An awakening call to all Somalis!, By Sharmarke mohamed Hashi
I am happy to join with my fellow country men/women with solidarity in what
will go down in history as the greatest demonstration against the occupation of
Somalia in the eyes of the International Community for the history of our
Four and half years ago, a great Somalians, in whose symbolic shadow I stand
today, signed the Federal Institutions Charter. This momentous decree came as a
great beacon light of hope to millions of Somalis who had been seared in the
flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long
night of their captivity of fear.
But Four and half years later, the Somalis still are not free. Four and half
years later, the life of the Somalis are still sadly crippled by the manacles of
Injustice and the chains of inhumanity with in their own fellow country men.
Four and half years later, the Somalis lives on a lonely island of
poverty,anarchy,lawlessness and chaos in the midst of the eyes of the
International Community. Four and half years later, the Somalis are still
languished in the corners of the International Community and finds themselves an
exile in their own land. And so I've to raise the plight of the Somalian people
today and to dramatize a shameful condition they are in here in Somalia.
In a sense I've come to our nation's capital Mogadishu,Somalia to cash a check.
When the architects of our republic wrote the words of the Federal Charter, they
were signing a promissory note to which every Somalis was to fall heir. This
note was a promise that all men, yes all men, would be guaranteed the
"unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is
obvious today that Somalia has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her
citizens of all colors are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred
obligation, Somalia has given the Somali people a bad check, a check which has
come back marked "insufficient funds."
But I refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. I refuse to
believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of
this nation. And so, I've come to cash this check, a check that will give us
upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
I have also come to this hallowed spot to remind Somalis of the fierce urgency
of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the
tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of
change. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of anarchy to
the sunlit path of equal justice. Now is the time to lift the Somali nation from
the quicksands of injustice to the solid rock of one brotherhood. Now is the
time to make justice a reality for all of Somalia.
It would be fatal for the Somali nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.
This sweltering heat of the Somalia's legitimate discontent will not pass until
there is an invigorating rainy season of freedom and equality. Fourteen twenty
eight in the Islamic calender or two thousand eight in the Christean calender is
not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Somalis needed to blow
off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the Somali
Institutions returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor
tranquility in Somalia until the Average Somalis is granted his citizenship
rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our
nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my Fellow country men/women, who stand
on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of
gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not
seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness
and hatred among ourselves. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high
plane of dignity and discipline. We must allow our creative protest to generate
into peaceful protest. Again and again, my fellow country men/women must rise to
the majestic heights of meeting physical force with peaceful force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Somali community abroad must
not lead us to a distrust of the International Community, for many of our
brothers and sisters as evidenced by their presence around the world and inside
Somalia, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.
And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights in Somalia, "When
will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the average Somalis
his/her is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of Ethiopian military brutality
in Somalia. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the
fatigue of stress, cannot gain our sovereign. We cannot be satisfied as long as
Ethiopia military is in Somalia. We can never be satisfied as long as our fellow
country men/women are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by
a sign stating: "For Elites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Somalis
in North-West of Somalia come to join their fellow country men/women in the
South and a Somalis in Galgaduud believes he has nothing to fear but fear
itself. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until
"justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of readers may have great trials and tribulations.
Some of you have a fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you may have come
from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms
of persecution and staggered by the winds of Federal Institutions brutality and
the Ethiopian Military machine. You have been the veterans of creative
suffering. Continue to work with the Islamic faith. Go back to
Galgaduud,Somalia, go back to Mudug,Somalia go back to Mogadishu,Somalia go back
to Lower Jubba,Somalia go back to North-West,Somalia go back to the slums and
ghettos of our cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be
The change is our hands and mines with help of of Almighty God.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my fellow
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have
a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the Somalian dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation of ours will rise up and live out the
true meaning of its Nation: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the beautiful hills of
Nugal,Togdher,Sool,Sanag,Gedo,Awdal, Bari and Hargeysa will be able to sit down
together at the table of brotherhood and raise up against the Ethiopian
aggression and their culprits once for all.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Banadir, a state sweltering with
the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be
transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice for all Somalis.
I have a dream that my three little children will one day live a nation where
they will not be judged by the clan or their sub clan, but by the content of
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in North-West of Somalia with its vicious
racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of
"interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Boosaaso little
boys and girls from Baydhabo region will be able to join hands with little boys
and girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and
mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked
places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Almighty God shall be
revealed and all shall see the true religion of Islam.
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the Somalia with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone
of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of
our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood and sisterhood. With this
faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together,
to go to down together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that Somalia
will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day we as all need to repent to
My country sweet land of liberty, and Justice.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Islamic pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if Somalia is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of Lower Shabelle,Somalia.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Upper Jubba,Somalia.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Sheikh,Somalia.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of Bosaaso,Somalia.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Gedo.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Nugaal.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Galgaduud.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from
every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able
to speed up that day when all of my fellow country men/women will be able to
join hands and sing in the words of the Almighty God:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
By your fellow country man:Sharmarke mohamed Hashi