Friday, 20 July 2012

The Sixth and Final Day of the Hargeisa International Book Fair

Hargeisa International Book Fair: The Sixth and Final Day

This was the young people's day. In the morning we had presentations from the young regional Readers' Clubs. They had come to the book fair from all over Somaliland and beyond, including Sweden. They spoke passionately about reading. I gave each of them a copy of the BBC Network Africa Proverb Book which seemed especially poignant as this was Network Africa's final week on air.

Handing out BBC proverb books


We then received a surprise visit from the British ambassador to Somalia, Matt Baugh, the head of DFID Somalia, the British deputy ambassador to Ethiopia and others. They strolled around the book fair looking at the books, art, fruit and other items on sale. It was all very relaxed and they did not arrive with a big security apparatus (at least not one that I could see).

The British ambassador Matt Baugh


Mr Baugh then addressed the crowd. The organisers of the book fair said they considered him the British ambassador to Somalia and Somaliland. He said Britain would soon open an office in Somaliland which would eventually perform consular services. He was presented with a Somali pot, books and a big Somaliland flag.







Later we had a huge treat. The Somaliland Circus!

Watching the circus





Clearing up after the circus
I thought I should post a few photos of the soldiers and police who maintained order and security at the fair. They didn't have to do much, and could often be seen eating mangoes or peeking in through the windows, trying to catch a glimpse of what was going on in the hall.





These two guarded the door to the hall. The woman checked the ladies' bags, the man the men's.






This soldier had to negotiate with those who tried to charm their way into the stuffed hall

This time he let the girls in but told the boys to wait outside



In the evening we had another delight. A play called 'Visualising the Future' by the Somali playwright Artan. It was a series of short sketches and had the audience weeping with laughter.

The playwright Abdirahman Yusuf Artan
The author Nadifa Mohamed and I didn't have anything glamorous enough to wear. Luckily our friend Zahra Ahmed stepped in. She opened her shop Nor Mode for us where we bought some new frocks and scarves.


Nadifa and I in our new outfits. We are sitting with Cambridge PhD candidate Ridwan Osman

Zahra Ahmed of Nor Mode
Zahra Ahmed
Actors in the play





The day after the book fair. Book fair organisers Jama Musse Jama and Ayan Mahamoud were tired but happy



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  2. خدمات النظافة بالدمام لابد ان تقدمها شركة لديها ثقة في اتمام خدمات النظافة المنزلية لان النظافة العاية لا تعطي النتيجة الفعالة التي تتم بواسطة شركة تنظيف بالدمام متخصصة لانها تهتم بكل شئ داخل المباني فلدينا شركة تنظيف فلل بالدمام تكون متخصصة في نظافة الفلل المفروشة والمستعملة واعطائها الرونق الجمالي الخاص بها لدينا شركة تنظيف شقق بالدمام متخصصة في اعمال نظافة الشقق المنزلية وشقق المكاتب والمعارض بواسطة الادوات والمواد اللازمة لعمل ذلك لدينا تخصصتنا في اعمالنا التي ترضي العميل وتخلصة من الحشرات الصغيرة التي تسبب ازعاج كبير للاسرة من خلال شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام التي لديها معدتها وموادها لعمل ذلك كما يوجد متخصص ايضا للقضاء علي الحشرات من خلال التواصل مع شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام التي تنتهيك من كل الحشرات المنزلية كما نعمل معا للواصل اليك كل الخدمات المنزلية من خلال خدمة الاثاث بواسطة افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام والتعامل معها سوف يصل الي منزلك الجيد بدون اي تعب
    كما يوجد خدمتنا الاخري التي يمكنك البحث عنها م والاستفادة منها
    شركة تنظيف بالقطيف
    شركة تنظيف بالجبيل
    شركة تنظيف بالاحساء


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