Sunday, April 26, 2015

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They fired him! Showed him the door, booted him out.

This just in: The al Qaeda-linked Somali jihadist group, al Shabaab, has officially sacked US-born militant, Omar Hammami, also called Abu Mansour al Amriki  – or “the American”.
In a written statement released Monday, al Shabaab declared that, “Abu Mansour al-Amriki does not, in any way, shape or form, represent the views” of the  group.

The message – titled “A Candid Clarification” – was posted on the media-savvy al Shabaab’sTwitter feed [@HSMPress] in Arabic and English.

What can I say? He had it coming, he only had himself to blame.

Since 9/11, there have been a fair number of news reports, studies, books, films – even the odd farce – on the sort of misfits in Western societies who get attracted to the jihadist cause.

But what about misfits who quit the country of their birth – only to become misfits in jihadist misfit-istan?

‘Childish petulance’ in the ‘narcissistic pursuit of fame’

This one has been brewing over the past year, as al Shabaab has steadily lost ground to an African Union (AU) interventionist force in Somalia.

In late September, months after the capital of Mogadishu fell from al Shabaab control, the jihadist group withdrew from the southern port of Kismayu, their last major urban stronghold, in a retreat that signaled their demise as a quasi-conventional military force.

The troubles between al Amriki and al Shabaab have been playing out very publicly on jihadist media circles since both parties are tirelessly self-promoting, jihadist content-creating machines.
The first sign of trouble came in March, when al Amriki released a video statement disclosing that his life was under threat from fellow al Shabaab fighters due to “differences that occurred between us regarding matters of the sharia and matters of strategy.”
Shortly after that clip was released, I wrote a blog wondering if this was a sign of dissent in al Shabaab ranks. More likely, I surmised, it was merely an indication of just how insufferable the Alabama native, born to a Muslim father and Christian mother, was to live with, much less fight with.

Turned out I was right. In their latest statement, the “press office” of the “Harakat al-Shabaab al Mujahideen” (that’s the official al Shabaab name) accused al Amriki of “childish petulance” and that “the alleged frictions and the video releases are merely the results of personal grievances that stem purely from a narcissistic pursuit of fame and are far removed from the reality on the ground”.
Phew – tough crowd!
Al Shabaab’s Comedy Central-worthy Twitter war
Al Amriki apparently released a second video clip – in October – moaning about his fate. According to the latest al Shabaab statement, the timing of these releases – and this is interesting – were calculated to “cultivate the seeds of disunity” at a time when the group was “most likely to be under pressure from their enemies”.
Now that is indeed a candid acknowledgment of the group’s sinking fortunes.
The March video clip, according to al Shabaab, came just as AU forces were preparing to launch military operations in the southern Somali Lower Shabelle region. The October clip came as Kenyan forces invaded Kismayu.
Now that’s a bit rich, if you ask me. Al Shabaab has been under siege ever since Kenyan troops launched a military operation in Somalia in October 2011 – not long after, as some of you may remember, the cancer-stricken, wheelchair-bound Frenchwoman Marie Dedieu was kidnapped from her beach hut in the Kenyan island of Lamu.

The launch of that operation sparked a media war – played out on Twitter – between al Shabaab and a Kenyan Defence Forces press officer that’s worthy of a segment on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show.
In the early days of the operation, the al Shabaab “press office” waged a battle of words against then Kenyan military spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir that often had some of us journalists in stitches.

In one post, Major Chirchir [@MajorEChirchir] threatened to bomb concentrations of donkeys that might be moving weapons for the insurgents.

Al Shabaab promptly responded: “Your eccentric battle strategy has got animal rights groups quite concerned, Major.”

My favorite though was a response to one of Major Chirchir’s claims that Kenyans were blasting their way through al Shabaab terrain. “Your boys are a grotesque parody of an army!” scoffed al Shabaab. “They can outpace ur world-class runners by far. Indeed, they ‘Run like a Kenyan’”.

Kenya orders Somali refugees back to cramped camps

In the end, it was al Shabaab militants that did the running. But although the group has lost control of its former southern Somali stronghold, they still manage the odd attacks in the newly bustling capital of Mogadishu.

Last week, the group claimed responsibility on its Twitter account for a suicide car bombing on Mogadishu’s Maka al-Mukaram road.

In characteristic Twitter bluster, al Shabaab claimed all sorts of things – that it targeted AU troops, damaged a military convoy, killed a “top US counterterrorism official” – a jihadist dream-come-true scenario.

But the reality is a lot less grandiose – and a lot sadder.

The three victims of the latest suicide bombing in Mogadishu were the suicide bomber himself and two civilian bystanders.

Somali civilians have borne the brunt of al Shabaab’s hubris – from its military assaults to its non-existent agricultural policies that led afamine in 2011, which killed tens of thousands in the once-fertile southern Somali Shabelle region – formerly called “the breadbasket of Somalia”.

The truly insidious effect of all this media bluster is not just that some folk believe it, but that some exploit it to worsen the plight of ordinary Somalis.

A day after al Shabaab announced that it had kicked al Amriki from their ranks, the Kenyan government announced that “all asylum-seekers and refugees from Somalia” should return to remote and overcrowded camps – such as Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp – near Kenya’s northern border with Somalia.

The order follows a spate of attacks in the largely ethnic Somali district of Eastleigh – often called “Little Mogadishu” – in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Nairobi alone is home to more than 33,000 Somali refugees. This number does not include unregistered Somali migrants who make a living on Eastleigh’s potholed, vendor-choked streets.

I get the shivers just thinking of how Kenya plans to implement this new measure.

Kenyan police – overwhelmingly distrusted and disparaged – are widely suspected of being responsible for a spate of killings and disappearances of al Shabaab-linked suspects.
I predict crackdowns, backlash and widespread fear among Kenya’s Somali community.

Faced with these sorts of hardships on an epic scale, the exploits of egotistical, foreign-born al Shabaab jihadists – also called muhajirin (foreigners) – in a country they barely know and certainly don’t care about are really not funny.

There was a time when Somalia was a hotspot on the jihadi tourism trail, with US intelligence officials estimating that dozens of Americans – including Americans of Somali origins – joining al Shabaab ranks.

Figures on the inflow and outflow of jihadists are hard to come by, but I suspect al Shabaab’s recruitment drives these days aren’t as successful as they used to be.

For the Somali jihadist group to kick out one of their longtime fighters in these depleted times is an indication of the level of al Amriki’s repugnance.

