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“Us versus Them” Mentality

With a flourish of Diaspora coming back to Somalia, it brought assurance and hope. This meant that individuals and families had sensed that we were in progress. I remember when schools shut for summer years back, we would book flights to Canada or other parts in the Middle East where we had families stationed. But this summer was unique and different. This was because Toronto or Cleveland was not the destination for holidays anymore but rather Somalia.
Youths and parents had all agreed upon each other that visiting Mogadishu was the only goal. I remember this past June, seeing youths from abroad all over the city. You can pick them up from a crowd easily because of the dress code, style or walk. With Diasporas’ keen to return, this has also caused a stir amongst locals.
With media outlets expanding across the nation, some took full advantage of this to start a smear campaign against those coming from abroad. Whether it’s out of envy or competition, it has gotten to a point where gossip…