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Back to Mogadishu

A campaign of
Il Team Cesvi


A campaign of
Il Team Cesvi

Back to Mogadishu

Back to Mogadishu

Campaign ended
  • Raised € 8,641.00
  • Target € 8,300.00
  • Sponsors 75
  • Expiring in Terminato
  • Type Keep it all  
  • Category Books and publishing

A campaign of 
Il Team Cesvi


The project


Aden’s political activity is a unique testimony to understand the tormented history of Somalia over the last sixty years. Aden has experienced at first hand the Somali dreams, hopes, plans, failures and tragedies, following the end of colonization until the civil war and the Diaspora . His books are an asset not only for Somali people who want to know about their history from the point of view a reliable character, but also for scholars who are seeking for an essential source of knowledge. The absence of international editions of these books restricts the sharing of such a legacy. Hence the reason for this project aimed at the translation of the two books ( process completed ) – so far available only in Italian – and their publication in a single scientific volume ( in progress ) .

The project is powered by the promotion committee "Back to Mogadishu" and Cesvi Fondazione Onlus, an italian humanitarian organization working for global solidarity since 1985.


Mohamed Aden Sheikh was a Somali surgeon and politician born in 1936. He entered politics in the 1970s, when the regime of Siad Barre attempted to make a radical change in the Somali pastoral society on behalf of “scientific socialism”.

He first got imprisoned on political grounds in 1975. He was arrested a second time in 1982 by the dictator Siad Barre and kept in complete isolation for six years in the prison of Labatan Girow. In 1984 Amnesty International appointed him “Prisoner of Conscience of the year”. Released in 1989, he moved to Italy where he worked as a surgeon and Turin Councilman from 1997 until 2001. He was also the former Head of the Piedmont Centre for African Studies . He promoted and wanted the construction of a children’s hospital in Somaliland, which aimed at combining the modern European conception of hospital with Somali cultural specificities.

The Hospital – inaugurated after he passed away in 2010 – bears his name: Mohamed Aden Sheikh (MAS) Children Teaching Hospital (Hargeisa, Somaliland).

Interview with Mohamed Aden Sheikh (click here) by : Anna Mays - UNICRI Consultant, Francesco Candelari - UNICRI Liaison Representative to the UN Headquarters in New York; Year : April 2009; Source : Freedom From Fear.

Commemorative letter (click here) by: Amb. Ahmed Abdi Hashi ; Published on : October 3rd 2010; Source : Somalitalk.com.


Promotion committee

*From top left to bottom right

  • Valentino Castellani : Mayor of Turin (from 1993 until 2001) .
  • Giovanni Ferrero : Former embassy Counselor in Mogadishu .
  • Virginio Rognoni : Parliamentarian, former Minister of Internal Affairs.
  • Gian Giacomo Migone : Professor of North American history at the University of Turin, former President of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations .
  • Kaha Mohamed Aden : Writer, Mohamed Aden Sheikh's daughter.
  • Antonio M. Morone : Africanist, Professor at the University of Pavia.
  • Claudio Cremaschi : Aid worker in Somalia, author of school textbooks and "Stella d'Ottobre".
  • Andrea Giorgis : Parliamentarian, Full Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Turin.
  • Michele Gonnelli : Horn of Africa COI Researcher, PhD Somalia Development Studies (picture n.a.)

BOOKS TRANSLATED ( process completed )

  • Libro 1 : Arrivederci a Mogadiscio: Somalia, l'indipendenza smarrita.
  • Libro 2 : La Somalia non è un'isola dei Caraibi: memorie di un pastore somalo in Italia.

*Below, two letters from Basil Davidson and Ioan M. Lewis, on the importance to translate the two books into English.

Davidson's Letter (click here) Date : 13rd June 1991; From : Basil Davidson - British historian and Africanist; To : Pietro Petrucci.

Lewis'_Letter (click here) Date : 22nd August 1991; From : Ioan M. Lewis - Professor of Anthropology; To : Basil Davidson.


The editor

The books are edited by PIETRO PETRUCCI , reporter on various newspapers – La Repubblica, l’Espresso, Panorama, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, Afrique-Asie, Radio France International – who published “Mogadiscio, saggio-reportage sulla guerra civile somala” back in 1993 under la ERI Edizioni Rai. Attached to EU Commissioner Emma Bonino Staff in 1996, he remained in Brussels as Member of the Spokesman Service in charge of Justice, then Multilingualism until 2009.


The translator

The translation was entrusted to SIMON MARSH . His own translations include “Stanley Kubrick e me”, Emilio D’Alessandro with Filippo Ulivieri (Il Saggiatore), “Oltrepò Pavese, Inatteso, Sorprendente, Indimenticabile”, Guido Conti, Carlo Ballerini, Elisabetta Balduzzi (Ticinum) “Delitto diVino”, various authors, (Todaro), “Almost Europe”, Luca Nizzoli Toetti (postcart), and “Hidden Cities”, Nicoletta Vallorani (Parterre de Rois).


*The extra funds will be allocated to Cesvi's projects in Somalia aimed at supporting and improving the resilience of rural communities and IDPs (Internal Displaced People) in the area.

Comments (6)

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  • eb
    elena Libri assolutamente da tradurre e diffondere.
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      Abdulkadir Aden This € 100 has been sent Bashir Abdulkadir Aden through my bank account. Thanks to him.
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        Abdulkadir Aden I paid this €100 on behalf of my friend Amb. Aden Farah Shirdon. He paid me in cash. Thanks to him🎈
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          Abdulkadir Aden This type of fundraising is very rare and it deserves to participate. Dr. Aden's thoughts and experience should be shared among all the people......amin!
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            Simone Un progetto importante, che merita di essere sostenuto
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              Claudio Ho vissuto due anni a Mogadiscio, insieme a Bice, Sergio, Renata, Elio, Donatella, Guido, Eros, Elena... e altri amici volontari, nei primi anni settanta. Lì conobbi alcuni giovani somali, impegnati nella rinascita del paese, nei primi anni della rivoluzione. Tra questi spiccava la figura di Mohamed Aden Sheikh, allora ministro della Sanità, e poi perseguitato, incarcerato e esiliato per dissenso con il regime. Ho raccontato un po’ di questa storia in un volumetto dal titolo Stella d’ottobre. Questo piccolo progetto, promosso dalla figlia Kaha, in collaborazione con il CESVI, vuole promuovere la diffusione dei due splendidi volumi da lui scritti sulle vicende della Somalia nella seconda metà del secolo scorso, e che sono alla base dell’attuale tragica situazione. La traduzione in inglese dei testi , originariamente in italiano, vuole facilitare la riscoperta e la lettura ai tanti somali della diaspora. Sostenendo il progetto, anche con un piccolo contributo, potete aiutare per quanto è possibile, la riscoperta delle radici della Somalia e forse Alimentare una speranza di futura rinascita.