somalia

Jul 20, 2014

This memoir explores the life of Waris Dirie, recognized by many for her work as a model, and by others for her advocacy for human rights and a battle against female genital mutilation. The reader follows her from her early life as a nomad in the deserts of Somalia, to her difficult and sometimes dangerous journey to Mogadishu and eventually London. Working there as an underappreciated maid for her own family, she is "discovered", and sets off on an equally nomadic life as a model. Throughout her journey, Waris has to face the world with her own wits and tenacity. The best part of this story

Crossbones by Nuruddin Farah

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Rated by Kathy B.
Dec 10, 2011

In Crossbones, two Americans from Minneapolis’ Somali expatriate community, in search of a runaway teenager, navigate the dangerous Mogadishu – a city torn apart by civil war, criminal anarchy, and religious extremists.  One of the men, Malik, a war correspondent, is intent on understanding the current situation and interviewing as many key players as he dares.  His brother, Ahl, is the teenager’s stepfather, who is desperately afraid for his son, Taxiil.  The family has received information that the youth is being indoctrinated as a martyr for Shabaab,… or maybe he is serving as a translator