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)