Somalia: entrapped in another year of deadly insurgency

Published on China View, December 19, 2009.


The escalating violence in Somalia particularly in the south-central part of the country which started in 2007 following the ousting of the Islamist rulers from Mogadishu by allied Ethiopian and Somali government forces left the national state structures and economic infrastructure in ruins.

Most people in Somalia do not have the basic social services, with schools, hospitals, water, electricity, sewage and sanitation systems have all been destroyed. Roads remained potholed and covered with sand while most roads between provinces are inaccessible and dangerous. 

“We are struggling for survival. We cannot think about good life with security and education for our children. We try to live the day and see what the other brings, because we see our family members or others being killed or wounded almost everyday,” said Maana Geedi, a mother of seven in Elasha camps for the displaced people on the outskirts of Mogadishu.

Local people weary of the long war in the country have been polarized by the conflicting ideologies and are supportive of one group or the other while some have resigned to the fate of having to cope with daily torment of an ongoing war with no light at the end of the tunnel.

“This is what we are meant to go through and as believers in fate we must have faith that this is an experience previously ordained to us by Allah so that we should repent from our sins and be good Muslims again,” said Haji Ali, a senior citizen in Mogadishu.

Most of the people in the war-wrecked nation has in one way or another been effected by the two decades long conflict with many having a family member, a distant relative, a long time neighbor been killed, injured or uprooted from their homes.

They have to cope with seeing the gruesome realities of living in a country in war, where it is almost a matter of life and death everyday.

“I cannot plan for a week because I do not know whether I will live to that long and all sensible people seem to be living their lives in accordance with that fact,” Mohyadeen Barre, a teacher in Mogadishu summed up how the war in Somalia effected people’s lives.

But Barre is hopeful that things could change for the better in Somalia sooner or later. “Allah says in the holy Quran ‘do not lose hope of Allah’s mercy’, so we should be hopeful that this country will one day see peace and prosperity, brotherhood and social harmony return.” (full long text).

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