My worst day

Muna Abukar Rage

I am by the name Muna Abukar Rage, 19 years of age who lives in Dagahaley refugee camp, who is now learning her last year of secondary school. The worst day in my life was when I met one of my girl friend who was my classmate. Misfortunately she became a school dropout because her parents forced her to marry a man who looks after cattle, although I was her friend she came to me and asked me what to do. I decided to go and see her parents and inform them that their girl is in education yet her last year of secondary, but the girl’s father said

“What is the need to educate a girl?” I felt sorrow when I saw how my fellow sisters are considered and the category they are placed by most parents. Girls are always put back and are made to be servant instead of taking them to school. This makes me cry and feel sad whenever I recall the accident that happened to my friend Asha.

What makes me shed tears is when I see how girl child education is considered.

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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