"When I was fifteen, I was raped by three boys while competing at a gymnastics tournament. I was so ashamed, that I stood on a train track, and waited for the train to come. At the last moment, I tried to jump away. I woke up after a month. It was the middle of the night, and I could immediately tell that something was missing. I started feeling all over my body, and that’s when I realized that I’d lost my arm. Now I council teenagers who have been diagnosed with HIV. I’m normally the first to meet with them after they get their results. I try to explain to them that there’s a way out of even the most impossible situations."
The Book Fair was held between the 8th-13th of August. This year’s theme
was: Imagination, while the guest country was: Malawi.
P.s: I honestly still can’t get over the fact that I got the chance to meet
some of my favorite authors: Nurrudin Farah, Nadifa Mohamed and Chuma
Hargeysa International Book Fair (HIBF) was established in 2008 by The
Redsea Online Cultural Foundation which is an organisation based in
Somaliland that aims to promote reading and creative writing in Somali
speaking society. It became the main cultural event in Somaliland and one
of the largest public celebrations of books in East Africa It brings
writers, poets, artists and thinkers from Somaliland and from all over the
world to share and discuss their art and literary productions with the