Relationships in Flux (Part 6): Somali Stories

This is the last part of a series of true stories of Somalis living in the U.S. and their relationships. The series is part of a book the author is working on titled, “Courtship and Marriage: The Somali Experience in America.” The author has interviewed three dozen people whose names and locations have been changed for privacy reasons. I will let each tell his or her own story. Continue Reading…

Dear tribe…

Yasmin Mohamed is a poet and an activist who currently is traveling in Somalia. [Yasmin Mohamed / Sahan Journal]

Yasmin Mohamed is a poet and an activist who currently is traveling in Somalia. [Yasmin Mohamed / Sahan Journal]

Dear ‎tribe,

I used to hear your name when I was little, spoken in hateful tongue and bitter hearts.

Though I grew up to love and cherish mankind with warmth, you were always left out in the cold, alone. I was eager to open the door and offer you something warm, a biscuit perhaps, or a hug to warm your soul. But I was afraid.

I heard bad things about you. How you terrorized and killed many people.

Though you seem harmless now, they fear history will be forgotten and your crimes forgiven. So, they locked me in here and you out there.

You see,

…unwilling to break the door, will only cause us to hate behind these thin walls.

So please help me, as I break the barrier between us.

‪#‎Reconciliation‬ ‪#‎Recovery‬ ‪#‎Restore‬ ‪#‎Rebirth‬

Relationships in Flux (Part 5): Somali Stories

This is part five of a series about true stories of Somalis living in the U.S. and their relationships. The series is part of a book the author is working on titled,“Courtship and Marriage: The Somali Experience in America.” The author has interviewed three dozen people whose names and locations have been changed for privacy reasons. I will let each tell his or her own story. Continue Reading…

Relationships in Flux (Part 4): Somali Stories

This is part four of a series about true stories of Somalis living in the U.S. and their relationships. The series is part of a book the author is working on titled,“Courtship and Marriage: The Somali Experience in America.” The author has interviewed three dozen people whose names and locations have been changed for privacy reasons. I will let each tell his or her own story. Continue Reading…

Relationships in Flux (Part 3): Somali Stories

This is part three of a series on true stories of some Somalis in America and their relationships. The series is part of a book the writer is finishing titled, “Courtship and Marriage: The Somali Experience in America.” The author has interviewed three dozen people whose names and locations have been changed for privacy reasons. Each person tells his or her own story. Continue Reading…

Professionals from northeastern Kenya discuss education crisis in the region

Former Deputy Speaker of Kenya's National Assembly Farah Maalim (center) gives a speech on Oct. 24, 2015 during the North Eastern Counties University Students' Association convention in Nairobi. [Osman Mohamed Osman / Sahan Journal]

Former Deputy Speaker of Kenya’s National Assembly Farah Maalim (center) gives a speech on Oct. 24, 2015 during the inaugural North Eastern Counties University Students Association convention in Nairobi. [Osman Mohamed Osman / Sahan Journal]

The education crisis in the semi-arid northeastern region of Kenya took centre stage Saturday during the inaugural North Eastern Counties University Students Association conference held in Nairobi.

The convention, “Ideas of today realities of tomorrow,” enticed students, professionals and politicians who hail from the three counties, which have often complained of massive marginalization from successive governments over the past. And here, as anyone would guess, education crisis facing the area was on everyone’s lips. Continue Reading…

Relationships in Flux (Part II): Somali Stories

This is the last part of a two-part series of true stories of some Somalis in America and their relationships. The series is part of a book the writer is finishing titled, “Courtship and Marriage: The Somali Experience in America.” The names of these individuals and their locations have been changed for privacy reasons.

Continue Reading…

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