Haddii aad halyay tahay, markaa hadaf ku rooraaya
Hammigaaga waxa xoojin kara, hanad walaakaa ah
Oo hoodu waa meel sokee, hadalka kuu toos’sha
Haddiise ay tolkaa kula hadhaan, heecay baad noqone
Hammigeennu waa inu noqdaa, hawl ninkeed helaye.
“Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.” Aristotle
Who can argue that we are not angry at the right time to the right degree, for the right purpose and especially in the right way? We always seek dialogue instead of violence, we respect peace and most importantly we respect our neighbours and give them their due rights. The unfortunate thing is that we have yet to receive our due right and justice for our innocent people that have been killed for no reason. To me more and more it becomes clear that no matter how much we strive and struggle it seems all our efforts are futile and fall on deaf ears. We give this government more credit than it deserves. Time after time it has proven through its made to suit policies, unfair treatment, and stagnating the development of the people of Awdal and Salal that its main focus is its own interests.
We can demonstrate, condemn, hold press conferences, tell the world what Somaliland government is doing to its people but I personally think that is not going to help. The reason is that we within our own nation need to understand the extent and seriousness of our situation. We need to change our mind set and have confidences in our own abilities and resources. No government is going to come and fix our problems without there being something in it for them. We can see what our own government is doing to us.
We and only we can change our situation and demand our rights and ensure that we get what is rightfully ours. If we look back into the time of our beloved prophet when he and his small nation faced so much abuse form their own tribes and people did they ever resort to demonstrations and condemnation or did they seek diplomatic negotiations and take the matter into their own hands while putting trust in their Lord. We need to use our resources wisely and present our situation in a way that does not expose us or lowers us, we need to most certainly demand respect from our neighbours.
We should never ask what can someone else do for me or my nation?, but what can I do to fix the problem myself?. Every single one of us is responsible old, young, men and women. We need to all feel that responsibility and carry it together. Changes that come through this way are solid, long lasting and have best effect. Yes we can appeal to the international world but we need to do that constructively, collectively and through the right channels.
“He who does not have a past does not have a future”. So we have a past of glory?!! What remains of it today? Bits and puzzles that we have to piece together in a critical time when we have to defend our heritage. It is truly something to be ashamed of. I am angry and by Allah I have every right to be. I want to be proud of a place that I can call home. I have never been able to experience that and there are hundreds like me. All I know of my country is what we see today. How can one be proud of that? Yet we all wait for someone from somewhere to come and fix everything. While we wait for this someone to come and rescue us let me leave you with this thought and question. May Allah guide us all to that which will benefit us in this world and the next Amin.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Which category are we going to fit into?
Farhiya Ali Aw Abdi
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