Millions of dollars that the world had donated to Somalia, plus a number of national assets including ships and civilian aircraft as well as other valuable equipment, were looted. We have been let down by the international community and feel like being robbed by remorseless thieves. We desperately need sincere international audits for accountability.
On 13th May 2013, UN-ICAO transferred part of aviation jurisdiction to Somali government, but what about the past. Over the last 22 years, the UN-formed agency "Civil Aviation Caretaker Authority for Somalia," based in Nairobi, has been handling the aviation service of Somalia; yearly they collect from Somalia airspace huge revenue estimated at millions US dollars as royalty; no one knows where these money ended up. Nowadays Western countries are very busy on how to uproot what the biased media branded as Somali piracy but locally known as "fighters for survival" but the whole world is looking blind eye to what we call "airspace piracy" and foreign ships dumping waste toxic in our seas and illegal fishing as well as disaster desertification encouraged by the Arab Gulf Countries and charcoal exported to Middle East. "Col ku dhac oo tuugo ku ciidamisay = Robbery victims assisted by thieves"
An old wisdom has said that two strong men caught a Satan and they threatened him "we will kill you by choking" the Satan said "if you choke me I will produce worse than me." They choked him and then the Satan vomited disease. The second time they choked, he vomited drought. Third time they choked and then the Satan vomited poisonous thorny tree. Having realized their mistake they stopped choking the Satan.
This anecdote teaches us a lesson: From 1977 the world has choked Somali people. The first effect from this choke was exodus of refugee and human trafficking. The second product was famine and drought. The third product was the work of fanatic elements boys of Al-Shabaab linked to al-Qaed. The fourth product was greedy guys of piracy. If Somalia is choked for a fifth time, the result will probably be nuclear bomb which can wipe out the entire human being, because there is plenty Uranium in Central Regions of Somalia.
During the last 60 years whilst Russia and China won Somali public confidence, conversely, the West never succeed to win the hearts and minds of Somali people. Instead of capturing people's will, they create unfriendly atmosphere. West's sinister plan and negligent evaded international responsibility toward Somali debacle caused severe catastrophic plight to the Somali society. Thus many Somali youth easily accepted fundamentalism doctrine and hated Western ambiguous ill-faith culture. Furthermore Somali historians "middle-aged persons like me" still remember the golden days and how Eastern bloc built our country honestly and the famous slogan "Allow Ruush ama Roob = Oh Allah either Russian or rain, as national anthem". Still we remember developmental projects implemented by Russia and China and their generosity. A friend in need is friend indeed. Time is best teacher who distinguishes friend from foe. Premier Tayib Erdogan's historic trip to famine camps in Somalia will remain forever in the memoirs of Somali people and it seems that Turkey will replace Russia and China. Centuries ago, Somali poet said:
Nin i xooray maalintaan xumaa amse xaasoobay,
Ku xilli'i maalintaan xoog iyo xoolo leeyahay
"Person who neglected me the hardship needy days
I won't bother good days of wealthy and ability"
Without deviating further from the main point, unless US and West act now and set-up concrete tangible plan to rescue Somali people, the majority of Somali ethnic roughly (50%) wherever they are, will become religious fanatics and ardent supporter of Shabaab. Please revise Somali dossier in your office faithfully and stop double-standard policy and hidden agenda, for instance the millions of dollars that you are spending in anti-piracy warships stationed in Indian Ocean; kindly allocate only 10% to Somali Coast Guard and local police force, in exchange for guarantee of no more piracy. Piracy is inland problem not high-seas problem. Similar the millions of dollars that you are spending on AMISOM forces stationed in Southern Somalia please allocate only 10% of the funds to Somali army; it is guaranteed that, within short period of time, they will restore the stability.
The former golden days when Soviet Union trained Somali army, they were called the Best Black army or African Tigers. Regarding the current semi-disaster situation "drought and merciless so-called religious war" Somalia does not need stockpile of weapons in AMISOM hands and fruitless federal-system implementation, but desperately needs effective reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes. I know that this issue is raised many times by Somali scholars, but my aim is to remind the world that international community is watching carelessly the semi-genocide acts that are taking place in Southern Somalia for the last 22 years.
Samuel Huntington the author of "Clash of civilizations" wrote in his book "Haiti and Somalia" are phenomena without next kin. This is a valid assertion, based on truth because it seems that Somali people are cursed secluded creatures, not members of human family because in 19th century, the colonialists dismembered Somali people and divided into five portions. And now another conspiracy is taking shape to divide Somali Republic into the so-called loose federal mini-states of tribal-lands. Whatever happened in the past, please open now a new chapter and treat Somali people as human beings and what you are cooking behind the curtain please put on the table, because 22 years of punishment is enough to Somali people, enough is enough. Sure all humiliation nicknames and anarchy will vanish forever and Somalia will stand its own feet soon.
Abdulkadir Osman "Aroma"
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