Barry Scowen, who is a British citizen and lived in Borama between 1957 and 1960, recounts some of his childhood memories in Somaliland.

By Hanna Omar

Barry Scowen, who is a British citizen, lived in Somaliland for three years as a child and in this interview, he recounts some of his memories of what was a fond time living in Borama, Hargeisa, and Berbera. He also visited Zeila (Saylac) and other towns in Somaliland.

His father worked in construction and his job was to oversee construction projects of schools, health centers, etc. in these places.


Barry Scowen’s Memories In Somaliland 1957-1960Barry Scowen’s Memories In Somaliland 1957-1960Despite it being over 60 years since his visit, Barry still remembers the different places and faces he saw and regularly searches for news and pictures of Somaliland.

His memories are an interesting glimpse into life there many years ago and it was a pleasure to meet someone who spent time in my homeland many years before me.

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