Garowe, April 2 , 2019 – Imagine that you live in a country where you have been working in public services or for an employer all your life to end up without pension, medical or employer benefits whatsoever. Imagine you are still able to work and in the rarely likelyhood of getting hired, you wonder whether you will get paid at all, and expecting no further benefits when you retire. Imagine that you are expected to be at workplace every working day without regularly getting your paycheck.
Which country is that? I am sure billions of world population will not be able to answer that simple, but strange question.
Welcome to Somalia, where the government had failed in January 1991, following a vicious civil war that destroyed all public institutions, sending hundreds of public servants pensionless and destitute. If you don’t know about it, this is the tragedy of Somalia. Equally unfathomable is the fact that Somalis are still working for and defending their sovereignty over land, air and ocean.
You would say, you must be kidding to claim the authencity of the story. That is why foreign colleagues and friends of Somalis consider Somali people as unique and exceptional. Which other nation could survive stateless for over thirty years in a civil war and under the threat of constant bomb-blasts by merceless terrorists, tribal violence and organized business criminals? You tell me.
You would say that that Somalis are the most patriotic people on earth. Sure they are, but in their own peculiar ways, you bet.

Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at: ismailwarsame@gmail.com


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