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Visit the @MemoriesofMogadishu YouTube Channel

on May 25, 2020 to access the short film

"I left Mogadishu in 1971, and I started writing the book in 1991. It was almost 20 years, and for me it was not difficult to remember everything suddenly.


Things that I had forgot, things that I blocked out, everything came out...and I think it was a strong healing process for me also, it was not about writing a book. 


In a way, it is like you are telling yourself you don’t want to lose these memories. You want to see them written, in a way you keep them. And everything came out. It was very easy for me, it was not difficult. I did not have to look for words or images, I could see everything."

                                                          - Shirin Ramzanali Fazel (Birmingham, United Kingdom) 

"I was only 18 just turned 19 when I left Mogadishu. So I have lived outside of Somalia more years then inside. But then growing in Mogadishu being that little Somali girl in Mogadishu is what I have in me.


In December 1990 the war broke, the first thing that hit me at a very sort of visceral level was ok I don’t have the option of going home once a year anymore…that was taken away. It  it felt like someone kind of removing the rug under your feet. You have no option now, you cannot go back because it’s not safe to go back.


It was hard to get used to. I went through a phase where I didn’t want to hear the news, once the civil war broke and we spent the first four or five months trying to locate who was where, who made it out…” 

                                                           - Fowzia Abdulkadir  (Ottawa, Canada) 


"I kept thinking it would end this year but the next year and  eventually it’s become 27 years of me being in Italy."  


                                                       - Abdalla Mansur  (Rome, Italy)