MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.
Somali special forces stood over three bloodied bodies of the alleged attackers after officials declared they have full control of the Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel Saturday, more than 12 hours after gunmen, believed to be six in number, from the Islamic rebel group al-Shabab stormed into the hotel.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.
Muqdisho (Bartamaha) Ciidamada dowladda Soomaaliya ayaa gudaha u galay Hotelka Makka Al-Mukarama ee magaalada Muqdisho oo ay ilaa shalay ka dhex dagaalamayeen rag ka tirsanaa Al-shabaab,Rasaastii iyo qaraxyadii ayaa hadda istaagay waxaana gudaha Hotelka galay ciidamada dowladda Soomaaliya.
Wararka aan heleyno ayaa sheegaya inaan wali si buuxda loo xaqiijin amniga Hotelka, waline ay ciidanku qol qol u galayaan qaybaha Hotelka,Afhayeenka booliska Soomaaliya Qaasim Axmed Rooble oo warbaahinta la hadlay ayaa sheegay in lasoo afmeeray hawlgalkii ka socda Hotel Makka Al-Mukarama
Afhayeenka booliska Soomaaliya Qaasim Axmed Rooble ayaa sheegay in ciidmada dowladda Soomaaliya ay dhammaan toogteen kooxdii weerarka soo qaaday,wuxuuna xusay iney hada wadaan xaqiijinta amniga guud ee Hotelka.
Rag ka tirsanaa Al-shabaab oo Hotelka galay shalay galinkii danbe ayaa ilaa saaka halkaa kula dagaalamayey ciidamada dowladda Soomaaliya,dad badan ayaa Hotelka laga soo badbaadiyey,jawiga goobta ayaa hada ah mid aad u dagan waxaana Hotelka ku sugan saraakiisha sare ee ciidamada dowladda iyo masuuliyiin ka tirsan dowladda Soomaaliya.
We all know Somali women are one of the most attractive women. But have you seen when their mothers and grandmothers were young and elegant?.
Dhuusamareeb (Bartamaha) Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda federaalka Soomaaliya mudane Xasan SH Maxamuud iyo wafti ballaaran oo uu hogaaminayo ayaa gaaray magaalada Dhuusamareeb ee xarunta gobolka Galgaduud oo lagu wado inuu ka furmo shirka maamul goboleedka loogu samaynayo Gobolada Shexe.
Garoonka diyaaradaha magaalada Dhuusamareeb ayaa waxaa si wayn ugu soo dhoweeyey wafdiga madaxweynaha masuuliyiinta gobolka Galgaduud, saraakiisha ciidamada AMISOM ee ku sugan magaaladaas iyo shacabka ku dhaqan magaalada Dhuusamareeb.
Madaxweynaha ayaa caawa magaalada Dhuusamareeb kulamo kula leh odayaasha waxgaradka,Siyaasiyiinta iyo qaybaha kala duwan ee bulshada gobolada dhexe ee dalka,Madaxweynaha ayaa caawa ku hoyanaya magaalada Dhuusamareeb ee xarunta gobolka Galgaduud.
Aminga Magaalada Dhuusamareeb ayaa waxaa sugaya ciidamada dowladda Soomaaliya oo gacan ka helaya kuwa nabad ilaalinta Midowga Africa ee AMISOM.
Muqdisho(Bartamaha) Wasiirkii hore ee wasaaradda Dastuurk, arimaha Federaalka iyo Dimuquraadiyadda Puntland Marwo Sahro Siciid Nuur ayaa maanta xilkii wasaaradaasi si rasmi ah ugu wareejisay wasiir ku xigeenkii wasaaradda Dastuurka iyo arimaha Federaalka C/raxmaan Cabdi Ismaaciil.
Sahra Siciid Nuur ayaa bil ka hor waraaqda istiqaalada u gudbisay madaxweynaha Puntland Dr. C/weli Maxamed Cali Gaas oo ka aqbalay iscasilaadeeda,Marwo Sahro ayaa meesha ka saartay warar la isla dhexmarayey oo sheegayey iney isku casishay arimo siyaasadeed.
Wasiiradii hore ee wasaaradda Dastuurka iyo arimaha Federaalka Puntland ayaa shaaca ka qaaday iney shaqada uga tagtay arimo qoys oo iyada u gaara,waxayna ammaan u jeediyey madaxweynaha Puntland oo ay sheegtay inuu kalsooni buuxda siiyey.
