a million shillings – escape from somalia

Across the Horn of Africa, war, abuse and poverty make millions miserable and drive thousands to attempt to flee. With land borders cut off or closed, and surrounded by conflict on all sides, one of the only means of escape is by sea.


This book follows the journey of desperate immigrants, or tahrib, to their embarkation points with smugglers on the coast of Somalia, on a perilous voyage across the Gulf of Aden, and onward in the search for a better life. The cost is just $50, or one million Somali shillings. With a one in twenty chance of not making it to the other side alive, it is a price they must risk their lives for. Even then, it is a journey, which for many will remain unfinished.


© Alixandra Fazzina

Published: October 2010

Title: A Million Shillings

ISBN: 987-1-904563-84-6

Published by: Trolley Books

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