A (renovated) memorial stone on the outskirts of Dacar Budhuq village (near Berbera Somaliland). Top part of the inscription reads 1939 – 1945; signifying the timeline of WW II. Story goes that it was erected by the British Empire in honour of a local Somali soldier, Cumar Axmed Amaan (Cumar ku-Joog), who was killed defending […]
Sheikh, a dusty little town with an amazing receptive atmosphere. Given that I am a huge Somali history enthusiast, I had to check out the Fardawsa ruins. The ruins are undated but some suggest they are from a pre-Islaamic epoch. There are several mass-graves — graves containing remains of the ancient Somalis. Had to venture […]
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.