May 14, 2013 — In 2011, Jessica Buchanan, an aid worker in Somalia, was kidnapped by land pirates. For 93 days she fought off despair while her husband, Erik Landemalm, wondered if he'd ever see her again. In a two-part interview, Buchanan and Landemalm recall Buchanan's capture and her dramatic rescue by Navy SEALs.
May 13, 2013 — David Greene speaks with Jessica Buchanan and her husband Erik Landemalm about their book Impossible Odds. It's the story of Jessica's abduction, along with a fellow aid worker, by Somali pirates in 2011. In the first of the two-part interview, we hear how Jessica was abducted, and how she refused to fall into despair while in captivity.
Mar 29, 2013 — More than 20 years ago, Dr. Hawa Abdi set out to change her broken society when she turned her 1,300-acre farmland outside Mogadishu into a camp for 90,000 internally displaced Somalis. Now she calls it Hawa Village — and it includes a hospital, school and farm.
Sep 25, 2011 — Somali writer Nuruddin Farah's latest novel, Crossbones, centers on a family's return to Somalia on the eve of the Ethiopian invasion. As war breaks out, each character looks for personal peace in a society rife with violence and tension.
Jul 19, 2011 — Jay Bahadur wanted to know firsthand how modern pirates live and operate, so he traveled to Somalia. He spent weeks meeting with pirates and government officials. He tells their stories, debunks myths and examines the rise of piracy off the Somali coast in his new book, The Pirates of Somalia.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Knots by Nuruddin Farah. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 24, 2007 — NPR's Lynn Neary talks with book writers — Laura Miller of Salon.com, and blogger Mark Sarvas of The Elegant Variation — about worthy books that got overlooked by the mainstream book-review sections in 2007. Here's a rundown of their recommendations.
Jul 5, 2007 — Nuruddin Farah's novels chart the slow, nightmarish disintegration of his native Somalia into the civil war-torn place it is today. Though he lives in exile, his native land is never far from his thoughts.
Feb 13, 2007 — Writer Nuruddin Farah's new novel, Knots, is about the terrible conditions for women in Somalia. The central character is a Somali-Canadian woman who returns to Mogadiscio, her native city.