The following piece was originally published on Aug 11, 2015 and culled from Saharareporters.com. It is re-blogged here on the Whole WoMan Network platform, with permission from the writer, Okey Ndibe.
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Whether Americans or Africans, my friends reacted in much the same way when I disclosed I was headed for Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland, to participate in an international book festival.
“Somalia?” one friend asked, a look of deep concern on his face. “Why?”