Do the tyrants care for the generation?

Abdi Rizak Basal Osman

During my childhood time, one morning my mother took me to a farm where my father was working. It really shocked me when we found my father had been slaughtered on the farm. My mother wept helplessly but it was amazement and frustration for me.

After growing up in the refugees, I decided to write something about the pain which a fatherless person passes and what it can lead to, to the upcoming generation and the entire population.

But because poor and harsh times in the refugees have failed me to write, though I still think of it and decide to write one day and present for the Somali people who are killing themselves, and making the families to fall apart, causing the loved ones to die, while the generations suffer in the big towns without education and alike.

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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