Wasiirka Cusub ee la wareegay xilka wasaaradda Dastuurka,arimaha federaalka iyo Dimuquraadiyadda Puntland C/raxmaan Cabdi Ismaaciil ayaa sheegay in Marwo Sahro ay ahayd shaqsi sare u qaaday shaqada wasaaradda mudadii ay xilka haysay,wuxuuna ballan qaaday inuu halkeeda kasii wadayo shaqadii wasaaradda xilkeeda lagu wareejiyey.
HALKAN KA DHAGEYSO
MUQDISHO (Bartamaha) Dhimashada iyo dhaawaca ka dhashay qaraxyadii maanta duhurkii ka dhacay magaalada Muqdisho ee caasimadda Soomaaliya ayaa sii kordhay dadka dhintay iyo kuwa dhaawacmay ayaa waxaa ka mid ah masuuliyiin sar sare oo ka tirsan dowladda Soomaaliya.
Qaraxyada ayaa ka dhacay gudaha hoteelka Central ee magaalada Muqdisho xilli ay gudaha hotelka ku jireen masuuliyiin uu ka mid ahaa R/wasaare ku xigeenka dalka,waxaan la tilmaamay in qaraxa koowaad uu ahaa gaari waxyaabaha qarxa laga soo buuxiyey kaasoo ku qarxay afaafka hore ee masaajid Hotelka ku dhexyaal oo ay masuuliyiintu ku tukanayeen salaadda Jimcaha.
Daqiiqado kooban kadib ayaa waxaa dhacay qarax labaad oo la tilmaamay inuu fuliyey qof naftii huraa oo xirnaa jaakadaha qarxa, Inta la xaqiijiyey 18 ruux ayaa ku geeriyooday qaraxyada halka ay 40 kalane ku dhaawacmeen,dhaawacyada ayaa waxaa la gaarsiiyey Cisbitaalka madiina ee magaalada Muqdisho.
Masuuliyiinta ilaa hadda geeridooda la xaqiijiyey ayaa waxaa ka mid ah Xildhibaan Cumar Furdug, Maxamed Aadan Guuleed Caana-geel gudoomiye ku xigeenkii gobolka Banaadir ee dhanka Siyaasadda,C/shakuur Cali Mire wasiir ku xigeenkii hore ee wasaaradda warfaafinta, C/fataax Khaliif Baadiyow la taliyaha R/wasaare kuxigeenka dalka,Xildhibaan Maxamed Ducaale Xaaji,Cali Maxamed Cilmi xog-hayaha joogtada ah ee xafiiska R/wasaaraha.
Masuuliyiinta ku dhaawacmay ayaa waxaa ka mid ah Xildhibaan C/qaadir Cali Cumar wasiirkii hore ee amniga qaranka,Siyaasiga Salaad Cali Jeelle,R/wasaare ku xigeenka ahna kusimaha R/wasaaraha Maxamed Cumar Carte Qaalib iyo wasiirka Gaadiidka Badda iyo dakadaha Nuur Farax.
Al-shabaab ayaa sheegtay masuuliyadda weerarka maanta ka dhacay magaalada Muqdisho ee caasimadda Soomaaliya waxayna sheegeen in weerarka laga gaaray hadafkii laga lahaa.
Saraakiisha amniga dowladda Soomaaliya oo warbaahinta la hadlay ayaa sheegay iney baaritaan ku hayaan sida uu falku u dhacay,afhayeenka wasaaradda amniga Maxamed Yuusuf Cismaan ayaa sheegay iney gacanta ku hayaan dhammaan ilaaladii Hotelka ay weeraradu ka dheceen.
*Sawirada Hoos ka fiirso.
Muqdisho (BARTAMAHA) Ra’iisul Wasaaraha Xukuumadda Federaalka Soomaaliya, Mudane Cumar Cabdirashid Cali Sharma’arke ayaa maanta waxaa horgeeyey golaha Shacabka Madaxweynaha Jamahuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya Mudane Xasan Sheikh Maxamuud, si ay u siiyaan codka kalsoonida kadib markii uu Madaxweynuhu magacaabay 17-kii bishan.
Ra’iisul Wasaare Sharma’arke ayaa Barlamaanka ka hor akhriyey khudbad ka hadlaysa waxyaalaha u qorshaysan xukuumadiisa, iyo qaab ka ay noqonayso xukuumada cusub oo soo dhiso doono.
Ra’iisul wasaaraha ayaa sheegay inuu ahmiyada kowaad siinayo arrimaha nabad galyada, iyo in dalka Soomaaliya uu gaaro isku filaansho dhanka amniga ah, taas oo loo marayo dhisida ciidan qaran oo tayo leh.
