Warriors: Life and death among the Somalis – Gerald Hanley

This book, like most forms of colonial literature, is deeply uncomfortable. Many Somalis who have read this book have been critical of the racist stereotypes contained within it. Yet ironically some of the most ‘heart-warming’ quotes about Somalis available on the internet are also from this book. In a way, this book reinforces the colonial stereotypes of Somalis as being amongst the ‘noble’ savages.
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Carl has not left you – Deconstruction of a poem by Guhaad Cabdi Gahayr

This poem was recited shortly after the independence of Somalia at a place known as Beerta Xoriyada (Freedom Park) in the city of Hargeisa. The stage is set and Somalis are in a euphoric state after emancipation from the British. One man is not impressed with the proceedings, in our attempt to deconstruct his poem we will explore why that is. What did he see all those decades ago and has anything really changed?
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Scramble for the land- Deconstruction of a poem by Faarax Nuur- Part 3

In part 3 of our series exploring the poetry of Faarax Nuur, we delve into themes related to integrity in an age where people sell their land and honour for a meagre price. We will also explore how societal segmentation leads to the population adopting a mental state of 'defeatism' and how this creates an environment ripe for corruption.
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Scramble for the land – Deconstruction of a poem by Faarax Nuur – Part 1

In this series, we will attempt to deconstruct and understand a poem by the famous poet Faarax Nuur. In this particular poem, Faarax covers many themes amongst them are: religion, the changing of the times, the forces of colonialism, power, gender roles, trust, and friendship.
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