The Inglorious Absentee Father in Contemporary Somali Politics

Absentee Father“I don’t know how it feels to be held by my father. He never sent a birthday card, attended a school play or any sporting event. He never took part in parent-teacher meetings or took me to a movie”, says ten years old Guled who is known by his schoolmates as Ina Dahabo – which literally means the son of Dahabo – his mother. None of his schoolmates had ever seen his invisible dad hence dubbing him his mother’s son.

The Inglorious Absentee Father in Contemporary Somali Politics

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