on writing

seriously, I remember when I was six
When writing came mysteriously and made me feel sixty
It understood me, and made my war-torn city heaven
I understood it as the new oppressed people’s weapon


What does life give you in the end but sorrow
and why do love’s good and evil send but sorrow

I have only seen true companion – pain
And I have known no faithful friend but sorrow

Why does my beloved separate from I
and why do I receive not faith but sorrow

Why did we unite and then separate
and why Jimale receive not joy but sorrow

Hafiz, Jimale

Sun, my beloved

O sun, when will you shine,
your warm days down,
o God! If my beloved were in my arms,
and I in my home town again.



O coffee-bearer brighten my cup with the coffee
Delicious beverage, for God’s friends
O soothsayer, say good fortune is now mine
Little you know why with coffee, I always myself align.
O breeze if by chance you pass through friendly gardens
From me to my Beloved, please give a sign;
Ask why you choose to forget my name?
O Jimale, let a tear drop or two leave your eyes
Hafiz of Shiraz, one of the finest poets from Persia

Somalis, Weddings and the New Era

By Abdulkarim Jimale

Engulfed by decades of civil strife, Somalia, located in the heart of Horn of African, has seen almost half of its seven million population scattered across the globe with most ending up in the western world.

Somalis are Muslims and most of their culture comes from their religion. Traditional weddings are part of their lives but the trends on how they conduct the ceremonies have changed.

“Weddings are very important occasions for Somali communities where ever they are in the world” Gedi Mohamed an elder in Nairobi told The Star.


A Somali Pirate in Action Talks to AJ, Unraveling the Piracy Career Story

Somali pirates have captured world news’ headlines. They attack all types of vessels from small yachts to supertankers. The magnitude of Somali pirates’ attacks goes beyond the Somali waters to threaten the entire region around the Gulf of Aden.

Although international warships are patrolling the long Somali coast, Somali pirates continue their attacks threatening international trade.

Young uneducated pirates in the lawless, poor country of Somalia have gained nearly $200 million in ransoms since early 2008. An estimated 10 ships, with 236 crew members, remain at the hands of Somali pirates.


Somalia Professionals Dreams’ Cut Short

Note: On 3 December 2009, a bombing at Shamo Hotel left senior government officials, journalists and students dead and wounded raising condemnation from certain Western countries. The author reflects on the emotional and psychological ‘fallout’, as he recalls friends who had died in that blast.

Medical, Computer Science and Engineering graduates who had hopes of serving their country was shattered moments before they were to receive their hard earned certificates by a bomb which sent them early to their graves.

A local group of international journalists wanted to air this auspicious occasion for their respective media houses, bringing the deaths of these graduates to headlines worldwide. Meanwhile, future graduates at the same institution, Banadir University reflect on their futures.


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