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Somalia Is A Lost Cause
ISSUE 106
Front Page
Index

Headlines

- British Parliamentarians Given Warm Welcome In somaliland

- Harti MPs Convey Concern To UK Legislators
- KULMIYE Opposition Party’s Memo To Visiting UK MPs

- Somaliland’s War On FGM

- Reconstructing Somalia

- Abdillahi Yusuf Allies Himself With Abdiqasim Salad Hasan

Health

- Possession And Exorcism An Illustrative Case

International News

- Low Livestock Supply Triggers Price Rise

- Qatar Richest Nation In Arab World

- German U.N. Worker Kidnapped Near Kismayo

- Committees Formed To Clear ID Card Seekers Disbanded

- Horn Of Africa: At Least 12 Million Reported To Be In Need Of Assistance

- Driver Tells Of Girls' Attack

- U.N. Imposes Sanctions On Saudi Charity

- Somali Pleads Not Guilty To Lying About Donation
- UN Condemns Abduction Of Staff Member

- Pilgrims Pour Into Mina

- The First Somali Police Officers in MPLS

- State Appeals Ruling Awarding $8.3 Million
To A Somal

- Third BBC Official Out, Balks At 'Black And White' Report

- Saudi Forces Raid Two Terrorist Hideouts in Riyadh

- Somali Refugees Answer Needs To Stay Busy

Peace Talks

- Museveni Meets Jack Straw

- Somalia Moves Closer To Peace, Agrees On Parliament, Presidency

Daallo Airlines Flies You Everywhere

 

Editorial & Opinions

- Appeasing Warlord Abdillahi Yusuf is not the answer

- Somalia Is A Lost Cause

- Abdillahi Yusuf’s End Game

- Aden-Adde: The Initiator Of North-South Polarization

- Promoting Safe Lifestyle In Somaliland

- Reflections On Somaliland & Africa’s Territorial Order


By Mohamed M. Adan, Oslo

What is the image of Somalia in the western world?

People in distress, people fleeing from civil war, hunger and disease, a country caught in unbreakable downward spiral, a country decoupled from the global community, a country which is marginalized politically and economically. This is the picture of Somalia portrayed by the western media and often accompanied by statements from the experts that Somalia is a lost cause and cannot be saved. The question is why should the world care? In a post- cold war situation Africa is no longer of importance, be it in political, strategic or economic sense, they postulate. The answer that the west has to their question about Somalia is “let Somalia drift in its own sea of misery and hopelessness. It is no concern to us – the world”.

Somalia’s problem is pushed to Africa, and Africa has three sub -regional organizations, ECOWAS for west Africa, IGAD for east Africa, SADC for southern Africa.

The capability of these bodies to make peace is overwhelmed by the logistical, political and financial challenges they encounter, and IGAD is the weakest. It has complicated rather than solve the problem. The member states of IGAD don’t even have a shared understanding of the Somali crisis, let alone necessary resources. IGAD produces new warlords and hosts the marauding bandits. All the Somali war criminals are in the so-called peace conference in Kenya with IGAD. The victims and the aggressors cannot live in the same room unless justice is served.

The poor Somalis are expecting more harm than good from the conference

The future of Somalia is dark, and the only light in the tunnel is Somaliland, which in contrast to Somalia has shown the world a new method of solving armed conflict and got up from the ruins of war without help from the outside world. Somaliland is enjoying peace and has reversed the situation. Somaliland has created a solid base for social, economic and political justice, after securing peace and stability in the country.

We urge the world community to recognize Somaliland as sovereign state. Recognizing Somaliland will help end the human suffering of Somalia. There is no other way out.

Allah blesses us all.


 

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