By MM Afrah©
you have been waiting for finally arrives, but NOT in the capital
as was suggested by many, including Mr. Michael Bellamy, the American
Ambassador to Kenya and Western benefactor countries. Now the question
is: Are you ready to welcome a government that is frightened to
relocate in its own capital?
Prepare to ask
them all the questions that have been lingering in your mind for
quite sometimes. There can be an overwhelming amount of things to
think about and to act upon, such as security, foreign troop deployment,
your family needs, education for your children and grandchildren
back home, health care and all the other daily basic necessities.
Nevertheless, we must first transcend the tribal mentality, even
though the Transitional Federal Government and Parliament have been
concocted on tribal basis in a foreign country.
the thorny question is: what is the best way to disarm the gun-totting
youths who control the string of makeshift roadblocks in the capital
and elsewhere in the country? This question is still on the table
and would continue to remain there until viable solution can be
found in a country already saturated with blood and tears.
I have been
saying all along that changes must come within and not without.
This is the hottest debate since the election of President Abdullahi
Yusuf and his Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gheddi and I would not
be surprised if it continues in the days to come, both at home and
in the Diaspora. The overwhelming majority of those of you who cast
their votes strongly disagree the deployment of foreign troops in
Somalia. The same goes to the people at home. Your message is clear
for anyone to read: No foreign troops on our soil. It is like putting
the fox in charge of the henhouse.
has once written: "No army can withstand the strength of an
idea when time has come." In Somalia, the moment had arrived:
the moral support of the public had won the day at last.
In the world
we live today, we are often considered as ungovernable, unworthy
of sympathy, if not talkative and disdainful. Let us prove them
wrong. Let us prove that we can be our own boss without other people
telling us what is best for us, period. Let us remind them that
we are not the first people in the world who were entangled in a
civil war imbroglio, though ours appears to be a never-ending one.
The Confederate and Union soldiers had turned many parts of the
cotton belt in South of the United States into a living hell, which
seems to pale in comparison with the wholesale massacre and the
looting spree in Somalia. The bleakness was so devastating that
General George Washington put full energy into his military strategy
to put an end to brother killing brother once and for all, and built
the United States of America from the ashes of the civil war.
is the brutal Spanish Civil War-1936-1939. It was not only a battle
against fascism, but social revolution. The result: around 25,000
people died during the first year of the civil war against the fascist
dictator Franco, followed the death of about 3.3 per cent of the
Spanish population with another 7.5 per cent being injured.
After the war,
it was reported that the fascist government of Francisco Franco
arranged the execution 100,000 Republican prisoners. It was estimated
that another 35,000 Republicans died in concentration camps in the
years that followed the civil war. A huge number of civilian populations
died of malnutrition and the lack of medical care and the collapse
of sanitation, and other vital services.
cross-section of the fragmented Somali society can only solve the
current Somalia conundrum, and as the delicate hope begins to blossom,
we must move to the next hurdle-that is national reconstruction
from the ashes of the civil war and put Somalia where it belonged
among the community of nations.
The onus is
on the people!
BY M. M. Afrah©2005