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"Wixii qoran baa quruumo hadhee, muxuu hadal qiimo leeyahay." Somali
"Words fly, but scripts stay - for centuries." English

In search of sisterhood

The search for real feminism or sisterhood in a genuine form does not lie in the over sexed celebrity or the power dressing business women, it can be found in the micro ways women try to support and ease each other’s burdens. To me it is presented in the form of community groups.

(BSMG) Roseanne Looker – Real sisterhood brings to mind notions of effective collaboration and working together to support the needs of women. Sisterhood helps you [as a woman] to accept your true femininity and embrace this both in a physical, spiritual and emotional sense. True Feminists are, in my view, those who make positive change to society either in micro or macro fashion. It may seem cynical to suggest that sisterhood or feminism today is perceived as a dead word. For the evidence, one only has to turn to consumer society’s constant false representation and objectification of women. Continue reading


Warsaxaafadeed – Joojinta Qaadka

23 June 2014

Joojinta qaadka: Wadashaqaynta hay’adda Safer Bristol iyo bulshada Soomaaliyeed

Hay’adda Safer Bristol waxay bulshada Soomaaliyeed ee magaalada ku nool kala sii shaqaynayasay sidii loo maarayn lahaa saamaynta joojinta qaaadku bulshada ku yeelanayo marka ay berri (24 June) dawladdu go’aankeedii dhaqan geliso

Qaadku waa geed firfircooni geliya unugyada jidhka. Dhaqan ahaan qaadka waxa badanaa isticmaala ragga Soomaalida, Yamanida, Keenyaatiga iyo reer Jabuuti marka ay marfishyada ku sheekaysanayaan – marfishyadu waa guryo ama goobo raggu ku qayilaan, kulmaan, kuna sheekaystaan ama ku go’aamiyaan arrimaha bulshada. Maadaama uu qaadku yahay maandooriye dhaqan ahaan lagu sheekaysto ama la isku waraysto saacado badan ayaa loo fadhiyaa oo la qayilaa.

Qaadku wuxuu qofka cuna ka dhigaa mid feejigan oo hadal badan, marka dhowr saacadood loo fadhiyo xasilooni iyo deganaansho ayuu qofka u keenaa, sidoo kale cunto xumo iyo hurdo la’aan ayuu keeni karaa. Sii akhri warsaxaafadeedka oo dhamaystiran

Khat ban: What next?

(BSMG – L. Obsiye) In an age of evidence based policy, where dogma and ideology were supposed to be abandoned for a more sophisticated and just approach informed by the public interest, the coalition government’s banning of the mild stimulant khat seems a poor choice. This decision, without doubt, is more political than rational. In any case, the likely outcomes are frightening. Continue reading

More than a bus pass is needed to secure employment

(BSMG – Liban Obsiye) Most asylum seekers in the UK are generally happy to receive the right to remain and live in the UK in some form or other from a very target driven Home Office, which has the dual contradictory role of protecting UK borders as well assessing individual claims for asylum. However, instead of waking up to a benefits feast at the expense of the indigenous British hardworking general population, if you read your misinformed right wing papers that is, they open their eyes confused and destitute. Where they do find employment, they are a net contributor to the UK economy and do some of the most undesirable yet necessary jobs in Britain such as cleaning. Continue reading

The housing crisis should make us all concerned – seriously though

The housing crisis has had a devastating impact on us all. Even the comfortably housed can be homeless if the slightest thing goes wrong.With rocketing prices and high unemployment, a new policy direction must be taken to tackle the socially crippling British housing problem. 

(BSMGLiban Obsiye) I have a very strong stomach and can deal with most things. I have worked with many of the most vulnerable people and groups in society in some capacity or other. However, the homelessness plight of thousands of individuals and families, painfully displayed for all to see by BBC’s Panorama programme this week, saddened me enormously. It was the most heartbreaking thing I had watched in recent times.

