Remembering Soobe

Good evening!

Welcome to my blog series. Today I’m sharing you with another emotion-triggering story and incident that happened in a city where I never set foot but feel 100% home (Mogadishu), Somalia. This story will go through your teeth quickly and I hope you will enjoy it as you read but first my usual throwback times.

No matter what age group you are, if your mind is cooperating well, you may recall an incident that happened in the world or a mystery that unfolded on the planet sometime in the past. If you are a golden oldie and your mind and memory are cooperating, you may even recall incidents as bad as Harishima or Nagasaki, Tsunami in Japan or recently Beirut Port explosions. no matter when, Throughout history, we came across moments of unforgettable tragedies and incalculable human losses.

On this day exactly 3 years ago, the Somali capital, Mogadishu had witnessed one of the world’s deadliest blasts in recent times. The explosions went off in a busy junction called Soobe in the heart of City’s largest Market and a crowded place for local vendors, street sellers, restaurants and all types of regular business people. The blast took off in a rushy afternoon at around 2 o’clock in Mogadishu, The biggest capital city of the Somali people. Explosions and scuide bombs aren’t new to Somalia and I only think it’s one of the few things that pops up into your mind once you hear of the big country of Somalia but that one was as big as you might not have seen or heard it.

What was I doing when the bad news came out?

Soobe explosion is one of the most memorable incidents that has ever happened to our country and it is by far one of the moments I remember the most—not because it claimed more people but the lasting impact it left on our minds. On October 14, 2017, I woke up to my usual routine and it was like any normal morning that I expected. My plan for that afternoon was big. I was expecting to spend the rest of that afternoon watching and cheering for my long-time fan club, Liverpool Fc. For nearly 14 years, I was a big fan of the famous English big club, Liverpool. As a young boy, I watched Liverpool lose to Milan in the champions league final in 2007, lost to chelsea in the champions league semis and Liverpool ended the league title race by 86 points and 4 points behind the winner Manchester United in 2008-9. Liverpool was and still is my all time favorite club and I spent so much of my time watching the team lose and win behind the millions of fans around the world without a regret. Talking about Liverpool in the past one and half decades will bring up countless moments of tragedy and triumphs but I need to carry on my story (barden me) I’m often overwhelmed by my own stories and don’t stop unless I find out why.

Liverpool was playing against Manchester United which was a huge opponent ever since the sir. Alex Furguson coached the Red Devils. I had moments when United defeated Liverpool in numbers and that day, I was looking for revenge. I began to secure a spot in the DSTV so as to not lose my front seat as people were flooding into the dstv. English premier league is typical football and most watched by the people in Ethiopia, especially Somalis and unless I appeared in the dstv before all seats were to be occupied, I wouldn’t be able to watch that big Match so I came in the dstv early and watched players warm up and fans shout their team songs, something that makes football interesting to watch. as the match edged to the beginning, I unlocked my iPhone and opened my Facebook with a shocker, the headline said: “an explosion happened in Mogadishu” but this wasn’t quite a surprising news from Somalia, explosions and roadside bombs were happening in Somalia ever since the civil war started so I only hoped it wouldn’t be as bad as it sounded. However the news that came out later that night was extremely terrible.

After the match ended goalless, I watched videos of people dying everywhere in the streets, I could see and hear emergency paramedics speeding up with their crazy loud Horns in the streets, people running up to the wounds for help, the streets of Mogadishu’s biggest market was filled by blood and streets turned into a red. It felt like a horror movie and I couldn’t easily believe everything before my eyes but soon came to understand that once again the terrorists hit us hard. The death toll was rising steadily time after time. The videos that emerged later were even horrifying and made us believe that the explosions were so bigger than everyone’s imaginations. The Soobe explosions had claimed the lives of 500+ people and over thousands were injured. The trauma and pain of the people who lost their beloved ones shook the foundation of the Somali people everywhere in the world. A moment of grief and sorrow started in the city of love and patience again. 

The stories

Maryam Cabdullaahi was a 25 years old graduate nurse from the university of Somalia. A day after the Soobe explosions, her father called her from England and told her that he would no longer wait to see her and attend in her graduation day which was due on Sunday Oct 15, 2017 so he booked a plane ticket to Mogadishu in order not to miss out her graduation day which was a day after the Soobe blasts but the explosions on next Saturday Oct 14 killed her. Her father landed in Mogadishu only to take part in her burial ceremony. Such a pain a loving father has to bear. This is by no doubt one of the rare sad stories that broke my heart and the heart of every kind-hearted human into pieces.

Late Maryam Cabdulahi — photo by the BBC Somali

Faa’iso Xasan Cali was 24 years old who ran a local restaurant near Soobe market. She lost her life to the blast that destroyed the entire market near her old restaurant. She had a long dream of transforming her life to a better one by expanding her business to greater heights but sadly she became one of the victims of the Soobe explosion. 

Cumar Xaaji Axmed, a physically diabled father pictured waiting for the news of his two missing kids. I’m not sure enough where his children ended up later on, but I only hope he found them safe and well. Who knows? Fingers crossed for this struggling father but these are the frustrating photos of people who rushed to the scene looking for information of their children and loved ones soon after the explosions happened.

A disabled father waiting for his two kids at an emergency support center in Mogadishu—by the BBC Somali pictures Oct 2017

How did the world react to the Soobe explosions?

