Somali banknote featuring Hawo Tako

Who Was Hawa Tako?

By / October 2016

In Somalia, the debate about a national hero’s legacy: “There are two ways of remembering Hawa Tako. There is the woman and there is the meaning of the woman. The stories of our national heroes become monuments of personal and collective memory.”

Hargeisa, Somaliland. Photograph by Tristam Sparks

Walking in Somaliland

By / May 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones takes to the streets of Hargeisa on foot. “I was aware of everything from harmonicas to screeching tires, who was behind us, who was in front of us, who was talking. Was the woman right?”

National Theater, Mogadishu

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By / July 2013

Abdi Latif Dahir revisits the Somali National Theater in Mogadishu and sends this snapshot.

The beach in Mogadishu. Photograph by Abdi Latif Dahir

The View from Mogadishu

By / June 2012

Abdi Latif Dahir returns to the beleaguered capital of Somalia: “The dust on the rubble was settling and that is always the first step towards starting over.”

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