On Relationships: Getting Along with In-Laws.

The scene is a café where two men are chatting. One of them gloats and says, “My mother-in-law is an angel.” The other sighs and says, “You are lucky—mine is alive.” In another case, a man laments: “My mother-in-law and I were happy for 20 years. Then, I met her.”

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…. 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.

An encounter with Somali hospitality

I wake up wondering where I am. Around me, within reach, are wattle and daub walls. Inches from the foot of the reed bed is a curtain partition from the other side of which I could see shadowy figures. Sahan Journal Then I remember that I’m spending a weekend with a Somali family in Bodhai… Continue reading…

Philosopher’s Corner: Patriarchy in Somali society is collective madness

According to American author Bell Hooks, “Patriarchy is political-social system that insists that males are inherently dominating, superior to everything and everyone deemed weak, especially females, and endowed with the right to dominate and rule over the weak and to maintain that dominance through various forms of psychological terrorism and violence.”

Have you hugged your ‘ayeeyo’ lately?

Amina Mohamed is 77, the mother of seven, the “ayeeyo” (grandmother) of 42, and the great grandmother of seven.

How a young Somali mother defied all odds to achieve success

  Editor’s Note: Sahan Journal editors were touched by the sheer determination, hard work and optimism of this young Somali woman that we felt we needed to bring her story, in her own words, to our readers. We can only hope that Maryan Abdi will be a great example to many young women, and men,… Continue reading…

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