The world watched Somalia suffer but not so many countries reached out for help except Turkey which became the only true ally and friend of Somalia in both happy and hard times ever since Somalia went into endless war. As usual the turkey government stepped up to deliver emergency aid services to the injured individuals, sent the serious injuries to Turkey for further medical diagnosis and stood by us firmly in that particular moment of grief. The rest of the world sent a pool of condolences and condemnations. Soobe is a day to remember all the beautiful lives that have been mercilessly taken by the terrorists Al-shabaab and a day to look back at the horror we once witnessed. Our nation will never fall in the hands of enemies and we the people of Somalia will continue to struggle to defeat our enemies. We have been in wars for so long but our path to a prosperous future lies ahead. Soobe will remain in our hearts forever! 

Thank you and have a great evening from along way from Jigjiga.

Pain, Patience and Pride

Good morning!

Take a sigh of relief! Close your eyes, and imagine what the world will look like after 40 years? That’s a rough guess but trust me, our inner imaginations will give us different pictures. I am Ahmed Abdi, and this time, I’m going to be sharing you with a story that will melt your heart if you read.

My today’s story is by far one of the best I’ve ever read on the internet. It’s one of the few stories in the world that sheds hope to every dead human heart. And a journey from darkness into a light. The story had originated from a small town called Xudur in Bakool province in Somalia. if you can recall, I once said that Somalia is the only country in the world where one can find a happy and sad story. Rare accounts of stories never reported by the mainstream media.

Nishooq Isaaq Aadan is probably a 74 years old mother who lost her most precious part of the human sense organ (her vision) 40 years ago. She had last seen the world 40 years ago, and since then her experiences about this world were only through what she heard from people and radios. for a long time, seeing the world was a distance dream for her, and her hope of getting her vision back one day was even one of the impossible 

last week, thankfully Nishooq’s vision has returned once again after 40 years of darkness in front of her eyes following a successful eye surgery by the doctors. for Nishooq, seeing the world again as I keep writing was a dead dream as she grew older but her patience and reliance on Allah that one day, she will open her eyes wide and see the world again remained in the back of her head. Last Tuesday, mother Nishooq saw the world again with the same eyes she had seen the world 40 years ago. It was an unbelievable real world experience and momentum to someone who has only seen the world by their inner imaginations. “ I saw it, everything around me and people I loved, cared and things I often used to hear is what I am seeing now” Alhamdulilah (all praise is due to the creator) Noshaq said crying out of joy.

Mother Nishooq’s photo after her successful eyes surgery (photo by Ali Adan Mumin) -Somali journalist

Vision is, as I said is the most important organ of our life that without it, our world means nothing more than our inner imaginations. Only a person without a vision can truly imagine what it means to see everything through the images we have in our mind. Things surrounding us, games that we love, adventures that we take, people that we love, everything we see in this world is because of our eyes and to someone who can’t see the world with their own eyes means they have to judge this world by their beautiful imagination only.

Nishooq is urging everyone who lost hope to never give up from what they are dreaming about no matter how impossible things seem to be. To Nishooq we have to be patient and optimistic about what we dream about this world. “ It will happen by Allah’s grace” Noshooq said it loudly and her story proved all the odds and impossible she believed wrong. This story made me remember the prophet Zechariah’s one when he was mercifully blessed with a baby son in late adulthood. Zechariah’s story is another hope that if we put our full  trust in Allah, nothing is impossible no matter what!  Zechariah’s story is here

If you enjoy this story, please spread the word and hope. Thank you for taking the time to read this story!!

Dikimt is upon us (cover up yourself)

If you were up early in the morning at around 4-7am and went outside to go to the masjid or simply went to work or a morning run, then you must have noticed that the month of cold had finally arrived.

We have enjoyed an endless time of rainy season like no other wet autumn in the past 12 months. It’s been raining literally everyday for the past 8 months or so. Even the ice rain was pretty unique in the Somali world. However it seems that the weather is making a shift from warm to extremely below a freezing point in early mornings (barden me!) I don’t have the tool to measure and neither does my iPhone tell me that but honestly what I mean below a freezing point isn’t to upset any individual from Iceland or places where -10 degrees are all the time living weather but a way to prove our actual hot weather has changed to a freezing point considerably. 

I can recall Dikimti as being an old name to mean a cool month in Amharic language. This year, it is up for the breeze again. It’s often a time when a bad cold breeze blows out our faces, hands and bodies leaving our skin vulnerable to crack. I’ve been feeling too cold on my entire body as I walked to the Masjid without wearing a jacket this morning. I put on an unzipped hoodie because my thick jacket needed a loundry.

A clear sky with few scattered clouds in central Jigjiga.

In the opposite, the weather gets extremely hotter in the day. High humidity exits till afternoon which my body can’t withstand. The heatwave is 26 degree celsius now which is colder than I should sound but really hot in the real sense. The heat in the morning is accompanied by a strong dusty wind which is very uncomfortable to anyone taking a walk through the town. Dikimt has long been a month associated with low temperatures but as I spent some time in neighboring Somaliland and experienced relatively different weather lately, I may be getting it wrong. 

Covid-19 is a virus we are all familiar with since the beginning of this year. It’s real but the myth about this virus grew much quicker than it’s own reality. you may have heard that the virus is bad in cold climate environments but I’m less scientific on this fact. I only think that because it’s been prevalent in the west, it could have probably been the weather that gave the virus an easy spread. However I’m relating this fact and fantasy to our city, Jigjiga now that if the current weather continues longer than usual, it will allow the virus to spread faster in the community. 

