Stories from the Horn #154
June 7, 2022
Apologies that I missed a week. I’ve been traveling for work and for several family events.
Check out this personal news about my book Pillars.
The book won two awards last month! Gold in the Independent Publisher’s Awards and top pick in the Associated Church Press awards for nonfiction! Here’s what the ACP said about Pillars:
On to the Horn of Africa news.
Ethiopian migrants killed in car accident in Djibouti
Ethiopia reduces transport traffic to Djibouti
Djibouti and the world’s best (or weirdest) song competition
Somalia and Somaliland
US troops will return to Somalia after Trump pulled them out in 2020
Opinion piece: Does Biden Want Another Forever War in Somalia?
Reinsertion of US troops into Somalia unlikely to produce better outcome
What beauty parlors reveal about Somali women
We can no longer afford to eat: the impact of the Ukraine war on the Horn of Africa
Interview with photo journalist Ed Kashi, including about his work in Somaliland
Prehistoric art around the world
Ending worm infections in Somalia (this would be fantastic!)
Somaliland open to giving US access to Berbera Port
The Call to Prayer Rings out in Minneapolis
See you in a few weeks!
Also, huge congratulations on the additional award Pillars has won! I am overjoyed to learn of this well-deserved recognition, and I couldn't agree more with the high words of praise for Pillars in the excerpt you posted from the ACP comments with its award.
Thanks for this excellent, eclectic collection of links! I particularly enjoyed the stories about the prehistoric art around the world, Somali beauty salons, and the call to prayer in Minneapolis. And on a heavier note, the articles about Ethiopian migrants being killed in car accident in Djibouti, and the impact of the Ukraine war on the Horn of Africa were very sobering and I appreciate your sharing this important information about these challenging events and related ongoing circumstances in our region. I am praying for the people in these situations and seeking potential opportunities to offer other forms of support as well.