“Marka aan helo kalsoonidiina, waxaan ballanqaadayaa inaan soo dhiso Xukuumad loo dhan yahay. Xukuumaddaas oo noqon doonta mid matasha qeybaha kala duwan ee Shacabka Soomaaliyeed, isla markaasna leh karti, aqoon, hufnaan, khibrad iyo firfircooni. Hadafka Xukuumadda aan soo dhisidoono, wuxuu noqon doonaa, in la hormariyo, lana higsado, gaaritaanka Isku-filnaasho dhanka Amniga, Dhaqaalaha iyo Adeegyada Bulshada sida ugu dhakhsida badan” ayuu yiri Ra’iisul Wasaare Cumar.
Sidoo kale Ra’iisul Wasaaraha ayaa sheegay in xukuumadiisu noqon doonto mid ay kala dhaxayso wada shaqayn dhamaan Hay’adaha dowaldda, si loo helo xasilooni siyaasadeed oo dalka ka saari karta marxalada uu hada kujiro, loona xaqiijiyo hirgalin aragtida 2016.
“Barnaamijka xukuumadda aan soo dhisidoono ka sokow, aniga oo kaashanaya Madaxweynaha,Hoggaanka Golaha Shacabka,
Xildhibaanada, iyo qaybaha kala duwan ee bulshada Soomaaliyeed, waxaan dardar-galinayaa helitaanka Siyaasad xasiloon oo isfaham leh, una dhaxeysa Madaxda Soomaaliyeed heer Federaal iyo heer Dawlad-goboleedba, si dib loogu hanto kalsoonida Shacabka Soomaaliyeed.Helitaanka Xasiloonida iyo isfahamka Siyaasaddu, wuxuu lafdhabar u yahay jiritaanka qaranimada Soomaaliya” ayaa yiri RW Cumar oo dhanka kalana xusay in xasilooni la’anta Siyaasaddu.ay halis gelin karto, Qaranimada, Dawladnimada, Horumarka, iyo Sharafta Dalka iyo Dadka Soomaaliyeed, caqabadna ku noqon karta bisaylkii siyaasadeed ee aan gaarnay sanadihii lasoo dhaafay
Ugu danbeyn, Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda F. Soomaaliya Mudane Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud, ayaa uga mahadceliyey xubnaha golaha shacabka codka kalsoonida ee ay siiyeen Ra’iisul Wasaare Cumar C/rashiid, isagona sheegay in uu balan qaadayo inay wada shaqayn buuxda dhex mari doonto isaga iyo Ra’iisul wasaaraha tixgalina uu sii doono go’aamada golaha wasiirada isagoona sheegay inuu ku difaacayo sarreynta sharciga.
“Waxaan idinka mahadcelinayaa ansixinta Ra’iisul wasaaraha cusub ee Somalia oo aan u soo magacaabay Danjire Cumar oo kalsooni aan ku qabo inuu howlaha harsan dhameystiri karo, sidoo kalena uu sii wadi karo howlihii labadii sano ee lasoo dhaafay lasoo qabtay,” ayuu yiri Madaxweyne Xasan oo ugu baaqay R/Wasaare Cumar inuu degdeg ugu hawlgalo dhisidda xukuumad cusub si loo gaaro hadafka dalka ee ku aaddan horumar, ammaanka iyo xaqiijinta hiigsiga 2016.
Jabuuti (BARTAMAHA) Wada-hadalladii u dhexeeyay dowladda federaalka Soomaaliya iyo maamulka Soomaaliland ee ka socday magaalada Jabuuti ayaa la soo gaba gabeeyay,iyadoona labada dhinac ay soo saareen qodobbo ay ku heshiiyeen.
Wafdiga madaxweynaha Soomaaliya,Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud iyo kan maamulka Soomaaliland ee uu hoggaaminayo,Mudane Axmed Siilaanyo ayaa ku heshiiyay qodobbo dhowr ah oo ka soo baxay shirkii uga socday Jabuuti.
Qodobada ay labada dhinac ku heshiiyeen ayaa waxaa kamid ah in la dardar galiyo wada-hadalada dowladda Soomaaliya iyo maamulka Soomaaliland,in laga fogaado wax walba oo wax u dhibi kara wadahadalka labada dhinac,in la ilaaliyo xaquuqda aadanaha si wada jir ahna loola dagaallamo kooxaha Argagixisada iyo burcad badeeda.
