Gidaarka Baarliin ‘The wall of Berlin’ – A poem about the ‘Nabsi’ that befell the city of Berlin

A poem on the concept of 'Nabsi' in the Somali tradition. Nabsi or the 'equalizer' can be viewed as something similar to divine retribution or even 'Karma'. In this poem Cabdullaahi Qarshi discusses the Berlin Wall as a form of Nabsi. Musa Haji Ismail Galal states the following about the context of this poem "In Berlin, The Berlin Conference of 1884-5 was a turning point in the European nations squabble over Africa. The great powers - Britain, France, Portugal, Germany and Belgium (in the person of King Leopold who was working to obtain a personal empire) - realised at this conference that there was nothing for it but a rapid partition of Africa between them. The scramble for territories had begun.Ironically, the very city in which Africa was divided up is now itself divided. The reference is to the Berlin Wall built in 1961 to separate the Eastern and the western sectors of the city."
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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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