Skip to main content

SURVEY AROUND TOWN, BUT A PERSONAL TOUR FOR ME



Hospitality at Dharkenley - HILIB AARI!!
Just like a waving flag, and then it goes back! - Hodan
In my work department with SOYDEN, we had an opportunity, well for me anyways, but officially a survey which we had to conduct on an ongoing project. This gave ME the chance to explore this magnificent historic city and to witness firsthand how communities are coping in this post-war era. What I had encountered amazed me, a wiliness to work together from people and a mindset of “enough is enough”. 
Amazing hand painting - Xamar Jajab District Commissioner Office
District Commissioner of Waaberi (top left) cautiously listening on
16 districts in 6 days was the operation, 3 a day and a final one on the last day. Hospitality was absolute top notch and not a single let down. We had been offered Hilib Aari (goat meat, a favourite cuisine for us Somalis,) fresh Camel milk, unlimited quantity of drinks and full access to every single district commissioner. Every morning, we at SOYDEN will set off on an adventure, which I took it as personally expedition, to go out and conduct the inspection. It was real amazing to see people living their lives and going about with their business. One thing that really stood out was the lack of weapons in the streets of Mogadishu. When I arrived, almost everybody had some way or another an Ak-47 strapped on their shoulder, but since our government had introduced the banning of citizens who are not police/army cadets of carrying weapons, there have been some major improvements on seeing lack of weapons on our streets.

Carrying out the mission was one very eye opener for me and a real privilege. It made me witness a city I had been craving to visit all my life. One where my parents would enlighten me so much good stories of it but one as well where I could not really relate at all due to what I had been seeing or hearing about my beautiful city. My city had been victimized, abused, destroyed, hurt and neglected for a long time. 
Colleagues listen as DC Deqa (Warta Nabada) speaks on

Hawlwaadag Peace Committees meeting office!
We headed out into Dayniile district one day, about 20 minutes drive and we was welcomed with a whole jar full of Camel milk which the district had just milked fresh an hour before. This is what it’s all about, reviving our culture and dhaaqan back to its true values. 

On our journey we had encountered several stops along the way including my hometown Wardhiigley (Warta Nabadda what they call it now) Xamar Weyne, Xamar Jajab, Yakshiid, Waaberi, Kaaraan, Shibis, Shangani, Hodan, Dharkenley, Howlwadaag, Abdiazziz, Bondhere, Heliwa with the only exception being Wadajir (Security reasons).

Every district had their own way of welcoming us warmly, a tradition which has been always rich in our culture. The major concern we had was the lack of facilities for each district. This must be tackled and will be contributed to our survey.
 
Mohamed Hassan (Dj)
Twitter: @MoHassan_ppg

Comments

  1. It's a welcoming presentation and I love the photo's as well as the Ad... Keep Up With The Beautiful Pictures!.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

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…

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…

Your contribution will be much appreciated...

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…