SIMAD University has hosted the second human library event in Mogadishu on September 27, 2018. Human Library is an international event originated in Denmark in 2000 where it is intended to bring together a number of individuals from all walks of life to share their stories with the members of the community to avoid stereotypes and prejudices.
What makes this library unique is that you can read and talk to human books and similarly they talk to you back, and answer your questions. What is more interesting than reading a human just like a book, asking them questions about their personal experiences and the prejudices they met from the community.
The main purpose of the human library is to create a platform for conversations and social interaction. This week, 130 readers have had a conversation with 8 human books who related their real-life stories ranging from Deaf victim, Differently abled human book, a journalist, Refugee, Women Entrepreneur to veteran politician and discrimination victim.
Director of SU Library Mohamud Mohamed Siad has briefed the purpose of the event and welcomed all the human books and the readers. The deputy Rector for Institutional development Eng. Mohamed Mohamud together with the deputy rector for academics Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim has officially opened the forum.
SIMAD University is in a quest to introduce new events and innovations to the country every year. Somalia is now one of the human library hubs in the world. It was August 2017, when the human library came in Somalia, and it was held at the main campus of SIMAD University.