Sidoo kale,madaxda waxaa ay isla garteen 15-Bisha janaayo ee sanadka 2015 ay dowladda Soomaaliya iyo maamulka Soomaaliland ku balameen in ay ku kulmaan magaalada Istanbuul ee dalka Turkiga.
Ugu dambeyn,madaxweyne Xasan Sheekh iyo Axmed Siilaanyo waxaa ay si wada jir ah ugu mahadceliyeen madaxweynaha Jabuuti,Cismaaciil Cuamr Geele oo wada-hadalka fududeeyay,waana markii saddexaad oo dowladda Soomaaliya iyo maamulka Soomaaliland ay shir wada yeeshaan.
Kismaayo (BARTAMAHA) Wafdi uu hoggaaminayo madaxweynaha dowladda federaalka ah ee Soomaaliya, Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud ayaa maanta gaaray magaalada Kismaayo ee xarunta gobolka Jubbada hoose.
Wafdiga madaxweynaha ayaa u tagay Kismaayo si uu uga qeyb galo xaflad sagootin ah oo garoonka diyaaradaha Kismaayo loogu qabanayay ciidamada Sierra Leone ee qeybta ka ahaa howlgalka AMISOM oo ka baxaya Soomaaliya.
Madaxweyne Xasan Sheekh oo ay wehlinayeen xildhibaano, saraakiil, odayaal dhaqameedyo iyo siyaasiyiin, ayaa waxaa garoonka diyaaradaha si weyn ugu soo dhaweeyay mas’uuliyiinta maamulka Jubba, iyo qeybaha kale duwan ee buslaada ku nool magaaladaasi, iyagoo intaa kaddib ka qeyb galay munaasabaasi lagu sagootinayay Ciidamada Seirra Lion.oo dib ugu laabanaya dalkooda.
Ciidamada Seirra Leone ee ka baxaya Soomaaliya ayaa sababta dalkooda ay dib ugu laabanayaan ay tahay, kadib markii la waayay ciidamadii bedeli lahaa, maadaama uu dalkooda ka dilaacay cudurka Ebola.
Munaasabadda ayaa waxaa ugu horeyn ka hadlay taliyaha ciidamada AMISOM ee qaybta Kismaayo, Jen. Alio oo sheegay in ciidamada Sieraleone mudadii ay joogeen Soomaaliya ay kaalin ka qaateen nabad kusoo celinta dalka.
Taliyaha ayaa sheegay inaysan hakan doonin howlgallada ay AMISOM ka wado Somalia ayna ku faraxsanyihiin marxaladda uu hadda dalka marayo isagoo sheegay in dowladda Soomaaliya oo kaashaneeysa AMISOM ay horumar ka sameeyay dagaallada ka dhanka ah Al-shabaab.
Madaxweyne Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya mudane Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud ayaa u rajeeyay ciidamadaasi ka tagaya Soomaaliya inay si nabad ah dalkooda ku tagaan, waxaana uu ku ammaanay kaalintii ay ka qaateen howl galka AMISOM intii ay ku sugnaayeen Gobolada Jubooyinka.
Ciidamo ka socday Seirra Leone oo bedel u ahaa ciidamada ku sugnaa Jubbooyinka ayaa mid ka mid ah ciidankaas laga helay cudurka Ebola, taasoo keentay in ciidamadaas la baajiyo, waxaana ciidanka ku sugnaa Soomaaliya aanay muddo sanad ka badan ay ahaayeen kuwo aan la bedelin, maadaama laga cabsi qabay hadii la bedelo in cudurka Ebola uu ku soo faafo Soomaaliya.
Midowga Afrika ayaa la sheegay inuu raadinayo ciidamadii lagu bedeli lahaa ciidanka Seirra Leone oo wixii hada ka dambeeya si rasmi ah isaga baxaya Soomaaliya.
Madaxweynaha maamulka KMG ah ee Jubba oo ay warbaahinta weydiisay cidda beddeli doonta ciidamada Sierra Loene ayuu sheegay in lagu bedeli doono ciidammo ka kala imaan doona waddamada Itoobiya iyo Kenya.
Waa ciidamadii u horeysay ee ka tirsan AMISOM oo ka baxa Soomaaliya, tan iyo markii Midowga Afrika uu bilaabay in ciidamo nabad ilaalin u soo diro Soomaaliya sanadkii 2007-dii, waxaana haatan ku sugan Soomaaliya ciidamo ka socda dalalka Uganda, Brundi, Kenya, Jabuuti iyo Itoobiya.
