Thes images capture the sentimental feeling in the protesters who took part of The Arab Spring, showcasing how social media was widely utilized in the fight against aristocracic regimes across North Africa and Middle East
By Mohamed Ahmed
I may not be the greatest writer or a tad bit good at public speaking. But I do know there is injustice in this world, either directly or indirectly. I may be irrelevant to you today but tomorrow brings a new challenge and you may need me then.
A lot of things stink about life but the stinkiest is you, no matter how much you shower and put on perfume and make up. You cannot run away from who you are, even though you try to keep your mind busy by idolizing people on a glass screen. Only you can resist and only you can discipline your mind.
Your action as person has consequences way beyond what our brain is capable of comprehending.
I for one like the view of the other side, the other side being the side that has not been standardized to everyone but make it look like its been tailored to you. If only you stopped and looked, even thought about it, you may come to a different conclusion.
Today I want fresh food but last night’s leftovers will bring you the same results. All the lavish things surrounding you makes me think of how poor you are. The manipulation of a system that gives you little, but promises you a lot, but at the end of it you couldn’t achieve any.
A system where they let a few be and the rest to dream that they could be, and become nothing. I would rather be who I want to be, than be something the system wants me to be.
There is so much wealth in the world and for it to be shared equally it would mean the rich are to live like the poor and the poor are to live like kings. Story of a poor man’s dream a nightmare to a rich man’s being.
In the recent years there has been a rise in the birth of democratic nations around the world. however most of these countries struggle to adopt to the realities of the outcome. I wanted to write about some of the difficulties faced by new democracies in Africa.
The first problem to consider is the misconception that, with a freely and fairly elected president will act democratically. In recent cases like Egypt with president Mohamed Morsy quickly turning a bad corner a year after his victory in a democratic election, has been over thrown by the army in a coup d’etat. One of the issues is the lack of an all inclusive constitution that should have been drafted and voted prior to electing a head of state. After Morsy’s election, he drafted a bias constitution and all hell broke lose again in the land of the Pharaohs.
A second misconception is with democracy there will be better opportunities for the people. This is not the case when pre-maturely going over night into a democracy from a dictatorship. The democratic process requires a strong constitution, independent courts, multi-layer layer government and free and fair voting. However when it comes to voting in most African countries we tend to chose tribally, religiously or with some sort of exclusive group. We need to change that way of voting and start evaluating candidates through thorough background checks, necessary experience, merits, education amongst other things. These are just some of the difficulties democracy faces in Africa, and we will struggle to thrive in the 21st century if we do not educate our people to be independent thinkers and not group followers as is in most communities across Africa, the lack of individuality is killing the creativity of Africa.
Feel like letting go, take gasoline burn down and call it a show, people drop like yega bombs call it the year round Arab spring. Everything burns down and the government doesn’t learn. What do you tell a hungry child? what do you do without a job? the police abuse the people, who are they to trust? Education is the key to motivation, can’t even locate the lock omfg excuse my abbreviation. but there’s hope. We put an end to segregation call it emulsification. I’m about to go crazy if I cant pay for my tuition, confusion and the refusing to believe makes it a failed institution. Thats why the youth turn to the distribution, one wrong one bang. thank you for you contribution. Youth retort call it a modern emancipation proclamation. One God, different nations.
By Mohamed Ahmed
September 13, 2012
NAIMA ALI – Can Somalia’s new government break the pattern of ineffective interim administrations?
“Will the London conference change Somalia’s future or was it the wrong route to peace and just a bigger recipe for disaster in the Horn of Africa?” was the question on many people’s minds after the London Conference earlier this year. The summit which promised to set a new strategic agenda for transforming Somalia and to finally put the country on the road to peace and stability may have played a role in charting a new course in the region.
Significant things are happening which could serve as models for a new start. With the recent elections in the capital earlier this month, Somalia’s leaders have shown a commitment to reform a country that was thought to have been lost to chaos and war lords which makes it apt to ask the “elephant-in-the-room” question: Can Somalia’s new government break the pattern of ineffective interim administrations?
