Category Thoughts

the women of somalia

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 […]

reflections: ramblings of a diasporic girl

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 […]

the road

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 […]

Somalia & the Jilbaab Phenomenon: on civil war, Qur’anic interpretations, and the loss of a culture

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 […]

When female genital mutilation (FGM) and Western cultural ignorance collide

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, […]

On creativity and inner-peace: Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary

Hello blogosphere! After a mini-hiatus, I’m back and feeling good. I’m officially done my term in Istanbul! Cannot believe that 4 months has passed by – absolute insanity. I’m still in Istanbul though, but I’m out at the end of the month to start off my new adventure, aka = SOMALIA (!) This year is […]

Community Safety vs. Community Anxiety: the role of the police in Toronto

A must-watch documentary highlighting the prevalence of racial profiling and police brutality in Toronto, as well promoting methods that enhance community safety versus rendering community anxiety. This great doc was created by Toronto’s Policing Learning Initiative, a grass-roots think-tank composed of youth leaders living in the GTA who were concerned about policing issues within the […]