Books by Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
War in somalia has to stop otherwise we perish never to emerge again on the face of the earth
Two evil groups are fighting in Mogadishu. One is the Transitional Federal government (TFG) backed by Ethiopia and the other is the Islamic insurgents whose actions are more anti-Islamic as they seek power through the barrel of the gun.
The two groups, let me say bitter rivals, exchange mortar attacks while hiding in safe bunkers, causing tremendous havoc and tragedy to the local populations. They have already evacuated their wives and children to safer and peaceful locations in the west and elsewhere in the world.
Not long ago a mortar bomb landed on five children who were playing at the backyard of their house with supposedly empty stomachs and probably lived in a dilapidated shelter.
They might have been waiting for some food to be dropped by but unfortunately rockets became the bread they were waiting for. What have these children done wrong? Whose camp did they intrude illegally?
They deserved to enjoy life at that tender age of childhood era. They were supposed to be given love and attention and provided with education and health services and not to be pounded with heavy artillery exchanged by power hungry monsters who call themselves leaders of TFG, Islamic Clerics, or Free Parliament etc.
The responsibility of firing these rockets were immediately thrown upon the shoulders of insurgents who believe to be fighting for sake of Allah by getting rid of the secular TFG but Sheikh Sheriff, leader of the defunct Islamic Courts, speaking on behalf of the insurgents while hiding in Asmara, Eritrea, denied his boys to be responsible of sending rockets that landed on residential areas. He indeed supported attacks against TFG and Ethiopian positions but distanced himself from killing people with stray rockets.
In between the lines of Sheikh Sherif’s statement, one can understand only those mortar bombs that hit government installations are fired by the insurgents while those that strike public places or take the life of innocent people are launched by the government! Is that possible?
On the other hand the government retaliates with unnecessary force in case a bullet is fired or a bomb exploded in their vicinity. The damage they had caused in such miscalculated attacks is enormously high.
There is tremendous pain in being a witness of a situation where people are just killed and nobody takes up an issue with the murderer. People in Mogadishu, the city of war, are living with fear, as they are victims of terror on daily basis because of the continuous and rather indiscriminate bombing of their city.
No one bothers if the rocket he launches takes the life of a child or that of a donkey, though donkeys themselves have rights to be protected.
They show no mercy and concern over the fact that people are driven to the margins of insanity in search of protection. Can you imagine that double of the people who have recently returned to Mogadishu have fled again for safety in fear of being hit by flying mortars.
And the sad part of the story is that these terror actions will leave ineffaceable pain in the souls of the victims. I wonder if the TFG and the insurgents have any plans to rule this country because people perish while they are still up in arms to eliminate each other.
When those who wish to be in power have no heart, the struggle or the means they intend to reach their goal is ruthlessly inhumane.
What sort of a government is the TFG when it destroys its people with a clout of rockets and mortar bombs; taking siege of the only market on which most of the Somali economy depended? Does this mean any economy that thrived in the absence of a state is a terror economy? What does a Xamali or a porter in the bakaraha market knows about terrorism?
The lifeline of a man whose daily income was less than one dollar has been cut off because he supported terrorism! Is such argument comprehensible to any sane person? It sounds quite disgusting to both the intelligent and the feeble mind.
Take a glimpse on the other side of the coin. Insurgents plant landmines, which go off in the streets, killing innocent Somali children or flush people out from their houses, not thinking of those who die in their attacks and those who are too sick and frail to run away from the bombs.
Sometimes when a fire flares up in a nearby household as a result of a rocket landing, the unfortunate ones or the handicapped, keep staying and waiting to be reduced to ashes as they are either old, or blind or recovering from a serious illness which deny them to escape at their full potential.
We are caught up between two groups where one groups kills us to please the Ethiopians who keep them in power and another group, the insurgents who kill us with impunity using religion as a means of transport to reach their dream destination: Power
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|Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
|This article is very disturbing, especially as I sit here reading this in the comfort of my own home, all the while, my children playing in a little fort I made for them using bed pillows and afghans...happy, sweet, innocent and in total safety and security, knowing, how such occurences have never confronted myself nor them.
I think about why, why are my children here and those children there, get to live where they live, and mine here where they do? Why? How is it?
Power and greed seems to be the driving force here in Somalia, and with that evilness, no one is totally secure, ever...
Where are the lines of morality for just another fellow human being?
What "God" conducts himself without love and compassion?
This has nothing to do with God, but his counterparts that try to overcome His standing Reign of Peace! (A continuous battle no matter where you live...)
I cry inside for these families and children...I am but one person, with a huge heart for the child, any child, no matter where they may be...I want to help!
...I have sent several of Abdi's past articles to many people I hope hear and have heard, the cries of Somalia, and I will continue to do so until I get someone's help for this part
of OUR world!
Our children's world,
Our future of existence as a whole, in a peaceful world...
in God's name! Amen!
Abdi~ I am trying...and I do hope and pray your writings change oneday, with a celebrating breath for all those that have been treated wrongly...
Love and Peace~
|Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader)
|Sad, that should explain it all. Worse no solution seems to be in sight. Victor|