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Title:Memories of a Mogadishu childhood, 1940-1964: Maryan Muuse Boqor and the women who inspired her
Authors:Kapteijns, LidwienISNI
Boqor, Maryan MuuseISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:urban women
urban life
autobiographies (form)
About person:Maryan Muuse BoqorISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/40282432.pdf
Abstract:Based on interviews with Maryan Muuse Boqor recorded in 2001 in Boston, where she was resettled as a refugee, this paper presents the memories of her childhood in Mogadishu during the period 1940-1964. It is a set of reminiscences and reflections on the values Maryan's family members, as well as many of their Somali contemporaries, held and passed on to their children. Furthermore, the story of how a young Somali girl, in the city of Mogadishu, was raised and experienced her youth in the heady days of the 1950s and 1960s may throw light on the history of the generation that witnessed both the creation and the collapse of the Somali State. The part of the narrative presented here has two themes: Maryan's youth (she was born in Hamarweyne, the historical heart of Mogadishu), and women's leadership and solidarity, exemplified by her female relatives - her maternal grandmother and two aunts. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]