Somaliland poet jailed over poem given full pardon

Nduta Waweru April 24, 2018
Last Edited by:Nduta Waweru Updated: September 15, 2018
Naema Ahmed Ibrahim [Photo: Human Rights Centre, Somaliland]

A few weeks ago, we reported on the Nacima Abwaan, a Somaliland poet who was arrested for a poem that called for the unification of the country and neighbouring Somalia.

She had been arrested at the Hargeisa Egal International Airport upon her arrival from Mogadishu, where she performed the poem. She was sentenced to three years in prison.

According to reports, Somaliland’s President Muse Bihi on April 22, gave Nacima full pardon.

The news was received positively by the public, who expressed their feelings on social media.



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