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New Book: A challenging transition in Somalia -” A story of Personal Courage and Conviction” By Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali

March 18, 2017 In the midst of a long transitional period, political divisions, an active insurgency, and the worst drought in over a half-century, President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed appointed… Read more »

Book Review: Africa’s First Democrats

Africa’s First Democrats: Somalia’s Aden A. Osman and Abdirazak H. Hussen by Abdi Ismail Samatar, 308 PP. Indiana University Press, 2016 “To hold a pen is to be at war.”… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW: Tarzan in the ruins of Somalia

Left, Mohammed Nur in his early days; centre, The Mayor of Mogadishu; and author Andrew Harding at the Amisom base in Mogadishu. COURTESY PHOTOS | ANDREW HARDING October 22, 2016… Read more »

Africa’s First Democrats: Somalia’s Aden A. Osman and Abdirazak H. Hussen by Abdi Ismail Samatar

Abdi Ismail Samatar provides a clear and foundational history of Somalia at the dawn of the country’s independence when Africa’s first democrats appeared. While many African countries were dominated by… Read more »

The story of a Somali Olympian Refugee who died at Sea is the subject of a new graphic Novel

A depiction of Samia Yusuf Omar running at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Reinhard Kleist / Courtesy of SelfMadeHero) Sunday July 24, 2016 Since 2012, more than 11,300 refugees have died… Read more »

Q&A Sofia Samatar on the many influences on her fantasy novel, ‘The Winged Histories’

Sofia Samatar, author of “The Winged Histories” from Small Beer Press. (Peter Duffy / Small Beer Press) Wednesday March 16, 2016 Sofia Samatar was born to a Somali father and… Read more »

In new book, U of M professor captures stories of Somali diaspora

MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi By Ibrahim Hirsi | 02/19/16 University of Minnesota Professor Cawo Abdi’s new book, “Elusive Jannah,” explores the experience of Somali immigrants in the U.S., South… Read more »

Book review: ‘Making Refuge’ a compelling analysis of Somali Bantu refugees in Maine

Monday February 15, 2016 Solve the problem of people displaced by war within three years. That was the wildly optimistic mission given to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees… Read more »

What it’s like to call the world’s largest refugee camp home

Friday February 12, 2016 HARI SREENIVASAN: The newest addition to the “NewsHour” Bookshelf takes a most intimate look at one of the world’s oldest refugee camps administered by the United… Read more »


February 4, 2016 Reviewed by Prof. Lidwien Kapteijns Book: Out of Mogadishu Author: Yusuf Haid Paperback: 166 pages Out of Mogadishu is a beautifully written memoir about the time when… Read more »