Dhinaca kale,madaxweynaha dalka mudane Xasan Sheekh ayaa intii uu ku sugnaa magaalada Kismaayo waxa uu kulan la qaatay mas’uuliyiinta maamulka Jubba iyo qeybaha kale duwan ee bulshada Jubbooyinka oo uu kala hadlay xoojinta dowladnimada iyo in ay kaalin ka qaataan horumarinta deegaannada Jubbooyinka.
Wafdiga uu hoggaaminayo madaxweynaha ayaa goor dhow magaalada Muqdisho dib ugu soo laabtay.
Muqdisho (BARTAMAHA) Wasiirka arrimaha dibadda Soomaaliya, C/raxmaan Ducaale Beyle iyo safiirka dowladda Shiinaha u fadhiya Muqdisho ayaa booqday xarumo ay horay u dhistay dowladda Shiinaha oo xilligan la doonayo in dib loo dhiso.
Xarumo muhiim ah oo ku yaalla Muqdisho ayaa horay dowladda Shiinaha waxaa ay ka caawisay dowladdii dhexe,balse xilligaan waxaa soo gaaray bur bur xooggan qaarkoodna dad rayid ah ayaa deggan.
Wasiir Beyle oo ka hadlay booqashada ay ku tageen qar ka mid ah dhismayaashii dowladda Shiinaha ay dhistay,waxuu sheegay bur bur xooggan inay ku soo arkeen.
Waxuu sheegay dowladda Shiinaha inay xilligan doonayso inay dib u dhisto goobaha oo intooda badan shacabka iyo dowladda loogu adeegi jiray,taaso la sheegay inay tahay muhiim haddii la dhiso mar kale
Meelaha ay tageen wasiirka iyo safiirka waxaa ka mid ah: tiyatarka Qaranka Kulyadi Siyasada oo ah hatan meel ey dagan-yihiin qoysas tabaleysan iyo Stadium Muqdisho.
“Malintii shalay ahayd waxan soo booqday meelo kala duwan oo ay ka mid yihiin Tiyatarka Qaranka Kulyadi Siyasada oo ah hatan meel ey dagan yihiin Qoysas Tabaleysan stadium Muqdisho,waxana igu wehlinayay Boqashadeyda Danjiraha Dowlada Shiinaha ufadhiya Somalia waxa uuna kor merkeena ku saleysna sidii dib loogu dhisi laha gobahan oo ey horay u dhistay Dowlada Shiinaha,”ayuu ku yiri wasiir Beyle qoraal uu soo dhigay bogga uu ku leeyahay barta bulshada ee Facebooka.
Dowladda Shiinaha ayaa horay u ballan-qaaday inay dib u dhisayso dhammanba goobihii muhiimka ahaa ee ay horay u dhiseen kuwaaso ku bur buray dagaalladii ka dhacay Muqdisho.
The chaos and conflict that once consumed the port of Mogadishu are now gone and a few foreign investors are starting to move into Somalia. Turkey is leading the way – but why is there such a strong bond between these two countries?
Where once rival militias battled for control of these docks, giant container ships now line up to discharge their cargoes of cement, vehicles, pasta and rice. Huge cranes swoop up and down. Some operated by Turks, others by Somalis.
As a container swings uncomfortably close above my head, the sprightly Turkish manager of the port tells me that since his company took over in September, it has been bringing in a monthly revenue of $4m, and rising. Fifty-five percent goes straight to the Somali government.
He won’t let me take his photograph. “I’m too ugly,” he says.
It’s not just the port. Turks are everywhere in Mogadishu. And so is their flag. This visit, I think I saw more Turkish flags in the city than Somali ones.
Turks run the airport and are busy building a new terminal. Turkish Airlines now flies to Mogadishu four times a week, the first international airline to do so in more than 20 years.
At a gleaming new hospital, built by the Turks, Turkish doctors wear simple white polo shirts. On one sleeve is an image of the Turkish flag. The Somali flag is on the other.
Outside, Turkish builders in cowboy hats and Somalis in tatty T-shirts are putting the final touches to an Ottoman-style mosque with room for 2,000 worshippers. Craftsmen were flown in from Turkey to hand paint the ceiling in rich blues, reds and gold.
Even the garbage trucks trying to get rid of the 20 years’ worth of rubbish and rubble come from Turkey. I saw one such truck hosing down a street after a suicide bombing, to make sure every trace of blood and wreckage was removed.
