The last series in our dossier on 50 years of African independence is slightly different. We spoke with three Somali people who fled their country and are now living in neighbouring Kenya.
Unlike the three generations in other countries we spoke to, our Somali interviewees are not related. Civil war has taken its toll on family life and freedom of speech. Nonetheless, we found three people who were willing to share their views on independence.
73-year old Ahmed Sheikh Ali vividly remembers the day Somalia gained its independence. “It was like we had broken ourselves from the chains of slavery. Our country became one of the best in East Africa.”
But 50 years down the road, Ahmed is forced to live in exile in Kenya. “My country is burning.”