Somalia’s Chance to Shine

Hello Friends,

Here is a Guestpost by Amiin Hussein, a Djiboutian blogger, student, and Horn of Africa peace activist based in Djibouti. The article reflects on Somalia’s recent peaceful transition of power and its current and future prospects. According to Amiin,

There is a very open window for Somalia to succeed. A very big opportunity to vastly improve millions of lives and bring about astonishing change in a deserving nation. No more can dictators summon the masses at will, and no more can the hegemonic ruling clans flex their muscles against those who proclaim a different lineage. The new Somalia will reflect its peoples’ egalitarian nature.

Enjoy the rest of the article! 🙂

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With a new democratically elected parliament and president in over 40 years, which follows twenty years of anarchy and over a dozen failed attempts to restore peace in the Horn of Africa, Somalia undoubtedly is heading in the right path to success and permanent peace and stability. 

The election of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as Somalia’s president last month represents an important milestone for the people of Somalia, and a crucial step forward along the path of political stability.  
cc guardian.co.uk
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s rich background in development may just be a benefit to his country and his people who have for so long suffered from lawlessness and lack of institutions. He has served in several national and international organizations, including as an education officer for UNICEF. He also helped set up the Somali Institute of Management and Administration Development — now SIMAD University — to “train administrators and technicians to help rebuild Somalia,” according to the Associated Press.

There has been a lot of optimism in Somalia and the world after the “free and fair” elections were held in Mogadishu. Businesses have been reopening and Somalis in the Diaspora have been returning to start businesses.There is a sense of victory among the Somali people because this political development will bring changes to the country. There were huge division and suspicions over the practice of international community and the UN for holding “peace” talks between Somalis in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, or Djibouti, but that is over now. The most important thing, for Somalis I spoke with, was this time peace talks and political dialogue were held in Mogadishu and Garowe.

There is a very open window for Somalia to succeed. A very big opportunity to vastly improve millions of lives and bring about astonishing change in a deserving nation. No more can dictators summon the masses at will, and no more can the hegemonic ruling clans flex their muscles against those who proclaim a different lineage. The new Somalia will reflect its peoples’ egalitarian nature.

Local residents in Mogadishu hope that their lives will be positively affected by the changes and that the current relative stability in Mogadishu could be improved further and spread to other parts of the country.

cc Wikipedia


Twenty years is plenty of time to either build a nation from scratch or to thoroughly destroy what is left of it. Somalia can emerge from its 21-year crisis of war and state collapse if its new leaders put their full time and energy to rebuild it.

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