In case you missed it, the Hargeisa International Book Fair was held from July 13th - 18th under the theme, “Let books be your companion”! Now in its fifth year, the six-day Fair hosted authors, artists, filmmakers, musicians, actors, journalists, composers and singers from Somaliland and abroad with the support of the Somaliland authorities. Among the participants was Somali poet Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame Hadrawi who encouraged visitors to pay heed to the message of the fair and take advantage of the opportunity presented. In total, 5000 books were donated, most of which were to University libraries in Hargeisa while others were for sale, including new books in Somali and English. In addition to the Fair, a travelling library, part of the Redsea Online Culture Foundation’s efforts to strengthen reading and writing, visited Borama, Berbera, Sheikh, Burao and Erigabo between July 2nd and July 9th. All these efforts are aimed to ensure that the wonder of books are accessible to young Somalis! Visit the Fair’s website here and learn more.