Somalia: Best things of 2012
The year of 2012 rivals with 1960. The year was certainly not without turbulence just in this month of December alone, more than sixty Somalis died in the sea. They were migrating and they only knew what they were fleeing from-prolong civil war, hunger and chronic lack of opportunity but never knew where they were fleeing to or what lurk behind distance beyond their eyes-sight. Such actions are blend both of bravery and simpleton.
Without ignoring that and all of our other problems, its depth or naïvely thinking one simple act or thing will have butterfly-effect evaporating all of our problems, we still think this year was not so bad for our society and country.
Transitional Federal Government ended and permanent Somali government is formed. For the first time in more the forty years, Somali Election took place in Mogadishu. The power and influence of Al-shaabab is waning down and Somalia attended Olympic Games. Though killing of journalist, innocent Somali citizen is going on without hope in sight of slowing down, we must take a note of other progress we made the year 2012, albeit trivial in comparison.
Mogadishu, Zamzam and Prof. Samatar are the three best things in 2012
Mogadishu is a beautiful city. It has potential which is not yet realized and many hidden qualities not yet discovered by Somalis. Mogadishu can be capital city for the entire continent-Africa. The geography and climate doesn’t only enlist this city to become candidate for the continent’s capital city but put her notches above any other African cities. Mogadishu has most desired weather and beach. Two decades of war made the city most undesirable; every passing time peeled-away beautiful feature that was birth mark of the city. Despite of all of this, Mogadishu host epoch and most anticipated event of the decade-election for both Somali parliamentarian and presidential. This was first in two decades.
After series of highly shameful embarrassing snafus during election day-chiefly among them was lateness or lack of punctuality. The Election Day was said to start at eight in the morning, Prof. Ahmed Ismail Samatar came to the election place, as a Somalia parliament member and candidate for President, an hour earlier. He was waiting eight hours for election to start. Eight hours late, nobody tried to explain what caused the delay, nobody among those responsible organizing the election event bothered to offer an apology. Prof. Samatar though disappointed for the lack of respect for time among his peers, never whinge. He sacrificed more for his country compared to most of his fellow Somalis. He is scholar who used pen to defend his nation and people. Prof. Samatar is seems outward arrogant to many but authentic Somali.
Zamzam Mohamed Farah travelled to the United Kingdom to represent Somalia in the women’s track and field for the London Olympic Games. Zamzam become spectacle in London; she sings beautifully and become admirable ambassador for all Somali team. “The moment of ultimate truth – today is the final I will not leave you, but pledge to finish to the end… lost is the one who took abroad as substitute for home” (rough translations.) Dhamac lagu shid waa kii kugu dhashee dheef shisheehye kaa jecel , Maanta waa dhabtiiyoo kaa dhoofi maayee waan dhameeystiraayaa
Zamzam Farah is very beautiful Somali lady and she represented all Somalis proudly in the Olympic. Somalia didn’t win but Zamzam strived to victory. See Zamzam video in the link below.
Zamzam and Samatar never decathect from Somalia. How these inch-forward progress matter to individual and Somali society as a whole remain to be seen but Gedoonline hopes 2013 build on this momentum.