I haven’t been used to living in a place where wet or cold weather was a thing of everyday and that’s why I am complaining about a temperature around a normal scale for many people. Perhaps you are wondering how on earth 26 degree Celsius or 9 could be a weather woes but due to my writing urge, I sometimes exaggerate a bit—I am not alone to this, the world’s most popular papers do too.

I looked at a clear sky and saw a few scattered clouds moving around with my bare eyes and captured two shots. I’m not a good photo taker but at least you saw the sky in our atmosphere. 

Yesterday I made a nice comment at a blog and one of my favorite reading sites, Good morning at Chronicles of an Aglo Swiss and got nice feedback on my poor but growing blogs. It’s a golden oldy mom (I’m stealing this word from the op herself) but this mother as we call aging people here in our culture is real world experience of the things you see online everyday. From her pets, birds, skies, tours and towns, it’s life of its own quality. I made a tag I wasn’t permitted to but I hope it doesn’t offend anyone. I have gotten the chance to learn about a country I haven’t seen. That blog helped me a lot and I need to take the opportunity to thank this special mother! That’s all for me today, I gotta go and take shower to cool myself down.

Have a good day!!

No TukTuk in Jigjiga

I woke up in a ghost city this morning. The streets were deserted. I looked around and every direction I turned was empty. The city’s major transport services are halted again. The order came in mid-last night when the special city police carried out a man-hun search for group gangs who have been disturbing the security of the city recently. reports indicate that Hundreds of youngsters were detained in Jigjiga police station. more others were car-trucked to Godey, Somali state’s second largest city which is 400 miles east of Jigjiga. 

Group gang fights have been on the rise since 2019 onward where violent youngsters split into groups fighting each other with dangerous objects like machetes and sharp knives. Gang rape, stabbing, Robbery and all sorts insecurities became the dominant order of the days forcing police to conduct a city-wide search for gang groups. Last year, Jigjiga violent-crimes protection unit arbafatana have indiscriminately deported hundreds of kids to a far prison in godey accusing them of committing various anti-social crimes. Many families have been separated from their kids and currently have no idea where their children were taken bringing the child rights movement campaign into a light. Police insist that detaining groups mean nothing more than rehabilitation. 

Last month two girls were gang-raped and one of them was later killed by TukTuk drivers. Another Ethiopian girl was raped by a group linked to immigrants. The latest city crimes were highly alarming. The public had expressed a growing concern in certain nowhere to-go scenes linked to gangs whereabouts. The police have been dealing with an excessive amount of crimes in major city streets. Somali state chief security officer made remarks on their operations calling the youth detentions an effort to reduce and end Gang crimes in Jigjiga. 

Hundreds of Jigjigaawis filled the streets of the city waiting for buses but few TukTuks could be spotted causing major delays to people’s work and businesses. You can also read my previous article on Jigjiga transport crises. More communiters are currently stranded at major TukTuk stops in Jigjiga wondering where Bajajs are gone. It’s yet unsure how long we will have to wait until the transport is back but this time around, it seems that they will be kept in police stations for a while. TukTuk is the largest mini transport service working in and around Jigjiga. They are easy to be found everywhere and more quicker than buses which don’t often operate in many places. There are few Public buses working in the city but these buses still charge travellers the same amount of money that should be ridden on Force TukTuks. Jigjiga transport fares have increased by 45% following Covid-19 restrictions. In May, the number of people allowed to take on—six people Force TukTuk was reduced to two persons in the back and one at the front seat where they used to be six in the past. 

It’s yet unclear how long it will take the public to wait until TukTuks drivers are released to the streets and have people’s schedules running again but we only hope the government understands the very real circumstances surrounding people’s transport nightmare. Until I get back to you with another interesting fact on my Jigjiga, I will walk to my one mile home on foot.

Karamardha raod, County 05 at 12:30pm

The state of betrayal

You have heard of the big country of Ethiopia, Right? You probably have visited Ethiopia or to say the least, you may be planning a journey once in your lifetime. If that is on your to-do list, then you chose the right place to experience the beauty of the world again.

By Ahmed A. Abdulahi

Independent blogger at Voices of Somalia 

If you are emotionally too vulnerable to react to sad stories of war, please don’t read this article. It contains some tragically moving lines. 

Ethiopia by history is one the oldest countries in the world dating back centuries before the Arrival of Prophet Mohamed’s صلى الله عليه وسلم companions in Abbyssinia. It’s geopolitical location in the Horn of Africa developed interest in Mediterranean traders And Persian merchants in 1534. The old states of Damat and Punt served as long distance trade hubs between the Mediterraneans and local merchants. The exchange of commodities between overseas merchants served as the primary means of currency and trade items.