In one of his odious postings, an “online autobiography” released in May, al Amriki noted that, “I knew that I was going to become a fugitive for the rest of my life when I made that decision [to fight in Somalia]” before adding, “Someone seeking a thrill or a hippy’s midsummer’s night dream doesn’t normally consciously burn his bridges like that.”
You cracked it kid. You “normally consciously” burnt your bridges – on both ends, I might add. Now we’ll see how – and if – you get out of this latest twist. Because if there’s one thing I’m sure of, whatever al Amriki does, we’ll hear about it.

Leela Jacinto is an award-winning international news reporter who has doggedly pursued stories across the globe. Along the way, she has harangued some officials, wined and dined with others, but has always kept her eyes on what’s in it for ordinary folks. A graduate of New York University, Leela has previously worked for ABC News in New York before joining FRANCE 24. In this blog, she provides insights on things you don’t necessarily see in the news bytes.


Ma Xasuusataa markii Instagram ay ahayd shirkad ka madaxbanaan FACEBOOK?. Berisamaadkii?, Laakiin maalin maalmaha ka mid ah ayaa waxaa $715 Million ku gadatay Facebook, intaa wixii xigay Instagram Qiyaamaheedaa soo yeerayey.

Tii ugu darnaydse maadan maqal, Ma ogtahay in Instagram ay badashay sharciyadeedii ay horay u lahayd haba ugu darnaatee waxaa ay Caddeeyeen in Sawiradaada aad gashato Instagram ay gadan karaan ayna siin karaan ciday doonaan iyagoon adiga waxba kaa warsan.

Haddaba hadaad meel ku aragto sawir aad taleefankaaga isaga qaaday ama aad Joornaal ku aragto sawir aad leedahay, ha welwelin Instagram ayaa iibsatay oo cidday doonto ka gadatay. Adiguna waxba kama dhihi kartid oo adaa ogolaaday in sidaa lagu yeelo.

Gabaryaheey haddii aad dooneyso in si fudud aad ku ogaato xiliga ninkaada uu ku sheekeynayo in warkiisa sax yahay ama been yahay waxaad raacdaa habkaan hadaad ku aragto ogaaw been ayuu ku sheegayaa
Indhaha Been Ma Sheegaan: marka uu wax ku leeyahay si wacan oo toos ah u fiiri indhihiisa haddii uu been sheegayo waxad arkeysa isaga oo si deg deg ah kaaga jee-jeedinaya indhihiisa
Fiiri Dhaq-dhaqaaqa Cagahiisa: Haddii uu ku sheekeynayo cagahiisana ay sameynayaan dhaq-dhaqaaq ah in marba cag cagta kale saaro ama kala war wareejiyo ogaaw been ayuu shegaya ama wax aan soconeyn ayuu kaa dhaadhicinayaa
  Hadii Uu Dhabarka Kuu Jediyo: haddii aa aragto marka uu hadalka kuu bilaabo in durba garabkiisa ku soo aadinayo ogaaw wax ayuu kaa qarinayaa wajigiisa maadama beenta laga garto wajiga
  Su`aal Kedis ah weydii: weydii su`aal kedis ah oo sahal oo uusan fileyn tusaale , xalay intee jirtay ama yaad la qaxweeysay  waxaad fiirisaa jawaabta uu ku siinayo hadii aad aragto in gacmihisa uu jeebka giliyay ogaaw waxa uu isku dayayaa in uu wax ka qariyo maxaa yeelay been ayuu sheegaya


khalid oo ah wiil yar oo kunol magaaladda Tacis ee Dalka Yamen oo Ay da’diisu tahay 5 jir  ayaa dareema baahi aad u wayin in loo dhiso gabdh.Isagao Xili Kaste Dareenkisu Kacsan Yahay Sidii Qofweyn oo Kale oo Qan Gaar ah,

Khalid oo baaluqay  isaga oo jira 2 sano. Taas oo keentay in uu kacsi badan yeesho sida wiil 16- 19 jir ah. Asuri oo ah aabaha wiil ka yar ayaa arrintan Sabab uga dhigay in u hilib ka soo baxay maskaxda  Khalid. Taasina Ay keentay in uu ku soo sii daayo jirka unugyo aad u tiraban.

Haddaba Unugyadaas ayaa keenay in uu  dareenadiisu biiraan inkasta oo ay da’diisu yar tahay. Wiilka yar oo dherekiisu yahay 1.26 santimiter miisaan kiisuna yahay 30 kiilo.

Asuri oo sheegay in uu Khalid qaato irbad 500 dollar ah bil kasta si ay u dagto xaaladiisu ugana yaaraato unugyada faraha badan ee jirkiisa soo galaayo. Aabuhuna ma awoodu in uu bixiyo lacgtaas bil kast oo Waxaa uu kasoo Jeeda Qoys iska meel dhaxaad ah.

Horay waaxaa daaweyntiisa wiil ka yar ku balan qaaday ninkii laha dhaxalka boqortooya Sacuudiga Amir suldan. Markaas oo qaliin loogu sameeyay wiilka yar dhaxtar ku yaal magaalada Jidda ee dalka Sacuudiga.

Balse markii uu dhintay Amirku Balan Qaadka u Sameyey,Ayey Taalo u soo Baxdey Abaha Wilka dhalay, Waxaana uu awoodi kari waayay in uu u bixiyo kharashka  irbada uu qaato Wilisa.

Awooda qoyska oo yaraatay iyo Sidoo kale dhaaqaalaha dalka Yemen u hoos u dhacaay labadii sano ee u dambeysay ayaa keentay in ay dadbadan hayntoodu yaraato oo uu ku jiro Qoyska Wilka uu ka soo jeedo.

Dhaqtar Sayid oo ah dhaqtar ku takhsusay xaga unugyada ayaa sheegay in wiilka yar u baahan yahay daawayin degdeg ah,Haddaii kale ay jirkisa Cafimaad ahaan wax u dhimi karto  unugyadaan uu soo saarayo Maalin kaste jirkisa, Haddii aan laga Hortagiin

Louis  Patterson oo ah 25 sano jir udhashay dalka Mareykanka ayaa dhigay Iskoor shukaansi kii ugu yaabka badnaa.

Ninkaan ayaa habeen qura xa uu hal Huteel ku balamiye  25 haween ah oo mid walbaa gaarkeeda ubalamiye isagoo arintaa kaga gol leh in uu dhigo iskoor  shukaansi kii ugu tirade badnaa caalamka.

Mr. Louis mar uu uhadlaye Tv-ga caalamiga ah ee CNN ka ayaa sheegay  in mudo dheer kutaamaye in hal meel isugu keena 25 gabdhood.

