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Team Somalia Olympics

The Olympics are taking place and the whole nation’s focal point is on London. Mohamed and Zamzam are our only Olympic hopefuls and damn are they making us proud already. I’ve always wanted to witness the magic flash of where I would be cheering on my fellow countrymen/women, wherever the situation.
These 2 young athletes have done us proud and moved us emotionally due to their personality, charisma and enthusiasm. They have witness more in their young lives then an average retiree British women or man have witness in their whole 60+ years. We are rooting for them, whether we are in Minneapolis, Mogadishu or Dubai. Just to see them representing us gives the young a belief and hope to pursue.
I can only pray and root for their triumph. Win or lose, we are proud as Somalis and I am sure the world is cheerful of them for coming over all these obstacles that where put in front of them. Inshallah, Zamzam and Mohamed have already done us proud, now we have to show them the love back.
Come …

The battle has began

The battle for Somalia has begun. With less than a month to go, Political leaders are commencing their battle to be elected for the president of Somalia. At the moment, there are presently over 10 candidates for running for presidency. The current transitional president, Mr. Sharif Ahmed, is once more running for presidency.
So what can we look forward to and who can we expect to see as the next Somali President? What we as a nation anticipate is a President who is patriotic, ambitious and has leadership skills. If we expect Somalia to go somewhere far independently, then this is our only arrangement. We also anticipate a number of other things: ·A god Fearing President ·Peace Loving Leader ·Trust Worthy ·Neutral President ·Honest ·Imaginative ·Positive mindset leader ·Role – Model ·Good Listener
Alongside these points I programmed, the leader of our nation needs to be an ambitious individual who has goals and targets to reach for him and for the nation. In order for us, the public to know who is…

The Lost Children of Mogadishu

When you travel in Mogadishu, Children have a large presence across the city. Everywhere you go, you see a child. In the KM4 district, there are a lot of children with boxes of polish looking to shine anybody shoes. As I was lingering around the neighborhood, I could see older men treating the young children, some as young as 6, like they were slave for that 4 minutes of getting their shoe cleaned. You can see the lost and humiliation the child is feeling right across his/her eyes.
The child would often charge for 2,000Somali Shilling, which is exactly 9 cents in US dollars, for a clean shining shoe. In those 4 minutes, it seems like the child is working as if they would earn about $100. The way they are treated and humiliated is absolutely disgraceful. They are sent by their parents to earn a living while the parent is either selling pastries in a food stall or begging across the other street.
Mogadishu has changed and it seems as if Mogadishu has forgotten its children. Things need t…

Somalia needs a new leader with vision

One of the reasons why Somalia is a failed state is lack of leadership.
We have been ruled in the last 20 years by the wrong people.When a country plunges into civil war, people who should run it are either former ministers or those who played a role in the previous administration, meaning they have some experience about managing government.
To become a leader, you require certain qualities. In fact, in some countries, you need to go to special schools just to learn leadership skills. In Somalia’s case, our leaders do not have the capacity or the vision to lead the country.
;"> Here are two reasons:
First, how can you govern a country when more than half of it is controlled by your opponent?
Secondly, the Government of Somalia has had the military support of our brothers from Burundi and Uganda for more than two years, but they have been unable to secure the capital, let alone the whole country.
It is imperative that as a leader, you should have a plan of action to secure the…

No Turning Back

2 decades of constant violence and war equal to famine and depression. From here, there should be no turning back. This is it. We cannot fail to look back and waste this opportunity of peace and prosperity because of a few dozen. Every political establishment has its own corrupt side and its own legitimate side. A few corrupt officials do not need to take us back to the doom and gloom of the 90’s and late 2000’s where we had atrocities were one cannot imagine.
Recently, as you may have heard or have not, there was a recent report detailing the Level of corruption within the Somali Political circle. This should not in any form harm our peace process. I don’t not want to get into details on this due to the legitimacy of the report still being investigated, but it should not get in the way of our transaction from an acting government to a full legitimate political transition.
However, if this reports investigation does state that it is true, then we need to clean up our politicians. An…

