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Language Politics and the Politics of Language in Somaliland

On 21 February, International Mother Tongue Day, the Hargeysa Cultural Centre and the Redsea Cultural Foundation paid homage to the Somali language with a day-long seminar followed by an evening of cultural activities. The event brought together linguists and experts in language policy to discuss developments in the language and the use of Somali as a medium of instruction and governance. In the evening, poets and performance artists celebrated the splendour and richness of the Somali language through storytelling, dramatic sketches, and poetry recitations. The event was held at the Hargeysa Cultural Centre and was organized in collaboration with University of Hargeysa, Somaliland Writers Association, PEN in Somaliland, the Ministry of Education and Higher Studies, and the Ministry of Information, National Guidance and Culture.

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