Monday, March 10, 2008

Why the Instability in Somalia Should be Concern for Kenya


Nairobi, kenya -Last week’s US military strikes on a Somalia town close to the Kenya border have worked to once again spotlight how hardships in Somalia continue to affect Kenya. Throughout the 16 years that Somalia has been without an effective government, Kenya has had to establish new security guidelines for its neighbour and the border that separates them. Somalia could be harbouring terrorists, and that worries Kenya. When the Islamic Courts Union was ousted from power, security concerns in Kenya continued as thousands of refugees streamed across the two countries’ border for sanctuary in Kenya. Open warfare in Somalia eased briefly, but then radicals began insurgency that soon created bloody skirmishes in many parts of Mogadishu. Snipers shot from rooftops, car bombs were detonated and public places were blasted — all in an effort to keep Somalia unstable. Since early 2007, the Somalia government and its Ethiopian allies have been targets of almost daily attacks by Islamist radicals. Somalia recently heated up again, as insurgents created serious turmoil trying to recapture Mogadishu. Thousands more Somalis fled the city, many of them heading for the Kenyan border. The increased fighting also killed a Kenyan policeman in Mandera, the third Kenyan police officer killed in such circumstances this year. The incessant fighting has led to a humanitarian catastrophe. The radical-inspired insurgency has displaced at least 90,000 residents, adding to the exodus of 400,000 inhabitants in earlier fighting. Gunfire continues to ring out in many parts of the capital, and in one episode, a child was killed in a shootout with radical militia.

Police said the radicals were trying to catch eight aid agency workers who had refused to pay them protection money. Even though thousands of Somalis are fleeing Mogadishu, they are finding life harder and more painful elsewhere. One woman tried desperately to hold onto the security of her Mogadishu home for herself and her family despite the daily gun battles. She abandoned hope, however, when a mortar shell killed three people in a nearby house. She packed a few belongings and fled with her six children. They are now with about 500 other families in a camp for displaced people in Elasha, 20km south of Mogadishu. Many refugees have erected makeshift shelters on the road. Most people agree that life in the camps is hard, but returning to Mogadishu is not an option. Some refugees see their biggest problem as getting water in the camps. Hundreds of women wait with their jerrycans for local charities to deliver water in tankers. Many days they head back to their shelters without a drop. In another incident, about 40 people — mostly Somalis — drowned while crossing the Gulf of Aden trying to flee to Yemen. Nearly 90 others survived and managed to reach Yemeni southern shores of Shokara after their rickety vessels capsized. The UNHCR has reported that at least 439 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Gulf of Aden in 2007, and another 490 are missing. Also in 2007, more than 10,000 Somalis reportedly arrived in Yemen by boat. Meanwhile, despite the need to help people in desperate circumstances, Kenya keeps its security antennae raised high. Kenya closed its border with Somalia in January to prevent extremists from crossing, but humanitarian considerations forced it to accept thousands of homeless refugees. Observers agree that humanitarian issues must be faced, but so must security matters. The choice is difficult, but protecting one’s country is imperative.

Source: Daily Nation
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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

When our world changed forever

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic
Somalia

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