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Mandela om Afrika’s Renässans

Mandela om Afrika's Renässans Nelson Mandela (2008). Photo: Creative Commons Mire S. (1998), Mandela om Afrikas Renässans, Africa Forum 5: 7-8. Back to...

The Europe Lecture “Destruction of Cultural Heritage”

The Europe Lecture "Destruction of Cultural Heritage" by UNESCO DG Irina Bokova: a response by Dr Sada Mire Cultural heritage at risk: protecting cultural heritage in times of conflict Her Excellency Ms Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO Her...

Somalia-Studying the Past to Create the Future

Big History engages with the universe’s grand narrative, and provides a dynamic connection between the past, present and future. Our collection is divided into three volumes and is the first comprehensive global anthology of Big History. This second...

Cultural Heritage Management in Somaliland

The Somali peninsula has a rich heritage relevant to the world. Many ancient world civilizations have left their mark on this area, a connection facilitated by the region’s strategic location, connecting Arabia, Africa, and Asia through the Red Sea Coast,...

Tourism, Somalia (Somaliland)

The Federal Republic of Somalia is located in Eastern Africa, bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, Indian Ocean to the east and Kenya to the south. It is 637, 657 km2  246, 200 sq mi, with a population...

UNESCO Debate 2016: World Heritage: Treasure or Target?

UNESCO Debate 2016: World Heritage: Treasure or Target? Response from Sada Mire to Stephan Sander I agree with Stephan that not only humans deserve protection. I have often argued that cultural heritage is a basic human need. This notion is not something I...

The Discovery of Dhambalin Rock Art Site, Somaliland

Dhambalin, a sandstone rock shelter, was discovered in autumn 2007. Theunique site holds polychrome paintings including the first sheep paintings in Somaliarchaeology. There is an extraordinary originality in the paintings, particularly thoseof the sheep...

Somaliland: archaeology in a breakaway state

[...] Few countries are as prominent on a map as Somalia. It is the Horn of Africa, jutting out into the Indian Ocean from the highlands of Ethiopia, with the Red Sea and Arabia to the north and the Indian Ocean to the east. Somaliland lies on the...

Gaashaan, Somali Shield

Read the rest of the article here (Open ACCESS): Mire S. (2006), Gaashaan: Somali shield. In: Hudson, J. and K. Lagat (Eds.) Hazina: Tradition, Trade and Transition in Eastern Africa. Nairobi: National Museums of Kenya. 29-30. Related publications (OPEN...

The Guardian – Sada Mire on Somali architecture

I first learned to construct nomadic huts with my grandmother in the summer holidays – spent, whether I liked or not, living in Dayniile, near Mogadishu. Being a Mogadishu girl, living in a comfortable villa, I hated it at first so my father sent, as a...