Farmaajo: We Have No One Else to Blame
Most of the problems came when the Islamist militias of Al-shabab and Hisbul Islam completely confiscated south and central Somalia where thay have imposed very hard orders to all people in the regions they control equally.
Young children whose ages are among 15 and 20 were trained to perform their duty on what they had banned from the population to do or behave and punish on the spot itself by leading no court or other based principles of Sharia law.
Woman were ordered to have viel, but they are not allowed to wear other dresses either there is power of purchase that they could buy the cothes told in every where including no madic people in the remote areas bringing milk, eggs and firewoods into the cities.
Fore example when the traveler gets on truck from any station in the capital Mogadishu heading to Afgoi, or Bal’ad district of both north and south mogadishu, the car stops at the first checkpoints in both areas.
Therefore people are ordered to get off the bus/car quickly and are lined up and if women and men are not separated properly, the driver would be told to park the bus/truck.
The checking includes physical structure and appearance of traveler if man, and his trousers are long, they are cut down.
Charity known as Zakat are collected from people forcefully which the islamict militias explained that they give to poor people fled from fighting or would distribute what they have called holy war between them and the transitional federal government and African union peacekeepers in Mogadishu.
Of course the traveler doesn’t know whether he/she would return home safely where he/she has gone early morning and is always worried about the risk that he/she lives with and could never be at home for lifelyhood requirements.
There are very evil acts against Islam and huminty itself because numbers of men are seen on the roads sometimes being beheaded or filmed in the hand mobiles and other shocking events which the soul would not admire in any way.
But these are acts derived from foreign countries like Iraq and Afghanistan and so on which are also very different from the Somali culture ans tradition and the threat will lay since the ilamist militias of Al-shabab and Hisbul-Islam and their foreign fighters remain in the war torn country of Somalia.
People also feel uncomfort in the government and AMINSON side when going to their daily activies as whole problem in the country is involved by western countries who had interference indirectly to somali’s tertrory.
I read your article on Foreign Policy with keen eyes and interest. While whining from public officials does not deserve response from any sensible citizen of the Republic of Somalia, I felt compelled to counter false narrative with more objective analysis.