It is no secret that Somalia’s new government will face major challenges in security, political stability, economic recovery and national reconciliatory but indeed out of nothing came something and from it will come something bigger.
The fact that people in Mogadishu are so quick to use weapons to settle arguments (or to even move traffic along) is a sign of how fragile the situation is. But asking people about the possibility of disarmament would almost always be greeted with a resounding ‘no’. People did not trust the army, the police or the African Union peacekeepers. However, the established approach to tackling Somalia’s failed state syndrome does not work without disarmament - disarming the local fighters and the general population in Mogadishu could be the single most important part- and genuine reconciliation which call for a comprehensive long-term strategy and not a quick fix.
An even bigger problem is likely to be persuading the Somalis to trust the politicians to lead them out of a shattered state into what could be a bright and profitable future. Suffering for almost a generation through violent political infighting, lacking honest competent leaders and office administration professionals, there are even fewer people who are educated or trained for effective government work.
There are some reasons to be hopeful.
One part of the new constitution that may play a part in healing Somalia is the provision for the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission along with its promised federal government which could play a major role in the success of the constitution.
Away from the headlines and the stereotypical media images of skeletal children, skinny pirates in tiny skiffs, and gun-wielding Islamist rebels, their heads wrapped in black and white scarves, there is another side to the Somali story that is positive, enterprising and hopeful as BBC Somalia specialist Mary Harper argues.
In the case of commerce amid chaos, in 1331 a Muslim traveller, Ibn Battuta, described “Maqdashu” as one of best cities in the world in which to do business. Somalia’s capital has lost that distinction. On the upside, there is no taxation system to speak of. On the downside, there is no government to speak of either.
The most lucrative import is khat. The khat network reaches every corner of Somalia every day of the year and doesn’t stop for wars, drought, floods, epidemics, Friday prayers, Ramadan - anything really. (Maybe the local authorities and international aid agencies could learn something from those in the khat business about how to deliver supplies, perhaps of food, medicine and other essential items, to difficult and dangerous areas.)
Somalia’s geostrategic location and proximity to waters surrounding the Horn of Africa with the confirmation of large scale oil plays make it a prime location for oil import and export which could present possible opportunities for its economic recovery under the new government whose leaders will need to show pragmatism and work together on a national level as opposed to a tribal level.
So whether these new beginnings indicate a more effective future for Somalis is still questionable but amidst all the questions we can hold our breath as the new leaders stir the constitutional recommendations forward to implementation stage, thus proclaiming the dawning of a new era of peace and prosperity for all.
About 100,000 refugees fleeing the fighting in the Sudanese state of Blue Nile have taken refuge in Maban County in South Sudan. In the camp of Batil, home to 34,000 people, malnutrition is increasing. More than 1,000 children have been admitted to Doctors Without Borders’ nutritional programs, and the number continues to rise as the humanitarian response struggles to keep up with the needs.
Photo:A child is examined for symptoms of malnutrition at Jamam refugee camp in Upper Nile State.
South Sudan 2012 © Robin Meldrum/MSF
They say what you can’t see can’t hurt you. But I have seen a lot in my young life, a lot that we could see that hurt us. Children get abducted and and forced into being sex slaves, men wipe out entire families with machetes, armies destroy entire nations. for the satisfaction of few men there is the destruction of whole communities. Just because he wants a private jet, no a private yatch, a condo in New York and a mansion by the beaches of Rio. To fund his golf trip to Hawaii a whole country’s aid disappears. His wife needs to shop in Paris so they sell the AIDS medicine that was donated to the people who cannot afford it. They infect the water so they could clean it and sell it to the poor. They make education out of range because to educate a child you empower a community. Girls in the slums use plastic underwear and a sponge to help them with what nature imposed upon them. No I have not seen all of these with my own eyes but a child out there has.But I will not shed a tear and give in to their fear, I only encourage my peers to stand and make it clear who is to lead and steer this generation that is so in need of a leader. I will survive because I have the courage of 7 billion lives. What you don’t know about me is that I am the same guy who committing all of these crimes. Because I am a human who’s evolved into being inhumane. Like vampires we all crave blood, Just the one that’s green. I am the preacher and I am the believer, I am also a sinner. My father was there for me like FEMA was there for Katrina, little girls buy products with promises they will look like Adriana lima. Buy this pill I swear it will make you slimmer. I understand now this is just human demeanor.
