Mohamed Hassan Saloh

It was about 18 years before in 1992 when we were in Somalia. We had a herd of cattle. Drought came and it swept out all the cattle. We were in a large family and father told us we are going to Kenya where we can get food and shelter. On the way when we were passing near to Kenya around the border we met a gunman and told us bring what you are carrying. My father told them we have nothing in hand please leave us. The Gunman reply to father and told him today is the last day of your life and he was killed. Our mother carried her up to the Dadob refugee camp after one of my brother died in the camp. Those days life was very harsh

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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