papers in Mogadishu are reporting that the Somali communities
in Somalia and abroad are mourning the death of Abdulle Rage
was a well-known Somali poet that has inspired many Somalis
with his "Gabey".
has lived through the worst days of the civil war in Mogadishu
and has spoken many times against the former dictator as well
as the senseless fighting waged by the warlords.
Intellectuals in Mogadishu and here in Toronto issued a statement
that with Abdulle " a great man which was a bridge between
the traditional Somali society and the modern society has
died, but his words will live in our hearts forever".
of the Somali poets Abdulle's poems were recorded, and in some
instances, memorized by his contemporaries.