Rob Crilly in Nairobi

Nairobi-based freelance journalist Rob Crilly is the latest addition to the blog stable at From the Frontline. Rob started blogging at South of West late last year. He’s been very busy with coverage from Kenya for The Times, Irish Times, Christian Science Monitor and The Daily Mail during the recent violence there. You can listen to an interview with Rob about Somalia from nearly a year ago at NPR. Rob starts his blog off with a post on how the ethnic tensions have impacted who can and cannot drive him to certain places in Kenya these days. Rob is a frequent visitor to Sudan and Darfur and other parts of East Africa. Rob is the third Africa-based Frontline blogger – Fred in the DRC and Zimbabaloola in Zimbabwe being the other two. We hope to have two more African blogs up and running soon. If you use an RSS reader you can subsrcibe to Rob’s blog here.

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  1. All rights including human rights were drastically violated in the ignorant-torn Somalia . No rights were reserved for no one specially those remained in Mogadishu and its surroundings after fierce war erupted between the Ethiopian and Somali government forces and the opposition groups.

    Millions were forced to flee from their homes, seek refuge under the shades of trees in Mogadishu suburbs. Ten of thousands were lost their lives to the endless fighting pre-post Ethiopian invasion in African region “ Somalia ”, where other hundreds escaped fighting seeking asylum in countries Africa , Arab, Europe & America.

    ENNDLESS WAR IMPACTS ONSOMALI REFUGEE (IN & OUTSIDE SOMALIA)

    As it has been a rule, wars carry different affects On all human life activities and the best life of the mankind. High insecurity as well as extreme poverty are the two major live-threaten problems that wars carry to every human society.

    The histories have delivered by the worlds’ historians to the inhabitants on the earth are indeed indispensable lessons for every far sighted society. Billions turn into extreme poverty, dependent on small amount of food provided by WFP or aid NGOs, where other wealthy billions felt psychological disorders after loosing the peaceful environment, they have been enjoying with their families and children; at the same time tens and thousands lost their loved ones.

    Despite the impacts of wars touch equally both poor and wealthy in the war-torn zones. but the fact is that severity of war impact affect on the poor members of every society.

    Lack of enough security and food across Somalia is widely believed to have been the two major problems for the past 18yrs due to the unending wars in the African continent.

    It’s to be noted very well, that the root cause of Somali conflict is the ” the huge ignorance” that overwhelmed this African tribe.

    This tribe “Somali ” have dishonored all spiritual, moral, and economic laws, set for all the world people, aimed at prevention against destruction of human existence.

    The level of insecurity and poverty is, in fact becoming out of human imagination and the limit of problems. Even though the international donors and aid organizations distributed some food, water, and shelter the internally displaced people in the war-affected towns in south Somalia . Obviously, 80 per cent of the food aid do not reach directly to the vulnerable, but instead fall in the hands of profiteering businessmen. In fact, this is a clear mistake and negligence by the aid organizations. And such error might result in an outbreak of another human tragedy in Somalia again after the start of the ignorant- based Somali conflicts in 1990s.

    Therefore every wise man should bear in mind if aid donors as well as aid organizations fail to make sure the aid items to Somalia reach directly to right individuals-It may fall in the hands of Somali notorious trades men and their aides, who clearly cast aside all spiritual, moral and economic laws because of their excessive thirst for illegal wealth at war and peace time.

    As every elite in the world exactly knows all prohibited business dealings are mostly practiced in war zones at war time. Notably, the wealthier Somali businessmen were part in what could be termed as” the unending silent mass murder” in Somalia in the past 18yrs. However, to prove all these issues independent and sincere investigation is required.

    LACK OF HEALTH EDUCATION SERVICE

    Food and shortage of potable water in Mogadishu and its surroundings is so far existing threat. In addition to the disappearance of public health service education.

    The Somali society again and again encountered shortage of free medicine and higher educational institutions. Medical and education centers (Hospitals, MCHs, Schools, Colleges and Universities etc.) were totally burnt and destroyed by shells thrown by irresponsible, unpatriotic and uneducated with no moral obligations. All international war laws were not revered in Somalia pre and post Ethiopian incursion.

    The warring groups in Somalia accustomed throwing bullets and heavy shells with no well-known target or enemy. So that it was too obvious that such evil act could rise both high the death of Somalis and the damage of public & private assets in Somalia .

