Mohamed Abdi Samatar

Some of the points I want to talk about.

  1. Refugee: Refugees are people who ran from their countries as a result of instability.
  2. Educating girls
  3. Supporting the poor with all my efforts
  4. Conserving the natural environment
  5. Pointing out those who engage child labor
  6. Reading and writing essays

Daily Problems of refugees:

  1. Refugees are people who ran from their countries as a result of instability.
  2. They do not get to enjoy the rights enjoyed by citizens.
  3. Sometimes they stay without food for days.

The Somali Culture:
The Somalis in shanty houses,
Doing their social culture that is nomadism,
Singing their lullaby songs to their pets
And drinking their sour milk.

The Somalis in shanty houses,
Whose country is destroyed by the civil wars,
And senseless slaughtering of the innocent civilians,
Why don’t you think about your future.

The Somalis in shanty houses,
To wander wondering cruelty,
Left their holy scripture,
When do you get peace.

The Somalis in shanty houses,
Why looting and killings,
Why do not you thinking about this hopeless country,
And maintain its reconstruction and peace.

AIDS AIDS it kills it has no cure,
But prevention. Abstinence from sex to be
Faithful to one’s partner and use of condoms are
The major remedies.

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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