Germany is the first place I ever visited outside Africa

“Germany is the first place I ever visited outside Africa. Getting the hang with the German language was very difficult for me. The Germans are very friendly people but rarely speak English and on top of that have no clue about where I’m from. Random strangers used to ask me where I was from? When I use to reply with that I’m Somali, they would leave puzzled and confused. I felt so lonely. Oh, how I use too long to see a Somali face or someone that speaks the Somali language. In a way, it’s ironic. Back home, we can’t stand the sight of each other and hate each other because of clannism but once we are in the diaspora, we long for a familiar face.”

(Frankfurt, Germany)

“Jarmalku waa meeshi ugu horeysay qurbaha aan imaado ee ka baxsan qaaradda Afrika. Luuqadda Jarmalku aad bey igu adkeyd aniga. Dadka Jarmalku waa dad wanaagsan laakin kuma hadlaan luuqad aan tooda ahayn, xitaa Ingiriiska iska daa. Waxaa ka si daran, ma garanayaan meeshaan ka so jeedo ama ka imid asal ahaan. Kuwa banaanka iska maraya dhowr jeer ii weydiyey meesha aan ka so jeedo. Waxaan ku iri inaan ahay Soomaali. Markasta waxay igu jawaabi jireen, ‘Soomaali maxaa la yiraahda?. Waxaan dareemay cidla. Waxaan xiiseyey inaan maqlo cod af-Soomaali ku hadlaya ama arko waji qof Soomaali ah. Dhinac marka laga eego waxa cajiib ah, Dhulkeeni markaan joogno, khaati baan kala taaganahay oo qabiil awgeed isku diidnaa laakin markii qurbo la yimid, waji Soomaaliyeed ii tus baan Illaahay ka baryeena.”

(Frankfurt, Jarmal)

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