xubin

“My ambition’s to become the first blind female Somali foreign minister. I’m quite interested in politics and already a member of a local party. Only God can unite the Somalis, but I want to try and unite them and do something for the young and disadvantaged. I was born blind. At a young age, I only restricted myself to memorising the Qur’an because I thought we were only good for memorising but then I heard rumours from people that blind people can actually learn how to read and write. I didn’t believe it. My father brought me to Mogadishu and enrolled me into a blind school. I can now read and write. I’m fluent in English, know how to use a phone and social media, and currently at high school. One thing that confused people was how effortlessly I used to walk because I knew my area inside out. I think that gave the people the impression that I wasn’t blind until they found out that I am blind. I’m glad my mother taught me many life skills, such as cooking and how to manage things. She told me that I don’t have to rely on external help like a maid when I’m married and become a wife. I have met many families with blind children who instead of treating them as equals and giving them equal opportunities, they send those that can see to school only. Please give them a chance, they deserve it.”

(Mogadishu)

“Hamigaygu waa in aan noqdo gabadhii ugu horaysay aan indhaha waxba ka arkin oo noqota wasiirka arrimaha dibadda ee Soomaaliya. Siyaasada waan xiiseeya, hadda waxaan xubin ka ahay xisbi siyaasi ah. Ilaahay ayuunba mid ka dhigi kara Soomaalida, laakiin anigu waxaan rabaa in aan mideeyo Soomaalida, si aan wax ugu qabto dhalinyarada iyo inta dayacan. Waxaan dhashay anigoon waxba arkin, Markii aan yara waxaan samayn jiray in aan xafido Quraanka. Kadib waxaan dadka ka maqlay hadalo oranaya dadka aan waxba arki karin in ay baran karan qaabka wax loo qoro isla markaana loo akhriyo. Anigu maan rumaysan, Aabbahay wuxuu ii keenay magalada Muqdisho, wuxuu igu daray iskuul wax lagu barro dadka araga naafada ka ah. Anigu hada waan akhrin karaa waxna waan qori karaa. Si wacan baan ugu hadlaa luuqada ingiriisida. Waan aqaan sida loo isticmaalo teleefanka iyo baraha internetka ee bulshadu u kulanto. Wakhtigan xaadirka ah waxaan ku jira dugsiga sarre. Hal shayba dadka ka yaabiyey oo ah sidaan u socdo anigu. Waxaan samayn jiray in aan lugeeyo sababto ah waan aqaanay goobaha ii dhow. Waxaan u malaynaya taas baa dadka ku noqotay amakaag in ay u haystaan in aan indhaha wax ka arko Laakiin marka dambe midaas way ogaadaan in aan ahay qof araga naafo ka ah. Runtii waxaan ku faraxsanahay in hooyaday i bartay waxyaabo badan sida, cunto karinta. Waxay i sheegtaa in aanan u baahnayn kutiirsanaanta cid kale, sida qof shaqaale ah marka aan guri yeesho een noqdo marwo. Waxaan la kulmaa qoysas haysta caruur araga naafo ka ah, laakiin halkii ay si siman caruurta wax ugu wada qaban lahayeen xuquuqdoodana u simi lahayeen, caruurta kale ayuun baa Iskuulka loo dira lakiin kuwa araga naafada ka ah looma dirro iskuul. Waxaan kula talin laha fadlan u ogolaada fursada ay xaqa u leeyihiin.”

(Muqdisho)