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What Can We Tell This Child
by Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)   
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Last edited: Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Posted: Wednesday, October 07, 2009

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What can we tell a child who only knows peace but unfortunately lives in daily strife and chaos between antagonistic factions.

Over the past two years it is estimated that tens of thousands of people have been killed in Somalia particularly its capital city, Mogadishu in a mortar exchange by TFG and its supporters on one side and Islamic insurgents on the other, while more than 3 million inhabitants were either wounded or displaced in the outskirts of the city. It is hard to imagine a government slamming rockets on the residential areas and market places of its own city.

On the other hand there is the horror of insurgent retaliation against government forces who shoot around with heavy weapons murdering not their enemy but innocent and defenceless populations who happen to be caught in the these insane cross fires.

Besides that, there are suicide bombers who aim to blow up an AU peacekeeper but bother not if they murder someone else in the explosion so long as the incident grabs a media attention.

What kind of war are they fighting when one supplies mortar fire to the city and hides behind the people while the other responds disproportionately with a much heavier weaponry? What kind of war is this when one uses people as a human shield and the other indiscriminately attacks residential areas claiming that they are destroying Alshabaab hideouts or strongholds? What else can we call this war other than Madness?

It is an act of genocide perpetrated by both parties in the name of politics or religion. What else? Stop supporting the TFG and the blood-thirsty religious zealots .

This is a war game with no referee and no rules to observe. In one explosion that happened in Mogadishu last month, a mortar took the life of eight persons, all in the same house, and all in the same family. There is blood running everywhere in the streets as people are burning inside this man-made hell.

Those who escape the bombs do not necessarily escape death. They might face death in another form, probably in a more torturous way of dying - starvation - as humanitarian aid is being blocked by gunmen loyal to different Islamic and tribal factions or even belong to the government as it is too weak and excessively bankrupt to pay for its soldiers. They habitually loot supplies or kill the aid workers to scare them away thereby making it impossible for people to survive.

Air freighting of food supplies is not an option as the airport is banged with rockets from time to time denying agencies to use it for a large-scale humanitarian intervention. Sea freight is not possible either. Pirates use speedboats to hijack ships carrying food aid and often demand extortion before they release the consignment.

It seems that every attempt to deliver services in Somalia is blocked. And a more painful part of the story is the fact that the whole nation depends on food donations coming from abroad. It is extremely depressing to have such a scenario on the ground and more disappointing than that is the fact that the shelling and explosions are increasing by the day.

What do you think will happen to the people when the land routes are closed and roadblocks mounted, when air space is closed and the airport is targeted, when the sea is closed and vessels are attacked, when everywhere is closed and every hope is killed, when every effort to stop the war ends in disaster! This must be an image of horror reflected in the mirror of terror.

What is going on in Somalia is a real catastrophe and it is absolutely impractical to sit back and watch a whole nation drowning in a lake of flame. We cannot understand why the world is not waking up to this tragedy of genocide proportions or, can we say, the world has other priorities far more important than human life being wasted in such a senseless way.

Somalia is left in the hands of a government who exists only by name and so-called insurgents who hide behind religion but have an agenda far beyond than what we see on the surface. These groups have killed and terrified the people and forced them to run away from their houses. They widowed mothers and made children orphans while they relocated their families to safer areas or have even taken them out of the country.

Apart from the grisly scenes portrayed on the papers and websites on daily basis, I have seen today on the internet the picture of a child who is waiting for his mother to bring food but unaware that she was hit by a rocket at Isgoyska Bakaaraha.

I tried to speak to that child in a poetic telepathy in an effort to soothe his soul but I ran short of words to fully express the tragedy that had descended on his life. The challenge of all concerned somalis and nations at large, is how and what to tell this child who only knows peace.

Will it assuage his pain if we tell him that there will be peace soon? Will it bring his tempers to a normal balance if we sing for him a lullaby that says: Hubaaya hubaa, hooyadaa ma joogto?

Will it help if we tell him that vessels carrying food-aid shall make safely to the shores of Mogadishu? Will it stop him from crying if we tell him that the European Union is gearing up a new defence measures to combat piracy in the Somalis seas?

Will it lend a comforting palm to clean his tears if we tell him that the AlShabaab insurgents want to rule the country by Sharia Law and that is why they have killed your mother?

Will it fare better if we tell him that the President is visiting the United States and will come up with a new solution for the problem? What can we tell this child who does not even know what death means but keep waiting for his beloved Mom to come back and bring food though she is lying in a pool of blood?

Unless the world gets united for an answer to this child and children of his situation, no matter where they are and who they are, we shall ever remain divided and disunited on the cause of humanity. Do not look who the child is and which land his mother has died. Just look at him as a Somali child, an innocent soul and a human being and share the pain with others who have respect for human life. Thank you.

N.B: I have written this before as a poem and posted it at my poetry section.

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Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/7/2009
Heartbreaking, Abdi-Noor...and my prayers continue.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/7/2009
Probably we are between a rock and a hard place. If all the media suddenly stop reporting the Somalia going atrocities it would open the door to a silent genocide. If they continue reporting they are giving a voice to bestiality and a repugnant form of a religious movement that God shouldn't had allowed, because it is in His name.
If Somalia or Afghanistan are examples of Islam...we will have nothing to say to that child.


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