my hooyo and i sit across from one another as she recounts the story of her migration otherwise known as, the removal of her heart from its home   she tells me about the day she told her mother her plans her eyes still glazed with the optimism of youth   she tells me about […]

With only 11 days left in Mogadisho, I’ve fallen into a bit of a reflective mood – looking back on my experiences in Somalia, as well as throughout all my travels this past year.  Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have been able to spend my summer here – there is something so […]

i open the gates, and immediately feel the sun beating down on my neck the sensation of heat coursing through my body like wildfire as my feet begin to pick a direction grains of sand and rock stubbornly wedge themselves between my toes causing me to walk awkwardly and uncomfortably painfully revealing that although I […]

One of the most interesting social phenomenons that I’ve observed during my time in Mogadisho is that of the jilbaab. For those who don’t know, the jilbaab is an Islamic full-length garment that is quite loose and covers both the head and hands. In Mogadisho, practically EVERY woman and girl wears the jilbaab in public […]

Hey-lo blogosphere! After being offline for almost 10 days, my uncle finally got internet installed in his crib, and I’m back! In many ways, not having internet for almost two-weeks forced me to branch out my comfort zone, and really interact with my cousins, aunts, and uncles – a blessing in disguise, if you will. […]

Tonight, I’ll be saying goodbye to Istanbul, a city that has been my home for the past five months. Saying adios will be bitter-sweet, for there is much I will truly miss about this crazy place, but there’s also a lot of shit I look forward to never dealing with again (holla!). In an effort […]

I hate reading about female genital mutilation (FGM) from Western media outlets. For those that don’t know, FGM  comprises “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”. The often traumatizing procedure is concentrated in Africa (particularly 29 countries) and the Middle East, […]