“waxa aan aad ugu farxsanahay in caawa ay ii rumoowday rideeydii ahayd in habeen qura aan haasaawe ama shukaansi  la sameeyo 25 gabdhood, Aniga waxa an 3 bilood ka hor goostay in aan shukaansi la sameeyo haween gaarayo da’da aan jiro ee 25 sano  sida aad aragtaana caawa ayaan ku guuleestay  hamigaygii”

Mr.Louis  ayaa intaa raaciye in uu sii wadayo shukaansiga xad dhaafka ah ee mudooyinkii dambe uu waday isagop hamigiisa yahay in uu gaaro tira intaa kabadan.

Bageka uu Twitter  uu kuleeyahay Louis ayuu ku qoray in doonayo in markale uu dhigo iskoor shukaansi kii ugu tira badnaa caalamka.

Nikaan ayaa ka yaabiye dadka ku  nool caalamka waana talaabadii ugu horeeysay oo uu qaado nin Reer galbeed ah.


A SOMALI employer yesterday shot dead a chef in Ndola allegedly after the two differed over payments.

Holland Kabaso, 30, was shot dead around 11:30 hours at Catchpol Flats on Kopa Road near the town centre.

Omar Mohammed Hashi, also aged 30, and a business executive, has been charged with murder.

Copperbelt police chief Mary Tembo confirmed yesterday that Mr Kabaso was shot in the head and died instantly.

Ms Tembo said Hashi was arrested in Kansenshi area as he attempted to flee in a taxi and police recovered a 7.55 calibre VZOR pistol and four rounds of ammunition.

An eyewitness said Hashi had driven into the premises in his BMW vehicle and asked Mr Kabaso to fetch his passport from the house.

Mr Kabaso collected the passport and gave it to Hashi as he enquired about his salary but the Somali got upset and shot Mr Kabaso in both legs and the head.

In panic, Hashi drove off but later abandoned his vehicle in Kansenshi to book a taxi to Sakania border after offering to pay K2 million.

But the taxi driver got suspicious and instead drove Hashi to a military Provost in Kansenshi residential area after noticing that the passenger was armed.

Meanwhile, two children of Kafubu bloc in Luanshya died instantly after being struck by lightning on Wednesday around 15:00 hours.

Ms Tembo identified the victims as Thomas Lungu, aged five, and a female Moono Lungu, 12. The mother sustained serious injuries and was admitted to Roan Hospital.



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Lamaanaha Nolol Wadaag Ah Mar Walba Muxibo Iyo Gal Jaceyl In Ay Isku Mujiyaan Oo Ay Isa Siyaan Waa Mid Lagama Maar Maan Ah Oo Meesha Ku Jirta Gabadha Oo Kaliya Lagama Donaayo In Nin Keeda Ay Muxibo Iyo Jaceyl Ay Ku Beerta.

Wiilka Oo Kaliya Lagama Donaayo In Gabadha Xaas Kiisa Ah In Gal Jaceyl Iyo Muxibo Uu Ku Beero Lakin Mida Laga Donaayo Ayaa Waxay Tahay Ninka Iyo Xaas Kiisa In Ruux Walba Halkiisa Uu Kaga Muujiyo Ruuxa Kale Dareen Iyo Farxad Gal Jaceyl Oo Waara.

Mida Kala Waa Ay Wanaagsan Tahay Lamaanaha Mid Koodi In Jaceylka Uu Ku Xoog Bad Naado Taasi Wax Dhib Ah Inta Badan Ma Kayneyso Jaceylka Ayaa Sii Siyadaayo In Ay Ku Kala Tartamaan Ninka Iyo Xaas Kiisa Waa Ay Wanaagsan Tahay Mid Walba Ruuxa Kale In Uu U Muujiyo Jaceyl Siyaado Ah Ku Beero.

Lakin Waxuu Dhib Ka Imanayaa Hadii Labada Ruux Mid Koodi Ruuxa Kale Ku Daayo Oo Ku Fiirsada Jaceylka Halkaas Waxaa Ka Dilacaaya Is Fahan Daro Iyo Kala Shaki Oo Ruuxa Kale Fakrad Qalad Ah Uu Ka Amiino Mar Walba Waa In Lamaanaha Isku Muujiyaan Oo Ay Isku Buraan Jaceyl Iyo Marxabeen Ee Sii Xoojisa Nolosha Iyo Isku Nagaasho Dheer Hor Seed U Noqda

Ninka Xaas Kiisa Waa Mid Maalinkii Sidex Jeer Iyo In Ka Badan Laga Donaayo In Gabadha Xaas Kiisa Ah Dhunkasho Ka Dis Ah Uu Siyo Dhinaca Dhamanada Daanka Xaas Kaaga Ayadoo Faraxsan Ayay Ku Soo Fiirineysaa Oo Qosleesa Taasina Waa Mid U Wanaagsan Lamaanaha Si Ka Dis Ah In Hadiyado Iskugu Siyaan Farxada.

Dhunkasho Oo Kaliya Ma’ahan Xaas Kaaga Xiliga Magalada Aad Adeyso Waa In Hadiyado Kuwa Ay Ugu Jeceshahay U Kentaa Oo Aad Ugu Farxisaa Si Kadis Ah Ayadoo Oo Geyn Kaana Filaneyn Taleefan U Soodir Mudada Magalada Ku Maqan Tahay Sida Aysan Kaaga Wal Walin Naxdinta U Dareemin.

Ninkaaga Miyaa Ladilay Gaari Miyaa Dilay Waxyaabo Badan Oo Wal Wal Ah Ayaa Ku Ber Maayo Ruuxa Ku Jaceyl Mudada Aad Kala Maqan Tahiin Mid Walba Halkiisa Ayey Murugo Ku Filan Ku Hesataa Farxad Iyo Qosal Iyo Laab Dagnaan Inta Aad Wada Jogtaan Un Bay Jirtaa.

Albaabka Marka Aad Ka Soo Gasho Xaas Kaaga Iyo Caruurtaada Waa In Aad Wada Marxabeysaa Mid Walba Dhugasho Sisaa Xaas Kaaga Si Gaar Ah Waa In Hadiayeeda Iyo Dhun Gahadeeda Aad Ugu Sisaa Meel Ka Baxsan Caruurta Halka Ay Ku Sugan Yahiin Umad Muslim Ah Ayaa Nahay Xaas Kaaga Rabi Waa Uu Kuu Baneeyay Lakin Waa In Halkii Loogu Talagalay Aad Ku Dhunkataa Kuna Barxabaysaa Hadiyada Aad U Soo Iibisina Ku Sisaa.

