Thursday, 20 June 2013

Condolences



Saddened and want to send my deepest condolences to the victims and their families affected in today’s tragic event which occurred at United Nations Compound in Mogadishu. UNDP are our committed partners with the work we do. I was actually present at the compound earlier in the morning dropping off a colleague. Heard the news of the event soon as I touched down in Nairobi and I was so worried for my colleague and friend. She is fine Alhamdulillah and if she is reading this, 9950! (A term we use and only I and her know what it truly means!)

UNDP compound is a place you can find me at almost every week. I know the security guys who work their well. Top blokes who are well trained and have great respect for guests who arrive at the compound. Shocked and deeply hurt by these cowardly attacks.

May Allah protect Somalia from these animals.

Long Live Somalia!

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Friday, 14 June 2013

YOUTH 4 CHANGE



We at SOYDEN, together with UNDP, District Commissioners and Peace Committee have launched the “Youth 4 Change” project for 80 youths who are at risk or have been associated with militia groups and criminals in Mogadishu. 

Inside our Centre in Kaaraan
Began today, 12 June 2013, The objective of the project is to identify those youths who are known in the districts, selected by community peace members and officials from ministries, to be provide with core skills at our rehabilitation centers based in Wadajir and Kaaraan districts in Banadir.
As Mogadishu starts to emerge from civil war, it is important not to forget the highest demographic in age population of Somalia’s youth. Making up 70% of the population, the war is leaving so many youths, traumatized and vulnerable to be used for courses by clan and militia personnel’s. This is why it is of great importance for youth 4 change. Two decades of state collapse has caused so many youths not have access to education and this project gives an alternative route for them. With teachers at hand, these youths who have been chosen by their Peace Committees with local authorities, will learn key numeracy, literacy skills and take part in social activities including work at the community within a 9 month period.
It will be a challenging and an exciting moment in my life personally. The Sole reason being is that I am taking part in rebuilding my nation and giving back to my people all my effort and expertise. It really is a blessing for me, I have always wanted to contribute to my people and what better way than this. 

Briefing new recruits the importance of Y4C
Please follow my journey on Twitter @MoHassan_ppg where I would add pictures and regular updates or visit our website www.soyden.net for more info.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

THE MYSTERY SOUL'S OF MOGADISHU


                    



“25 names of youths you recognize in the community who are at risk to criminal affiliate and been associated with militia and freelance activities”. The groups we are asking for this information are Mogadishu’s peace committees, located throughout the 16 districts within the city.  A strong emerging prominent groups consisting of 240 members who are divided into 15 within each district and have their own fair election on choosing a chairperson and deputy, the peace communities are the heart and soul of Mogadishu. They are the members chosen from every district by their communities to represent them with having full access to their district commissioners twice a week and are the voice of their respected borough. 

As Somalia emerges from war and destruction, collapse of trust for one another has affected the country with the outcome being isolation and fear amongst ourselves. The district peace communities have provided a breath of fresh air with their eager to sacrifice time, energy and resources. They only hope for restoring confidence and faith amongst communities. Their contribution to society had been noted when the governor of Banadir had accepted a request from them to be provided identification cards in order to conduct their job securely. Keep in mind; this time last year, they had been unknown to each other and their neighbourhoods. Community development has recently been made more accessible because of peace committees which prove how influential they gotten within the metropolis.

The peace committees are made up of 3 women, 3 elders, 3 youths, 2 IDPs, 2 religious elders and 2 from the business community in each district totaling to 15.

This was done to have a voice from each background level within a district represented and have a louder say in what activities to be conducted and to provide assistance to security and organizations on conducting projects. When we had tasked them to provide with us 25 names of youths, it was because of a major project named “Youth 4 Change”, being implemented by Somali Youth Development Network, targeting those at risk and providing with them an alternative route to life. Challenging mission of course, but what the peace committees have done was to provide us access to these youths, after-all, they do reside in their communities and have the knowhow on these individuals. 

Just recently, we had concluded a Trauma Healing Forum throughout Mogadishu specifically for the women of the city and the contribution from PCs (Peace Committees) had been beyond useful. We were provided an insight and access to local women within the community who had shared with us their traumatic experience. It would have been a costly task on facilitating our own research and would have taken much time. Not only have the PC’s contributed on smoothing the progress of the task, but must also take credit on raising the trust between their neighborhoods, a major boost to the reconciliation program the government is currently implementing. 

Other successes with peace committees include in mobilizing communities to participate in planning and implementation of programs such as Mine Risk Education Soyden had been facilitating by training over 1,800 school teachers and members across the city. PC’s also contribute a vast amount of energy in solving disputes amongst neighbors by raising awareness of peace building and importance of unity.

We must also take note, this is a group who go without any salary and doing whatever it takes to bring Mogadishu forward with peace and harmony amongst all. A breath of fresh beacon to the on-going progress Mogadishu has been currently witnessing. 

The job just doesn’t stop there. With security being our most vital task if we want to live in peace, District Commissioners have noted to the governor of the region how PC’s are now promoting a united community by organizing peace rallies and aiding the security personnel of suspicious activities. This has halted numerous planned attacks that have saved so many lives. 

One must only witness and speak with PC’s in order to see the will and ambition they have for Somalia and it’s a beautiful sight to be amongst those working with them. I’m sure the work they conduct has been noted by the higher government. 

A group of individuals who carry no guns but hope for the community they reside in, a rare sight to see in Somalia.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)