SOMALILAND: The Elephant in The Room
By Mohamed Adan Samatar
Decades ago during the British ruling and right after the independence, sending children to schools was a controversial and divisive even dangerous matter. Sending a girl to school was out of the question. Right after independence the Burao and Hargeisa girls school were opened and among the alumni is our beloved Dr Edna Adan. Those days were dark days for our young beautiful girls.
However, the notion that our children would be converted to christianity never materialized and today we remain hundred percent muslim although our children were educated by instructors with different believes and cultures.
During the military regime over two decades in our schools students were taught Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels Communism and socialist theories to undermine our Islam. Those were vulnerable times where Islam was under attack by then military leaders who embraced socialism. Students were forced to sing communist ritual songs before classes starts in the morning under duress, yet they remained hundred percent Islam.
During the collapse of the dictatorial regime our people were forced to flee to refugee camps run by international organizations and religious entities. These organizations sponsored refugees to settle in different western countries including Australia. Most the refugees were uneducated mothers and daughters under the mercy of foreign donors who were providing the basic human needs such food and shelter, yet they never compromised their religious believes and they remain full fledged muslim in christian countries.
Somali diaspora in general are considered among the minorities living in different western countries, however they built mosques and religious schools in places where such believes were never practiced and our women are brave enough to wear muslim attires without fear, unlike other ethnic groups.
If someone believes that somalis are weak and feeble minded society that could easily be manipulated or misguided to convert to another religious believes, then one does not know somalis well enough.
Since the inception Somaliland has experienced many obstacles including meddling in their internal affairs from resentful few who are not happy of the tangible progress that Somaliland has taken by politicizing certain social issues, but they failed again and again.
In their most recent attempt, they are trying to smear the name of a well established center of education and that of the beautiful young Somaliland girls by using unsuspected individual Somalilanders. This School has produced young high-achieving Somalilanders who graduated or currently attending the most prestigious Ivy League universities in America.
These young beautiful adults came from strong family tradition, has completed Quran, basic high school education and are the offsprings of the most resilient generations of all time who endured and overcome death and destructions from a ruthless dictator. They are many among a few and they can defend themselves and their religion. They are strong educated you girls who have the ability to challenge and convince someone, not the other way around.
Given the fact that our society is non like others, especially our young beautiful Somaliland girl, in their own homeland and under the protection of their caring government and in close proximity to their own parents and society should not be afraid of few misguided individuals with ulterior motives serving the enemy interests.
You are in good hands and we are proud