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By. M.M.Afrah: YOUR EMAILS

We received hundreds of emails from you during the last three weeks mostly concerning the prickly question of foreign troop deployment in the capital to disarm the young militias, to restore law and order and to train Somali army and police force. Most of the emails are in response to MM Afrah's latest Talking Point "Disarmament in Style," which received thousands of hits mainly from Somalis across the continents and at home.

Following is some of the selected ones:
"I see there has been a great deal of struggle by Abdullahi Yusuf and his inner circle in trying to maintain his relationship with Ethiopia, defying the wishes of the Somali people and international opinion. Moreover, I must say that he has "worn" some victories, by avoiding a visit to the capital, but certainly not the hearts and minds of the overwhelming majority of the Somali people at home and in the Diaspora.
Somalia deserves better than this."

M. Caafi,
Melbourne (Australia)

I am in favour of foreign troop deployment in Somalia, particularly in the capital to disarm those gangsters who ruined our country and massacred our people in cold blood. Let alone Ethiopian troops coming to Mogadishu, I would suggest that troops even from the devil himself should be welcomed to teach a lesson or two to the so-called Mooryaans and their warlord masters by giving them their own bitter medicine.
Mr. Afrah, you have been there as the only journalist representing international news organization, you know what it is like to be shot at by those crooks.

Yusuf M. Noor,
Helsinki (Finland)


"I strongly disagree the deployment of foreign troops on our soil, particularly from Ethiopia and Kenya. However, if it is necessary to deploy troops from the African Union, I suggest that they should come from countries like South Africa, Uganda, Egypt and Ghana, but they should come under the command of Somali generals with clean track records and accomplishments, as suggested by MM Afrah in his Talking Point."

A. Yoonis,
London, United Kingdom.

"Why all the fuss about Ethiopian peacekeeping forces to be deployed in Somalia? I am really in favor of deploying Ethiopian soldiers, particularly in Mogadishu. They will be offered the same lessons as those given to the Americans and Pakistani peacekeepers in Mogadishu in 1993/94. I would say to the Ethiopians: Welcome to Somalia and we will settle our ancient scores for the last time!
Remember Black Hawk Down?"
Abdurahman Egeh,
Ohio (USA)

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"I don't sense a great deal of peace and stability will result the deployment of foreign troops in Somalia. I concur with MM Afrah's idea of voluntary disarmament with the help of the civic society and the fledging Islamic Courts. I also don't see Abdullahi Yusuf being able to commit himself to the well-being of the Somali people. They deserve much better than this military guy."

Deqa Yusuf,
Toronto (Canada)


"When are the so-called politicians going to take their heads out of the sand? As Mr. Afrah writes: "Somalia is a country already saturated with blood and tear," and bringing in foreign troops as peacekeepers is only going to make matters worse. How many innocent people are going to have to die before Abdullahi Yusuf realize that it was big mistake to beg for foreign troop deployment?"

Yassiin M. Robleh,
Abu Dhabi (UAE)

"If the United Nations and the African Union really want to prevent more bloodshed in Somalia, they should put more funds and impartial staff to prevent weapons flow from Ethiopia into Somalia. They will also ensure that maximum jail sentences are applied to those who choose to profit from arms trafficking. Collecting the already existing weapons should be left to what was left of the Somali National Army and the police with the help of the civic society and donor countries"

M. Jabril,
Cape Town (South Africa)

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JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR 2005

YOUR COMMENTS

"Excellent and courageous writer with logical views and straight-forward meanings. It is impossible to get one like him nowadays from a country once called Somalia. We need you more than ever, Mr. Afrah. Your comments are highly regarded. Please keep it up the good work. To me, you are a true Somali!!!

Abdullahi Ali
E-mail address provided, but no location given

"I knew Afrah from Somalia when he was the editor-in-chief of HEEGAN. He is a man of principles and honesty, a true Somali who has been using his pen to promote the Somali cause. His messages inspire all who are relentlessly working to make Somalia once again a respectable country in the community of nations. I believe he is not only journalist of the year 2005, but was journalist of the years that passed and those to come. May His Almighty bless him."

Dr. Omar Maye,
Leeds, United Kingdom.

"The old man deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for he writes everything we are all missing; PEACE! He also hits hard on those who try to put obstacle to peace.
Keep it up old man. Do not slow down!"

Aweys
Ottawa (Canada)

THE MAN DESERVES OUR APPRECIATION. I DON'T KNOW HIM PERSONALLY, BUT I DON'T THAT NOW. IT IS A GREAT PLEASURE TO KNOW HIM. HE IS SOMEONE WHO SHARES NAME WITH US (SOMALIS) WHOM WE CAN DEPEND ON HIS ADVICE AND INFORMATION IN THIS PERIOD OF TURMOIL AND MISTRUST. AFRAH, YOU MAY BE OLD BUT STILL YOU HAVE THE STRENGTH TO EDUCATE US FROM THE TRIBAL IGNORANCE. THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Ibrahim Cali (BOOCOW)
E-mail address provided, but no location given
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Really, MM Afrah has succeeded opening the window for anyone of us to watch what is going on in Somalia without adding anything that's not true. Thanks for his courage to stand on the right ground.

Moalem.
E-mail address provided, but no location given.



Compiled and edited by MM Afrah E-mail afrah95@hotmail.com or afrah@banadir.com

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