It all started with the famine of 2011. The then Turkish prime minister, now president Erdogan, flew to Somalia. Unlike other foreigners, who keep at a safe distance from the country, preferring to do Somali-related business from neighbouring Kenya, he walked through the streets of Mogadishu. In a suit. Not body armour.
Somalis still talk to me about how he picked up dirty, starving children. How his wife kissed members of the despised minority clans.
And hence the love affair began. Somalis called their boys Erdogan, their daughters Istanbul.
This affection for a foreign country is highly unusual in Somalia. Somalis generally do not like outsiders, and have all sorts of abusive nicknames for them. But I struggled to find a Somali who would criticise Turkey, apart from the complaint that they hadn’t provided adequate drainage for the new roads they’re building in Mogadishu, and that they hadn’t done enough to help other parts of the country.
In private conversations, Western diplomats have told me Turkey doesn’t communicate or co-ordinate with other donors, that it is too unilateralist.
Turkey, like many other countries, is keen to lay its hands on Africa’s natural resources and to exploit new markets as the continent develops. But it has chosen an eccentric way in – Somalia is classed by many as one of the world’s most dangerous countries.
The Turks in Mogadishu seem to have a different attitude to danger. On the day of a suicide bombing, I was forbidden access to the highly fortified airport, where I was due to meet the British ambassador.
But just nearby was a Turkish school, guarded by a couple of lightly-armed Somalis. Turkish children scampered about, playing hide and seek amongst the papaya trees. They share classes with Somali students, who the teachers say are especially good at computing and languages.
The Turks have paid a price for this more relaxed attitude to security. A few have been killed and injured in attacks by the Islamist group al- Shabab; some have been shot dead in disputes over money and other issues.
The next day, I managed with some difficulty to get into the airport compound, this time to meet the United Nations, based in a sterile, grey complex of containers.
Somewhat to my embarrassment, I didn’t have a pen. The UN lady kindly lent me a pencil. I forgot to give it back, and later on I gave it to a Somali friend.
Wielding the pencil, he rushed off to his friends shouting, “Look. This is all the UN has to offer us, after more than 20 years and billions of dollars. In just three years, the Turks have helped transform our man-made earthquake of Mogadishu into a semi-functioning city.”
Of course, it’s not as simple as that. The UN and others are paying for African Union soldiers who are helping make Somalia a safer place. The Turks have gone for highly visible projects.
But as I sat eating the cube of Turkish delight offered to me by the sleek stewardess on my homeward Turkish Airlines flight, I couldn’t help wondering whether the rest of the world could learn something from what the Turks are doing in the broken city of Mogadishu.
Mogadishu, Somalia – After more than two decades of bloody civil war that has left tens of thousands of people dead, the guns are slowly falling silent and life is gradually returning to normal in the Somali capital.
Somalis who fled abroad to escape the war are flocking back to the seaside city, bringing with them much-needed investment capital.
Mogadishu, a city of more than one million inhabitants, is getting a facelift. New buildings are replacing the bullet scared crumbling war relics. New roads are replacing the old pot-holed ones.
And for the first time in more than 20 years, petrol stations have opened in the city to fill the empty tanks of the increasing road traffic.
Business at these new stations is booming. But not everyone is happy with them.
Years ago, Mohamed Barre began snapping pictures of Somali life in Minnesota just so his kids could see what it was like for the first refugees.
But as he photographed everything from mosques to halal markets, Barre found he’d built a rich archive of Somali-American life for everyone. What began as an amateur photographer’s tinkering grew into art.
On Saturday, he’ll host an exhibit of his images at Bottineau Commons in Minneapolis. Barre, 50, describes the photos as “a good excuse” to get Somalis and non-Somalis together.
“I want everyone to get to know my community as well as their neighbors, to know more who they are and ask questions that you somehow cannot ask at the playground, at the bus,” he said recently as he watched his children run around the soccer fields near their northeast Minneapolis apartment building. “You can come and ask me any question that relates about the community.”
Barre came to the United States as a refugee in 1995. He lived in Virginia then moved to Minnesota in 1998. He met his wife, Naema Ali, also a Somali refugee, when they were both in college at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis. Their six kids, ages 9 to 13, were all born in Minnesota.
It’s important for the younger generation to know the way things were for people who fled war-torn Somalia, Barre said. But while some Somali refugees focus on returning to a renewed Somalia, Barre says that’s the last thing on his mind.
“We are raising children that were born here. Few of them will ever go back,” said Barre, a child-support officer at the Hennepin County Department of Health and Human Services. Immersing them completely in American life will let them “integrate and understand this is their country.”
