Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Meet Borama friends

A CELEBRATION of Henley’s friendship link with Borama in Somalia will be held in the town

A CELEBRATION of Henley’s friendship link with Borama in Somalia will be held in the town tomorrow (Saturday).

More than 100 residents of the city, which is the largest city in the African nation’s north-western Awdal region, will be showcasing their culture and customs in Market Place from 2pm until 5pm.

There will be a display of dancing and drumming in traditional costume and Somali cooking will be available to taste. The visitors will also teach some basic phrases in the Somali language.

Mohamad Madane, the Mayor of Borama, is planning to attend. Henley Mayor Julian Brookes will officially launch the festivities along with Malcolm Page, who founded the Henley Borama Friendship Association in 1983.

Last year, an exhibition of arts and crafts from Borama was exhibited at the Old Fire Station gallery in Market Place.



Fathi Mikador, Yusuf Djama and Hamud Ibrahim, three friendship association members who are based in Borama, visited Henley last Friday to discuss their plans with the Mayor.

Mr Djama said: “Lots of people wanted to come though we’ve tried to restrict the numbers so we don’t run out of space!”

Borama is on the western boundary of the former British protectorate of Somaliland, now the unofficial republic of Somaliland, of which it is the capital.



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