The early days of my life

Mahamud Gedi Ahmed

I was born in the bush where there is no shelter and no education. As time went on the Civil War of Somalia broke out. My family crossed the border of Kenya and then we came here to Dagaghaley where we got shelter and education. In my life I have never thought about going to school and learning but now I have learned more, and my family in general as well, because of the Civil War we have got opportunities. Why because my brother has gone to Canada through his education of secondary schools and now he is in the world university and he is there because of the Civil War. If there was no war in Somalia my family could not learn well and my brother could not be in Canada at the world university.

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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