To be continued….
By Mohamed Ahmed
The Congo is the largest and most resourceful country in Africa and in almost anywhere in the world. Uranium, timber, coal, gold, coltan, silver, copper and tin are among the resources found in the Congo. They fuel several world economies except Congo’s own. Blessed with thick rainforest and rivers, rich soil and potential farming ground capable of feeding over one billion people, it should be one of the richest nations but instead it is one of the poorest. The average income per person is a mere $300 a year, less than a dollar a day.
The Congo has lost ten million people, as a direct result of the rule of King Leopold II, in ways that were brutal and inhumane. In a case where an individual was not able to bring the expected amount of sap from the rubber tree in the forest, he or she was to lose a hand or a leg and was still expected to bring the same amount of rubber. Failure to do so resulted in more punishment and death was welcomed as a relief from constant pain.
In 1960 Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected prime, minister along with a coalition government with president Joseph Kasavubu, was soon to become one of the leading voices of the Congo.
With his independence day speech condemning the involvement of Belgians, directly or indirectly, with the new nation and praising the effort of the people of Congo to fight for their independence and tarnishing the Belgian claim of giving them self rule. (http://www.marxists.org/subject/africa/lumumba/1960/08/31.htm). What was soon to be his doom (his arrest brought to an end seventy six days of democracy). This eventually led to his assassination, an effort carried out by both the United States and Belgium with the latter succeeding. They killed him, chopped him into pieces and dissolved his body parts in acid. This was a huge breach of human rights, and a disgusting one at that. Since then Congo has declined in economic and political progress. Congo was a once promising nation, with dreams of Pan Africanism (an unthinkable act at the time to most western countries).
Congo to me represents the heart of Africa, it needs awakening and democracy and to restart Congo could be the beginning of resurrection for the continent. It maybe an over statement but if we were to start somewhere I would start there.
Lumumba was a visionary, not the first in Africa and certainly not the last, and his ideas, however short lived they may have been, should live on in every mind. Take his ideas, his passion and mould them into your own…this is how progress begins. Utilizing African resources for Africa itself is a recurring notion. Changing that notion into realistic and practical action is a challenge the world has extended to our generation. Challenge accepted.
By Kevin Kamau De Leeuw and Mohamed Ahmed
Thousands of people have been killed in Syria. And no nation has imposed any sanctions on the government to withdraw weapons against the helpless people who only rely on having enough numbers living until the rest of the world takes action to stop the atrocity that is the Bashar Al Assad’s regime. History repeats itself but we can only hope that we learn from it and stop genocides from happening ever again, but again we are caught sleeping while another man massacres his people. When will we learn that one life is more than enough and it shouldn’t take thousands before we react.
To the people of Syria you have my prayers and sympathy and also my utmost respect for standing up and fighting for your freedom. I promise to do as much as I can to spread the word until help comes your way. Thank you for standing for justice.
By Mohamed Ahmed
I get asked all the time how do you propose we put Africa back on it’s feet, I say let her be. A mother knows what’s best for her children and her children will act appropriately and with respect to treat her. No man shall mistreat his own mother. Let her feed her own children and let her heal herself. All you have to do is to let her be. She needs no aid nor help from the outside world. For once let the people of Africa be whom they want to be and not who you see it as to be.