Stories from the Horn #153
May 17, 2022
This week’s newsletter is a week late. I apologize for that. My husband and I were in Minnesota for a whirlwind trip to celebrate our daughter’s graduation from university. She earned a degree in Chemical Engineering, with honors, and we had a fabulous time celebrating her and getting time with our son, our parents, and other family and friends.
In other personal news, my book Pillars won GOLD in the Religion category for the Independent Publishers Awards. Yay!!! I told my family it was like the Oscars of indie books. Like, basically the same thing. Haha! Still, feels pretty good to have the work recognized. If you haven’t read Pillars yet, check it out!
In my last newsletter, I shared a photo of “Bankoule” in Djibouti and then shared my own photo of the same location. I questioned the existence of the beautiful lake pictured in the advertised photo. A resourceful reader found that lake and it is, in fact, a lake in…Gambia.
Don’t trust everything you read on the internet. Just in case you haven’t learned that lesson yet.
In the news:
This photo captures the beauty, complexity, and changes in Djibouti.
Afro Deli owner ships over 100,00 books to Somalia and Djibouti. Need I remind you that Kahin kindly hosted my book launch party for Stronger than Death at Afro Deli? Not only is the food delicious but he is a generous businessman truly committed to blessing his local and international community.
A look at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, the US military base
A thorough and good review of the Djibouti film The Gravedigger’s Wife. We saw this here in Djibouti and it is beautiful and tragic. Worth watching, if you can find it.
A Mosque of Their Own. A fascinating article about women’s mosques, including one in Somalia, built in 1972.
Ethiopians fled war in Ethiopia only to face hunger in Somaliland (this article references Borama, which is where we first lived in Somaliland)