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Peace and War through Spoken Word

On the evening of the 24th of February, around 140 people attended the Somali Poetry Night. From Sayid Abdullah also known as the Mad Mullah by the British, to modern day poets as Hadraawi and Idaajaa, all have used poetry as the main method of communication in times of War and Peace.

The speakers  were Zaynab Dahir and Abdirahman Abtidoon. Zeynab is educationalist and author of several children books and educational books. She is an activist and promoter of the Somali language among Somali children raised in the UK. She runs her own organisation, Galool Somali, which publishes teaching materials for learning Somali. Abdirahman Abtidoon is a promoter and an activist of the Somali language, art, storytelling and educationist as well as the writer of several books. He is an avid linguist and grammarian as well poetry reader. Both had an introduction into the background of Somali poetry an the role it played during the different episodes of war and oppression in Somalia.

After that came the real poets: Susu Amina, Malique Mohamud, Qali Nur and Nawal Mustafa all shared their own poetry or famous songs and poems by others. Between the different parts of the program, Abdi Baadil, a famous Somali poet, sang songs and played on the Somali lute.

This evening  was not only about the various forms and uses poetry and enjoying different forms of poetry such as Gabay, Geraar, Buraanbur and Heeso. But especially it was about bringing together a community: the large majority of attendees were young people with a Somali background. The athmosphere was very open, lively and warm.

Freedom Book Fair: Somali Poetry Night – SOLD OUT

somali-poetry-pngPeace and War through Spoken Word

From Sayid Abdullah also known as the Mad Mullah by the British, to modern day poets as Hadraawi and Idaajaa, all have used poetry as the main method of communication in times of War and Peace.

This evening we will talk about the various forms and uses poetry has in bringing together a community. We will certainly not just talk, but mostly enjoy different forms of poetry such as Gabay, Geraar, Buraanbur, Heeso and much more. No idea what those are? All the more reason to come and be properly introduced to Somali Poetry!

Where: Nutshuis, Riviervismarkt 5, Den Haag
When: 24 February
What time: 9PM – 11PM

Speakers:

Zaynab A J Dahir: Educationalist and author of several children books and educational books. Zaynab is an activist and promoter of the Somali language among Somali children raised in the UK. She runs her own organisation, Galool Somali, which publishes teaching materials for learning Somali.

Abdirahman Mohammed Abtidoon: Abtidoon is a promoter and an activist of the Somali language, art, storytelling and educationist as well as the writer of several books. He is an avid linguist and grammarian as well poetry reader.

Poets:

Susu Amina
Malique Mohamud
Qali Nur

Entrance is free, but registration is required.

Check this website for more information about the Freedom Book Fair The Hague

Publicist with books available on the Book Fair:

Looh Press aims to provide excellent selection of Islamic/African Studies books, with special focus on Somali Studies. Our special mission is to provide high quality literature on the history, culture, politics of the Somalis. At Looh Press we have a motto of preserving the classics by reprinting and representing to a modern generation. History is not only in the past for us, it is here, in the now. In the Islamic Studies field, we provide some of the best publications of some of the best books in the Islamic Sciences, focusing on the classical text with a modern editorial touch.

Looh Press is a  small press with self funded publications and was founded by Mohammed Abdullah Artan. For further details please contact them at Admin@LoohPress.com

Elections in Somalia: Towards sustainable peace?

In light of the coming elections in Somalia, The Hague Peace Projects and Nabaddoon Yahya Foundation are organizing a discussion meeting about the political changes and the potential for peace in the country.

The event will start with three speeches in which the speakers will give their views on different subjects; the federal system, the 4.5 clan system and its impact on the peace process. The speakers are Ismail Moalim, Somalia expert,  Shamsa Said, director of SONPCCAN and Yahye Ali, director of the Nabaddoon Yahye Foundation. Besides the speches there is enough room for questions and discussion, and you listen to Suugaan and spoken word by Jawahir Shire and Qali Nur.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: from 13:30 till 17:00
Location: 3rd floor Paviljoensgracht 20, The Hague
Admission: free
Language: Dutch (questions or summaries can be in other languages)