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Garowe, June 20, 2019


Forty years of political and security turmoil had its toil and trauma on the people of Somalia. People had survived merely on their legendary stamina and unmatched patience to wait it out the upheals of the times, hoping that things will eventually turn out better.That kept them going.They believed that when things get taugh, only the taugh keeps going.

Add this to the never-ending feuds between and bickering of Somali leaders of the day. Add this to their lack of inspiration and vision for Somalia. Add this to their self-interest and corruption at all levels. Add this to their reluctance to learn from the recent history of civil war, violence and religious extremism, and add this to their dangerous tendency to ignore the most important of all priorities: National Reconciliation and Peace Process.

The main thrust in Somali thinking was how to revive the public institutions of the Somali State that had totally disappeared. They found out that was easier said than done, with so many internal and external forces preventing that possibility happening anytime sooner. That is because when a country breaks up, it creates other lucrative businesses for a lot of competing interests that are not interested in the re-instatement of a failed State.

In the light of the above, people reasonably got tired; some in despair and disillusionment, giving in to political cynicism. This new attitude is very damaging to the people’s collective efforts towards their historical struggle to fight on.

Somali leaders at Federal and state levels bear the burden of full responsibility for this new political cynicism and fatigue. This is a wake-up call too for all Somalis.

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:

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