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The Story of Moogaay
by Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)   
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Last edited: Saturday, October 13, 2007
Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2007

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Moogaay's tragic exit leaves an ache in our souls

Sometimes when I take a glimpse at the situation surrounding my life, I feel extremely discouraged. I see a Somalia devoid of love and care; a nation in deep shortage of respect, reverence and compassion.

In Mogadishu there are bombs flying every corner of the city with no authority in charge of protecting its civilians. Yet there are those who still live and toil for their daily survival. Take Moogaay Isaq as an example. She is a poor mother of four, handicapped and hails from a minority agricultural tribe in the south of the country.

She came to Mogadishu at a tender age of 12 when her family was displaced from their original homelands after clan wars erupted in their village. While on their way to Mogadishu Moogaay lost three of her siblings who died from hunger and starvation. She was lucky enough to have made safely, together with her parents and two sisters, to a camp in the outskirts of Mogadishu where displaced people were being protected.

One day while recovering in the camp, strayed rocket landed in the makeshift huts set up by the displaced people. Moogaay lost her right leg in the tragedy that saw her mother and two sisters dead. At 14 her father, Ibrow Aliyow gave her out to a man 40 years her senior in a hastily arranged traditional marriage. The man shares blood ties with the family and had come from the same village the family had been displaced.

After many years of difficult life in the camp, Moogaay and her husband decided to go back to the village they originally hailed from so as to start farming as some peace was reportedly dawning in the area. They now had four children: two boys and tgwo girls. Waving back to the camp, Moogaay squeezed herself in a small space on top of a truck that has been loaded beyond its capacity.

But before they reached anywhere far from the city, tragedy swallowed up the trip. Their truck was sprayed with bullets by militia who demanded extortion from the driver. Moogaay lost her husband on the spot.. Moogaay and children trekked back to the camp to start life afresh, this time alone and without a husband. She has to fend for herself and for the children to keep life on course.

But unfortunately Moogaay has no skill in working outside the camp and if at all she acquired some the gender factor was a hurdle to her as women have little or virtually no chance to get employment in Mogadishu. So she became a peanut seller in the streets of the city, sometimes sitting in the scorching sun without an umbrella or a shade while sweat drainied her cheeks and down her neck. Poor and disabled Moogaay was a lady in her early thirties, who was smart and rich in the heart.

Though encountered with huge pain during her life, she was still beaming with joy when her friends met her. I knew Moogaay and always admired her surging courage, strength of mind, resilience and hardened spirit.

One fateful afternoon, a cross-fire flared up between TFG soldiers and Islamic insurgents at Isgoyska Black Sea, just at the vicinity of a place where Moogaay sat to sell her peanut. A bullet struck Moogaay in the heart which saw her bled to death. May Allah rest her soul in peace.

Who killed Moogay and why was she killed is not asked but instead who won in the shoot out was repeatedly portrayed with fantastic wordings in the papers and other local media outlets.Who will take care of her children is absolutely out of the question given the greed that had clouded the hearts and minds of the Somali politicians and insurgents. What a shame!

This indifference to human life has filled tremendous sadness in my heart and I have no way to assuage the pain other than using my pen to share it with those who show concern for the plight of their country; those whose hearts still have a soft spot for humanity. It is high time we stood up to change the current trend of bloodshed in our country.


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Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 10/13/2007
Such tragedy. I feel your pain and that of your countrymen. Surely Allah has heard your cries, and he is not happy with the ways things are. I pray that one day SOON your country will be free of bloodshed and people can live in harmony, and that the countless lives that have been lost will not have been in vain.

May Allah and my God bless you and give you strength to continue to strive for peace.

Kathy

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