l’écrivain algérein boualem sansal


The Arab Spring is a season in the political life of many arab/islamic countries. When it be spring forever? Or will a fall follow this spring? Will it be possible to get a democratic system or will the democratic effects be eroded by other powers?  The Algerian writer Boualem Sansal is not optimistic about the … Continue reading l’écrivain algérein boualem sansal

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In her third books Waris relates her battle against FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). She finds out to her great dismay that even in several European countries FGM is being applied. Sometimes it is being done by a traditional female circumciser, sometimes by a medical doctor, some parents go with their children to their country of origin, … Continue reading review SCHMERZENSKINDER

nadifa mohameds lost souls in the aros museum


What do Nadifa and Kay Christensen have in common? Nadifa Mohamed is a writer, born in Somalia.  Kay Christensen is a painter from Denmark. Worlds apart, I would think. But Jama Musse Jama has different thoughts about it. He looked at the characters in Nadifa’s latest book ‘The orchard of lost souls’. He read the … Continue reading nadifa mohameds lost souls in the aros museum

review DESERT DAWN


The second book by model Waris Dirie is all about her first journey to Somalia, since she left her country as a young girl to work as a housemaid for her uncle who was the ambassador in London. Quite a few times Waris mentions what she already wrote in her first book. In this way … Continue reading review DESERT DAWN

review DESERT FLOWER


The international model Waris Dirie grew up as a nomadic girl in Somalia. When her father wants to give her away in marriage to a much older man she decides to run away from home. She is thirteen years young at that time. But this is not the most traumatic episode in her life. On … Continue reading review DESERT FLOWER

nigeria’s adichie says


The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is of the opiniojn that her bestseller “Half of a Yellow Sun” helped people to come to terms with the experiences of the civil war that raged in the south east of Nigeria during the years 1967 – 1970. People remembered what happened, but they did not talk about … Continue reading nigeria’s adichie says