Back to Beledweyne eight years later

I left Beledweyne in June 2009, soon after the graduation ceremony of my high school, to pursue a university degree in Mogadishu. I went back to the city a year later (July 2010) and stayed 11 days. In total, I lived in the city for three years of my life. These years were not without challenges. In fact, I lived through some of the most difficult moments of my life in Beledweyne. Floods, the emergence of the Islamic Courts Union in 2006, and the fight against Ethiopian troops when they entered in December 2006 to overthrow the ICU (while we were in the middle of a mid-term examination) were just some of the events I experienced in the city during those three years. Read more

My visit to Hargeisa and Borama

It was my third trip to Hargeisa. Last time I traveled to the city was November 2016 when I stayed two days. This time I was excited to be traveling to Hargeisa although I had concerns and uncertainty about the airport. A few weeks ago, the passport of a friend of mine was confiscated in Mogadishu airport after the immigration officers found that the Somaliland immigration authorities stamped an entry visa for the Somali passport holder upon his arrival at the airport. Read more

Xiriirka ka Dhexeeya Carwada Buugaagta Muqdisho iyo Maktabaddeyda

Xarumihii waxbarashada Soomaaliya oo ay ka mid ahayd maktabaddii qaranka waa la burburiyey kadib markii xukunka laga tuuray dowladdii militariga sanadkii 1991-dii. Sanado badan oo burbur, dowlad la’aan, sharci la’aan, iyo dagaalo dabadheeraadey ah ayaa xigay.  Xaaladda waxa ay ahayd mid aad u adag suurtagalna ma ahayn in ay maskaxda kusoo dhacaan maktabad iyo buugaag. Read more

The Intimate Relationship Between the Mogadishu Book Fair and My Home Library

Somalia’s education institutions including the national library were totally destroyed after the state collapse in 1991. Years of destruction, anarchy, lawlessness, and protracted conflicts followed. The situation was arduous and libraries and books could hardly come to mind. Read more

Booqashadeydii Carta

Kadib dhammaadkii shirweyne saddex maalin ka socday magaalada Jabuuti, waxa aan fursad u helay in aan tago magaalada Carta. Waxa aan la socday koox ilaa 20 qof ah oo ka qeyb galay shirka Read more

The Ambiguity of Somali Citizenship

The extradition of Abdikarim Muse Qalbi-Dhagax to Ethiopia in late August this year highlighted the ambiguity of Somali citizenship. Qalbi-Dhagaxis a prominent member of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a group seeking self-determination for the Somali region of Ethiopia. He was said to have been visiting a relative in Gaalkacyo when Galmudug security forces captured and handed him over to the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA). A few days later the news of his rendition to Ethiopia had been made public. Read more

Three conditions for stable and functioning government in Somalia

Somalia experienced a leadership change in early 2017. After months of parliamentary (s)elections, lower and upper house parliamentarians were sworn in in late 2016. The two chambers of the federal parliament elected Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo as the president of the state. Within two weeks a prime minister was appointed and the parliament unanimously gave him their vote of confidence. The prime minister announced a large cabinet and the parliament, as per the constitution, endorsed the government in late March 2017. Read more

Somalia’s Unreserved Support for Erdogan during the Coup Crisis

On Friday evening 15th July, a faction of Turkish military forces attempted to topple the democratically elected President, Erdogan. The group declared a martial law on Turkish state television in Ankara. President Erdogan asked citizens go to streets and oppose the coup d’état. Read more

In Somalia: Who is Purported to be a Politician?

Somalia is a nation where its people often focus on discussing about the nature of politics. Those people also look forward to holding positions in the government, regardless of their educational status. We see almost all Somalis claim that they are well-versed in issues related to politics. Strangely enough, most of those people never admit they are ignorant of the rudimentary knowledge in politics. Read more

Buulaburte: The Day of Rememberance

I started writing this piece when I was listening to one of Dahir Ga’amey Somali songs that he composed after his visit to Buulaburte. In the song, he vividly described the natural beauty of the city – lyrics that resuscitated my dormant memory.

The story started as follows. One day I Googled Buulaburte. All of a sudden, countless images and songs popped up. I then clicked one of the songs listed on the top. Even though I don’t listen to songs that much, that day I watched the musical slide show, full of interesting pictures of the city and its residents. Read more