I lost my mother at a very young age but I still have some fond memories of her

“I lost my mother at a very young age but I still have some fond memories of her. She was young, I was told that she didn’t even reach the age of 30 before she went back to God. My mother’s sisters, my second mothers, quickly filled that empty void of motherhood. They raised me and my siblings with love, affection and kindness and we never ever felt that we were missing out. We call them Hooyo (Mother); never Habaryar (Aunt) and they mean the world to us. I never ever say no to them. I strive and do my best to be the best son for them so they can be proud of me because I know if they are proud of me, I am making my deceased mother proud too. They’re her reflection. I’m trying to surprise them one day by memorising the full Qur’an and graduating from a university; the best one in Somalia, God willing.”

(Burao)

“Hooyaday waxay dhimatay anigoo aad u da’a yar laakin weli waan xasuusta hooyaday Allaha ha u naxariisto’e. Waxay ahayd qof da’ayar, waxaa la ii sheegay in aysan gaarin 30-jir ka hor inteysan dhiman. Kadib geeridii hooyaday waxaa kaalintii hooyonimo ii buuxiyey Hooyo walaalaheed, habaryarahay oo ii ah hooyo labaad baa buuxiyey booska ay ka tagtay hooyaday. Waxay igu so barbaariyeen aniga iyo walaaladay jacayl iyo naxariis sida hooyada la mid ah. Weligayo maanu dareemin in wax naga maqan yahay. Waxaan ugu yeernaa Hooyo. Kalmada Habaryar ma isticmaalno. Weligeyna kuma oran kalmada maya. Waxaan ku dadaalaya inaan noqdo wiilka ugu fiican ee ay ku faanan. Waxaan rabaa inaan ka farxiyo mar anigoo Qur’aanka dhameeyey, kana qalin jabiyey jaamacadda ugu wanaagsan ee Soomaaliya insha’Allah.”

(Burco)

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