 Ethiopia waged a fierce struggle against the European colonial ambitions in the Horn of Africa, successfully defended its mainland territory from the Italian Aggressors. Ethiopia confronted Italians at the battle of Adwa in 1889 forcing Italian mercenaries to retreat. The battle of Adwa not only ended Italian colonial ambitions in the northern parts of the country but later became a symbol of black victory in Africa’s struggle against European colonies. History says that Ethiopia had never been colonized but experts doubt about the credibility of Ethiopian contextual History. Much of Ethiopian history concentrates on the northern frontiers where anti-colonial struggles existed the most but the British had dominated much of the south eastern parts of Ethiopia in what used to be Western Somalia or famously known Hawd Reserved plateau in today’s Somali state of Ethiopia. Much of Ethiopian history focuses on the northern and central parts of the country. A little is mentioned in Ethiopian history textbooks regarding the southeastern part of the country where I was born and Ethiopia’s largest part of its mainland borrowing biases of problems and critics among the popular historians. 

I was born here in Somali state in mid 1994 when this state was neither part of Ethiopia and Somalia. It was a breakaway state illegally claimed and controlled by Ethiopian government for no known legitimate law. The native Somali people of this state had withstood a decade of war against the British rulers who had explored through the region as part of their colonial expansion in Africa. Once the British forces planned to leave the region for its own people, they proposed a dangerous and one of their biggest colonial mistakes which was to unlawfully scede this tiny semi-desert territory to Ethiopia during the reign of Haile Selassie Regime in 1958. This can be referenced to The root causes of the political problems in the Ogaden. Since then, Ethiopia internationally claimed for what could be one-third of the total Somalian landscape—but the region had soon begun a fierce gorilla war against Ethiopian occupation. The main opposition came from the heart of the region’s largest ethnic clan Ogaden National Liberation Front but this wasn’t one clan’s bloody sacrifice rather it later became a national and inclusive internal struggle against the brutal rule of Ethiopian occupation.

The silent Desert story

My mother was born in a conflict-prone area in the heart of clashes in the mainland Ogaden territory where ONLF’s active guerrilla war was the order of the day. She spent her early life witnessing the killings of local villagers by the Ethiopian forces. My mother often told me the tragic stories of war between the ONLF and Ethiopian forces. I once accompanied my mother to a countryside visit deep in the forest of ONLF-administered Hotspots—and a strategic hideout for ONLF fighters. This was our occasional trip to the Miyi (country) with my family during the school breaks. ONLF freedom fighters often lived in the community but they had little trust in being with villagers for long as Ethiopian military would routinely expedite in the forests in search of people they thought were part of the Ogaden liberation fighters.

 One day around 10am in sunny clear sky, my mother saw an inventory unit of Ethiopian paramilitary troops circling around our huts and shacks. My mother who was standing outside the left corner of our house ran back to me as fast as she could in a state of frustration. she quickly dictated me some dos and don’ts; “If a soldier walks into the house and asks you, have you seen any ONLF fighter? Say NO” “Don’t panic or scream!” she added up as though they were about to see me in twenty seconds. In a spare of minutes, They started to come out of the jungle and moved towards us pointing their loaded guns towards everywhere. They were as though they were at a war front.

 I was watching their activities from a narrow pupil-sized hole in a traditional Somali woven piece of collection made up of woven mats, roots of acacia trees and grass branches inside the house where I was hiding in. The closer they got to us, the more my fear grew but I had to stick to my mother’s rule, the big NOs. I felt extremely frustrated and anxious as they headed towards the direction of our houses. My mother stood up in front of the house as I fearfully hid back off. They finally made our house and started their house check-out procedures looking for Men they believed were members of the ONLF fighters. my frustrated mother had formed herself as a wall of protection as they began to enter our house. Usually the military would interrogate the community about potential information about the ONLF before they did anything harmful. 

Typically the Ethiopian military would ask local people on the exact whereabouts of the rebels while scaring them in case they confess anything related to ONLF fighters but the local people had long been part of this intimidation and learned their tactics a lot. I was about ten years old at the time of this anxious moment so I couldn’t be the typical men’s age they were looking for. Literally the Ethiopian force would check in every house they came across looking for men and I was lucky that they hadn’t seen me that day. When they cleared off, I felt like I survived from a potential enemy who could kill me easily. My mother took me back to our town the very next day—but that unforgettable memory of fear was one of the few I can mention here that the people of Western Somali subjected to, for the rest of their life. I can bring up more flashy memories of war if I carry on the stories of my mother but I should stop here by now.

The Era of Truce

So now that you may recall some facts about the Somali state, I want to reflect on how a short moment of peace started to thrive in the areas of conflict for a while not that long before late 2018. In April of  2018, the Ethiopian government had a major political transformation after months of unprecedented nation-wide protests by the country’s largest ethnic population—the Oromo group. Oromo, though they made a struggle similar to that of Somali, at least they were peaceful in many parts of their land but they had also endured a century-old political subjugation and ethnic discrimination. They were killed in numbers and denied their constitutional rights. Oromo people rose up against TPLF rulers and began to protest, block roads, and made road blockades from and into Addis-Ababa, the Ethiopian capital city which ultimately forced Ethiopian prime minister at the time to end his service. This historic incident had created a huge political standoff of who would be the nation’s next premier.