Ninka Ragga Ah Xaafada Marka Uu Ka Soo Galaayo Waxaa Laga Donayaa In Asagoo Waji Furan Oo Faraxsan In Uu Soo Galo Hadii Magalada Loogu Soo Xanaajiyay Xitaa Waa In Guriga Marka Uu Yimaado Xaaskiisa Ka Nixin Wax Walba Oo Magalada Ku Soo Qabsaday Ee Kala Soo Kulmay Waa In Xaas Kiisa Si Dagan Ugu Shegaa Marka Horena Alabaabka Ku Soo Galaa Waji Furan Iyo Farxad Daganaan Qoraa Sare Xasan Wadani Dhamaad.

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HERE is a story about fame. I heard it first as a fable in Somalia, before living it out in America.

The fox, they say, once had an elegant walk, for which the other animals loved him. One day, he saw a prophet striding along and decided to improve on what was already beautiful. He set out walking but could not match the prophet’s gait. Worse, he forgot his own. So he was left with the unremarkable way the fox walks today.

Right now, the pressures of the music industry encourage me to change the walk of my songs. When I write from the deepest part of my heart, my advisers say, I remind people too much of Somalia, which I escaped as a boy. My audience is in America, so my songs should reflect the land where I have chosen to live and work.

They have a point. A musician’s songs are not just his own; he shares them with an audience. Still, Somalia is where my life and poetry began. It is my walk. And I don’t want to lose it. Or stifle it. Or censor it in the name of marketing.

I first saw censorship as a child in Mogadishu, walking into my home’s courtyard one day and hearing a radio hushed nearly to silence. The adults hovered around, listening to a song. And I asked why one song had to be played at a whisper while another could blast through the house.

A war was going on, I was told, and some songs had meanings the government did not want deciphered. Those “anti songs” were different from love songs, or folk songs. You had to take care in dressing the words. In love songs, words could preen in bright colors; in anti songs, they attacked in camouflage. And from that, I got a hint of the power of lyrics — to encapsulate magic, or to spread alarm.

Now I have recorded three albums. A few days before I was to record the third, which was released in October, I received a phone call saying my record label wanted a little talk — before the songs were written. (I like to write in the moment.) For the first two albums, there were no such talks. But that was before my name was familiar. So let me start my story there.

In 2005 I found cheap recording space and sang about the killing ground of Somalia:

“We begin our day by the way of the gun… you don’t pay at the roadblock you get your throat shot… I walk with three kids who can’t wait to meet God lately, Bucktooth, Mohamed and Crybaby.”

In 2008, with a recording budget, I went on my own to Jamaica, to Bob Marley’s old studio, and sang of a lovely, doomed young friend:

“Fatima Fatima, I’m in America, I make rhymes and I make ’em delicate, you woulda liked the parks in Connecticut… Damn you shooter, damn you the building, whose walls hid the blood she was spilling, damn you country so good at killing, damn you feeling, for persevering.”

That was my truest voice — my continent’s angst in a personal story. When I sang, my audience wouldn’t just hear music; they would see geography. And yes, it made me well known.

Which brings me to our little chat. Over breakfast in SoHo, we talked about how to keep my new American audience growing. My lyrics should change, my label’s executives said; radio programmers avoid subjects too far from fun and self-absorption.

And for the first time, I felt the affliction of success. When I walked away from the table, there were bruises on the unheard lyrics of my yet-to-be-born songs. A question had raised its hand in the quiet of my soul: What do you do after success? What must you do to keep it?

If this was censorship, I thought, it was a new kind — one I had to do to myself. The label wasn’t telling me what to do. No, it was just giving me choices and information, about my audience — 15-year-old American girls, mostly, who knew little of Somalia. How much better to sing them songs about Americans.

I also learned about the difference between Top 40 radio audiences and adult contemporary; between A.C. and urban. And between those and no radio play at all. (Which, for a second, made a voice inside me say with horror: “Hey, that’s me! I am Option C, no radio play at all.”)

And there I was, trembling between doubt and self-awareness. I had started at Option C, striving to make (and please allow room for grandiosity here) my own “Natty Dread” or my own “The Times They Are a-Changin’ .” But now, after breakfast, another voice was there, whispering how narrow the window of opportunity was.

I could reach more people, it told me. Was it right to spit in the face of fortune, to not walk in rhythm with my new audience? Didn’t all good medicine need a little sugar before it could be swallowed?

So I began to say yes. Yes to trying out songs with A-list producers. Yes to moving production from Kingston to Los Angeles. Yes to giving the characters in my songs names like Mary.

So some songs became far more Top 40 friendly, but infinitely cheaper.

On my second album, I had sung about my mother’s having to leave my cousin behind in Somalia’s war — “How bitter when she had to choose who to take with her…” Now I was left, in “Is Anybody Out There?” — a very American song about the evils of drugs — with only “His name was Adam, when his mom had ’im.”

The first felt to me like a soul with a paintbrush; the other a body with no soul at all.

SO I had not made my Marley or my Dylan, or even my K’naan; I had made an album in which a few genuine songs are all but drowned out by the loud siren of ambition. Fatima had become Mary, and Mohamed, Adam.

I now suspect that packaging me as an idolized star to the pop market in America cannot work; while one can dumb down his lyrics, what one cannot do without being found out is hide his historical baggage. His sense of self. His walk. I imagine the 15-year-old girls can understand that. If not intellectually, perhaps spiritually.

I come with all the baggage of Somalia — of my grandfather’s poetry, of pounding rhythms, of the war, of being an immigrant, of being an artist, of needing to explain a few things. Even in the friendliest of melodies, something in my voice stirs up a well of history — of dark history, of loss’s victory.

So I am not the easiest sell to Top 40 radio. What I am is a fox who wanted to walk like a prophet and now is trying to rediscover its own stride.

I may never find my old walk again, but I hope someday to see beauty in the graceless limp back toward it.

K’naan is a Somali-born musician and poet based in New York.



NAIROBI — Three people were killed and eight wounded in a blast outside a mosque in the Kenyan capital, the Kenyan Red Cross and police said Friday.

There were “three fatalities” as well as several wounded, some critical, a Red Cross official said after the “explosion near a mosque in Eastleigh”, a largely ethnic Somali district of Nairobi.

“We were told that three people have died of injuries from the incident,” Nairobi police chief Moses Nyakwama told AFP, “There are eight others in hospital, among them is a member of parliament.”

The grenade was hurled at worshippers leaving a popular mosque minutes after the end of the evening prayers. A handful of protesters took to the streets soon after the blast but were quickly contained by a heavy police presence.

The Friday evening incident follows a roadside bomb explosion also in Eastleigh district on Wednesday evening, that killed one person and wounded eight others, as well as a bomb on a bus last month also in Eastleigh that killed nine.

Eyewitnesses say that police and rescue organisations are currently in the area in a security operation and that residents remain locked up in their houses.

