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Alone in the clouds

Preservation. Nothing else matters. It's frightening. Very frightening rather. And sad. Dangerous. Nature has had its right to flourish denied without her consent. Refusing to respect its right may well define mankind as history. As I sit here writing while admiring the god given beauty of Lebanon high up in the mountains, the reality hits home upon re-imaging the fragile shores of my beautiful Somalia. I hear a calling.
I cannot go back home without learning from my experience here in Beirut. I must go with the energy and vision gained. I must. Nothing else matters. The buzz and realisation of what is at stake straightens my path: a path of preservation. A path to a sustainable future for those to come after us. I Must. Because I refuse for my children and future children of the world to live a polluted life from the mistakes of those before them. Just as much frustration I gain from inheriting a beautiful historic land engulfed by war which myself and ¾ of the population had no sa…
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I cannot comprehend my reasons of not seeking any effort on updating my prize possession (for me anyways) of Moga Tribune for over a year. So much had happened with other commitments arising (and more commitments) and allowing for this blog to quietly hit the endless storage centre of Google archive. Until, that is, of having a rather intriguing discussion recently.
As I set myself out for lunch with the family at the beautiful resort of Lido Beach one afternoon, I had, from the corner of my eyes, caught two youths halfway through a discussion with a heavy usage of finger pointing. Now, three thoughts had raced upon my mind when the finger pointing had refused to back down.
I either have:
A: Family member(s). B: Social Media friend(s).
C: Unwanted trouble. (You can always expect the un-expected).
I sat down cautiously with the family while staring optimistically through my Ray Bans in order to figure out this far-away conversation while over-lining option C out of the listed expectations (t…

Somali Youth - Challenges and Actions

Background
Somali youth are at present face huge task in trying to restore order back to their beloved country.This is not one with a simple duty but with many challenges and also countless rewards if successful. With over 75% of the population, Somalia has seen its youth participate in both positive aspects of the country and also negative. Youth have witnessed themselves being sidelined in decision-making forums while at the same time at the frontline in combat defending leaders who clearly have shown to have no regards for their wellbeing and future.
History tells us the Youth of Somalia have been the driving force in establishing the state from colonial rule. 13 young activists formed the celebrated Somali Youth League (SYL) in which they had protested, lobbied for the rights of the nation. All over the country, SYL members are seen as iconic and were the drive for the nation as they had been pivotal to see Somalia with self-rule away from British and Italian ruling. It was a move…

A Model for Mothers

Amidst the barrage of bullets and missiles, she grabbed you and fled. She fled thousands of miles, alone, to nurture you in peace. Frightened, she sacrificed her wealth, possessions and life so that you can have a chance, a chance to grow. She embraced quietly and patiently to her new surroundings in an alien’s field, never mentioning her inner thoughts so that you can have a chance, a chance to grow.
Disciplined you when necessary and praised you when attained, so that you can have a chance, a chance to grow. Nurtured you into a wiser and respectful individual with her compassionate love and never once complained. Somali mothers, if resilience was a human, this would be her. 
The world can learn a lot from this beautiful & devoted mother.
Happy International Women's Day
Mohamed Hassan - Editor

Mogadishu through Instagram Part 3

A lot has changed since my part 2 of this epic series titled "Mogadishu through Instagram".

Here it is, Mogadishu through Instagram part 3! Care to enjoy history before your own very eyes.

Just passed KM4 entering Maka Al Mukarama Road. Leads you to all the landmarks throughout the city.



The kings of the road, Caasi's (Bus). A mode of travel for many. Riding one is definitely unforgettable journey. Highly recommended! Read my popular "20 Mins inside an Caasi" article


Restaurants are now a common sight in Mogadishu. Lets just say we Somalis are arrogant with our cooking because we damn well sure can cook! 



New Airport coming soon! Landing in Aden Adde International Airport is a must for travellers. Really does seem for a minute as if you'd be landing in the Indian Ocean. Beautiful!



Due to popular demand, now rightfully re-named Banadir Beach Restaurant.



The obsession we Somalis have for SYL is indescribable. #WadaniFever must return



High rise buildings are …

A letter from Somalia. The Land.

This is a message to all Somalis in this generation and the next generation.

Our beautiful Country is asking us these questions: I am a Country in the Africa Continent, my name’s Somalia, my people are Somalis and they have one culture, one language and one Religion. And I have a lot of natural resources comparing to other Countries.

 I must admit that I have the best agricultural land, nice weather, longest coast in Africa, a lot of fish and also I possess crude oil not to mention my two ever flowing rivers Shebelle and jubba and also my lovely mountains and my beautiful tourist attraction sites.

So why don’t my people realize that they are the luckiest people on earth? And why don’t they seek their natural resources of which I have in abundant? Why are they fighting and what they fighting for? 



I am prosperous, productive Country and I am a large and beautiful country in every way you look at me. All I need from you is to have peace and I promise you that I remain prosperous.!

Soomaaliya…

The 8 commandments for Diaspora on returning home

1.Stop the Arrogance
However smart and confidence you may feel, note that someone else is taking this as arrogance. Sometimes it’s best to let others shines so do not make the mistake of thinking that you know everything about everything just because you had access to Google for the last 10 years. Some youths here carry 4 or 5 degrees and did this in a warzone. Just because you had a western education and speak with a good English/American accent does not make you the messiah Somalis have been waiting for.
2.Learn Af-Somali
This is crucial for your survival (in oral sense). People will look at you and judge you. Make sure your Af-Somali game is stepped up and ready to converse at any given time. You should already know that we are an oral nation so having some type of ammo (Not guns) is important. Kids as young as 8 would test you and so would Caasi (Bus) drivers. You must be able to reply as fast as possible without any hiccup.
3.ATM/Cash Machine? Forget all that Rubbish, Welcome to the…