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“I’m the only Somali professional beekeeper and trainer in Rome. When I am not managing the beehives, I educate visitors on the world of this magnificent insects. Majority of them are high school students and prison inmates. It took me a while to arrive at a decision to study for this profession. A former teacher asked me what I want to learn that would benefit me when I return to Somalia. I thought long and hard and asked my uncle in Mogadishu for advice. He said the science of beekeeping is extremely beneficial and much needed in Somalia. It never crossed my mind that beekeeping was a very useful skill. I took his advice and it was the best decision I ever made. It took me some time to get accepted and be taken serious because the job that I was doing is not a job that a refugee was supposed to do. Beekeeping science was usually reserved for the home-grown people so I had to jump through many loopholes and obstacles. Initially, I was forced to use the ID of an established organisation, who were sympathetic to me and allowed me to their number ID in order to take the exams instead of in my own name. If I did use my name, I would have been flat out rejected. Through tremendous effort and lots of volunteering, I am now a licensed beekeeper and I’m currently coordinating with beekeeping projects back in Somalia.”

(Rome, Italy)

“Waxaan ahay qofka kali ee u dhashay Soomaali ku shaqeeya xirfada shinnida iyo sidii dadka loo tababaro xirfadaas.  Maaraynta shinnida ka sakow, waxaan casharo u dhiga dadka na soo booqdo oo u badan ardayda dugsiga sarre iyo maxaabiista dhaqan-celin loo diray. Muddo igu qaadatay inaan go’aan ka gaaro xirfada aan rabo inaan barto. Maadaame hadafkeygu ahaa inaan ku noqonayo Soomaaliya, macalinkaygii baa mar ii weydiyey, maxaa rabta inaad barato oo faa’iido ku noqonaya markaad ku laabato Soomaaliya. Waxaan wareystey adeerkay oo Muqdisho ku nool. Wuxuu igu yiri, cilmiga shinnida waa cilmi fiican oo wax gal fiican leh oo runti waddanka u baahan. Weligey isma dhihi jirin, micne bey ku fadhida. Go’aan baan markaas ku gaaray inaan barto cilmigaas. Waxaan aaminsanahay in go’aankas u ahaa midkii ugu wanaagsanaa aan abid sameeyo. Waqti bay igu qaadatay in la ii aqbalo oo xushmo aan ku helo, waayo xirfadan laguma tala galin dadka qaxootiga ah. Cilmiga shinnada waxaa baran jiray kali, dadka u dhashay waddanka. Caqabado fara badan baan soo maray oo waan ka guuleystay, Alxamdullilah. Marka hore, markaad imtixaanka galaysid, waa inaad ka tirsan tahay ha’yad la aqoonsanyahay ama aad tahay muwaadin u dhashay dalka. Koox ha’yad baa ii oggolaatay inaan isticmaalo numberkooda. Hadii aan isticmaali lahaa magacayga, durba waa la ii diidi lahaa. Alxamdullilah, dadaal farabadan, waxaan hadda ku shaqeeya xirfadaas, haddana waxaan wadda mashaariic aan rabo inaan ka fuliyo Soomaaliya, si dadka a faa’iidestaan cilmiga shinnida.”

(Rooma, Talyaaniga)