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Mohamud Ege grew up in the heat and dust of northern Somalia, the son of a family of nomads who were kept constantly on the move by the need to find water and grazing for the camels and sheep which were their only possessions. When Mohamud was five, his father was killed by a snake. A wise uncle then suggested that Mohamud, alone of his family, should go to school.
Mohamud had to sleep on a rush mat, eating little but pancakes and doing his homework by moonlight. But he discovered the joy of reading books and developing a keen appetite for learning. In his teens he began the studies that would enable him to seek a new life in the west. Finally, after years of hard work and many disappointments, he qualified as a doctor in the UK, where he now lives and practises.