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The rise of famine in Somalia, Part I

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Somalia is currently designated as a nation desolated by imperialism, local instability and economic sabotage from outside forces. [i] The usual image of malnourished Africans that western media sometimes show in their paper usually come from this part of the world. Nevertheless, Somalia was once an independent nation regarding its food production, then what could possibly happen that lead this Eastern African Country in such poverty?

While a portion of individuals all over the world benefit from the so-called advantages of Globalization, and while the worldwide cost of food gets a boost every year (+37% since last year [ii]), up to 50 % of the world population individually sustain on their own under two USD each day. The western countries have a duty to help those populations, but using this as a pretext for their own quest for private geopolitical, economic and militarily gain will eventually lead to a total discredit of the western nation's acts.

Somalia used to be a large hub of commerce and a lucrative worldwide trade [iii]; the ancient Somali merchants were chieftains of business who exchanged between Asia, Persia and Africa throughout time from the Ming Empire and were even accountable for affecting Chinese linguistics. Nowadays, the folks of Somalia are regarded as nothing more than cattle for the Intelligence Agencies and the powerful companies that aim to occupy this strategic area. The weapon of choice to control them was called "Famine".

Somali people belong to a single homogenous ethnic group composed in large part of nomadic tribesmen. Those tribes were famous with their talent on poetry and ancient oral traditions. Throughout history, they are well known for striving ferociously against foreign forces, most notably against the agents of the British Empire, the Christian Ethiopians and the Italian Fascists in the late 19th century. The common strategy of the invaders have always been the same: trying to take the control of Somalia's trading ports and strategic seaboard.

Sayid Mohamed Abdulle Hassan [iv] was a Somali religious and patriotic leader of Somalia during the early XXth century, he led several successful military operations which overpowered British imperial forces on several occasions. Hassan over the years succeeded in building a consistent unity and national self-sufficiency for Somalia, which had remained the only independent Muslim State on the entire African continent for years. Like today, any governance that resists the command of Imperialists (now called 'Globalists') are dispensed militarily; the British launched the first modern airstrike in Africa against Dervish military bases in Somalia, effectively crushing the resistance of the rightful indigenous inhabitants for their own private objectives of which have continued to the present day in more sophisticated ways. The Somali power back then even encouraged gender equality by increasing the roles of women in military and production, and very interesting fact, by banning the female circumcision.

We will further analyze in a next paper the reasons that led Somalia to become one of the poorest and most unsecured region in today's world.




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I am an ethiopian online journalist currently living in Addis Ababa. I have worked several years for a national Ethiopian Newspaper.
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