Lessons from my heritage. Hargeisa, the capital city of the self-declared state of Somaliland, is Sada Mire’s home away from home.
Sada lives and works in the Netherlands. A professor of Archaeology at the University of Leiden, during the holidays, she returns to Somaliland to extend the research works she started many years ago.
While in high school in Sweden, she began to be confronted with issues of personal identity and understanding her historical roots and heritage.
Just an hour drive north of Hargeisa, Aw-Barkhadle is one of the first heritage sites where Sada began her Archaeological work. This remarkable site hosts the ruins of an ancient city and an Islamic shrine that sheds light on the ancient history of the region.
The horn of Africa is believed to be the location of the fabled land of Punt as was recorded in ancient Egyptian texts. Also known as the land of the gods or the land of plenty, Punt had deep trade ties with Egypt dating back 2000 years or earlier and was rich in resources such as gold, ebony, ivory, spices, incense and trees, treasures cherished by the Egyptian Pharaohs.