 It took the parliament months to fetch ideas of who would fit in the office but that time around, it wasn’t as easy as they could. At the time, the Oromo struggle continued to reach a new milestone. In March of 2018, the movement entered a crucial tipping point and this time, the government had no time to waste. Pressure from the international community grew. Massive human rights abuses and extensive force on peaceful protests reports unleashed. On April 2, 2018, the Ethiopian House of Representatives assembled a historic meeting that broke a month-long political deadlock of the fighting parts. The HOPR elected an Oromo figure Abey Ahmed who became the new prime minister of Ethiopia for the first time an Oromo leader occupied in the position of PM in centuries. Abey served as an intelligence serviceman in the past governments and his influence on the Ethiopian politics was multidimensional. Abey ended decades-long political hostility between Eritrea and Ethiopia.You can also look at this article of me back in September 2018. Abey also Proposed peace deal to the opposition parties who were in exile across various countries in Europe, America and some parts of Africa and eventually became a footprint to an era of peace in Ethiopia. Abey was shortlisted to the 2020 Nobile peace prize and expectedly awarded to the 2019 Nobile peace laureate becoming the first African leader to have such peace honor. 

My Ethiopia

Peace had slowly prevailed in the country I was born, grew and educated. Life began to return and people’s freedom of speech upheld without interference. to anyone who might have heard of the big Ethiopia, it’s not as pure and homogeneous as you think. Ethiopia is a product of diverse people which make up the big Ethiopia. you might have probably heard and visited the people of South Sudan, Eritrea, Sudanise, Somalis and Afar. These diverse ethnic groups added up all together are what Ethiopia represents. a combination of different ethnic groups in Ethiopia not only needs constitutional equalities but also requires settling a varying conflicts of resource, beliefs and opinions. 

Being a Somali origin, I often felt strange in the country I was born and educated not because I was 100% Somali but it was because we (Somali state) people often not treated as equal as other Ethiopian groups. We were underprivileged and underrepresented. our constitutional rights as other nations had not been prioritized and given an equal worth either. My story of being Ethiopia was always full of self-doubts but this is not my gratitude to this beautiful country of Ethiopia. rather it’s what I believed, experienced and often thought in school. Our Somali is better than before and as we continue to speak up for ourselves, our demand for justice will determine the fate of our Somali identity. I feel proud to have been part of the Somali state fight for justice for a long time in a harsh political climate and I will be part of the movement as well. This article is nothing more than my take on how I perceived my own identity, where I discovered my sense of being me and where our future as Somali state people lie in the midst of an unprecedented major political shift in Ethiopia. I pray that this country of Ethiopia will prosper and follow a peaceful path.

Former Somali prime minister has announced his 2020 presidential candidacy a month and half after his exit from the office.

by Ahmed Abdi

September 13, 2020

It’s been a month and half since the former Somali president-elect Prime minister Hassan Ali Kheyre left the office after he was voted out in parliamentary meeting in July this year. the prime minister exotically declared his 2020 Somali presidential debut in a post he shared with his supporters on Facebook and Twitter last night. the announcement came a month after his shock removal from the office after the lower MPs voted him out in late July. Kheyre was elected by the current Somali president Mohamed A. Farmajo in February 2017 after the historic parliamentary election in which president Farmaajo defeated Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, former Somali president in a majority House of Parliament vote securing a four-year fair election in Somalia.

President Farmajo picked Hassan Ali as one of his key political ally and the pair had soon become Somalia’s only dual political figures to have ever worked together in three years without any disputes reported. Political conflict had often overshadowed Somali leadership for decades and it could originally arise from the very top but the two had got along with each other securing a huge trust within the larger Somali people. Their political leadership was admired by the vast majority of the Somali people until the House of Parliament held one of their usual political standoffs in July in which Prime minister Kheyre was voted out in a motion surprisingly proposed by the parliament.

The dispute surrounding kheyre’s dismissal centered around the elections. Somalia is preparing to hold ‘one person one vote’ election for the first time in four decades. Due to Covid-19 and security challenges, holding a nation-wide electoral system built bridges between two of Somalia’s strongest men in power. Kheyre’s dismissal had sent unprecedented shockwaves throughout the Somali world. Kheyre had a huge political reputation in the Somali society and his three-year long service had already proved the progress Somalia made in the last three years. While kheyre was in power, some notable developments were Met in short time. the country’s international policy was put in place. For the first time in history, Somalia’s long time debt crises were settled in and following a long debate on debt crises, The World Bank has exempted Somalia a significant portion of money the country borrowed to execute on its poor economic and security services.

Prime minister Kheyre’s return to power is another political signal that this 2020 Somali presidential election is going to be tougher than ever before. It weights Farmajo’s destiny. The current Somali candidates have all served presidents and Prime ministers in the last 10 years and and time around, its the only ballot that will determine who will remain in the Villa house in the next four years.

Jigjiga city transport crises left hundreds in chaos ahead of Eid-Alfitr

By Ahmed Abdi Abdulahi

shortage of transport services cause outrage to commuters in Jigjiga ahead of the Eid-Fitr celebration on Saturday presumably.

As last ten days of the Holy month of Ramadan nears to its end, people shopping for Eid-end of-Ramadan celebration have doubled nearly two times from usual causing massive transport chaos in the city. Hundreds of thousands of people came out to the downtown for eid shoppings defying public health orders and CoronoVirus warnings. City transport services were already in criss during the holidays and rush hours. Now As people began to buy eid clothes and gifts for their family and children, a drive though the downtown became nearly impossible leaving hundreds stranded in major roads in the city. People could be seen queuing up along the bus stopes waiting for minibuses and TukTuks for long hours causing delays and even cancellations of people’s daily routines. Recently Jigjiga transport bureau had set out a range of transport rules on major transportation services including the TukTuk-Bajaajs, which is the main transport services operating in the city which is part of the government’s efforts to halt the spread of Covid-19. The rules include three people ride in on TukTuk and six on mini buses. The limitations on the number of travelers are part of the government’s top agendas on fighting the pandemic.

