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A Collection of Colonial Illustrations

Sultan-Yusuf-Ali-Kenadid

Although Italian involvement in the colonial project started late and was hesitant, a colonialist consciousness was being forged throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. Visual and print culture were crucial to the process of mass communication. Middle class Italians who subscribed to illustrated periodicals were treated to extensive reports of the wonders of …

Yasin Osman Kenadid

Yasin Osman Kenadid (Yaasiin Cismaan Keenadiid) was born in El Hur (Ceelhuur), Obbia in 1919 and died on 27th November 1988 in Roma (Italy). He was the son of Osman Yusuf Kenadid (Cismaan Yuusuf Keenadiid), the poet scholar who invented the first phonetically standard script for the Somali language in 1920s. This script Far Soomaali (the …

A History of Governance: The Conquest of The Sultanates

The Italian and British conquest of the Sultanates  (in 1920-1927) suppressed the peoples’ resistance and destroyed all political, economic and commercial structures. The Italian fascist authorities were more repressive than the British, as reflected by the economic policies they applied to the northeastern regions. For instance, import-export trade and all the commercial transactions with the previously …