    It is also to mention illegal possession of small arms and heavy arms is one of the main factors raised illegal killings in Somali towns. The burdens of the huge ignorance in this society led them break all rights, of course, if Somalis would have exercised any civilization, they would have indeed abstain shedding their blood, respect the due rights of each other ,at the same time build their near and far future.

    But their deep ignorance plus practicing family based-aspects has dragged them into utter destruction.

    Lack of Enough treatment in Mogadishu or its surroundings if someone gets injury is the reason that led more thousands of Somalis to prefer death over life. For instances, if bullet or piece of shell hits on a person there is no sufficient medical service in the previous years. Most poor people in Somalia begged the Supreme sovereign “God” Who created them to take their souls away instead of injury due to lack of treatment, medical experts, or medical facilities or admission in private hospitals. This private clinics owned by greed health experts have over charged medical expenses.

    The MSF & ICRC sponsored hospitals in Mogadishu have done great commendable work for the war-torn Somali society. Dayniile General Hospital run by the MSF has much helped those live in Mogadishu and its surrounding. It offered free medical service to the in patient and out patient in Somalia . In fact, MSF run Dayniile General Hospital have eased much medical burdens. Due to its location, neutrality and sincerity. It is acceptable idea that promotion the advance of nursing service and nursing education in Dayniile General Hospital proposed by a Somali elite. Because it is the duty of the Dayniile General Hospital Authority to increase its proper service to the people. It is to be well noted training medical experts. Investigations and central lab is the work of the general Hospitals .

    SOMALI REFUGEES IN THE OUTSIDE COUNTRIES

    Many accustomed to address much more about locally displaced Somali refugees in Somalia , setting aside most about those sought asylum in many countries in the world. Actually, those who become refugee after being forced to leave their rest places or after receiving threats against their life are entitled to get their to live equally as same as the normal citizens in the countries they applied.

    The Somali refugees who fled to the very close neighboring such as Yemen, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Libya and other African or Arabian countries were mostly ill treated by members of the societies, or border guards, or police forces due to little knowledge about the true situation in Somalia in the past 18yrs.

    According to the world News sources, hundreds of Somali refugees cross many borders, seeking a safe haven, education and job opportunities to continue their survival like other humans.

    But the very interested question is that had they met the hospitality they much hoped from other human societies in the worlds?

    Sad to mention, most of them were badly treated, tortured, killed, imprisoned to death, looted, rapped , and expelled from the places they reached after been suffered from extreme hunger, thirst, fatigue looking for safety and survival. Does this issue turned to crime and shame?

    It’s good to tell that in many African countries that many Somalis were given asylum and permanent residences on their party of the administration there, but the societies showed some sort of enmity, were some other African countries showed their hatred towards Somali refugee on their side where their communities displayed their consents and tolerance with Somali refugees whom ignorant-based conflicts forced them to leave without home, food and shelter.

    Thousands of Somali refugees escaped from the timeless wars in Somalia have been killed in the Red Sea between Somalia and Yemen , boarding on ill-made boats by merciless businessmen who know no safety standards in our worlds.

    In Sudan , or Sudan –Libyan dissert hundreds have died and many others are still missing. In addition to Sea between Libya and Italy hundreds were drawn after their boats capsized due to the inefficient boats or harsh weather. Moreover, those survived from long travel from Somalia to European countries in which they face immigration ordeals and ill treatment. They are finger-printed and then sent them to other EU countries.

    In some EU counties when Somali refugees submit asylum documents they encounter many years or months in the detention camps or automatically given rejection reply which is meant “eligibility” of asylum if their finger print is presented.

    Some of them is housed for years in coldest places in some countries in Europe if errors found in their applications or some documents with them.

    So that all may consider and be kind to those who were forced to evacuate themselves, and looking for security and life. All the worlds may recall the histories of former world’s emigrants and learn from them very good lessons based on wisdom and humanity.

    Many may still remember the Hunger Winter in Holland 1944. It was nearly fifty years since parts of the Netherlands experienced a hunger winter. Those areas were reported still under Nazi control had no food and people were forced to eat tulip bulbs to stay alive. As some say this is why Holland has identified with other areas of the world where people starving and why domestic or international fund-raising campaigns produce large amounts of money. But is that link and understanding fading now? Has the M World and D World started to despair at the current plight of Africa specially Somalia and other regions in the worlds.

    The Queen Elizabeth II urged people to take responsibility for all vulnerable individuals excluded by the modern society.