“Three ambulances are in the area. Police are patrolling, many residents have locked themselves in their houses,” Joe Chaudhry an area resident told AFP via phone.

Kenya has suffered a string of attacks often blamed on Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants since it invaded Somalia last year.

Kenyan troops, now integrated into an African Union force, seized the Shebab bastion of Kismayo in September, a key southern Somali port, prompting warnings of retaliation from both the insurgents and their Kenyan supporters.

The Shebab have denied involvement in previous similar bombings.

The Muslim Youth Centre (MYC), a Kenyan Islamist group that has pledged its support to the Shebab, were swift to highlight the blast on its Twitter site noting a “boom in Eastleigh”, but not claiming responsibility.

Violence in Kenya — ranging from attacks blamed on Islamists to inter-communal clashes to a police crackdown on a coastal separatist movement — have raised concerns over security ahead of elections due in March 2013.

Five years ago, elections descended into deadly post-poll killings that shattered Kenya’s image as a beacon of regional stability.

Last month, riots broke out in Eastleigh district after the bombing of a bus, with running street battles between demonstrators and the police.




Taarayaasha madaxweynaha Masar Maxamed Morsi iyo banaanbaxyada mucaaradka ayaa iskugu dhacay agagaarka madaxtooyadda, iyadoona ay jiraan dhaawacyo.

Koox tiro yar oo dhaqdhaqaaq yaal mucaaradka ka mid ah ayaa ka sameystey meel deegaanah banaanka madaxtooyadda iyadoona kumanaan oo kazoo horjeeda awoodihii dheeraadka ee u isa siiyay madaxweyne Morsi ay sameynayaan banaabaxyo.

Warar aan la xaqiijin oo saxafada gudaha Masar ay daynayaan oo ku saabsan iney jiraan Labo qofood oo ku geeriyooday iskudhacyada labada dhinac.

Labada dhinac ayaa is eedeynaya iyadoona hogaamiyaasha mucaaradka ay ku eedeynayaan madaxweyne Morsi inuu ka masuul yahay dhiiga daadanaya, halka dhinaca kalane hogaamiyaal sarsare oo Akhwaan Muslimiin ay ku eedeynayaan mucaaradka iney abuurayaan isku dhacyo.

Maxamed Morsi ayaa ka tagay madaxtooyada markii banaanbaxyada ay soo abaareen balse kusoo laabtey shaqada saakay, sida uu sheegay afhayeenkiisa.

Isku dhacyada oo iminka socda muddo Labo todobaad ayaa keenay kala tag siyaasadeed wadanka Masar, markii Morsi uu isku kordhiyay awoodo dheeraad ah, taas oo kooxaha cadaaladda ka shaqeya ay kazoo horjesteen.

Warbaahinta qaranka Masar ayaa kusoo waramaysa iney jiraan isku dhacyo ka dhacay magalada Suez oo u dhexeya mucaaradka iyo taagerayaasha Morsi.

Saddex kamid ahaa la taliyaasha madaxweyne Morsi ayaa is casiley, waxa kamid ah Saif Abdel Fattah oo kamid ah la taliyashii madaxweynaha ee siyaasadda, isagoona u sheegay television-ka Al Jazeera iney is casiladisa ay salka kuhayso dhaqan siyaasadeedka Masar.

Dadka kale ee is casiley waxa kamid ah Samir Morcos oo kazoo jeeda dadka Masiixiyiinta Coptic-ka laga tiro badan yahay.

Dastuurka cusub ee wadanka yeelanayo ayaa la filayaa in cod loo qaado December, 15-keeda markii ay guddigii qorayay oo ay u badnaayen kooxaha islaamiyiinta ay usoo gudbiyeen madaxweynaha todobaadkii hore.

Dadka kazoo horjeeda qoraalka dastuurka ee la filayo in loo codeeyo ayaa ku eedeynayo inuusan ilaalineyn xuquuqda haweyn-ka iyo dadka laga tiro badan yahay, awood badane uu siinayo ciidamada military-ga Masar.

Madaxweyne Xigeenka Masar Maxamuud Makki oo shir jaraa’id ku qabtey gudaha madaxtooyada ayaa ku baaqay in xasiloonida lasoo celiyo oo xaaladda la dajiyo. “Siyaasadda rasmiga ah waa in xaaladda laga gudbo oo la dhageysto waxa ay dadka doonayaan” ayuuna dhahay.

Madaxweyne Xigeenka ayaa kazoo horjestey in dib u dhig lagu sameeyo cod u qaadista dastuurka, taas oo aheed waxyaabaha ugu waawayn ee dalbanayaan mucaaradka

Hogaamiyaal sarsare oo mucaaradka ka mid ah oo ku jiraan Maxamed AlBaradici, Hamdeen Sabbahi iyo Amar Mussa ayaa shir jara’id ku qabtey magalada Qaahiro oo ku diidayn codsiga Makki. AlBaradici ayaa sheegay in mucaaradka ay wada hadal ogolaanan marka madaxweynaha uu ka tago awoodaha uu isa siiyay.

Television laga leehyahay Masar ayaa kusoo waramay in kooxda Aqwaan Muslimiin ay qorheenayaan isku soo bax “Hal Milyan” oo qofood maalinta Jimcaha ee soo socoto, balse ma aysen sheegin meesha ay ku qaban doonaan.




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Ex-Girlfriend from Hell

Gacaliso hore ee NAARTA aheed – Saaxiibkeedii hore ayay wacaysay Boqolaal jeer

Gabar lagu magacaabo Elizabeth Segundo McClain ayaa lagu dacweynayaa sidii adkeed ee ula dhaqantey saaxiibkeedii hore.

Bilooyin ayay maalin walba ay soo wacaysay boqolaal jeer iyadoona ugu danbeyntii gaari marsiisay hooyada saaxiibkeedii hore.

Elizabeth oo 22-jir ah ayaa hada lagu amrey ineysan ka agdhawaan Karin saaxiibkeedii hore oo u jirsato in ka badan 200 oo yard iyadoona lagala soconayo GPS.

McClain iyo Saaxiibkeeda ay isku soo noq-noqonayeen muddo saddex sano markasta oo kala tagaan ayaa ugu danbeyntii si aan soo noqosho laheen u kala tageen bishii September iyadoona wiilka oo 25 jir ah uu ka codsaday ineysan mardanbe la soo xiriirin, balse gabadha ayaa soo wacaysay maalin walba.

Maalin, maalmaha kamid aheed ayay soo wacday 750-jeer iyadoona si ku cel-celin ah ugu soo direysay fariin qoraaleed, waxana ay ugu hanjabaysay iney waxyeeleen doonto isaga iyo qoyskiisa.

