To answer your questions, inquiries on personal background are relevant because in the Somalia of today, and as a result of the most vicious civil war in its history, objectivity in political analysis become an issue. Emotions usually play out into Somali authors’ essays and descriptions of events in the country. Although Somalis are patriarchal in their lineages, my mother is the Northerner while father is from Central Somalia regions. I was born in Northern Somalia and raised in Mudugh Region ( Galkayo) of Central Somalia and Banadir Region (Mogadishu) of Southern Somalia. I finished formal education (High School) in Mogadishu. I went overseas for higher learning and trained as Mechanical Engineer with Masters Degree in thermal power engineering. Since then, I have been acquiring other skills as well, including public administration and politics.
Since I was raised mostly in Mogadishu, I am deeply connected to Southern Somalia too. My political constituency is PuntlandState of Somalia in the North Eastern Somalia though. I therefore consider myself as someone having broad multi-clan background. I am not sure whether that makes sense to you.
I travel a lot in Europe, North America and East Africa and therefore I cannot say I am stationed in one place. My e-mail address, email@example.com, however is permanent if someone wants to reach out to me. Right now I am in Toronto, Canada.
With regards to your question on whether Somalia can become a Federal state, I attach my relevant views on the subject expressed in these articles found both in http://Wardheernews.com and http://imailwarsame.com
The Way Forward for Somalia
Kismayo Solution: The South-WestState of Somalia
The Current Status, Goals and Vision of the Transitional Federal Government
Public Trust Deficit in Somalia
Federalism, a Guarantor of Peace among Somali Clans
Self-Governance Options for Somaliland
Hope and Lessons in Somalia
Outside View: Building a Secure Somalia
TFG Top Priorities as Expressed by the President
Somalia, Foreign and International Conspiracy
AYA Response to Riyale’s Provocations
AYA Memo Escalating Conflict in Somalia’s Northern Regions
Letter to Prime Minister Berlusconi
Other articles of interests are
EU and Africa Guiding principles for Cooperation
ICG London Meeting
UN 2006 Security and Humanitarian Report on Somalia
Ambassador’s Report Back
UN Arms Embargo Monitoring Group Report
TFG and ICU
Presidential Briefing at ICG Meeting
European Union Policies on Multilateral issues
Somalia Aid Coordinating Body (SACB) Guiding Principles
Basis for European Union-Somalia Relationship
SACB Addis Declaration on Somalia
Declassified briefing to the European Union member states by the Author
Safarkii Dheeraa ee Wiilka Reer Miyiga
The Long of the Nomadic Boy
Don’t get high on Khat (aka Kat, Qat, Chat); It is not worth it
In addition, there is a Provisional Federal Constitution to be adhered to by Somalia’s leadership as well as the basis for governance for new Somalia. Respecting that Constitution by all is the basis for restoring trust among people of Somalia.
I am not so sure if I understood well your question regarding the role of religion in Somalia. However, I must say that there are two permanent factors in the country.
2. Islam (in the form of Somali traditional Sunni sect).
Islamic religion in Somalia is now experiencing deep crisis as the new adherents of Saudi Wahabism make their presence felt and forcefully imposed upon the population, hence extremism and radicalism resulted in the creation of Al-Shabab, Al-Itihad, Al-Takfir, Al-Islah among others of fundamentalist Islam. Wahabism now is a political and religious force to be reckoned with. You may be aware that Saudi Arabia has been extending religious scholarships to a huge number of Somali youths for decades. When these graduates came back to Somalia, the resulting effect is devastating for the stability of the country and religious harmony. That is the main source of the current religious intolerance never recorded in the history of religion in Somalia.
I hope this will give you a brief introduction to the “state of the union” in Somalia.
It is a pleasure to contact you and I appreciate your qick answer.
I found your blog through a Somali news site, named Wardheer News. An article signed by you and look up in the web who you are, and I found your blog. That`s all. It has been my first contact with the blog but it will not be, for sure, the last one.
I guess you are living in America (US or Canada), Aren’t you? Sorry for asking some personal questions. Are you a national Somali?, if so where are you or your family coming from in Somalia?, and, finally, which is your family clan?
My tow first (non personal) questions is basics and difficult. It is about the future of Somalia.
– Will Somalia be a real Federal state?
– Is Islam more than the nationalistic idea what is going to unify Somalia?
I have watched out about this three aspects of (name of the city omitted for privacy reasons). I am leaving the country before Summer what is a wise decission I took…
Thnaks in advance. Best regards.
Fernandez (name of the sender modified for privacy protection)