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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
With all these shenanigans, is there any hope for Somalia?
One of the consequences of state collapse in Somalia in 1991 was that foreign companies began dumping harmful toxic waste along Somalia’s largely unguarded coastline.
It is even widely believed that Italian journalist Iliara Alpi’s discovery of a “guns-for-waste” trade between Italian arms manufacturers and Somali militias is what led to her murder in Mogadishu in 1994.
In 1997 the environmental NGO, Greenpeace, confirmed that Swiss and Italian companies were acting as brokers for the transportation of hazardous waste to Somalia.
Later, the United Nations Development Programme concluded that the dumping of toxic waste was “rampant” along Somalia’s coastline and that local communities were developing chronic diseases such as cancer as a result.
Somalia’s coastal waters were also exploited by foreign fishing companies. In the 1990s, ships and trawlers from Europe and Asia began illegally fishing in Somalia’s waters, depleting the region’s rich marine life and depriving local fishermen of their livelihoods.
It is widely believed that illegal fishing by foreign trawlers gave birth to piracy in Somalia as impoverished fishermen sought other ways of earning a living. Of course, the hijacking of ships by Somali pirates was facilitated by an international network of brokers, who also benefited from piracy, thereby ensuring that it remained a source of income for many jobless Somali men.
Now that European and other countries are policing Somali waters, incidents of piracy have reduced drastically, but other threats remain.
Recently I came across a document that shows that none other than the Somali government may be willingly entering into deals with foreign companies that would allow hazardous waste from other countries to be dumped in Somalia.
According to the document, a London-based company has allegedly entered into a contract with a country in the Middle East for the export of hazardous municipal household waste to Somalia.
The Somali government has apparently given this company a two-year licence to dispose of hazardous waste from this Middle Eastern country in Mogadishu through local companies that claim that they will use the waste to generate biogas.
Are foreign governments and companies taking advantage of a governance and regulatory vacuum in Somalia to dump their toxic waste in the country? And is the Somali government willingly accepting this waste for a fee?
I am not able to verify the authenticity of the document, but I would hardly be surprised if the Somali government had entered into such a deal.
In 2013, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud entered into a deal with the British company, Soma Oil & Gas, for oil exploration in Somalia even though he had earlier expressed fears that the country was too fragile to risk entering into such contracts.
IGNITE FURTHER DIVISIONS
Analysts warned that the deals could ignite further divisions in the country, particularly in oil-producing regions, and especially because there were not adequate legislative provisions in place to regulate the oil sector.
There were also concerns that oil deals would pave the way for more corruption. These concerns were so widespread that in July 2015 the UK’s Serious Fraud Office opened an investigation into Soma Oil’s dealings with the Somali government.
In May last year, Bloomberg Business revealed a draft production-sharing agreement between Soma Oil & Gas and the Somali government that indicated that Somalia could end up paying up to 90 per cent of its oil revenue to the British company, thereby conferring unusually high benefits to the latter.
Barnaby Pace, a campaigner with the watchdog Global Witness, described the agreement as a “terrible deal for the Somali people”.
What shocks and dismays many people is why the government of a country that has already been traumatised by more than two decades of civil war, anarchy, and now terrorism would enter into deals that have the potential of causing further instability, environmental degradation, and under-development.
Furthermore, the dumping of toxic waste in Somalia not only threatens the health and environment of the Somali people, but also poses a health and environmental risk to the whole of the East African coastline.
Thanks to the civil war, Somalia already lags behind most African countries in literacy, health, infrastructure, and other sectors. If the looting and destruction of its natural resources is continuing under a post-war government that should ideally be focusing on reconstruction, then what hope is there for Somalia?
Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir
Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979
Sultanate of Obbia
President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,
Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan
Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )
MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen
Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
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
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.
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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