Wootargayt (Watergate) – Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac ‘Gaariye’

Wootargayt (Watergate) - Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaariye' This poem was composed in 1976 after the United States used its veto in the UN Security Council against the entry of the newly independent state of Angola under Neto. The poet is concerned with the scandals that had engulfed the former American president Richard Nixon.
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If you were to die! At times death is preferable to life – A reflection from the ‘endz’ through the words of Salaan Carrabey.

The council estates of London with their sprawling tower blocks were never an easy place to grow up. Many of us can remember climbing the piss stained staircases with the family groceries. In those days, you were just grateful if your block had an elevator otherwise you had the unenviable task of climbing 6 flights of stairs, it was preferable to carry all your shopping in one go because if you left anything behind, you might come back to find

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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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