Friday, June 8, 2012

Peaceful interlude in Mogadishu raises hopes of end to Somalia violence (Lido beach in Mogadishu,This Friday pictures 6/8/12 )

 East Africa, Indian Ocean

Lido beach in Somalia today. 'wear-your-favorite-team-shirt' Friday at Lido beach





If there is a single image that encapsulates Somalia's violent past, its wary present and its uncertain future, it may be the view from the gutted shell of the once-stately Uruba Hotel.From the second floor, where fist-sized rocks cover the floor and steel reinforcers hang from the pitted ceiling, the space where the walls used to be offers a view across a shattered city.Silhouetted on an upper floor of a former bank are two Ugandan troops, members of the Africa Union's peacekeeping force Amisom.Nearby, a slender piece of stone – all that is left of the cathedral's twin towers – reaches into the sky. To the left is the Arch of Umberto, built by the Italians in the mid-1930s.Down by the waterfront, men, women and children cool themselves in the choppy waves under the old fort, in a sign of the tentative peace which has held in the city over recent weeks. A boy in a yellow sarong runs into the water, towards fishing boats bobbing serenely in the Indian Ocean.Standing amid the rubble, Lieutenant Jimmy Omara dares to predict a brighter future. The Ugandan soldier points to the horizon, explaining how Amisom troops have extended their reach since he arrived in the Somali capital two months ago. "When I came, we were only here. Now we are 18 kms away. We plan to go further than that."Before the Islamist rebels of al-Shabaab decided to make a stand here, the Uruba hosted rich and powerful guests from as far afield as Saudi Arabia. Today it is a base for Uganda's Battle Group 9+. There are sandbags on the wide stairs and tents in the corridors.If the Uruba is a symbol of the fighting that has brought Somalia to its knees, the presence of Amisom troops places the hotel on the threshold of a possible new era for a country where many teenagers have known nothing but war and hardship.Al-Shabaab's fighters mainly withdrew from Mogadishu last August after months of building-by-building battles with Amisom troops. They vowed to change tactics and have since carried out a string of suicide bombings and gun attacks in the city.But late last month, Amisom pushed them out of Afgoye, a strategic stronghold 30km from Mogadishu, where Amisom officials say the militants used to manufacture explosives used in attacks on the capital. The insurgents have also lost ground in the south, where Kenyan troops have inched towards the port stronghold of Kismayo, and are under pressure from Ethiopian troops in the centre of the country, but Brigadier-General Paul Lokech, the commander of the Ugandan forces, warns that al-Shabaab are not finished yet. "We haven't yet dealt with the al-Shabaab cells in Mogadishu … We are encouraging national security and police to deal with the problem."But al-Shabaab, which includes Britons, Americans and other foreigners in its ranks, has been weakened and – at least in Mogadishu – freedoms long forgotten are slowly being recovered.Where once the Islamists banned football and scared residents went home long before sunset, the capital's main streets were bustling one evening this week as a convoy of Amisom armoured cars brought visiting journalists back from a trip to Afgoye.The incongruity of travelling in an armed convoy through streets packed with women in long veils and dresses, past children kicking balls, and men arguing over bus fares typifies the tentative transition from conflict to a fragile and ill-defined calm.Women in pink, orange and yellow veils wandered along crowded pavements beside roads crammed with donkeys, carts and SUVs, shiny and dust-free after being hosed down at the city's many street-side car washes.Al-Shabaab, which formally allied themselves to al-Qaida this year, installed a harsh form of sharia law in the areas they control.But the months of relative peace since they were forced out of the capital have allowed sports leagues, restaurants and even a little night life to flourish.Lokech is determined to extend Mogadishu's freedoms beyond Afgoye and through the surrounding Lower Shabelle region.With security improving, there is danger, however, of a power vacuum. Lokech says that the members of the UN-backed but widely discredited transitional federal government must also move on, by clearing the way for a new administration by 20 August.This deadline is part of an agreed roadmap for change. Given the impossibility of holding elections, traditional elders will choose a constituent assembly, which will then choose a parliament, which will elect a president. But in a sense, the politicians are being bypassed by events – for most Somalis, it seems political progress comes a poor second to security.For now, in and around Mogadishu at least, Amisom appears to be delivering that, but the risk is that freelance militias and warlords could fill the void left by al-Shabaab. Lokech is adamant that must not happen. "I want to make it very clear: the warlords do not have space … They either stick with the government or I will treat them like al-Shabaab," he said.Militias are reportedly already preying on displaced people whose flimsy huts dot the city, bright flashes of colour between bullet-pocked buildings.A UN official put it bluntly as he toured a camp for displaced people."This is a self-service supermarket without a cashier. You take what you want if you have a gun."  via  Guardian

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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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