My life experience

Abdi Huhumed Maalim

It was a eime? when I was in the bush. That eime whole of my family are living together in the bush. That place was much different than in the refugee camps. After I grew old and my father died my mother and brother and sister and I migrated to Kenya. That time when I was in the bush I only knew how to drink milk, but when I came in the refugee really I was surprised, how can I survive in a place without milk for drinking?

But finally I realized that without drinking milk my life can still survive and now I believe even if I see people drinking milk sometimes I wonder, I ask myself does this person miss any other thing to drink instead of drinking milk? While before I only knew how to drink milk, so my point to the story is that each and everybody can really survive any land or life or environment in the earth.

And the story ??? pointing to my arrival of this camp and I am much appreciating to the position I was today while my lifetime began from bush area.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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