Wiilka ayaa isku dayay inuu xanibo wicitaanadeeda, iskana badalo numberkeeda balse waxa ay helaysay number walba uuqaato, waxana uu dhowr jeer uu dacwad geeyay Booliska.

Bishii lasoo dhaafay ee November, 26-dii ayaa markii ay usoo dirty 50-fariin qoraaleed oo maran, McClain waxa ay ku wargalisay iney gaariga ku dhufatey hooyadiisa, kadiba soo raacisay qoraal kale oo ku dhahayso “Waa side nolosha, LOL”

Hooyada ayaa hada waxa ay ku jirtaa qolka hospital-ka ee xaaladadaha adag, waxana ka jajabay dhowr lafood iyadoona dhaawacyo khatar ahna ay gaareen.

#10 Justin Bieber

Fanaaniinta caanka ah ayaa waxa lagu tilmaama iney yihiin ugu lacag helista dunida iyadoona ay lacaga ay ka sameyaan Album-ada heesaha ay soo saaraan, shirkada ganacsiga ay leehyihiin, xayaysiinta iyo Show-yada ay qabtaan.

Jariirada Fobres oo inta badan soo saarta daqli helista sanadlaha ee dadka iyo shirkadaha caanka ayaa sanadkaan 2012 waxa ay soo saartey 25-heesayaal ee helay lacagta ugu badan.

Waxa ku jira 18-jir reer Canada ee Justin Bieber oo soo saaray dhawaan album-kiisii 3-aad, isagoona bilabay socdaal uu meelo badan oo caalamka ku tago halkaas uu kazoo heesayo.

1. Dr. Dre ($110 million)

2. Roger Waters ($88 million)

3. Elton John ($80 million)

4. U2 ($78 million)

5. Take That ($69 million)

6. Bon Jovi ($60 million)

7. Britney Spears ($58 million)

8. Paul McCartney ($57 million, tie)

8. Taylor Swift ($57 million, tie)


10. Justin Bieber ($55 million, tie)


10. Toby Keith ($55 million, tie)


12. Rihanna ($53 million)


13. Lady Gaga ($52 million)


14. Foo Fighters ($47 million)


15. Diddy ($45 million, tie)


15. Katy Perry ($45 million, tie)


17. Kenny Chesney ($44 million)


18. Beyoncé ($40 million)


19. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($39 million)


20. Jay-Z ($38 million)


21. Coldplay ($37 million)


22. Adele ($35 million, tie)


22. Kanye West ($35 million, tie)


24. Michael Bublé ($34 million)


25. Sade ($33 million)


William, Kate

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby, according to an official statement just released by palace officials, who confirm that Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 30, are adding a royal boy or girl to their mix.

Kate has been admitted to the hospital for Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a “very acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients,” according to the duke and duchess’ official website.

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.

The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.

The official statement of Kate Middleton’s pregnancy comes after an exhaustive set of baby rumors that have dogged the couple ever since their royal wedding in April 2011:

    • On the pair’s recent royal tour in Asia, Catherine declined wine in favor of water on several occasions, fueling speculation that she was expecting. Prince William also told a little boy that he wanted “two” children.
    • Just a week earlier, Star magazine had breathlessly (and creepily?) declared that the couple had conceived on a “passionate night together” following the London Olympics.
    • In November 2011, just six months after the wedding, In Touch pronounced Kate six weeks along, but summer 2012 came and went without, obviously, a royal birth. (Palace officials had shot down those rumors anyway.)
  • Also in November 2011, Catherine declined to taste a peanut butter paste at a UNICEF event, leading to gossip that she was expecting. (Pregnant moms apparently often avoid peanut butter to help prevent allergy issues.)

The new royal baby will obviously be the first for William and Catherine, who married in 2011 after a 10-year on-and-off courtship. He or she will be Queen Elizabeth II’s third great-grandchild (after Savannah and Isla Phillips), Prince Harry’s first niece or nephew and will make Pippa Middleton a proud aunt.




Mogadishu:-Today is 3rd December, 2012 three years after the deadliest suicide bomb attack that occurred at SHAMO HOTEL in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia which killed over 30 people and injured 30 others.

It was shocking and tragic event that shook the whole building of the hotel where highly well beautified graduation ceremony was taking place and the delightful and cheerful appearances of concerned out-going graduators and participants changed into miserable mood after heavy explosion occurred at the site that changed previous image of the scene and turned into a place where streaming blood, clots, dead and injuries covered.

The dead ones were the most important people of the society such doctors, students, journalists and T.F.G ministers for health, education, higher education and sports.

The reaction of the Somali people to this catastrophe was that they have been very worried about deadliest suicide attack against social gathering and innocent civilians and politicians who were only thinking of the future of Somali in the war torn city and whole the country.

The government ministers who lost their lives in the disaster were: Prof.Ibrahim Hassan Addow, minister of higher education and culture, Drs. Qamar Adam Ali, minister of health, Ahmed Abdullahi Wayel, minister of education, Saleban Olad Roble, minister of Sports.

Journalists of Al-Arabia television, Hassan Subeyr Haji and Mohamed Amin of Radio Shabelle were among the dead and Dr. Shahid, lecturer of Benadir University and other honorable guests invited at graduation ceremony.

No one will remain being life for ever and every one will once leave from this fake world into the grave and hereafter, as we were told in our holy Kuran, but people don’t like their lovers to be dead or victim.

What seem to you to be shameful seem to others to be boastful or his/her deeds.

“Waxa aad ceebta u taqaan qof bay camilkiisu tahay”

The Al-qaeda linked group of Al-shabab claimed the responsibility of that suicide attack which killed very important people in the community indicating that the students were learning worms and parasites.

T.F.G heads condemned the attack as president Sh. Sharif Sh. Ahmed and his Prime Minister Omar A/Rashid and their government promised that it will make investigation concerning about that deadly attack, but no documentary has been issued and found from government intelligences since that time.

Dr.Osman Mohamud Dufle who was believed to be among the dead when the blast occurred as the initial news from the scene were saying, survived and luckily saved as though he was giving speech at the graduation ceremony when the suicide bomb was taking place.

Dufle told that 3rd December was a day which is worth to be remembered and added it was behind by a brain that wanted to deprive education and educators of Somalia.

Prof. Mohamed Omar Dhalha who was deputy parliament chairperson and was in Kenya, Nairobi while the blast took place and spoke to press at that year saying that 3rd December, 2009 was day we lost valuable colleagues and expected that like that one might not return to Somalia.

T.F.G Minister of National Security, Col. Omar Hashi Adam, Abdikarim Farah, Somali ambassador to Ethiopian and over 70 people including military officials, traditional elders and civilians were killed in a suicide attack on 18th June 2009 in Beledweyne city in Hiiraan region.