Homelessness to those comfortably housed can seem a distant issue but one missed mortgage payment or an eviction notice can bring it close. So close it makes your heart beat a little faster and your palms sweat. This is just an initial reaction. Then these anxieties are joined by anger, despair, and helplessness. In most of these cases an unsympathetic banks and local authorities, instead of assisting, just hope you disappear. The Panorama programme featured 4 people from different walks of life who all faced homelessness for different reasons. One was even a banker who lost everything in the recession and was sleeping in a park he used to play in as a child before finally getting a room in a hared accommodation. One family who Croydon council claimed intentionally made themselves homeless by not paying rent or proving their income and refusing to engage with them were evicted from a hostel while the night bus driver father was at the council housing office because his oldest daughter broke a window in a cramped room not fit for human habitation and which they lawfully should not have been housed in for overcrowding reasons. A recovering cancer patient and a family were also made homeless as their homes were repossessed by the banks that lent one of them a 100% mortgage at the height of the credit boom. The fate of these four groups are a glimpse of the difficulties ahead for home owners, renters and even developers in the future as the benefit cuts bite even harder.  (more…)

The investment climate is not yet right for foreign investors to gamble on Somalia

Investing in a conflict zone like Somalia can be suicidal for global businesses even if the rate of return for their faith is higher. There is the need to worry about Corporate Social Responsibility, staff security, eruption of spontaneous violence, poor infrastructure and no legal recourse if things go wrong. Moreover, in the absence of widely available opportunities and political voice, together with corrupted leaders that embezzled seven out of every ten dollars they received according to a UN report published in July and strong presence of Al-Shabaab, people have come to rely on their tribes for security, protection and welfare. As a result, it would be very hard for both local and foreign investors to just set up a business in a certain region, bring their chosen staff and get on with their business without employing local tribes men in key posts even if they lack the qualifications and experience. Where they do decide to employ locals, investors may have to make enormous investment in the education and training which can deter even those with the deepest pockets. Continue reading

Cultural explanations of Somali youth crime

What has happened to the very patriarchal culture of the Somalis? And Why the Somali youth crime has become a global issue? Or was youth crime present (as an integral part of the cultures of the host countries) long before the Somalis have settled in the West? Or has the multi-agency approach, which has not considered the importance of culture in addressing youth crime, taken by Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) contributed to the high rate crime activities — both offending and re-offending — among the Somali youth in England (and UK)?

The terms Somali and crime are becoming interchangeable in many right wing newspapers and blogs in England today. It, misleadingly, when combined with over two decades of civil war, gives the impression that the Somali culture celebrates or at least, tolerates violence and deviance.  Click here to read the full article

Diaspora political parties: Daydreaming in distant lands

Somalia; ‘Diaspora-led’ political parties : A new phenomenon constructed in the security of the Western world and by those who have very little real involvement with Somalia and its politics. It is built on arrogance, fantasy and colonial like ambition of civilising the Somali people through sudden democracy. This phenomenon I refer to is the creation of who have the desire to return home to govern their people.

From Ha Noolaato (where are they now?), Tayo and Hiil Qaran to the others I have not heard of but probably exist, there is this believe among their Diaspora leaders that they will be the ones to return peace, stability and security to Somalia. What is consistent about all of these organisations is that they are led from the comfort of the Western world and they are spearheaded by ambitious but out of touch individuals.

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Poor staff retention is driving away customers

Many businesses are making workers redundant in response to the global financial crisis. The argument has been that because of poor sales brought about by weak consumer spending and confidence, the high cost of employing and retaining staff is no longer financially justifiable. While this argument is credible given the difficult trading conditions internationally, most ethnic lead businesses in the UK have always been poor at retaining qualified staff. Many business leaders that have been approached for this article have argued that many of their former employees were unreliable, lazy and difficult to get along with. They went on to argue that many of them lacked customer service skills and had at times been dishonest and as a result were not employable. Continue reading