The Young Ones: Hamda Dol

For some, writing is a calling and for others a creative outline to process thoughts and emotions. For Hamda writing goes beyond this two realms.

Meet Hamdal Dol, a beautiful, black, intelligent young woman and a talented young writer in the making. The first time I met Hamda was in Nørreport where I asked her for candid street- style picture. Later on I discovered that this beautiful young one is writer. Hamda is only 21 years but her writing has compelling element to it, she makes you want to read what she writes.

I write to give people like me a voice. Intelligent curious girls, who are also a little emotionally and mentally unstable. More importantly though, I write because I love the art of storytelling.

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My beautiful People: Please introduce yourself (full name and background)

Hamda Dol: My name is Hamda Dol, I’m 21 year old writer & storyteller.

I came to Denmark when I was three, in 2001, as a refugee from Somalia. I was raised here, but somehow I still don’t have Danish citizenship. I grew up with my 5 siblings and my mama (who mostly raised us alone, as a single mother)

This year I’ve been on a mental health journey. Which means I mostly focus on my soul and energy, rather than worldly things or goals.

I´m a black woman. I’m a black Muslim woman. I have mental illnesses, I’ve learned to accept that as part of me. I’m intelligent and loving.

Hamda Dol: I started writing because of the clarity and power it gave me.

Creative writing helps me sort through shit. As I’m writing about an experience, I get clarity on the events in my life, what to make of them and what they made me feel. It’s a form of closure and therapy session combined.

I write to give people like me a voice. Intelligent curious girls, who are also a little emotionally and mentally unstable. More importantly though, I write because I love the art of storytelling.

As a kid, I carried around a lot of sadness;

I isolated myself a lot, which in my early teens developed into pure uncontrollable rage. My only escape from that from my life and inner turmoil - was stories. Stories in any shape or form, fictional or not. Whether it be books, open letters, movies, blog posts, articles, forums, documentaries, manga, anime - you name it.

In storytelling, it´s allowed to feel, think or observe things, in a way that is out of the ordinary. You’re allowed to be overly sensitive, brutally honest or a fucking mess, in your writing. Since that’s what makes a compelling story anyway.

In real life though, you have to tune down or cut back on your person/being/state. To fit in with your peers and/or socially constructed rules.

I’m a very intense person, and at times, I find it very difficult to hide. Which admittedly can scare people off. In my writing, I can be as unapologetic about my intensity and my truth, as I please.

Due to my ADHD, I’ve also always had a hard time focusing on tasks, I find uninteresting. No matter the importance of the task at hand. Which can make life challenging, to say the least. The only times, I’ve had zero problems concentrating, is when I’m listening, reading or writing other people’s stories and /or my own. Fictional or not. It doesn’t matter, as long as it’s a good story.

My Beautiful People: What do you wish to express with your writing?

I honestly just wish to express my truth and heal. My Instagram page, hurricane.hamda, was meant for me and girls similar or in similar situations as me. Perhaps also give others clarity on what goes on in a black girl, who’s in her early 21’s, head.

It was never about anything else. I just wanted to express free form emotional havoc. Move people with the things that moved me, as I try to pursue a state of complete self-acceptance.

I also wish for my writing to give comfort to girls somewhere out there. Give them courage or, at the very least, keep their minds busy, on one of those late night existential crisis, where everything seems too much to bare.

My Beautiful People: How do you define your work or how would like others to define it?

Hamdal Dol. I don’t really worry myself with things like defining my work. It’s simply creative writing or storytelling.

My Beautiful people: What are the challenges connected to your writing?

The fact that I never know how much to reveal. You see, if you become too specific it turns into a diary. And a diary is, more often than not, only of use, to the one who’s diary it is.

And I won’t lie, at times it can also be emotionally draining. Telling a story doesn’t always heal you. Sometimes you’re just scratching and picking at an old wound until it starts bleeding.

My Beautiful people: How do you connect your writing to the daily experiences of black people?

Everything I write is, of course, through the lens of a black woman, in a white dominated society.

When you’re black, your whole being is defined by the colour of your skin. Whether you want it to be or not. It’s there, when a man loves you or when you’re applying for that job or when you’re at that event. The way the world looks at you, defines every second of your life.

But I really am just a girl, who feels the world intensely. Who likes to write. Who at her best days is confident, charismatic and carefree. And at her worst days; overbearing, shortsighted and easily wounded or angered.

’m a black woman. I’m a black Muslim woman. I have mental illnesses, I’ve learned to that accept as part of me. I’m intelligent and loving.

I’m a black, mentally ill, intelligent, loving Muslim woman, who likes to tell stories.

Instagram:’ hurricane.hamda

A piece by Hamda

My body and I are haven´t been on speaking terms past tense, I used to abuse her thank God. She is beginning to forgive me.