I have come to Garowe to travel in this vast city and to witness its comeback from the struggles of the civil war. It's a struggle that has had multi-generational repercussions not just for Garowe but the whole of Somalia. I believe, however, Garowe can now be an example of a different vision and future for all of Somalia.
Garowe is located in the Nugal province and was ruled in the 19th century by the Sultanate tribe. It would later then be incorporated into Italian Somaliland. Garowe is the seat of the regional parliament, the presidential palace, and government ministries. A fast-growing city, it has also evolved into a local media and cultural hub. It is perhaps an unknown amazing place to live and to work. Some years back the city had no signs of vitality but recently a new sign of construction is visible as the diaspora communities began building and investing in different sectors. Somalia’s semi-autonomous regional state of Puntland last year marked region’s agriculture day following a highly organized event held in the capital Garowe. Notable merchants and esteemed community members as well as Puntland farmers were in attendance at the event. I traveled to the outskirt of Garowe almost 6km (3.72 miles) where I then saw huge and elephant like hectors of grounds where buildings were already being started. As we moved along we finally reached a place called "Hido–Raac'" a very beautiful and cultural place, with amazing scenery. During off days, people from the city came with their families to have their leisure time .its a place where
As we moved along we finally reached a place called "Hido–Raac'" a very beautiful and cultural place, with amazing scenery. During off days, people from the city came with their families to have leisure time. It's a place where Somali traditional huts have been built in order to re-knew and rekindle old and symbolic Somali traditions. Its a place where (hido iyo dhaqan) Somali traditions are celebrated. Different kinds of food from all over the region are served. People come there just to feel the cool breeze and to enjoy the calmness of the area, leaving more relaxed. It has also a small zoo where antelopes and other animals are kept for viewing. The hope of the country is still a life in Garowe. You can see it through the way the people behave, full of optimism and goodness.
As the old Somali singers already said ( Heybad waxad kuledahay dhulkaga hooyo) .. You belong to your dignity in homeland far from east or west where you can see people that you belong to. Come experience Garowe.
By : Abdislaam Hajji Yusuf
After the state government of Somali collapsed in the 90's, the country descended into a brutal civil war and hundred and thousands were forced to exile across the globe; creating the Diaspora Somali communities. But today the country is on a path to massive reconstruction. Somalis who live outside of the country have arrived in order to invest in their homeland; despite all the hurdles and devastation this country has faced; now a new scintillating hope has emerged as this country is now showing signs of real recovery and optimism.
Because of increasing investment to Somalia, the outside world has noticed. In a recent survey of the world’s fastest-growing cities with a population of at least 1 million, the U.S.-based consulting firm Demographia ranked Mogadishu second on the list. Demographia estimated Mogadishu’s annual growth rate at 6.9 percent, due to the return of Diaspora Somalis who have come home to explore investment opportunities following improvements within the city. This essentially means that the city of Mogadishu is booming for the first time in decades. Very talented Somali engineers have arrived in the country and have begun rebuilding the old and symbolic architectural buildings.
Although the peace and stability remains vigilant, last year, 2016 more Somalis are returning to their country than ever before, rediscovering the home they hadn't seen in decades, and for some young diaspora, had never seen. Even Somalis who have never left Mogadishu are rediscovering their city, swimming in Lido beach, enjoying new cafes, and attending international conferences.
Lido Beach in Mogadishu also Known as "Mogadishu Miami Beach" has attracted both local and foreign tourists in recent years. Every weekend, families,oversea Somalis,foreigner tourists flock to the scenic Beach to spend the leisure time and become overcome by nostalgia. And kids and the youth swimming and playing beach football on the sandy shores.
To meet the growing demand for tourists Lido Beach Resort developers have introduced seafood restaurants, hotels and parks. In Mogadishu, the central business district is once again a beehive of commercial activity. Somali singers just held their first concert in more than two decades at the National Theater, which formerly served as a weapons depot and a national lavatory.
Mogadishu has a bright and thriving future in the context of culture, enterprise and new markets.
Afgooye is located about 30km (18 miles) north-west of Mogadishu, lies on a strategic crossroads for routes to the north, west and south of Somalia. Afgooye district is popular for its Rivers, Farms, and Agriculture and it has a population of around 79,400 inhabitants.
Afgooye is occupied by numerous Somali clans and diverse ethnic groups. During the Middle Ages, Afgooye and much of the surrounding area in southern Somalia was governed by some of the clan Empire. but not on negative. The people who live in Afgoye have their own traditional attires.
The Istunka martial arts festival that is held annually in the town during the Somali new year dates from this period. In the 1980s, Afgoye was one of the best cities for tourism and attractive place of travelers in Somalia. Go to Afgooye to see “the most magical location on the earth”.
A common destination for investors from the Gulf States. The Emir of Kuwait used to visit the town during the holy month of Ramadan. Afgoye is famous for farms and the Shabelle river, its grown most popular by a fruit familiar to all Somalis, “Somalia's Famous Bananas”.
The green farms of Afgoye attracts many International and Somali diaspora tourists and have inspired Mogadishu residents to go to the farms on Fridays for relaxation and tours.
Jambaluul village is among the top that you can get all tradition food, water and materilas using. the culture is believed along the farms. We have been scrupulously shown the desperate negatives of our country, the hope for this country is very high between the right of optimism.
My trip last month was such an amazing experience, its a place where you find the most patriotic Somalis, you will not feel lonely nor tired. as you are walking around the orange trees you feel that your in another world and the fragrant fruity smell make you not want to leave.
In her book entitled "Keeping Hope A Live " Dr Hawa Abdi the physician and noble peace prize nominee wrote about her time in the midst of Somalia's darkest hours. She said, Hope is what remains as we wait for peace even as we bleed and we starve.
May be right know we are living for hope.
#Abdisalam Hajji yusuf
I feel like today’s Somali youth are slowly losing their Somali culture, and some are doing it on purpose. We are raised by our parents on the Somali customs and we were told that we are Somali foremost and that Islam is our religion. We were taught valuable traditions from a young age. A generation or two has passed and Somalis who have migrated to other countries have started adapting and claiming other cultures; forsaking the one of our their forefathers. They think that it’s a sign of progress and civilization. How many nations have lost their culture? Dismissing the Somali culture in the curriculum of schools have led to injustice, family breakdowns, and not applying our past noble virtues. We wish we could go back to what our ancestors used to practice which was based on the Islamic religion and the Somali traditions.
Somalia was formerly a world of rich and historic museum for Somali culture. But over the past two decades, the museum’s contents have been scattered across the world. While the nation has been engaged in civil war, with many formerly nomadic citizens moving into the cities or living in diaspora, we need to reestablish the old known symbolic museum where we banner against the vanishing of our culture.
On another hand Somalis who are outside, the diaspora community, should take a step forward by creating local areas where Hido iyo Dhaqan are showcased. Like the creation of the Somali Cultural Museum in Minnesota, we should also fund venues for Somalis to gather and have conversations in order to build bridges between our-self. Our culture must remain vibrant and our actions dynamic. We must remind our youth they can accomplish everything and at the same time who they are. This can be done anytime with parents encouraging their young to speak Somali at home, telling them of their roots and how they got to where they are. Simple actions like those will send an inspiring and positive message to the world that Somalis love, appreciate, and will protect their culture. Those who want to take part in building the fabric of Somali future should also know this. It will also be a positive message that will manifest as a moral boost to the entire Somali community.