OnePath Network sat down with local Somali community leader, Sheikh Abdul Kadir, Mohamed Jimale to discuss the situation at hand in Somalia and what we can do to ease the situation.
Below is an excerpt of what he labeled “Four things missing in Somalia”, that would potentially help achieve stability in the nation.
Political Engagement with the Somali Public
Engagement is a necessity, whether it is through discussion, forums, exchanging ideas and providing all the necessary paths that they can communicate with the government offices.
Support from the wider Muslim population
Secondly, the Muslim community and the Arab community should be forwarding a lot of help as much as they can; because the international community provides help through organizations who are not interested in the development of the people and the nation of Somalia.
I will urge every Muslim whatever you can do. Whether it’s donating even one cent
To prevent and also support the people now affected by the bomb blast
It will be greatly welcomed by the Somali people.
What Somalia needs to do.
The Establishment of a Security Apparatus
Thirdly, a country without a proper security apparatus is not going to last long
It is essential to build a professional and ethically based security apparatus and a justice system. It is essential.
Supporting effective Youth Development
And the most important thing is youth development because the (majority) age population of Somalia is between 18 and 32. The majority of the youth believe and trust the current administration and they look forward to being supportive and working.
But what always when you have a chaotic situation, an uncontrollable situation, a security vacuum and conflicting ideology, there will be some youth that will deviate them from the right path into the wrong path. And that’s what Al-Shabab group and others usually do when they are influencing the youth. They show them the bigger picture but don’t show them exactly what the religious point of view is regarding the actions they are going to commit.
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