"I think this is going to be something great
for the parents and children because ultimately
what the Book Fair is all about is to promote
literacy, reading not just for schooling
purposes but reading for fun, reading for
pleasure, promoting anything that is related to
knowledge, scholarship and uniting authors and
professors and poets and playwrights, Somalis
and non-Somalis, giving them a chance to
network, benefit from each other so that it will
contribute, as I say every year, to the building
of the new Somalia that will be better tomorrow
than today," said Mohamed Diini, the fair’s
Somali – Canadian novelist and journalist Hassan
Gedi Santur is exhibiting at the fair for the first
time. His anthology of short stories called
‘Mediterranean’ gives a look at the African
migration crisis and the perilous journeys through
the Mediterranean, in search of a better life
"As a writer I feel nothing is more important
than writing and reading for the culture, for the
civilization of a nation," said Hassan.
"So instead of fighting and disagreeing with
weapons; to be able to disagree and share
perspectives through language, through ideas, I
think is the basis of any thriving nation.
"I think this is going to go along way to helping
that and building a more prosperous democratic
society," he added.
A first time author Halima Hassan Tacshiir says
the Book Fair has inspired her to write more.
"This Book Fair has encouraged young people who
were skeptics about writing, to start putting their
ideas together and write a book," remarked the young
Renowned writer Dr. Shafie Sharif Mohamed
described the Book Fair as a meeting hub of
creatives. "Mogadishu Book Fair is the yearly
meeting hub of Somali writers.
This is the forum where people from all walks of
life present their ideas and gets feedback from
experts or people with more experience.
It also gives Somali youth a chance to get to see
thousands of books which are not available anywhere
else. It is a good opportunity for the youth, as
well as for the writers," he said.
The fair is another demonstration of the
atmosphere of peace and stability being enjoyed in
Somalia, as a result of gains made on the security
The presence of the African Union troops in the
Horn of Africa country has ensured progress in the
security, political and socio-economic fronts.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), is
committed to working with the Somali security
forces, to spur growth and continue providing an
environment where similar activities can take place.