Somalilandsun:Group of youth with flag celebrating 18 May. “Somaliland national day”
We are one of the youngest nations in the world, yet unrecognized with 65% of our population below the age of 35 years, and approximately 70% below the age of 45 years of age. What does it mean?
We are in a position to fill in the gap for shortfall of qualified human resources, this will not happen by design, but by default. Regardless of how will it happen, the question is – can we turn our human. resource into our greatest assets? Mankind has a unique capacity to visualize circumstances, tackle situations, adapt to their environment and shape it too. Changing dysfunctional behavior is difficult, but not impossible.
Any change, by itself is uncomfortable. What makes it difficult? The fear of the unknown.
Therefore people prefer to live with a known misery than to venture into unknown progress. In life of nation ( Somaliland) twenty seven years is not very long period but its long enough in order but its long enough in order to prospect and evaluate our past performance, and most importantly to evaluate the direction we are heading towards.
Money today has became the sole measure of success, we live in a dog-eat-dog world. We are selfishly occupied with our own selves. Do we care about our culture and nation any more? Aren’t we are leaving behind a poor legacy? If the citizens don’t realise the intensity of the danger, you and your country’s existence would be wiped out forever.
Today, in Somaliland, a concerned citizen feels helpless and lost. He does not know where to start. He wants to do something, but doesn’t know what. He needs direction and finds none. Many times we hear people say we are young country yet unrecognized and we need time to grow up. These are the growing pains. The sad part is these are not the growing pains for not to grow up.
Somaliland’s problems are not unique. It’s not about recognition, this is common excuse for habitual excuse makers. If analysed, they are really unique. There is hardly any country in the world can hardly be a reason for the chronic un development is because of lack of recognition. What keeps us backward is not international recognition but ignorance, immorality, and corruption that pulls us down. We don’t have resource problem, rather we have people and credibility problems. We have unethical traders and commercial practices, and the growth of violence, all rest substantially on the politics of corruption and mismanagement.
We live in a country were broken son who lost his father for the country doesn’t have basic needs, like shelter, food, education. We live in a corrupt country where corruption is way of life. People ignore it, where as in honest countries, a corruption is acknowledged as something that exists as an exception and, therefore should be done away with.
In Somaliland corruption made welfare an realisible dream. The innocence citizen found it hard to survive in such environment and are penalised.
Decision are based on political favouritism and the greed of the receiver, not on the integrity of the citizen who is victimised, its progressively degenerating diseases.
In a corrupt system if you do everything right, it becomes wrong because you have not paid your share of bribe to the concerned party. The reverse is just as true.
Common elements in all types of corruption in Somaliland
elimination of corruption needs more than mere legal administrative measure. Its needs a committed citizens who fight against any kind of corruptions.
What we need:
we need a destabilised projects it doesn’t require sophisticated technology or expensive experts, just a commitment and organizing people to try and find their own solution to their own problems, through self help and mass participation.This is a living example of how people working together can turn their country into prosperous, huge development, free from corruption, peace and plenty.
If the majority of Somaliland educated youth ended have an intention to create a civilization that would live according to the spiritual and citizenship principles, everything can be solved in a very simple way. The first thing is to bring order and teach the coming generation to the spiritual and civic development.
Finally my fellow Somaliland citizens we have to work and strive to our common interest and needs to find just a solution to our own problems and our country.
Author : Abdisalaan Ahmed is locally educated graduate and freelance writer. You can get his articles from somalilandsun./org. The widely used English news website in Somaliland.
By Abdisalaan Ahmed.