- Abdourahman Waberi
Originally hailing from Djibouti, Abdourahman Waberi is a novelist, essayist, poet, academic, and short story writer. In addition to his writing and teaching, he is a regular contributor to Le Monde. His work is translated into a multitude of languages.
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