolkaan bartay baan ka gaboobey:- 1. Dab ololintii. 2. Awr carraabinteed. 3. Carruur […]
Pictures of Somalia’s Wildlife by taken by Italian colonial authorities in 1935. Again, many are either extinct or no longer roam there (migrated).