That doesn’t mean he wants his children completely disconnected from their heritage. When asked, they can rattle off facts about Somalia, their parents’ homeland.
“They have dangerous animals, like hyenas and lions,” says 10-year-old Ishaq.
“A lot of beaches and mango trees,” Issa, who’s 11, chimes in.
The children are more comfortable, though, with knock-knock jokes and NFL scores. Occasionally they burst into random pop culture refrains, like when they sing the theme from the “Cops” TV show.
Barre and his wife wouldn’t have it any other way. “They owe a sense of belonging to somewhere and it has to be here in Minnesota,” he said. “I have to give them full freedom for them to exercise and understand the culture they belong to.”
“I want them to understand who I am, what my values are, the cultures that I had,” he said. “But I also want to give them the opportunity to understand their culture so they can choose how to blend the two.”
When they’re older, he hopes they’ll look at his photos and see the faces of the Somali refugees who helped make their lives in Minnesota possible.
“I always tell them, ‘Don’t be like me, a newcomer,” he said. “You were born here. You live here.”
Mogadishu — Four people were killed and nine wounded in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Wednesday when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a UN convoy, police and rebels said.
The convoy of armoured vehicles was ferrying staff between Mogadishu’s heavily-fortified airport and a protected UN base in the city when it was hit close to the airport gate.
Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels, who are fighting to overthrow the country’s internationally-backed government, said in a statement that their fighters had “targeted a convoy of foreign mercenaries and their apostate allies.”
UN convoys are systematically flanked by pickup trucks carrying private security officers who provide protection for international staff.
“The bomber drove in between the security escort and the UN armoured vehicles and detonated the car, ramming into one of the escort vehicles,” police officer Mohamed Liban told AFP.
Liban said he had counted four bodies, all Somali nationals either providing security for the UN or those passing by who had been caught by the blast. Police said nine others were wounded.
The UN mission in Somalia confirmed the attack, saying in a statement that there were “thankfully no injuries to UN staff” but regretting the “casualties amongst bystanders and security personnel.”
A dark plume of smoke rose high in the sky as fierce flames engulfed the wreckage of vehicles hit by the explosion, which was heard across the seaside capital.
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Witnesses said the UN convoy consisted of four armoured vehicles escorted by private security personnel driving in pick-up trucks.
“The explosion was very big and there is smoke all around the area. I can hardly see people lying on the ground, either dead or wounded,” said local resident Shamso Idle.
The attack appeared to be a repeat of a Shebab operation in February, when six people — Somali guards, passers-by and shop owners — were killed in a suicide attack on a convoy carrying UN staff near the airport.
A number of foreign diplomatic missions are based inside the huge airport complex, which has also been used to house a number of UN staff since a city-centre UN compound was attacked by the Shebab last year.
The airport zone is also the base of the 22,000-strong African Union force fighting the Shebab.
Shebab fighters once controlled most of southern and central Somalia, but have been driven out of fixed positions in Mogadishu and most major towns by the AU force.
Shebab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed by a US air strike in September. He has since been replaced by Ahmad Umar Abu Ubaidah.
The group have carried out a string of high profile attacks in Mogadishu this year, including against the presidency, parliament and intelligence headquarters.
Shootings and car bombings are also a regular occurence in the city.
The Shebab have also stepped up operations in Kenya, and on Tuesday massacred 36 non-Muslim quarry workers in a Kenyan border town.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to “intensify the war on terrorism” against the Shebab following the quarry attack, calling the Islamists “deranged animals” and blaming them for the death of more than 800 Kenyans.
The Shebab in turn warned they would be “uncompromising, relentless and ruthless” in further attacks.
The two-day High Level Partnership Forum (HLPF) co-chaired by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the United Nations is aimed to maintain momentum in the political transition process and foster dialogue and reconciliation in Somalia.
The conference brought together Somali federal government and regional representatives, civil society and the international community representative.
“The HLPF will be a critical opportunity to review progress and chart the way ahead for the implementation of the New Deal Somali Compact,” said UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Somalia Nicholas Kay.
“Much has been achieved, particularly through the concerted and joint efforts of the federal government. But significant challenges remain,” he added.
Danish Ambassador Geert Aagaard Andersen, European Union Special Representative for the Horn of Africa Alex Rondos, EU Special Envoy to Somalia Michele Cervone d’Urso, Italian Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli, Swedish Ambassador Mikael Lindvall and British Ambassador Neil Wigan are also attending the meeting.
