Ethiopian Somalia is a hot, dry region in the east of Ethiopia where most of the people are Somali, and speak the Somali language. In the old days, people used to move around, looking for good grass for their cattle to eat. They took their houses with them.  

 The StoriesOriginally told by
1 The Bride's Test      Osman Abdulahi Ahmed
2 Wak and the Raven Professor Ahmed Mohammed Ali
3 Deya Ali and the Thieves     Aisha Awadem
4 Adam's Friend Abdul Hakim Abdulahi Jibril
5 The Head and the Tea-seller  Professor Ahmed Mohammed Ali
6 The Lion's Bride Degen Ali Adem
7 The Cat and the Woman Abdul Hakim Abdulahi Jibril
8 Hirsi and Kabaalaf Osman Abdulahi Ahmed
9 Ahmed and the Clever Woman Abdul Hakim Abdulahi Jibril


Click here to download as pdf all the stories, exercises and answers for this region.


With grateful acknowledgement to Moge Abdi Omar of the Somali Cultural Bureau, and the translator Mikhail Negussie.

© These versions of the stories retold by Elizabeth Laird 
© Exercises written by Elizabeth Laird 
© Illustrations by Yosef Kebede and Eric Robson