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Hawa Hussein

Hawa Hussein was born in Somalia and immigrated to Canada in 1988. She started to write in 1999, inspired by the ordeal of a grandchild. Born prematurely, the little boy was so ill that throughout his whole childhood he was unable to leave the confines of his home. Watching this child bravely fight for his life awoke in Hawa a wealth of stories: real stories, invented stories, stories told in verse or prose. One by one, Hawa’s stories have been finding their way into words, first in Somali, her mother language, and now also in English.