The government had also imposed a total curfew on Jigjiga which goes effect from 8:00pm to 6:00am restricting all types movements From and into the city. Anyone Caught traveling on bus, vehicle or TukTuk is handed out a fine and can even result in imprisonment. These traffic rules have doubled the number of pedestrians along the city’s main Roads overnight. Despite the outrage, some obese individuals took advantage out of the deserted roads walking and jogging few miles every night re-shaping their bodies and drawing the attention of many overweight persons, a move, some fitness experts hail the process as “massive body transformation”. no government official has Spoken about the crises so far as pressure is growing up on what people can do to have a better and accessible transport services. Jigjiga is the largest Somali region state-city and currently hosts roughly 1 millions people -based on estimation,’- but public transports remain extremely critical. Major city transports include TukTuks and few buses.

Eid is a time when Muslims across the world end their month-long fasting and begin three days celebrations with families and friends. It’s a time when people do an extensive shopping excursions, buying clothes and gifts. This Ramadan is so different as it sounds with the coronavirus causing so much mess on lives of people in the world and particularly this tiny developing region. in medium-sized cities like Jigjiga, public transport buses are often not accessed when needed and sometimes arrive with much delays. Any JigJigaawi can see how stranded people can be when they wait for buses and TukTuks for long hours and see no bus is arriving either. The government is doing nothing to respond to this crises but people continue to walk miles on foot everyday and night raising the big question; where are the public transport services?

Commuters lining up for buses at 11:42am Jibriga-borough 10- Jigjiga

Waamaxay Hantiwadaag ama (socialism)

WQ: Dheeman Luul

Waa maxay Hantiwadaag “Socialism”

WQ: dheeman Luul

Inkastoo uusan hanti- wadaagu lahayn micna qeexan oo laysla wada yaqaan ama la isku wada raacsanyahay, hadana micnahiisa guud wuxuu noqon karaa in bulshadu wada yeelato hantida iyo wax soosaarka guud. Sida ilaha wax soosaarka, warshadaha, beeraha iyo khayraatka dabiicigaa. Hanti wadaagu wuxuu taariikh ahaan soo jiray mudo dheer laga soo bilaabo ilbaxnimadii giriiga iyo tii Iranka hayeeshee wuxuu sifiican usoo ifbaxay ka gadaal kacaankii warshadaha “industrial evolution” qarnigii 18. Markaas oo dadka xoogsatadaa warshadaha ka shaqeeya soo bateen, isla waqtigaas oo hadana saboolnimada dadka xoogsatadaa sii korortay halka dadka warshadaha leh ay hodan sii noqdeen. Taas oo keentay qaybtii hore ee qarnigii 19naad aqoon yahaniintii noolaa inay isku dayeen inay xal uhelaan dhibaatadii ka dhalatay kacaankii warshadaha. Aqoon yahaniintaas waxaa kamid ahaa, Roberto Owen, Henri de saint-simon, Charles Fourier and Karl Marks.

Sikastaba ha ahaatee, aqoonyanadaas aan kor ku xusay ayaa uga hadlahay ama usoo bandhigay siyaabo kala duwan sida uu noqon karo hanti wadaagu. Taas oo keentay inay soo baxaan qaybo badan oo kala duwan oo hanti wadaaga. Hayeeshee hanti wadaaga maanta layaqaan waxaa ugu muhiimsan labo qaybood oo kala ah “Democratic Socialism” iyo “Communism Socialism” ama Revolutionary Socialism.

Hadaba waa maxay “Democractic Socialism”?.

Habkaan dhaqaale wuxuu ogolaanayaa in dadku yeeshaan hantidooda gaarkaa hayeeshee waxsoosaarka guud iyo khayraadka dabiicigaa waa hanti-wadaag bulashadu wadaleedahay waxaana maamulaysa dawlad ku timid hab “Democratic” ah, iyadoo kasoo horjeeda in xukunka lagula wareego awood. Taasoo ka dhigaysa in bulshadii hanti-goosadka ahayd loo rogo bulsho hanti-wadaag iyadoo loo marayo wado ama hab “Democratic” ah ama dibu habayn. Hadaba hanti wadaaga noocaan ah wuxuu diidanyahay in hanti goosadka awood lagu afganbiyo ama kacdoon.

Sidaa darteed waxaa caadiya wadamada democratic ah inay inta badan ka jiraan xisbiyo ku abtirsada “Socialism” Hant-wadaag iyo kuwo ku abtirsada “Capitalism” Hanti-goosad. Hadaba xisbiyada ku abtirsada Hanti-wadaaga waxaa loo yaqaan “Social democracy”, labour party iyo wixii lamida. Axsaabtaan waa saldhig u ah mabaadiida guud ee hanti-wadaaga sida in la hormariyo tayada nolosha dadka si loo helo sinaan iyo cadaalad bulsho taasoo loo marayo in dadka lasiiyo caafimaad, guriyo, iyo waxbarasho tayo leh. Dhaqaalaha lagu maal galinayo adeegyadaan waxaa laga bixinayaa canshuurta dawladu ay dadweynaha ka qaado. Wadamada xisbiyadaasi ka jiraan waxaa kamida wadamada Europe ta galbeed, Canada, Australia, New Zealand iyo koonfurta America.

