Saturday, April 18, 2009

Somalia: Finding a Solution

Somalia: Finding a Solution

' Ahmed ' Said '
We spend so much of our time debating about the politics of Somalia, and sometimes it can seem like mere drudgery. We rarely think of coming up with something new that can help us learn anything about our past mistakes as Somalis in order to solve the crisis of our country. For this in mind, coming up with a fresh start is the activity that changes our minds into exciting resources and activities that help us grow and do things better. The aim of this article is just that, to help us do things better, particularly in how we approach to the problem of our country. This isn't just about keeping anyone or any clan happy – we'll address the issue of whether ´clan´ is all about working for the country or against the country. What we're interested in is any action and any activities which can make a difference to our lives: anything that opens up opportunities for peace, helps us feel pride as Somalis or makes our daily lives a place of solidarity and unity for the general interests of the public. I hope that you find this article helpful in learning to change your day-to-day political ideas and opinions into an experience of realized opportunity. 

The primary purpose of this article is to allow you to use your current and past experiences of the crisis of Somalia as a basis for further understanding of what the problem of Somalia is really all about. 

The aims of this article, therefore, are: 

to enable you to reflect upon your past experiences of the issue, as a Somali citizen, in order to learn something in your experiences, something that can contribute to restoring peace to Somalia ; 

to support you in improving your avoidance to clan-related menaces, and exploring how this impacts on particular aspects of your personality as a member of the Somali people; 

to enable you to critically evaluate clan-based bias in relation to your own good judgement, and other, topic contexts, and to review your own personal and professional knowledge of the topic. 

Practically, the objectives of this article are: 

to develop and enhance your knowledge about clan-based ignorance and your learning skills to combat such ignorance; 

to prepare you to engage with honesty inquiry in relation to your topic-related practice. 

An essential resource for this article is you, and the knowledge, understanding and skills that you already have. This article is designed to utilize your existing experience as a platform from which you will move off on a new and different personal development track. When we talk of experience, we don't want to limit this to past experience. Rather, we include the experience, stories and images that all of us, Somalis, witness all of the time as far as the situation of Somalia is concerned. Such experience can include a very broad range of areas in the political landscape of Somalia. 

Finding the stem of the problem of Somalia can be useful in a variety of ways, and finding the stem of the problem is important to start quite simply, which is why it is essential for every Somali to be given the opportunity to identify the source of the problem rather than a few politicians trying to solve the puzzle by themselves. However, finding the stem of the problem is not meant to be a piece of artwork, just a way of every Somali citizen to clarify his or her thinking about this complicated subject. Did you learn anything new about the problem of Somalia? About the skills you bring to solving it? About how you organize yourself for the task? About how it might be done better next time? About any common problems you encounter? 

Don't fret if you cannot think of anything yet. We will come back to this later in the article and see if it is useful in helping your thinking about a variety of alternatives to sorting out the crisis of Somalia 

So, one crucial outcome of every Somali citizen thinking about the solution is the opportunities it presents for problem-solving power, including recognizing the previous experience we have gained as Somalis to reach the current level of skill with which we do the job. Whether we realize it or not, we can learn something from whatever we do. We on the course team see it as our role to help each other identify new ways to kill the problem. 

It is indisputable that every Somali has gained enough experience that war is very destructive, that the more the war goes on, the more the country falls into a dark hole of anarchy. On the other hand, the more the Somali people avoid clan affiliations, the better because without clan groups and identities, there will be no fuel to keep the war lamp burning. 

If every Somali citizen uses his or her good judgement, there will be no bias in favor of or against any clan, because clan-based ignorance is a disease that keeps us from seeing the big picture, which is the fact that we're one people with one language, one religion, one culture and one country. The clan thing is really an obstacle to peace. 

If you have experience of how to solve the problem, never hesitate to share it because experience matters, and if you find yourself in the process of solving the problem, the more experience you get from your peace searching is also a good thing that matters. Finally, evolving every Somali citizen in solving the problem is honorable, because when many brains are thinking about finding a solution, the solution itself comes around unexpectedly... 

Ahmed Said

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