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
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