Communism Socialism” ama Revolutionary Socialism.

Habkaan dhaqaale wuxuu diidanyahay hantida gaarka looleeyahay “private property” iyadoo kadhigaysa in hantidoo dhan ay tahay mid lawada leeyahay. Hantida waxaa maamulaya dawlada iyadoo ku daboolaysa baahida bulshada sida cuntada, guryaha, caafimaadka, iyo waxbarashada. Habkaan dhaqaale iyo bulsho wuxuu qabaa in hanti-goosadka “Capitalism” lagu badalo qaab kacdoon oo ka yimid xoogsatada. Wuxuu kaloo kasoo horjeedaa habka kala saraynta bulshada. Hanaankaan dhaqaale oo loo yaqaan Communism waxaa cilmiyeeyay ama iftiimiyey Karl Marks oo ahaa philosopher a falsafadyaqaan German ah.

Sanadii 1917 waxaa wadanka Russia ka dhashay kacaan shuuci ah ama Communism oo ahaa kii ugu horeeyay oo aduunka ka dhashay kaasoo hadana burburay 1991. Hayeeshee waxaa maanta jira wadamo ku abtirsada ama isugu yeera communism . Wadamadaas waxaa kamida China, Cuba, North Korea, laws iyo Vietnam. Inkastoo wadamadaas isugu yeeraan inay yihiin wadamo shuuci ama communism hadana waxaa ka jirta hanti gaar loo leeyahay kaasoo meesha ka saaraysa sheegashada ina ay yihiin Wadamo “communism” ama shuuci ah. Wadamada Communistigaa waxay caan ku yihiin nidaamka halka xisbi, xisbigaas oo looyaqaan xisbiga shaqaalaha ama shuuciga iyagoo kasoo hor jeeda inuu wadanku yeesho xisbiyo badan oo tartami kara.

Iskusoo wada duuboo guud ahaan fikaradaan dhaqaale ee hanti-wadaaga ma jiro wadan si buuxda uwada hirgaliyey. Sababtoo ah mabaadiida uu ku dhisanyahay qaarkood oon la hirgalinkarin marka loo fiiriyo habdhaqanka dhaqaale ee bulshooyinka qaar. Sidaas darteed dal walba iyo bulsho walba waxay hanti-wadaaga uqaateen hab la jaan qaadi kara noloshooda bulsho iyo habkooda dhaqaale. Socialism gaar ahaan Communism ka ayaa waxaa lagu ceebeeyaa inay tahay fikrad aan socon karin. Isagoo markii danbe ka burburay bartamaha iyo bariga Europe dhamaadkii qanigii 20-naad. Waxaa kaloo lagu dhaliilaa inuu hor istaagayo hal abuurka gaarkaa. Sidookale guud aahaan hanti-wadaaga waxaa lagu dhaliilaa canshuuraha badan kuwaas oo hor istaaga inuu koro dhaqaalaha gaar ahaan dhaqaalaha gaarka loo leeyahay.

W/Q Dheman Luul

Somaliland {the unrecognized republic}

By Abdi Guled- associate press correspondent (AP) first published in 2015.

While violence in Somalia rages on, its less well known region of Somaliland is making tentative steps towards statehood.

[Hargeysa, Somaliland] With daily reports of chaos and violence wracked Somalia’s capital Mogadishu for the past two decades, although its recovering from war now, the relative peace and tranquility of Somalia’s second largest city, Hargeysa, stands in stark contrast. The presence of foreigners freely walking and driving in the streets, and the absence of fear from kidnappings and killings in other parts of Somalia, Somaliland breakawayregion, is something its larger sister city cannot boast.

Hargeysa, the city in the dust is Somaliland’s capital, a self proclaimed independent state having broken away from Somalia and declared its own administration in 1991, when Somalia was just beginning a civil war which has raged on ever since. While there are reports the self-directed authority runs its day-to-day tasks smoothly, the state remains unrecognized by any country or international organization.

For more than 18 years, Somaliland, situated in North West Somalia, has maintained some semblance of peace.

Somaliland’s formal borders were drawn in 1886, when the British established a protectorate over the northern regions of Somalia on the coast of the Gulf of Aden. It remained a British protectorate for nearly 80 years, until it gained its independence on June 26, 1960. Less than a week later it entered its union with the former Italian Somalia in response to calls from Somali nationalists wishing to unite all the lands on which Somalis lived.

Bordered by Ethiopia in the south and west, Djibouti in the northwest, the Gulf of Aden in the north, and two other de facto independent Somali territories in the east, Maakhir and the Northland State, Somaliland occupies a crucial position.

“If the international community supported the independence of Namibia and Eritrea, then it should also be prepared to give the Republic of Somaliland a chance,” said Somaliland educator Mohamed Samatar Yusuf to The Media Line.

“Why should we force a relatively prosperous and peaceful nation to merge once more with the warring clans of South Somalia at the hands of which it suffered such oppression and hardship before and during the civil war?”

There are signs things are less than calm and peaceful beneath the surface.

In 2002, Dahir Riyale Kahin, a former colonel in the Somali army came to power and was later accused of taking part in what many Somalilanders have termed a genocide, but what others have termed ‘the irresponsible attack of tribal run government policies in its own territory’. He was sworn in as president shortly afterwards. Yet his re-election in 2003, the first public one-on-one election, was seen by some independent observers as a “free and fair election” and an example of Africa democracy.

