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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: PERFECT PUBLISHERS LTD (17 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955726700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955726705
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,880,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid on 17 Jan. 2008
Silent Voices is anthology of contemporary writing by five British Somali writers who powerfully express their views of being Somali in Britain, covering some of the controversial issues that have impacted each of their lives.

After more than a century of Somali presence in the UK, there is still a lack of knowledge about who they are. Many are misrepresented and the assumption is made that all are asylum seekers, are involved in crime gangs or are uneducated and unskilled. Silent Voices attempts to dispel some of these bigoted perceptions by presenting to the world a wealth of hidden talent from five writers who find expression through their eloquent prose and poetry.

One of the contributors, 33-year-old Zahrah Awaleh, was born and raised in England. Zahrah writes with passion and emotion about the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and how the Qur'an confirms that Islam and FGM are totally incompatible. She based her Masters dissertation on FGM, following which she began work with the NGO Foundation for Women's Health, Research and Development, which runs national and international projects and campaigns against FGM and other forms of gender violence.

Another of the writers, Adam Dirir, who was born in Somalia, produces Somali Eye magazine and runs the Somali Voice Radio in Tower Hamlets. As a community activist and dedicated writer, Adam's work reflects his commitment in encouraging the Somali community to aspire and develop their strengths. In Silent Voices, he attempts to convey how it feels to be a Somali living in Britain through his own thoughts and those of leading people he has interviewed from the area.
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