We commenced on a failed visit yesterday evening to Laas-Geel (an archeological site some 60km from Hargeisa). Getting briefly lost in a pitch-black environment, equipped with small torches and being entertained by hyenas’ hysterical laughter, we managed to find the correct site a day later (at a good time) alxamdullilah and see the remains left […]
Cilmi Boodhari’s famous bakery in Berbera. A poor baker turned poet who died from love in 1937. Unfortunately it is now a heavy neglected piece of heritage.
Some Ottoman and colonial-era architecture in Berbera. Masjid (though fairly basic) is of Ottoman origin and the rest are British.
Berbera houses the world’s largest deposits of expensive gypsum-anhydriyte in addition to gigantic amount of limestone. It’s largely untapped and requires the correct factorial machinery to realise its full potential. One of the locals piloted the first house built from limestone.
Born in El-Gab (Ceel-Gaab) in Western Somalia (Soomaali Galbeed) in the the late 19th century, he lost his male immediate family members — who were fervent Daraawiish supporters — to the anti-colonial campaign led by by Mohammed Abdulle Hassan (1900 – 1920) somewhere near Berbera. Suddenly an orphan, he was raised into adulthood by his […]