However, his term in office has come under attack by the government’s main opposition party, Kulmiye. 

At that time, the party condemned the incumbent president’s term extension which they described as “unconstitutional”, following the postponement of elections despite widespread public resistance. Riyale was elected for a five-year term which ended in April 2010 and in addition was given a one-year extension by the National Electoral Commission, which was due to end in April earlier this year.

Kulmiye, kept the government guessing about its plans to stage nationwide mass protests against the resolution passed by the House of Elders, which extended president Riyale’s term of office. The opposition party’s refusal to recognize the extension sparked violence and demonstrations in which six people were killed and clearly hit a nerve in government circles.

The government said that the recent mass protests against Congress’ resolution posed a direct threat to the country’s national security. The opposition claimed it was pursuing its constitutional right to stage peaceful mass protests against the illegal resolution, despite the fact that things spiraled out of control during the demonstration.

Analysts have compared that extensions of the then president Riyale’s term without parliament’s approval to a form of dictatorship.

Nowadays, though the Somaliland government is reportedly making efforts to improve the public services, some people are questioning the government’s policy of using public funds and aid money.

Almost all Somalis describe the security as “clan oriented peace” in the region, despite the late Somaliland President Mohamed Ibrahim Egal having said that “Somaliland is no longer just a collection of clans but a nation in its own right.”

More than 73% of Somaliland’s population lives in poverty and 43% in extreme poverty. Unemployment is widespread, and according to Mohamed Abdinor, a Somaliland scholar, more than 78% of the population has no access to healthcare.

There are signs though of green shoots as streets are slowly being rebuilt and markets are springing up. Many universities and colleges have been built recently without outside help.

Somaliland’s currrent president Ahmed Silanyo said Somaliland is continuing to develop its local resources and variety of imported items.

“We’ve signed agreements with several international companies working on different resources,” he said.

There are presently four telecommunication companies operating in Somaliland and others are expected to become operational very soon.

But despite a growth in communication capabilities, media censorship remains strong.

“The media has a huge role in Somaliland but they are not really independent and cannot air the facts,” said a senior editor of a Somaliland newspaper who asked to remain unnamed.

He further added that Somaliland was reluctant to report its news as Somalia news, being as the nation was aiming to become an independent state.

“We have to be aware of what is happening around the world and in our country” said Mohamed Haji, a Hargeysa inhabitant.

Such sentiments are common, especially during the mornings in the city’s many cafes which are regularly crammed with people chatting about the latest news and politics.

Although there’s much optimism in Somaliland, the country’s progress is limited because aid donors and trade partners do not officially recognize its existence as an independent state. Its international trade relations are dependent on a handful of countries and private companies.

But with hopes running high for what looks to be a growing economy, its inhabitants are waiting for an independent and recognized government in the near future.

“We will not allow [for our country] to be united with Somalia” said 18 year old passionate high school student Mohamed Abdi, stating the main difference between the two nations was that Somaliland chose to take up peace rather than violence.

“We’ve no daily violence and killings; we would like to be an independent country soon. Hopefully it will happen,” smiling Abdi concluded.

Maxaa hakiyay isusoobixii lagutaageerayay muslimiinta axmaarada ee magaadalada jigjiga?

Maxaa hakiyay mudaharaadadii Looqorsheeyay inay kadhacaan magaalada jigjiga?

WQ: axmed Cabdi Cabdulahi

December 22, 2019

Iyada oo maanta oo Axada ah loo asteeyay in taageero loomuujiyo masaajidadii lagugubay magaalada Mojjo ee deegaanka axmaarada ayaa waxaa saaka La’arkay gabi ahaanba Jawi kaduwan kii Larajaynayay kaasoo Hakiyay isusoobixii saaka lagutaageerilahaa muslimiinta deegaanka axmaarada. Waxaa saaka subixiihore Lagusoo daadiyay magaalada jigjiga Ciidamo kulabisan dirayska nooca Komaandoosta looyaqaano ama koofiyadcasta kuwaasoo Argagaxgaliyay dadkii saaka usookalahay inay dareen islaanimo umuujiyaan walaalahooda islaameed.

Waxaa gabi ahaanba kadhacay deegaanada itoobiya kakoobantahay isusoobaxyo lagu dalbanayo jawaabo cidii kadambaysay falkii foosha xumaa ee loogaystay goobihii cibaadaysiga maalimihii lasoodhaafay laakiin kamadhicin jigjiga iyo gabi ahaanba magaalooyinka kale ee deegaanka wax isusoobax ah taageero ah walaw ay dadka soomaalidu yuhiin 100% muslimiin. Arintan ayaa guud ahaanba kacadhaysiisay dadbadan gaar ahaan dhalin usookicitamay inay saaka dareenkooda kucabiraan sida ay ugaxunyihiin falalkii fooshaxumaa ee kadhacay magaalada Mojjo ee deegaanka axmaarada.

Dadbadan ayaa talaabadan u aanaynaya “jawaabcelin nacasnimo” iyada ood badhaha Facebook ga ku arkaysid qoraalo muujinaya sida dadka deegaanka soomaalidu ugacadhaysanyihiin in dawladu ayna dadka ufidin fasax ama bilawdo talaabo kahortag ama Cabsiin inayna dadku isusoobixin.

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