The United States which was earlier invited to the conference has cancelled its participation over recent political tension between the President and the Prime Minister.
Muqdisho (Bartamaha) Laba qof oo mid ka mid ah uu ahaa mas’uul ka tirsan dowladda Soomaaliya ayaa ku dhaawacmay qarax maanta ka dhacay jidka muhiimka ah ee Maka Al-Mukarama ee Muqdisho, iyadoo mas’uulka lahaa gaariga uu qaraxu ka dhacay uu gellinkii dambe ee maanta u dhintay dhaawicii soo gaaray.
Qaraxan oo ahaa mid lagu xiray baabuurka mas’uulkan oo lagu magacaabi jiray, Mukhaar Dheer oo ka tirsanaa qaybta baratakoolka ee madaxtooyada, haddana ka mid ahaa xubnaha ka howlgala garoonka diyaaradaha ee Muqdisho ayaa ka dhacay agagaarka hoteel Wehliye oo ku dhow isgoyska dabka.
Gaariga qaraxa lagu soo xiray ayaa gabi ahaan burburay, iyadoo qaraxuna uu dhacay xilli uu gaarigu socday waddaduna ay ahayd mid aad u mashquul badan, iyadoo qofka kale ee uu dhaawaca kasoo gaaray qaraxan uu ahaa wiil dhallinyaro ah oo waddada marayay.
Waddada ayaa waxaa qaraxa kaddib buuxiyay ciidammo ka tirsan kuwa amniga dowladda Soomaaliya, iyagoo joojiyay dhammaan isku socodka jidka, waxaana sidoo kale halkaa soo gaaray ciidamada dabka la dagaalama oo damiyay gaariga uu dab ka kacay.
Afhayeenka maamulka gobolka Banaadir, Cali Zeko oo goobta soo gaaray ayaa sheegay in qaraxa uu ahaa mid gaariga lagu soo xiray, balse ay billaabayaan baaritaanno ay ku baadi-goobayaan kuwii ka dambeeyay qaraxa gaariga lagu xiray.
Xalaadda amni ee Muqdisho ayaa wali ah mid ay ka dhacayaan falal amni darro,waxaana sidoo kale socda howlgallo ciidammada ammaanka ay ku soo qabteen uh iyo rag ka tirsan Al-shabaab.
Mogadishu (AFP) – Two people were seriously wounded Sunday when a bomb exploded in their car in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said.
“We believe that the bomb was attached to the car,” police officer Ahmed Siyad said.
The blast, on one of the seaside capital’s busiest and central roads, set the car on fire.
Witnesses said the blast could be heard several streets away.
“The car burned up into flames, there were two people with their bodies covered in blood, it was horrible,” said Muhsin Adan, a witness.
“They were alive, but I’m not sure if they would survive such injuries,” he added.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb, but Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents have stepped up guerrilla attacks in the capital and elsewhere in the country after being chased from key cities by African Union-led troops.
The attack took place on a busy road leading to the government district.
The identies of those wounded was not immediately clear.
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Mogadishu (Bartamaha) Somali National Assembly speaker Professor Mohamed Osman Jawari had called upon members of the parliament to give him the last chance to mediate the deepened unrest in the Somalia federal government top leaders before they use other means.
Amid a political dreadlock between the President of federal government of Somalia Hassan Shiekh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Shiekh Ahmed, Somali Parliament speaker together with International Community are making separate talks with the top leaders over their differences that led the weak western-backed government institutions to freeze their steady progress to stability in the country.
Somali lawmakers had also the first time became divided on the tension between the president and the Prime Minister, while some have tabled a “No Confidence” motion against the Prime Minister causing other lawmakers on the Prime Ministers in anger.
International partners of Somalia had unanimously warned over “No Confidence” motion which they said could became major setback to Somalia’s vision of realising a government in the near future.
Parliamentarians are expected to debate the motion against the Prime Minister if the ongoing mediation fails to bring about ease.
Madaxda Dalka ayaa maanta oo qeybgashay Aaska Taliyihii Booliska ee Soomaaliya Marxuum Maxamed Shiikh Xasan. Marxuumka ayaa maanta lagu aasay dugsiga tababarada booliiska ee Jen. Kaahiye (Scuola Polizia).
Taliyihii Taliyihii Booliska ee Soomaaliya Jen. Maxamed Sheekh Xasan Ismaaciil oo maalintii Khamiista ahayd si lama filaan ah ugu geeriyooday Muqdisho.
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