Book: Sooyaal: Ina Cabdalla Xasan ma Sheekh buu ahaa mise …?”

17 December 2014
Author: Cabdiraxmaan C. Faarax ‘Barwaaqo’
The book is focusing on a historical figure, a personality who fought against the colonial forces at the turn of the past century, Ina Cabdule Xasan, the the title of barwaaqo’s book, sheds light on some aspects of this freedom fighter in areas hitherto unknown to the majority of the Somali public,.
Was Cabdale Xasan, the great Somali Poet and fighter a preacher or a warrior will be issues that will continue to rage now and time to come. More…

“Dabagubow sharkaa ku raac” – A new play. A light comedy about a love story.

November 27, Thursday
Dabagubaw sharkaa ku raac, is a sort of a tragicomedy, in which two young people, Sahal and Indhodeeq love each other very much. But two evil friends of Sahal device a plan to destroy the trust of the two lovers had to one another. They device a trap into which Sahal falls. The result is devastating for both Sahal and Indho-deeq. Their love ends tragically, as Indhdeeq’s heart is irreparable broken, and Sahal laments for the loss of his beloved More…

The Mystery of the Land of Punt Unraveled

Date: November, Wednesday 26
“The Mystery of the Land of Punt Unraveled”, written by Axmed Ibrahim Awale, contains possible evidences and persuasive arguments to cause a stir among historians (Egyptologists in particular). It uncovers and exposes archeological findings in an area that has never been thought to have historical significance. This place where these findings are based is Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland. While the information in this book shall mark a bold step that probably could bring the long standing argument on the location of the mysterious Land of Punt to a close by pinpointing it on the Somali peninsula, it also generates new hypotheses on, among other things, the origin of ancient Egyptians, and to some extent the cradle of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages and the dispersal of its speakers. More…

‘The Forgotten Soldiers’ – a film by Iman Sheel

November, Monday 24
Forgotten Soldiers directed by Iman Sheel, a young diaspora female film director,

‘The Forgotten Soldiers’ is one-hour documentary, produced by Iman Sheel alongside with Sahan Society Center in the UK, the film pays tribute to all the Somali heroes who fought for Great Britain during the First and the Second World Wars, whose courage, loyalty and commitment to the cause was extraordinary but whose stories were never told and the recognition they deserve never admitted.

Education, Youth and Employment in Somaliland: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: November 22, Saturday
Panel: Ahmed Abdi Ismail, Amoud University, School of Postgraduate Studies; Adnan Hagog, Youth Activist; Ridwan Osman, PhD Candidate, Cambridge University.

Respondent: Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire, Minister for National Planning and Development.

For the past 23 years, Somaliland has made considerable progress in establishing education system, re-opening schools and colleges and for the first time in the history of the country, establishing institutions of higher learning. Since then, various forms of education, including non-formal, adult, vocational schools and Quranic education, dominated the sphere. Currently, the country enjoys high student population, with the opportunity to pursue various forms of education and training paths. The improvement of education standers facilitated higher number of school and university graduates who made the labor market more competitive, Now, young Somaliland who had their training and education in the country are employed in various industries, such as business, NGOs, education institutions and small scale industries. However, there have been challenges in the field.


“Wacadaraha hinaasaha” – A new play. A light comedy about jealousy

November 20, Thursday
“Wacdaraha Hinaasaha”, which could be translated into English as “The Wonders of Jealousy” dealt with a young man who gets jealous of his pretty wife and who complains to his father about his intentions to divorce the wife. Farther tries to dissuade his son, but to no avail. The old man then resorts to another trick, by saying: that the behavior he has seen in his wife is just common to all women, including his mother. More…

Book launch “Aleen”

Wednesday, 19th. November. 2014

‘Aleen’ is Saddaam Carab’s second book of collection of short stories. He published “Baraarug” in 2013. This new collection of short stories cover more social and current civic issues focusing in particularly on youth. Born in Balliyalay (Ethiopia) in the end of 1990, Saddaam Carab studied in Hargeysa where he grew up and now works as an IT expert. Balliyalay was one of the refugee camps in Ethiopia where Somalilanders got shelter during the devastating war in 1988.


Book launch and a new series of books

Wednesday, 5th. November. 2014
Hargeysa Cultural Centre hosted the launch of “Kadabgooye”, the debut book by Barkhad M Kariye. Over hundred young people attended the ceremony. Saddam Hussein, author of Baraarug, chaired the event and Hoodo Ayan Suldan, director of Mohamed Moge Centre, who already read the book, presented it as respondent to the discussion. Kadabgoye is about ‘Qaad’ (Khat), and it Barkhad Mohamud Kariye, the author, has read some of stories in the book. The event concluded with lively debate about the consequences of the use of Qaad within Somaliland society.

Hoodo Ayaan, Saddaam Xuseen, Barkhad M Kaariye



The Hargeysa Cultural Center was opened in August 2014 in Hargeysa, Somaliland. The Center was established by Redsea Cultural Foundation (RCF). Since its establishment, the Hargeysa Cultural Center has become an important feature in Hargeysa’s cultural landscape. The success of the center owes much to the respect that RCF has gained from its work on running the annual Hargeysa International Book Fair, which, now in its eighth year, has become one of the most admired cultural events in the region.

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