The Boy Who Learned To Read by Mr Mohamud Ege
The story of a boy who broke free of the poverty of the Somalian nomad life to become a doctor in the west

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Born into a family of nomads in northern Somalia, Mohamud Eges life changed forever when his father was killed by a snake – he was only 5 years old. The family were kept constantly on the move needing to find water and grazing for their animals but a wise uncle who saw potential in Mohamud suggested that he should go to school.

Mohamud Ege grew up in the heat and dust of northern Somalia, the son of a family of nomads who were kept constantly on the move by the need to find water and grazing for the camels and sheep which were their only possessions. When Mohamud was five, his father was killed by a snake. A wise uncle then suggested that Mohamud, alone of his family, should go to school – a rare privilege in their culture.

To attend school, Mohamud had to sleep on a rush mat, survive for long periods on nothing but pancakes and do his homework by moonlight. The hardships did not prevent him from discovering the joy of reading books and developing a keen appetite for learning.

By the time he was in his teens he was determined to break free of the poverty of the nomad life and become a doctor in the West. Thanks to hard work and help from his friends he managed to qualify as one of Somalia’s first doctors, but he had to battle the strife and unrest of his native land, as well as prejudice and red tape from those in authority, for more than twenty years before he finally managed to qualify as a doctor in the UK. This is his story.

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Beryl Organ, born in Bristol in 1928, has been fascinated by animals and flowers all her life. For many years she ran a modelling agency. In later life she took up writing and over the years she has produced a series of children's books, all focusing on the natural world - some in prose, some in verse. An accomplished artists, she also paints pictures of animals, birds and flowers, from pet dogs and cats to wild birds and butterflies. After publishing Tiggy's World and Benjy's Magic Mantle in 2010, Beryl has now completed Tales of Mr Winkle, the story of a garden gnome, and is working on three books of verse for children entitled Animal Antics, Our Woodland Friends and ABC of Flowers. Clifford Davis served as a Naval Chaplain both at home and abroad, in ships and shore bases, from 1936 until 1962. He was awarded the OBE (Military) in 1942 for his efforts to boost and maintain morale on board HMS Despatch, sailing in the Pacific, isolated and out of touch with UK. In 1959 he was appointed Honorary Chaplain to HM the Queen. But those first golden years of his life in the Norfolk Broads always drew him back to his childhood. In 1971 he wrote the 'Four Poplars' as a memoir of those times and a tribute to the village where he had known such happiness. The trees of the title, which stood by the spot where Clifford and his chums used to bathe, were a landmark, which stayed with him throughout his life. In 1943 Clifford married Joan Guy, who was serving with the WRNS at ITCRM, Lympstone where he was the Naval padre. They had six children, three boys and three girls. One boy, Simon, died in infancy. After leaving the Royal Navy in 1962, Clifford held several church posts, including Truro Cathedral, St Andrew's Church Coulsdon, St Mary's Episcopal Church Aberfoyle and finally Holy Trinity Church, Keith. Forty years on and 31 years after his death in 1980 at the age of 74, Clifford Davies' family have resurrected his manuscript and entrusted it to Memoirs Books to edit and publish. It is an enchanting story of an England which has long gone.
Published June 1, 2012 by Memoirs Publishing. 76 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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