Somaliland poet jailed for three years in crackdown on writers

In my mind I had the idea that Somaliland was a haven of peace in the eye of the storm. A place where life florishes and where literature is being celebrated at festivals. But a crackdown is going on in this part of our continent. The poet Naima Abwaan Qorane was sentenced and will visit … Continue reading Somaliland poet jailed for three years in crackdown on writers

Somaliland: Ten Years

The days are moving in literary ways. The people of Somaliland have an heritage of poetry in their stories and songs. Already for ten years the city of Hargeisa is the host of an important bookfair, a literary fair, a fair of songs and poetry, a fair filled with dance and song, a fair filled … Continue reading Somaliland: Ten Years

somalis returning to the motherland

When people from Somalia move to another country, e.g. in Europe, they enter a culture that is different from what was theirs. They adjust or they clash. What happens when these people move back to Somalia or Somaliland? Maybe just for a holiday or for a longer period. What do they find when they return … Continue reading somalis returning to the motherland

somaliland: conversation with nadifa

Hurry! Hurry! For tonight there is a meeting with the writer Nadifa Mohamed (1981), born in Hargeisa. You have to travel to a place in London, United Kingdom so see and hear her. Mary Harper joins Nadifa. Mary works with the BBC World Service (recognize the tune ?!) . The two ladies will talk about … Continue reading somaliland: conversation with nadifa


The subtitle of this book by the Dutch journalist Rik Delhaas is : ‘Africa after the Cold War’. Maybe in a way the Cold War is over after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Sovjet-Union. But at the same time I have to say that the relationship between Europe/USA and … Continue reading DE PRESIDENT, DE HYENA EN DE KLEINE HAGEDIS

brain food in the land of khat-chewers

Tucked away in a corner of the horn of Africa.  The area is not exactly the horn of plenty.  But for some days in Hargeisa, the capital city of the independent, but not recognized, country of Somaliland, there was a horn of plenty. It was during the days of a local (but very international) bookfestival. … Continue reading brain food in the land of khat-chewers