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Wiil Intuu Ood Ka Boodo Ayuu Taladii Ka Booda

Dhibaatooyinka qurba joogidda waxaa ka mid ah sidii loo fahmi lahaa baahida waxbarashada caruurta, gaar ahaan wiilasha soo gaarey barbaarnimada. Waxa ugu badan oo dil ku dhintay iyo colaad waa wiil ayagoo ka marin habaabey kana weecday dhismihii aayatiinkoodii oo dadkoodu ku han weynaayeen. Runtii aad ayay u adag tahay in la fahmo sababo qaarkood oo keeni kara in wiilkii uusan waxbarashadii rabin ama uu focus (diirad) saarin wixii laga rabay inuu qabto oo mustaqbalkiisa wax u tari lahayd. Kolleybana xalku ma noqonayo in la dhaho dhulkii baa la gaynayaa ama dhaqan celin baa loo samaynayaa waayo wiilkii xirfad inuu barto ayaa laga rabaa uu beyadda uu ku nool yahay wax uga soo saarto taas oo ay ugu weyn tahay social skills. Xirfad barashada inuu ku guuleysto waxaa ku caawin kara waxaa ka mid ah inuu saaxiibo yeesho, inuu sports galo iyo in lagu kalsoonaado wiilkii oo tarbiyad fiican uu helo. Diintu waa barasho iyo ku dayasho u baahan maskax dhisan oo fahan leh, ma noqonayso suurado la xifdiyey oo keliya. Waa in lagu dabaqaa critical thinking, waayo wiilkii hadii uusan cadkiisi goosan karin daciifnimo iyo dadnimo la’aan ayuu la dayacmayaa. Wadaado badan oo meelaha wax ka wacdiyana ma lahan aqoon sidaa u badan oo dheelitiran waayo naftaada shaqsiga ah markaad si daacad iyo hawlkarnimo leh u horumariso ayaad taqwaddu sii xoogaysanaysaa. Arrimahaas oo u muuqda wax fudud laakiinse ah wax aad u adag oo u baahan dulqaad iyo waqti badan in la geliyo. Marar badan suurto gelaynin marka aad fiiriso qaabka qoyska soomaliyeed u dhisan yahay, midkaas oo ka kooban inta badan hooyo keligeed iyo caruur faro badan oo aabe la’aan jooga. Waxaan ku soo gunaanadey hadalkaygan kooban dood dhex martey wiilal soomaliyeed oo ku nool dalka England oo ka hadlaya farqiga u dhexeeya xirfadaha shaqada, waxbarashada jaamacadeed iyo habka loogu adeegsan karo in mustaqbalka show shaqo lagu aado.

Everything You Believe About East African Women Is Wrong




The recently published Heritage Institute of Policies Studies (HIPS) policy brief on “Federal Somalia: not if, but how?” is not fit for purpose. The main reason for my assertion is in relation to its lazy methodological approach.  Perhaps one may concede and understand the logistics and the security difficulties associated to undertake such research in Somalia, but the erroneous approach of this study doesn’t do justice to such an important topic which deserves closer scrutiny and effort. In my opinion, on this occasion HIPS has regrettably failed to meet its stated organisational remit “to fill in the existing gaps in understanding, to raise awareness and to inform policy”; it makes a number of tacit assumptions and it omits essential information required to understand Somali sentiments on this pivotal topic.

  1. A total of 213 professionals and students were surveyed…Really?

Arguably, the only way this study would have been acceptable is…

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The Basket Weavers of Somalia and the Legacy of Hooyo Hawa Nur Hirabe

It is with sadness that I read in Somali websites the passing of hooyo Hawa Nur Hirabe (1931-2015) one of the lovely basket weavers portrayed in the 1000 shillings banknote.  

 It was reported that hooyo Hawa has been severely ill in the last five months as she was hospitalized in the Keysaney Hospital in the Kaaraan district of the capital city Mogadisho. The defunct lady left behind a daughter as the rest of her offspring succumbed to the harshness of the civil war. She had three girls and two boys. The sad reality of it all is that even though she was supposed to be a national icon, no government representative attended her funeral only neighbours and immediate kin were present. Just like Saado Ali Warsame, the famous singer killed by alshabaab, she will soon be forgotten by main stream society.
The significance of hooyo Haawo iconic image lies in the industrious category she represented and how it is epitomized in the kun shilin, 1000 bill. The basket weavers of Muqdisho that is. I would say that it is very rare to find a female representation in any current form of currency starting from the US dollar, especially an ordinary woman making ends meets in such a humble way. 
The basket weaving practice is a very important aspect of womanhood in Somalia. Each region has its own specialty and it is regarded as an artistic form of expression. 

 Starting from the nomadic women and how they produced beautiful mats for their households and raar for protecting the skin of the camels being loaded as the family, reer, was getting ready to start the long journey to find greener pastures and rains. In the southern regions, women assembled different forms of woven objects combining different elements of fibrous materials (xaaskul and caw) as well as natural dyes,rinji. Women dutily interlocked and waved beautiful patterns to make baskets (danbiil), mats (derin), fans (babis) and different containers (haan) for their houses.   
Hooyo Haawa Nuur Hiraabe took this practice to another level as they were selling their products to tourists and visitors of Somalia in the Lido beachfront and throughout the Cabdulcasis District. I have vivid memories of these ladies and how they were sitting in the burning sun for hours carefully interlacing those green, purple, indigo blue and earthen colours in intricate patterns to form such incredible works of arts. 
My paternal grandmothers’ hobby was weaving her baskets (danbiil) as she sat near the burjiko sipping tea, cooking her meals and conversing with her friends. Getting up from time to time to check the status of her muufo bread in the tinaar, earthen oven made of reddish clay terracotta. An amazing way of life that seems to be lost somehow but still omnipresent in the collective memories of so many of us who were blessed to have experienced their childhood in Somalia.
Basket weaving was more than a subsistence means of survival, it was a way of life, an artistic expression and a symbol of how things were set but it is slowly giving way to plastic made in china products that are of all things bad for the environment. Then again that would be another story!

A Sad Quote 😢

In her [Mogadisho] orchard the trees had been born from deaths; they marked and grew from the remains of the children that had passed through her. 

Nadifa Mohamed 



“Back in the day, white people went to East Africa to find Iman, their acceptable black girl. When white people did this, former Essence Editor-in-Chief Marcia Gillespie called East African model Iman Abdulmajid “a white woman dipped in chocolate,”  highlighting Iman’s acceptable blackness while also lamenting the fact that black women’s beauty is often measured in their proximity to whiteness.”

Interesting article by Safy-Hallan Farah, young upcoming writer from the Horn of Africa

March 8th, International Woman’s Day

Calooshaadoon hif oran
Adiga oon ka haqabbi’in
Hunguri ma haweeysatee

Carays Ciise Kaarshe, Somali poet of guuroow proseImage