I have tried my best to keep my country alive by writing about it.
She wondered then if she had ever been on the right track. She had been reticent all her life, because it turned out that her opinions were different from what others expected. 'That proves either that I am an exceptional idiot, or the reverse.
To the Somali, the Amerikaan is weird, to the American GI, the Somali is an ingrate and a skinny.
That in a civil war there is continuous fighting, based on grievences that are forever changing.
Good writing is like a bomb: it explodes in the face of the reader.
Death in Somalia seldom bothers to announce its arrival. In fact, death calls with the arrogance of a guest confident on receiving a warm welcome at any time, no question asked.
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