OCTOBER 11, 2019
The winning of Nobel Peace Price by Prime Minister of Ethiopia in 2019, Abyi Ahmed, is a significant development for the people’s of East Africa. The news shall dramatic positive impact on the present and future leaders of the Horn and entire African continent in regard to governance and bold selfless leadership.
I had a number of debates with people, who thought that Mr Ahmed was too hasty in his reform programs and quick outreach to Ethiopia’s real and perceived enemies. My argument was based on the thinking that if he weren’t quick in his pace of change in Ethiopia, he wouldn’t survive to see the results of his policy initiatives. There were too many people in the Ethiopian establishment wanted him fail or get him eliminated. He had to act faster to get them sidelined first.
The outcome of being “too hasty” is today’s announcement of the Nobel Price for leadership.
I also often encounter people, who likewise criticize US Congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, for getting into issues of non of her business. I disagree. She has made history in the US legislature already, American society and the world. Somalis, too, are proud of Ms. Omar. Many other peoples of the world are empressed by Omar’s achievements and talents. Even Israel is surprised by Omar’s challenge to its unfair treatment of Palestians in the occupied territories and its powerful influence in US politics.
Don’t get surprised if she becomes next in line for the Price.
Garowe, May 29, 2019
To catch-up its neighbors, over-take them, compete and prosper, Somalia needs to allow more immigrants into the country and create the environment to keep them. Immigrant help in Somalia’s labor market is so important that a Somali lady-refugee in Kenya hires several local Kenyans to help her sustain livelihood in a refugee camp.
In Somalia, growing agricultural, construction and hospitality sectors badly need more workers now than ever before, both skilled and unskilled help to grow and expand these sectors throughout the country. These migrant workers do jobs that Somalis don’t want, don’t have skills for or too lazy to do. Education Sector greatly benefits from teachers hired from Kenya. Even goats and camels herders have been taking advantage of migrant workers from Ethiopia too. Nowadays it is hard to imagine a household in Puntland or Somaliland without domestic workers from Ethiopia.
The fear-mongering by some people that the country is going to be swallowed by Ethiopia doesn’t hold any waters. No country I know has even been taken over by immigrants, certainly not an Arab country, European or North American.
Historically, Europe and North America had been entirely built by hands of immigrants from all over the world. Arab workers had built Israel and turned it into what it is today, despite their severe conflicts in the Middle East. Petro-dollars of Gulf States had enabled them to bring in and hire hundreds of thousands of Asian migrant workers, skilled workers and professionals from advanced countries of Europe and North America.
Today, the World is what it is because of migrant workers.
Take a look at most recent statistics on Puntland alone.
Ethiopia migrant stories: 35,107 migrants have entered Puntland last year, 98% of them Ethiopians; there were 161 unaccompanied children; 17 migrants died in traffic accidents. The number of people who departed for Yemen were 32,586, of those 81% were Ethiopians, 19% Somalis.
(Image and statistics credits: Somaliaonline.com)