The third shocking suicide attack occurred at Hargaha and Samaha in the capital on 4th October 2011 last year that innocent civilians lost their lives mostly students who got scholarship from Turkey.

Those are not only heartbreaking suicide attacks, but many others took place in the capital Mogadishu as though Sept. 20 this year becomes such above ones that occurred at the Village.

My All the Dead Rest Their Souls in the Paradise


By: Mohamed Osman Abdi “Black Cobra”



Fears of religious violence in Kenya are on the rise today following a weekend bus bombing inNairobi’s predominately Somali neighborhood, the third explosion there this month.

Eyewitnesses said a male attacker, disguised in a Bui-Bui, a shawl often worn by Muslim women, threw an improvised explosive device into the minibus, tearing it apart and flattening its tires.

“The terrorist’s intention is to cause friction between Christians and Muslims…. I urge for calm,” said Kenya’s Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

Youths armed with machetes and stones targeted civilians of Somali origin in revenge attacks, accusing them of carrying out the Sunday bombing of a minibus, which killed 10 people and injured another 30. Using grenades and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), terrorist blasts have targeted churches and the police in the past, and now for the first time, public transport. There were warnings of an imminent terrorist attack, The Standard, a daily newspaper reported, but police focused on churches as potential targets.

Initial reports from Eastleigh show scores have been injured in the revenge violence thus far, focused primarily in the suburb popularly known as “little Mogadishu.” Many people of Somali origin, who fled the prolonged conflict back home, have settled here. Since their arrival, the once nondescript neighborhood has transformed into a thriving business enclave.

“This is very bad. To isolate the Somalis and target them because of the blast is very deadly. If we don’t arrest it, it may backfire into a religious war,” says Rev. Wellington Mutiso, the general secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya.

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Many Kenyans are suspicious of Somali activities here, and now accuse the immigrant and refugee community of shielding Al Shabab, the Somali Islamists who promised to attack Kenya after the country sent its troops into Somalia in pursuit of militants in October 2011.

“We know Al Shabab recruited many Kenyans from all tribes and we believe the recruits have returned and [are] carrying out the attacks,” Reverend Mutiso says, despite urging people not to target members of the Somali community with retaliatory violence.

Yesterday evening, clashes between groups of youth left about 18 people nursing multiple machete and stone injuries after getting caught up in the violence. The violence broke-out soon after the Sunday afternoon attack on the minibus.

After a tense night in the suburb, the violence returned mid-morning today, with youths blocking roads and engaging riot police in foot chases.

“It is criminals who committed the crime, not a particular community. We must stop accusing people in a blanket manner,” Moses Ombati, Nairobi area police chief, told journalists at the scene of the violence.

“My brothers and sisters in Eastleigh, let us please maintain peace and calm. We cannot allow terrorist activities to divide us – Terrorism has no religion or community. By turning against one another, we are let[ting] terrorism win. The foundation of our prosperity is unity,” said Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s deputy prime minister on his Twitter Account.




NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An explosion on a bus in Kenya’s capital killed at least five people and wounded 29 on Sunday, a police official and the Red Cross said.

Nairobi police chief Moses Ombati said there would likely be more casualties after the explosion on a 25-seater public transportation vehicle.

“There are more casualties coming in but what I can confirm is that five people have been killed,” he said, adding that 10 men and three women were among the wounded.

Kenya Red Cross said 29 people had been wounded in the blast.

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Ombati could not give further details about the cause of the blast in the Eastleigh suburb of Nairobi that is sometimes referred to as “little Mogadishu,” because of the number of Somali immigrants who live there.

A U.N. Security official at the scene of the explosion said the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device. Ball bearings could be seen, which likely could have wounded bystanders in the busy area, according to the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to speak to the press.

Kenya has been hit by a string of grenade attacks that are blamed on sympathizers of al-Shabab, Somalia’s Islamist extremist rebels who are linked to al-Qaida.

Al-Shabab has vowed to carry out attacks on Kenya because it sent troops into Somalia last year to fight the rebels, who are considered a threat to Kenya’s security because they have been blamed for kidnapping foreign tourists and aid workers in Kenya.




Ciidamada Booliska Soomaaliyeed ayaa sheegay iney wadaan qorshe balaaran oo ay wax uga qabanayaan amaanka magalada Muqdisho.

Taliyaha hayada dambi baarisata gobolka Banaadir ahna afhayeenka ciidanka police-ka Gen.C/lahi Xassan Bariise ayaa u sheegay saxafada iney maalmihii ugu danbeyay ay wadeen howlo baaraitaano ah oo sameynayeen si looga hortago amaan dari ka dhacda Muqdisho.

Gen. Bariise waxa uu sheegay in howlgaladaas laga gaarey natiijo wanagsan isagoona xusay iney gacanta ku dhigeen kooxo u ku tilmaamay qaswadayaal ka tirsan kooxda AL Shabaab.

Afhayeenka Booliska ayaa balan qaaday iney ciidamada ay sii wadayaan howlgaladooda ay ku xaqijinayaan amaanka si looga hortago falal dhibaateyn ah in loogeysto dadka ku nool gobolka Banaadir.

Walow ay amaanka Muqdisho uu yahay mid soo hagaagayay mudooyinkii ugu danbeyay ayaa waxa jiro falal lagu dhibaateyo dadka oo ka dhaca qeybo kala duwan oo degmooyinka caasimada ah, taas oo lagu dhaliilo in ciidamada dowlada aysen ka qaadin tilaabo wayn.


Kismaayo Garoonka Diyaarad


Ilaa 12 suxufi oo shalayto tagay garoonka diyaaradaha ee magalada Kismaayo ayaa ku xayiran garoonka iyadoona loo diiday iney galaan gudaha magalada.

Wariyaashaan oo shalayto ay kaxeeyeen wafdi ka socday dowlada ayaa waxa ay rabeen iney soo tabiyaal shir ay yeelan lahayeen maamulka KMG ee Kismaayo jooga iyo guddi uu soo direy madaxweynaha Soomaaliya Xasan Sheikh Maxamud.

Maamulka Kismaayo ayaa la shegayaa iney u diidayn iney wariyaasha gudaha u galaan magalada, waxana ay amreen ineysan garoonka meelna uga bixi Karin.

Diyaradii wariyaasha qaaday ayaa garoonka uga soo tagtey markii ay dib ugu laabanayeen wafdiga iyadoo loo diiday wafdigaas iney gudaha u galaan magalada Kismaayo.

Suxufiyiinta waxa ay iskugu jiraan kuwo ka howl galo idaacadaha gudaha iyo kuwo la shaqeeyo idaacado caalami ah iyadoona ay ku jiraan qaar ajaaniib ah.



