Il Nuovo Modello Nomade

MOGADISCIO – Uno dei miei primi ricordi d'infanzia è di nuotare in una piccola gola vicino a casa di mia nonna in Yaaq Bari Wayne, una collezione polverosa di edifici in adobe con tetto di lamiera ammucchiati nelle pianure della parte più a sud della regione Bai in Somalia. Dopo le piogge Gu, la gola diventò un profondo spacco triangolare tagliato nella terra, riempito di acqua fangosa. I bambini si riunirono come formiche attorno allo zucchero caduto, saltando da sporgenze e immergendosi nelle sue profondità oscure con urla e strepiti di eccitazione.

Molti erano figli di pastori nomadi, che si trasferivano a sud nei mesi di Maggio e Giugno in cerca di pascoli migliori. Quando arrivavano, cupole marroni di rami incrociati e strati di tappeti multicolori apparivano come gruppi di coleotteri screziati, alla periferia della città.

Per me, il nomade era una figura romantica, affine al cowboy americano del selvaggio West. Negli ambienti più difficili al mondo, camminavano per centinaia di chilometri, sopravvivendo grazie al latte di cammello e carne essiccata, con tutti i loro averi attaccati alla schiena di un cammello.

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