joogy

“My late father named me many nicknames, shorty, Gurridix and Aw-Kombe (famous Somali comedian), I was quite short when I was small, but mentally, he told me, I was way above my age. I knew he loved me because he never said no to me. I was eight when he passed away in Mogadishu, and now I am ten. I remember that dreadful day, my older sister woke me up, and told me the news. I knew my father was very old but I thought he would stay with us for a long time, but only God is Ever-Living. I sat alone for a while, remembering him and the moments I had with him and I accepted that he is in a better place now, and the only way I can benefit him now is if I make something out of my life and pray for him. I got up, had my breakfast and went to my madrassah.”

(Abudwaq)

“Aabbahey wuxuu igu yeeri jiray dhowr naanayso, sida Gaabow, Gurridix iyo Aw-Koombe. Berriga aan yaraa waan gaabna, laakin aabbo wuxuu ii sheegi jiray in maskax ahaan ka sareeyey facayga. Aabbahay inu ii jeclaa waan ogahay, maxaa yeelay, waxna imuusan diidi jirin. Sideed jir baan ahaa marku ku geeriyooday magaaladda Muqdisho, hadda waxaan ahay toban jir. Maalintu geeriyooday si wacan baan u xasuusta. Walaashay iga weyn baa ii so toosisay, oo ii sheegtay geeridiisa. Aabbahay qof da’ u ahaa laakin waxaan aaminsana inu nala sii joogi doono muddo dheer, laakin Alle kali Al-Xayyu (Eebbaha Noo) ah. Intaan keligey meel gooni fariistay baan muddo fekeray, oo waxaan soo xasuustay wakhtiyadii qaaliga ah aan la qaatay aabbahay. Waxaanna ku qancay inu hadda meel ka si wacan joogo iyo sida kaliya ee aan aabbahay wax u tari lahaa waa inaan noloshayda diirada saaro si aan ugaari lahaa meel wacan iyo ducadda inaan badiyo. Waan istaagay, quraacday, dabadeedna waxaan tagay dugsiga.”

(Caabudwaaq)

“He left me for a younger woman. We have 5 children together and the time I needed him the most, he wasn’t there. Instead, he got tired of it and found himself a younger version of me. If he was going to treat me like this, why did he marry me in the first place? What did she have that I didn’t have? Let me tell you, if I knew this was going to happen, I would have stayed at my parents’ home, enjoying singlehood for the rest of my life. I don’t want to generalise but at this very moment, I truly believe that men are responsible for women’s misery.”

(IDP Camp)

“Wuu naga cararay oo gabar iga da’yar ayuu guursaday. Waxaan leenahay 5 caruuro. Markaan u dhalay, wakhtigii igu adkaa ee aan uu baahnaa in uu ii tageero ayuu naga cararay. wuu na dayacay, gabar kale oo da’yar buu guursaday. Ma garankaro sababtuu u guursaday ee caruurtisa u dayacay.  Hadii aan ogaan laha inuu sidaa ila dhaqmayo gurigii waalidkay kama imadeen waa iska joogi laha. Inkasto caruur Ilaahay isiiyey hadana marmar nolosha sidan oo kale ah waxaan is iraahda guur la’aanta dhaanta. Ma doonayo in dhibaatada dumarka dusha ugu saaro dhamaan ragga Soomaaliyeed laakin hadda, waxaan aaminsanahay in dhibta dumarka Soomaalida haysata  inteeda badan raggu inee masuul ka yihin.”

(Xerada Barakacaaysha Gudaha)