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A dying Language
by Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)

Saturday, April 01, 2006
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The civil war in Somalia has brought large scale catastrophes, among them is the systematic killing of the Somali language. All schools are taught in foreign languages such as Arabic and English. There are also few schools that teach French and Italian. All the school curriculum was borrowed from foreign countries who have set these curricula to suit their national goals. Besides that our Somali literature has stopped growing due to destruction of national literary institutions. New poetry in Somali is hardly emerging anywhere in this country and our poets and singers are scattered all over the world after they ran away from the tribal conflict whcih swept across the their motherland.

Since we have no national goal or vision at all we were succumbed to the adoption of foreign languages that bring alien cultures to our children and more seriously, murder our language in cold blood. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has stepped in at international level to save some languages from perishing but I don't know how well will their plans help Somalis protect their language.

Poetry is the shield of any language
Without poetry a language is just a victim
It can easily be swallowed by other languages

Poetry is the beauty of any language
Without poetry a language is just colorless
It can't reflect the images of life

Poetry is the protection of language roots
Without poetry language has no identity
It can be claimed illegally by anybody

To preserve the environment you need trees
You can not otherwise stablize the sand
To preserve the language you need poetry
You can not otherwise save it from dying




  

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Reviewed by Sherry Heim 4/2/2006
Language is a wonderful expression of a culture and to lose that would be very sad indeed, Abdi-Noor. I wonder if Somalia has enough fight left in her to reclaim herself or if the evil leaders who care only for their own fame and nothing for the people will ever be overthrown. With the illness, starvation and suffering of your people, the question becomes "Who can be the warriors of truth and right?" I pray for Somalia and I pray for you and your family that the future will bring brighter days.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Divinity 11 4/2/2006
That is beautiful, and yes it does seem that much is dying...but in death, comes rebirth. It's wonderful to see someone cry out in mourning over the loss of something sacred and yet proudly honor their heritage....
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/1/2006
It seems that so much is dying on our planet Abdi Noor! I hope and pray a way will be found to save Somali language, literature and poetry. That your people will find a way to come together and prosper! God bless you and yours.I will keep praying!

Eileen
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