Somalia’s nascent love affair with books is blossoming as safety returns to the country
In the craggy hills of Hargeisa, the capital of the breakaway region of Somaliland, organizers and participants this morning (July 23) flooded the opening ceremony of the ninth edition of the Hargeysa International Book Fair. In four days, almost 400 miles away in Garowe, the administrative capital of Puntland region, the second edition of another book fair will be launched. And in just over three weeks, in the seaside capital of Mogadishu, another international book fair will kick off, also for its second year.
Tough European borders push African migrants towards the US
Europe’s toughened borders are prompting migrants to switch focus to the United States, but their trek is being thwarted in central America, where a bottleneck has formed, according to the International Organisation for Migration.
Concluding a six-day visit to Somalia, a United Nations child rights envoy has called for better protection of children caught up in armed conflict, urging the country’s authorities to treat former child soldiers as victims in need of protection rather than as criminals.