My life experience

Hussein Abdi Noor

It was a Friday morning. The weather was calm. One could feel the humidity and mist of the day when my elder brother was preparing his journey to Nairobi where he works but was staying during his holidays (free days) to visit mother. At that time I was at the age of 19 years and learning in Std. 6. I was very happy to see my brother who normally brought me clothes and biscuits. He approached me as he was going to the bus stop and advised me work hard in school and later to work for the family. But for me the case was different. What I wanted was to go with him and see the capital city of Kenya, as I had never seen town apart from Mogadishu where we lived before we come to the refugee. The time of departure came, we waved to him as the bus left from the bus stop. From that time I didn’t sleep well, the whole night I was thinking of way out. It came into my thoughts that had 400 which I was given to buy books and pen when the school was open. Instead of buying books and pen I decided to board a bus that would take me to Nairobi where my brother was. The following I woke early while parents were asleep, I made my way out of the house unnoticeably and led to myself at the bus stop. But with the 400 it would only take me to GSA. I said to myself whatever the case I have to go where my brother is, those words were echoing in my ears. So it took the bus to reach GSA where my bus fare ended, and I had to leave the bus.

This story is to be continued.

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  • 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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