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A Filthy Garbage War
by Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006
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In 1993 NGO's have come up with an initiative to give food to anyone who brought garbage in an effort to clean the city. But the initiative had turned deadly when all garbage in the city had fallen in the hands of the gunmen. War broke out between the public and the gunmen and between the gunmen themselves. That ugly war left many young men and women dead while the city was buried under piles of rubbish which were terribly stinking during the rainy seasons. Worse still diseases broke out as a result of the poor sanitary conditions of the city. Children died from diarrhea and other infectious diseases due to these above-mentioned reasons. Somalia was hit left and right

An International NGO in Somalia said
"Bring only one sack of rubbish
I shall give you its equivalent of food"

Then the garbage war had begun
Gunmen seized heaps of rubbish
They killed anybody who came near it
Many have died in a cross fire over garbage
Much to the disappointment of the gunmen
The agency suspended activities and left

But sadly enough the garbage war didn't stop
Gunmen demanded money from city cleaners
Gun-totting boys had become rich overnight
Garbage ownership became a great fortune
We had tons of un-removed trash in Mogadishu
Before warlords were chased out of the city

Islamic Courts destroyed their operational base
A clean up campaign has now started in all towns
And women are at the forefront of the noble activity
Let's praise Somali women for their heroic feats
Their laudable gallantry deserves our appreciation

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Reviewed by jude forese 10/4/2006
hopefully the women will have more determination and influence is precluding this horrible civil war ...
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 10/4/2006
Sad indeed, some things change and most things remain the same. It always falls upon the women to clean up after the messes of men, yet many have the audacity to devalue them. Long live the women of Somalia. PLB&G for caring and sharing. <Mikii.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/4/2006
Abdi Noor, I pray for the day your people are educated enough to stop the kind of warfare of the past. I'm so thankful to hear of some common sense being used, and pray the women of Somali will be greatly blessed for doing what needs to be done. I only hope it will be rewarded with peace and improved culture.

Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 10/4/2006
Sadly, it seems, men make war and women are more successful in bringing about peace.

I am learning so much by reading your works...THANKS

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/4/2006
Heartshattering! Very well penned; you are in my prayers!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend/sister in America, Karen Lynn. :( >tears~ <
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/4/2006
Heartbreaking, Abdi-Noor, what men will fight over. A powerfully poignant reminder that things are not and your family are in my prayers.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 10/4/2006
it is amazing what man will fight over and for. Thank God things are changing in regard to the trash wars. What a tragedy for people to have died over this. What a tragedy for the world to have let Somalia come to that point of desperation.
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 10/4/2006
This is unbelievable - What a sad situation - What can be done Abdi Noor to stop this beastly thing? This should be passed on to those in Goverment and Chairtable Organaziations (NATO) to bring this to a reasonable understanding of such behavior - What is going on is inhuman in every aspect. God Bless you for doing what you can to get the message out. 'lil flower
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 10/4/2006
Well this is news for me. Where will we all end up n our egoistic ways. Victor
Reviewed by Steve Ralph 10/4/2006
Thank you so much for sharing this it is indeed a wonderful write, I must admit to knowing very little about somalia, and had no idea about a garbage war, perhaps this kind of writting will educate more people around the world on the plight of Somalia.
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