Ra’iisal Wasaraha Xukuumadda Soomaaliya  Cabdi Faarax Shir-doon (Saacid) ayaa maanta soo magacaabay Xubno wasiirro ah oo ka mid ah noqon doona Xukuumaddiisa.

10 Wasiir ayuu soo magacaabay Ra’iisal Wasaaraha, kuwaasi oo kala ah:

1-Fowsiyo Yuusuf Xaaji Aadan Ra’isul wasaare Kuxigeen ahna Wasiirka Wasaaradda Arrimaha Dibadda

2- C/laahi Abyan Nuur Wasiirka Garsoorka, Cadaalladda, Awqaafta iyo Arrimaha Diinta

3- C/xakiin Xaaji Maxamuud Fiqi Wasiirka Gaashaandhigga

4- C/kariin Xuseen Guuleed Wasiirka Arrimaha Gudaha iyo Amniga Qaranka

5- Maxamuud Xasan Suleymaan Wasiirka Wasaaradda Maalliyadda iyo Qorsheynta

6- C/laahi Cilmooge Xirsi Wasiirka Wasaaradda Warfaafinta iyo Isgaarsiinta

7- C/risaaq Cumar Maxamed Wasiirka Wasaaradda Kheyraadka Dalka

8- Muxyaddiin Maxamed Kaalmooy Wasiirka Wasaaradda Howlaha Guud iyo Dib U Dhiska

9- Maryan Qaasim Wasiirka Hormarinta iyo Adeegga Bulshada

10- Maxamuud Axmed Xasan Wasiirka Wasaaradda Ganacsiga iyo Warshadaha

Tobanka xubnood ee uu soo magacaabay Ra’iisal Wasaare Cabdi Faarax Shir-doon (Saacid oo badankood ah kuwo cusub ayaa waxaa haween ka ah 2 ruux. Xubnaha la magacaabay oo 9 ka mid ah ay joogeen goobta lagu magacaabay ayaa waxaa la horgeyn doonaa Baarlamaanka Soomaaliya si loo ansixiyo.

Xubnahan Wasiirrada ah ee uu soo magacaabay Ra’iisal Wasaare Saacid ayaa waxay aad uga yar yihiin xubnaha golihii wasiirrada ee loo soo magacaabi jiray xukuumadihii horay u soo maray Soomaaliya,  inkastoo kuwaasi  ay ahaayeen kuwo kumeel gaar ah.

Madashii lagu magacaabay Wasiirradan waxaa ka hadlay Madaxweynaha Soomaaliya Xasan Shiikh Maxamuud oo sheegay in wasiirradan aan tirada badneyn aysan ahayn kuwo ay rabitaabkooda ku soo xuleen balse ay u arkeen kuwo xilka loo magacaabay gudan kara, ”Waxaan leenahay wasiirkii xilka loo magacaabay guta, waa mahadsan tahay dadkaaga iyo dalkaaga ayaana wax u qabatay, midkii aanan waxba qabanna waxaan leenahay naga raali ahaw”.

Madaxweynaha Soomaaliya Xasan Shiikh Maxamuud ayaa 7-dii bishii hore ee Oktoobar Ra’iisal Wasaare u magacaabay Cabdi Faarax Shir-doon (Saacid, kaasi oo 17-kii isla bishaas ka helay Baarlamaanka Soomaaliya kalsooni buuxda oo ra’iisal wasaaarenimadiisa lagu ansixiyay.

Dadka Soomaaliyeed ayaa si weyn u dhowraya waxa ay qabato dowladda cusub ee Soomaaliya oo wax badan ka duwan dowladihii Soomaaliya loo soo dhisayay tan iyo wixii ka dambeeyay markii ay burburtay dowladdii dhexe ee Soomaaliya.

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SHEDDER REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, November 1 (UNHCR) – Seventeen-year-old Hodan’s eyes sparkle with joy as she clutches her new English-Somali dictionary – a congratulatory gift from UNHCR on passing a national high school exam.

She’s one of 35 teenage refugee girls in Shedder and Awbare camps, near Jijiga in north-east Ethiopia, who recently passed the national exam to make it into Grade 11. An impressive 85 per cent of Hodan’s classmates passed, triumphing over hardships that usually hold girls back in her traditional Somali society – and in the refugee camp she has called home for the last three years.

“I have to help my mother,” says Hodan. “I spend most of my time cooking, taking care of my brothers and sisters, cleaning our place. There is no time to do my homework during the daytime.” When she does have time to study after finishing her chores, “it is already dark and there is no electricity in the camp.”

Undaunted, Hodan adds: “Sometimes I get up at two in the morning and light a candle to read my textbooks and write exercises.”

Against odds like those, fewer than 20 per cent of teenage girls were attending schools in the three refugee camps in Jijiga that host more than 41,000 Somali refugees. That was before UNHCR launched a special programme at the beginning of this year aimed at getting more girls to attend and stay in school. Since then female attendance has soared to 32 per cent.

Even though education is free, families still struggle to pay for uniforms, books and supplies. If they have to make a choice, they educate their sons rather than their daughters.

With support from the United Nations Foundation, the UN refugee agency began putting more books into refugee camp school libraries and hiring women teachers as role models and mentors. Girls got their own space in the schools where they could spend their breaks and do schoolwork.

Even better bathrooms made a difference in boosting girls’ attendance and classroom performance. In Shedder Camp, all 28 of the Grade 10 girls who sat for the national examination passed, and 75 out of the 76 male students.

Another important ingredient of success was convincing parents and the rest of the community of the importance of educating girls. “We want to encourage more girls to continue studies,” says Agnes Mukantwali, head of the UNHCR sub-office in Jijiga.

Hodan, who fled the embattled Somali capital, Mogadishu, lives with her mother and five younger brothers and sisters. She says girls are often forced to drop out of school to get married at a tender age – often because desperately poor parents need the dowry money the daughters attract.

“I am not yet married and hope to be able to complete the secondary school first,” says Hodan.

Mukantwali agrees that girls’ education is essential. “If educated, refugee girls can change the life of the entire community – not only in the refugee camps, but also when they return to Somalia one day,” she says. “These girls are the future of Somalia.”

The education project is now giving solar lanterns to all boys and girls in both camps in Grade 4 and above. For Hodan, it’s a chance to study, do homework and read – even after the sun has gone down.

“My dream is to get a scholarship and go to university to study computer sciences,” she says. “Can you imagine a Somali female information technologies specialist? I want to prove that it is possible. I can do it.”


By Natalia Prokopchuk in Shedder Refugee Camp, Ethiopia

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