Leading the way

Back in Hargeisa, the theme of this year’s book fair is leadership. It’s a delicate topic as the breakaway region prepares to head into elections next year. Somaliland will also celebrate 25 years since it announced independence from Somalia. In south-central Somalia, the electioneering season for presidential and parliamentary elections is also underway.

But Somalis like Dubo won’t let politics and politicking distract them from their books—selling, reading, and learning from them. Books, he says, teach you about the world and instill in you that “you have a responsibility to grow.”

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