    Every well –educated, with enough knowledge has to bear in mind that all the great religious teachings of the world delivered the message that everyone has a responsibility to care vulnerable, by offering a time, a talent, and possession, and taking a share in the responsibility for the well being of those who live.

    written by Somali journalist and human rights activist.
    AHMEDSADIK YUSUF
    Email: saadaqcade@yahoo.com

  2. All rights including human rights were drastically violated in the ignorant-torn Somalia . No rights were reserved for no one specially those remained in Mogadishu and its surroundings after fierce war erupted between the Ethiopian and Somali government forces and the opposition groups.

    Millions were forced to flee from their homes, seek refuge under the shades of trees in Mogadishu suburbs. Ten of thousands were lost their lives to the endless fighting pre-post Ethiopian invasion in African region “ Somalia ”, where other hundreds escaped fighting seeking asylum in countries Africa , Arab, Europe & America.

    ENNDLESS WAR IMPACTS ONSOMALI REFUGEE (IN & OUTSIDE SOMALIA)

    As it has been a rule, wars carry different affects On all human life activities and the best life of the mankind. High insecurity as well as extreme poverty are the two major live-threaten problems that wars carry to every human society.

    The histories have delivered by the worlds’ historians to the inhabitants on the earth are indeed indispensable lessons for every far sighted society. Billions turn into extreme poverty, dependent on small amount of food provided by WFP or aid NGOs, where other wealthy billions felt psychological disorders after loosing the peaceful environment, they have been enjoying with their families and children; at the same time tens and thousands lost their loved ones.

    Despite the impacts of wars touch equally both poor and wealthy in the war-torn zones. but the fact is that severity of war impact affect on the poor members of every society.

    Lack of enough security and food across Somalia is widely believed to have been the two major problems for the past 18yrs due to the unending wars in the African continent.

    It’s to be noted very well, that the root cause of Somali conflict is the ” the huge ignorance” that overwhelmed this African tribe.

    This tribe “Somali ” have dishonored all spiritual, moral, and economic laws, set for all the world people, aimed at prevention against destruction of human existence.

    The level of insecurity and poverty is, in fact becoming out of human imagination and the limit of problems. Even though the international donors and aid organizations distributed some food, water, and shelter the internally displaced people in the war-affected towns in south Somalia . Obviously, 80 per cent of the food aid do not reach directly to the vulnerable, but instead fall in the hands of profiteering businessmen. In fact, this is a clear mistake and negligence by the aid organizations. And such error might result in an outbreak of another human tragedy in Somalia again after the start of the ignorant- based Somali conflicts in 1990s.

    Therefore every wise man should bear in mind if aid donors as well as aid organizations fail to make sure the aid items to Somalia reach directly to right individuals-It may fall in the hands of Somali notorious trades men and their aides, who clearly cast aside all spiritual, moral and economic laws because of their excessive thirst for illegal wealth at war and peace time.

    As every elite in the world exactly knows all prohibited business dealings are mostly practiced in war zones at war time. Notably, the wealthier Somali businessmen were part in what could be termed as” the unending silent mass murder” in Somalia in the past 18yrs. However, to prove all these issues independent and sincere investigation is required.

    LACK OF HEALTH EDUCATION SERVICE

    Food and shortage of potable water in Mogadishu and its surroundings is so far existing threat. In addition to the disappearance of public health service education.

    The Somali society again and again encountered shortage of free medicine and higher educational institutions. Medical and education centers (Hospitals, MCHs, Schools, Colleges and Universities etc.) were totally burnt and destroyed by shells thrown by irresponsible, unpatriotic and uneducated with no moral obligations. All international war laws were not revered in Somalia pre and post Ethiopian incursion.

    The warring groups in Somalia accustomed throwing bullets and heavy shells with no well-known target or enemy. So that it was too obvious that such evil act could rise both high the death of Somalis and the damage of public & private assets in Somalia .

    It is also to mention illegal possession of small arms and heavy arms is one of the main factors raised illegal killings in Somali towns. The burdens of the huge ignorance in this society led them break all rights, of course, if Somalis would have exercised any civilization, they would have indeed abstain shedding their blood, respect the due rights of each other ,at the same time build their near and far future.

    But their deep ignorance plus practicing family based-aspects has dragged them into utter destruction.