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Diaspora is back

Within their 1000’s, plane after plane is landing. When you reach the immigration section in Aden Abdulle, there are two different sections, the Somali Nationals and the Foreign National. I am a Somali but had to go through the foreign section due to the fact I carried a different passport. Word in the street is the foreign section is outnumbering the national section 8 to 1. Days go by when the National section can be pretty empty and staffs have to fill in the foreign side.
Walking in the city, you can now notice who is a Diaspora and who is a local. Nike’s, Ralph Laurens and a rare glimpse of a Louie Viutton is being wavered around in Mogadishu. Just recently, I had the balls to bring my Ray ban Sunglasses from my suitcase. We are back; you may not believe this but you actually seeing the revival of a great city.
One only has to feel enough safe to be secure. We have young women from the Diaspora walking around with their head hardly covered. Now, of course we are a Muslim nation,…

Business is Booming in Mogadishu

Today was a day in which I had to glance into the past and future. Mogadishu was known for its beach resorts and restaurants on the tip of the white sandy beaches. I went to Liido Restaurant, a new restaurant opened by a London Diaspora who brought together a few business men to set up eating place right in the backdrop of the ocean. 
As soon as the guards searched and tapped us, A thing I got use to since I came here, we entered into a Large hut, going round in circles, with only the roof covered. I thought, if this is Mogadishu, then we are finally going places. 
When we took a seat, I looked over seeing couple familiar faces from back in London. When we started greeting each other, we all had one thing on our minds, we are home. 
Do not get me wrong, it’s not all gloom in Mogadishu, there is still poverty around but my vision on this blog is strictly on security means.
The food was not so bad itself, only a slow service, relatively due to inexperienced staff, but as a whole, I wa…

It feels good to be back at Home

Wow, Wow Wow Wow is all I can say. I went to Liido Beach today and Have never felt that amount euphoria in my life ever before. To actually be back home in my Beach and my Land, Absoutly Incredible.  

We woke up at 7am and haven't been that excited in my life before ever. font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; text-align: left;"> I haven't sleep at all last night due to the fact that I was so eager to go for a swim. Just incredible. I remember as a child when in school back in London, every summer my classmates all use to discuss what their summer plans where. one would jump up and state how he would be going to Morocco and another would jump up boasting that Turkey is the Ultimate holiday destination.

 I always knew Mogadishu beat them all but was never brave enough to say it due to the fact that we had constant war and violence. Stuff that, now every Somali child growing up can say Stuff that, I'm going Mogadishu and nothing compares to Li…

Freedom is Rising

ONE WEEK, And I can pretty much say, I am home. All I see are people who are the same race as me.

Xamar is a peaceful city at the moment. Everything looks back to normal. People are rebuilding their lives and livelihood. You do hear the odd bullet going off but this is due to some of the police force high of marqaan.
 Amid the Ruins,The city is buzzing, and the Disporia are coming back. Ive met some Fellow brits and quite a few American youths who, just like me, are back on home soil since, a few of them their first times, childhood.
People are walking about freely. I catched a Matatu bus (Local Bus service) to visit some of my uncles and I must say, it felt real blessing to be able to travel by bus in my hometown. I never in a million years ever thought i would be able to travel freely in Mogadishu. You only have to see it to belive it.
Inshallah I can hopefully post up some pictures to actually make you feel and see how it is back home. Now all we got to do is wait for August 20th…

Somalia - Independence Day - 52 Years

1st July 2012

Happy 52nd Birthday Somalia. Within 13 Years, Somalia would be in a Pension Scheme. What have we achieved in those last 52 Years?
Somalia has been to the top of the Mountain, Right down to the bottom. If there is a rollercoaster full of twist and turns, Then Somalia practically beats it. We have achieved so Much in those last 52 years and have thrown it all away. I am currently in Mogadishu, Somalia’s Biggest City and main capital. So far, I haven’t seen anything which makes me feel unsafe. Yes there are guns everywhere and yes, this is a fragile calm feeling across the city, but when you look around, if feels as everybody has had enough of war and long lasting conflict which has ruined life’s and peoples properties.
I’ve been here for 4 days and I feel as if I can stay here for the rest of my life. I am among my people and I am at home. Nobody can take that away from me. I feel proud of being a Somali more than ever. The last time I was at home, I was 5 Years old and …