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Mohamed Hashi Dama
Maxamed xaashi dhamac
Personal details
Born 1951 (age 65–66)
Hargeisa, British Somaliland
Died 30 September 2012
Religion Islam

Gaariye born has (Somali: Maxammed Xaashi Dhamac (Gaariye), Mohamed Hashi Dama, [1] was a great poet from Somalia.[2]

Gaarriye was born in Hargeisa in 1951 in former British Somaliland. He finished his elementary and secondary studies in Hargeisa in the early 1970s.[3] and for University studies he enrolled in the Somali National University College in Afgooye and took the degree in bachelor of science in 1974.[4] He was a member of the Somali National Movement.[5] He composed one of the best known Somali poems on the theme of reconciliation, "Hagarlaawe" (The Charitable) which is translated into English by Martin Orwin .[6][7]

Gaarriye died at a hospital in Norway on 30 September 2012.[8]


  1. ^ B. W. Andrzejewski, S. Pilaszewicz, W. Tyloch, eds. (2009) [1985]. Literatures in African Languages: Theoretical Issues and Sample Surveys. Cambridge UP. p. 394. ISBN 9780521256469. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Orwin, Martin. "Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye'". Poetry Translation Centre. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
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  5. ^ Didier Morin, Littérature et politique en Somalie, Centre d'étude d'Afrique noire, Institut d'études politiques de Bordeaux, 1997, p.32
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  7. ^ Rebuilding Somaliland:issues and possibilities, Red Sea Press, 2005, p. 141
  8. ^ "The Great Somali Poet, Mohamed Hashi Dama (Gaarriye), Passes away in Norway". JubbalandNews. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.