Axmed Shiikh Jaamac (1942–2014) was a Somali academician, writer, poet and politician. He taught at the Ministry of Education of the former Republic of Somalia, before moving to Yemen to publish a weekly column for the journal Al-Miithaaq. Axmed eventually returned to Somalia to work as director of the Puntland Ministry of Information, Telecommunications, Culture and Heritage in Garowe.
The following poem was translated from Somali into English by Maxamed Xasan ‘Alto’ and Sarah Maguire.
You belong in the grave like all your kin from the Djinn
False hope, you’re used by the Devil to hide all his schemes…