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“For My Ayeeyo:” Learning Somali Poetry From a Distance: Amal Hussein and Hamdi Mohamed have a lot in comm…

“For My Ayeeyo:” Learning Somali Poetry From a Distance: Amal Hussein and Hamdi Mohamed have a lot in comm…

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“For My Ayeeyo:” Learning Somali Poetry From a Distance: Amal Hussein and Hamdi Mohamed have a lot in comm…

FromAfropop Worldwide

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Length:
24 minutes
Released:
Jan 12, 2018
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Podcast Episode

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Amal Hussein and Hamdi Mohamed have a lot in common. Both were born in Kenya, where their parents fled as refugees during the Somali Civil War, and both came to Boston when they were just a few years old. They’re both poets — and equally important for this story — both their grandmothers are poets. But there’s one crucial difference in the two women's stories. Hamdi grew up with her grandmother ("ayeeyo" in Somali") in the house, whispering poems in her ears. Amal has only known her grandmother on the phone — she stayed behind when the rest of the family fled. Nevertheless, it is the distant words and stories of her grandmother that inspire Amal to take on the challenge of writing her first Somali poem.

Produced by Ian Coss. This program was produced in partnership with The New American Songbook podcast from The GroundTruth Project.

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Distributed 1/09/2018
Released:
Jan 12, 2018
Format:
Podcast Episode