Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Somalia in 20th year of war : Without a doubt, the saddest day in somalia was January 26, 1991

25, 2011, Aweys Abdullahi Ali, 20, talks to Associated Press during an exclusive interview marking the anniversary of Mohamed Siad Barre downfall in Mogadishu, Somalia. Somalia's civil war has been going on every day of 20-year-old Aweys Abdullahi Ali's life and he expects his children to grow old amidst the violence. Wednesday Jan. 26, 2011 marks the twentieth anniversary of the fall of Siad Barre, Somalia's socialist dictator whose overthrow ushered in years of brutal conflict. Now the arid Horn of Africa nation is home to a whole generation who have known nothing but war fed by corruption, clan politics and regional rivalries
Witness Wed, 26 Jan 2011 In January 1991 the government of Siad Barre in Somalia, collapsed. update
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Aweys Abdullahi Ali has never known a day of peace in Somalia. Gunmen have killed his mother, set his home on fire, driven away his friends. Ali, who is 20, sees no end to the violence.Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of Siad Barre, Somalia's socialist dictator whose overthrow ushered in years of brutal clan-based conflict. This arid Horn of Africa nation is now home to a generation of people who have known nothing but war. Some have seen neighbors beheaded by al-Qaida linked insurgents or killed in U.S. missile strikes."I've woken up to the crack of gunfire ever since I was young," said Ali, a dark-eyed young man with a wisp of a beard. "I never believed Somalia was ever peaceful and I used to wonder what my parents were talking about when told me about the old days."Ali, like most of Somalia's 8 million citizens, was born after Barre's fall. Even though Barre had his opponents imprisoned and tortured, Ali imagines the dictatorship as a long-vanished golden age compared to the anarchy that is now affecting all of Somalia except for the northern regions of Somaliland and Puntland.
Government forces and al-Qaida linked insurgents have carved up the battle-scarred capital of Mogadishu. Temporary roadblocks, some just rusting barbed wire stretched across the cratered roads, mark constantly shifting front lines.Gunmen scan the waiting citizens: Are their beards too long? Not long enough? Are that one a spy? What clan are they from? Do they have any money? The lucky passers-by are just told to pay a bribe.
"Once I refused, and they showed me the body of a dead young man and said if I don't pay something they will kill me," Ali recalled.Not even home is safe. Last year, the gunmen came to rob Ali's neighbors. The woman screamed. Ali's mother ran outside to help. They shot her."We rushed her to Medina hospital but she died," Ali recalled. Medina, considered one of the better-equipped hospitals in Mogadishu, is frequently so full of war casualties that the overflow of patients are treated in tents outside.These days, Ali and his father live in a ruined house near an African Union peacekeeping base. There's no water or electricity. The afternoons are sweltering and dull. There are no jobs. They have no money for school. Those with money fled long ago."Imagine being 20 and never having been to school," said Denise Shepherd-Johnson, a spokeswoman for UNICEF. More than two-thirds of Somali children have not completed even primary school, she said.
"Imagine in the future you're asked to run a country and you have no idea what a government even does. Imagine trying to dream when the world of possibilities is so limited you are just trying to survive," she said.
Ali can't picture a better future or remember a better past. He can't imagine the nightclubs his parents described on the Mogadishu beach front or the cool grass of the lawn in their old comfortable house before it was shelled. The old Catholic cathedral, built by Italian colonialists, is roofless and gutted.Ali doesn't think the war will end anytime soon. Corruption, clan politics and regional rivalries fuel the conflict. Somalia's U.N.-backed administration doesn't account for the cash it's given by foreign donors, then begs them for more. Archenemies Ethiopia and Eritrea fund opposite sides in the conflict. An Islamist insurgent movement called al-Shabab has attracted foreign fighters, some with experience in Afghanistan.
The U.S. and its allies hunt down suspected members of al-Qaida but can't stem the flow of volunteers. They come from Pakistan, Chechnya and even America to join the insurgency. Western intelligence agencies fear Somalia will become a training ground for terrorists like Afghanistan was during the 1990's.In response, the U.S. and other donors are offering military aid and funding an extra 4,000 African Union peacekeepers to beef up the 8,000 who are already deployed.What happens next is unclear. The mandate of Somalia's government, which has failed to provide security or services, is due to run out in August. No one knows whether it will be extended.Even the memory of what a government is supposed to do is fading. New administrations are increasingly forced to draw on the diaspora to fill positions, but many of those who spent years abroad to come back as administrators have no power base in the country and can't enforce their decisions."I do not know what a government is or what it does for people," Ali said. The only future he sees is more fighting."This war will not end before my son is grown," he said. "And I will be a very old man."

H. E. Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad speech to the Somali judges in 1969.
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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

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