Qardho, May 30, 2019
Come to rain, for down beneath you, there is an earth-scorching drought, goes the Somali saying.
The news on rainfall is still sketchy, however, there was a heavy downpour over Garowe City, and Qardho town in Karkaar Region of Puntland last night. This is more than good news as life and livelihoods in this country depend on rain water. This happens only by the divine intervention, exclusivity and generosity of the Almighty.
Nevertheless, it has been said over and over again that Allah helps those who help themselves. There is a chronic and primitive way of life in the Somalia’s nomadic mode of production and thought. They keep living in ways of the first man on earth, never minding that their world is constant changing with soil and plants degradation, increasing shortages of underground water because of continual decline of rainfall, resulting in life-threatening droughts and fast-paced land desertification. The world is running out of fresh water and climate change is a scientific fact, despite the denial of President Trump of USA and his clowns of morons.
Somali Nomads had never been caused of evaluating the consequences of their own actions on nature: They foolishly cut trees, burn them for charcoal and never, never plant trees. Still they wait in earnest for Almighty to help them with rain, and on time. They are accustomed to having both ways: Destroying their habitat and begging mercy from Almighty. Perhaps, this is the root cause of certain Somali bad spirits. Let us study the phenomenon with the intention of trying to find lasting solutions to the current Somalia’s predicaments.
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GAROWE, May 21, 2019
Perhaps other urban centres of Puntland are suffering from the same conditions in the absence of town drainage and sewage system.
GAROWE, the Capital City of the State of Puntland, which boasts of being the best city in town planning in entire Somalia, is now a keeper of ponds or semi-lakes along the streets, making difficult for the pedestrians to move or walk around, following heavy GU rainfall in the past several weeks.
Now that the Governments of Puntland and City of GAROWE are witnesses to what is happening in the streets, and annoying splashes of muddy street water on people trying to dodge the inconsiderate speeding habits of some drivers, it is high time to do some work to handle the situation. Garowe streets are unwalkable during rainy seasons.
Unacceptable proposition is that some of the best hotels in town are flooded too when it rains because of poor construction of lobby pavements. Civil engineers should take note of this professional fault
Garowe, May 20, 2019 – These days it is increasingly becoming rainy in Garowe, and all over the country in general. It is keeping me indoors, though I drive.
It could be bless in disguise. No wonder men of Mudugh Region say, “Be either with a woman or have abundance of good meat to stay warm” under such circumstances.
I confess I am not doing either of the two options these days, but agree that the saying of Mudugh men makes a lot of sense.
Thanks to Almighty, GU rains has come belatedly when everybody was in fear of a severe drought coming up. It was not to be.
Stay indoors and ignore the Mudugh Proverb.
(Photo: Courtesy to Ms. Sun)