Throughout the ages people have travelled from one place to another. Sometimes one person on his own. Sometimes larger family groups. Sometimes even larger groups bound by language or culture or religion. People movements have a long history. People left for a reason and hoped to be accepted elsewhere even without a reason. The writer … Continue reading Britain’s hostile environment has been a century in the making
So what does LLF stand for? Maybe your are thinking of of a Festival. You are right. One of the ‘L’s must be from literature. You are right for the second time. But what about the second ‘L’? Lingala? Luanda? Lomé? Lodwar? The other ‘L’ stands for Lahore, the capital city of Pakistan. Two writers … Continue reading Sixth edition of LLF starts Feb 24
Let us go back to the year 1977, maybe some of you were not even born. In the month October, the 13th day a plane left the airport at the Spanish island Palma de Mallorca to fly to the German city of Frankfurt. The Lufhansa plane carried 86 passengers, many of whom had enjoyed a … Continue reading review of MOGADISHU FENSTERPLATZ
She was five years young and she moved to a house with a garden. It was the winter of 1987 and she discovered new things and she built a snowman. Nadifa Mohamed who was born in Somali still remembers this time in the new garden. A new world. A new field of discovery. She writes … Continue reading ‘As I chose the snowman’s eyes, I realised I had an audience …’
Several European countries try to clamp down on FGM. But it is a difficult road to travel. Some girls are during holiday times to their country of origin where the cut is performed. Other have it done in secret in their own surroundings. What has happened in the United Kingdom? The British / Somalian writer … Continue reading Britain’s clampdown on FGM
The name Garissa brings to my mind tales of atrocity and danger. An attack on an university by bandits from across the border. Death and sand and a scorching sun. A forgotten corner in Kenya. The Somali poet Sadia Hassan has written a poem titled Garissa.