    Lack of Enough treatment in Mogadishu or its surroundings if someone gets injury is the reason that led more thousands of Somalis to prefer death over life. For instances, if bullet or piece of shell hits on a person there is no sufficient medical service in the previous years. Most poor people in Somalia begged the Supreme sovereign “God” Who created them to take their souls away instead of injury due to lack of treatment, medical experts, or medical facilities or admission in private hospitals. This private clinics owned by greed health experts have over charged medical expenses.

    The MSF & ICRC sponsored hospitals in Mogadishu have done great commendable work for the war-torn Somali society. Dayniile General Hospital run by the MSF has much helped those live in Mogadishu and its surrounding. It offered free medical service to the in patient and out patient in Somalia . In fact, MSF run Dayniile General Hospital have eased much medical burdens. Due to its location, neutrality and sincerity. It is acceptable idea that promotion the advance of nursing service and nursing education in Dayniile General Hospital proposed by a Somali elite. Because it is the duty of the Dayniile General Hospital Authority to increase its proper service to the people. It is to be well noted training medical experts. Investigations and central lab is the work of the general Hospitals .

    SOMALI REFUGEES IN THE OUTSIDE COUNTRIES

    Many accustomed to address much more about locally displaced Somali refugees in Somalia , setting aside most about those sought asylum in many countries in the world. Actually, those who become refugee after being forced to leave their rest places or after receiving threats against their life are entitled to get their to live equally as same as the normal citizens in the countries they applied.

    The Somali refugees who fled to the very close neighboring such as Yemen, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Libya and other African or Arabian countries were mostly ill treated by members of the societies, or border guards, or police forces due to little knowledge about the true situation in Somalia in the past 18yrs.

    According to the world News sources, hundreds of Somali refugees cross many borders, seeking a safe haven, education and job opportunities to continue their survival like other humans.

    But the very interested question is that had they met the hospitality they much hoped from other human societies in the worlds?

    Sad to mention, most of them were badly treated, tortured, killed, imprisoned to death, looted, rapped , and expelled from the places they reached after been suffered from extreme hunger, thirst, fatigue looking for safety and survival. Does this issue turned to crime and shame?

    It’s good to tell that in many African countries that many Somalis were given asylum and permanent residences on their party of the administration there, but the societies showed some sort of enmity, were some other African countries showed their hatred towards Somali refugee on their side where their communities displayed their consents and tolerance with Somali refugees whom ignorant-based conflicts forced them to leave without home, food and shelter.

    Thousands of Somali refugees escaped from the timeless wars in Somalia have been killed in the Red Sea between Somalia and Yemen , boarding on ill-made boats by merciless businessmen who know no safety standards in our worlds.

    In Sudan , or Sudan –Libyan dissert hundreds have died and many others are still missing. In addition to Sea between Libya and Italy hundreds were drawn after their boats capsized due to the inefficient boats or harsh weather. Moreover, those survived from long travel from Somalia to European countries in which they face immigration ordeals and ill treatment. They are finger-printed and then sent them to other EU countries.

    In some EU counties when Somali refugees submit asylum documents they encounter many years or months in the detention camps or automatically given rejection reply which is meant “eligibility” of asylum if their finger print is presented.

    Some of them is housed for years in coldest places in some countries in Europe if errors found in their applications or some documents with them.

    So that all may consider and be kind to those who were forced to evacuate themselves, and looking for security and life. All the worlds may recall the histories of former world’s emigrants and learn from them very good lessons based on wisdom and humanity.

    Many may still remember the Hunger Winter in Holland 1944. It was nearly fifty years since parts of the Netherlands experienced a hunger winter. Those areas were reported still under Nazi control had no food and people were forced to eat tulip bulbs to stay alive. As some say this is why Holland has identified with other areas of the world where people starving and why domestic or international fund-raising campaigns produce large amounts of money. But is that link and understanding fading now? Has the M World and D World started to despair at the current plight of Africa specially Somalia and other regions in the worlds.

    The Queen Elizabeth II urged people to take responsibility for all vulnerable individuals excluded by the modern society.

    Every well –educated, with enough knowledge has to bear in mind that all the great religious teachings of the world delivered the message that everyone has a responsibility to care vulnerable, by offering a time, a talent, and possession, and taking a share in the responsibility for the well being of those who live.

    written by Somali victim and exiled journalist and human rights activist.
    Ahmedsadik yusuf mohamed
    Email: saadaqcade@yahoo.com

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