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A former cinema employee decides to create a 'cinema' of his own inside a refugee camp.

In Sulaiman Addonia's new short story 'Saba', a former cinema employee decides to create a 'cinema' of his own inside a refugee camp. Read by Abukar Osman.

The first of three contemporary stories from the Horn of Africa - Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Produced by Emma Harding

About the author: Sulaiman S.M.Y. Addonia was born in Eritrea to an Eritrean mother and an Ethiopian father. He spent his early life in a refugee camp in Sudan following the Om Hajar massacre in 1976, and in his early teens he lived and studied in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He has lived in London since 1990. His first novel, The Consquences of Love (Vintage) was published in 2009.

In Sulaiman Addonia's new short story 'Saba', a former cinema employee decides to create a 'cinema' of his own inside a refugee camp. Read by Abuka Osman.

About the author: Sulaiman S.M.Y. Addonia was born in Eritrea to an Eritrean mother and an Ethiopian father. He spent his early life in a refugee camp in Sudan following the Om Hajar massacre in 1976, and in his early teens he lived and studied in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He has lived in London since 1990. His first novel, The Consequences of Love (Vintage) was published in 2009.

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In Maaza Mengiste's new short story, 'The Invisible Map', a young Ethiopian woman, hoping for a better life in Europe, finds herself trapped in a Libyan prison. Read by Adjoa Andoh.

The second in our series of contemporary stories from the Horn of Africa - Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Produced by Emma Harding

About the author: Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. Her debut novel, the critically acclaimed 'Beneath the Lion's Gaze', has been translated into several languages and was a finalist for a Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. She teaches at NYU and currently lives in New York City.

By Maaza Mengiste. A young Ethiopian woman finds herself trapped in a Libyan prison.

A young Ethiopian woman finds herself trapped in a Libyan prison.

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By Somali writer Saida Hagi-Dirie Herzi. A young woman is possessed by a jinni.

In 'Government by Magic Spell' by Somali writer Saida Hagi-Dirie Herzi, a young woman is possessed by a jinni, but this soon leads her to a uniquely powerful position in state government. A satirical parable of power and corruption.

The third in our series of contemporary stories from the Horn of Africa - Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Read by Yusra Wasrama

Produced by Emma Harding

About the author: Saida Hagi-Dirie Herzi is a Somali feminist writer.

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In 'Government by Magic Spell' by Somali writer Saida Hagi-Dirie Herzi, a young woman is possessed by a jinni, but this soon leads her to a uniquely powerful position in state government. A satirical parable of power and corruption.

The third in our series of contemporary stories from the Horn of Africa - Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Read by Yusra Wasrama

Produced by Emma Harding

About the author: Saida Hagi-Dirie Herzi is a Somali feminist writer.

By Somali writer Saida Hagi-Dirie Herzi. A young woman is possessed by a jinni.