Ok, I don’t know if this is a typo or what, but it’s definitely perplexing – at least for me. First of all, I acknowledge that minority groups are persecuted very badly in Somalia and that is not a new thing. It has been happening for as long as Somalia existed. In fact, most of us Somalis (including myself) are not native to Somalia. We just popped up to the coast, and spread to the hinterland. As it has been said, the Bantus are the indigenous people of Somalia. I don’t remember other groups of the top of my head. Correct me if I’m wrong. Ok, enough with the history lesson. So why am I perplexed, you ask?
Well, I just came across this article on the BBC online, talking about a report released by the Minority Rights Group International which says Somalia is the worst country for minorities to live in, ahead of Iraq, Sudan, and Israel. Mind you, I’m not perplexed at why Somalia is the worst country for minorities to live in, but rather the report writes only one paragraph about this important issue! One fucking paragraph! One paragraph for the country they just named “The most dangerous place in the world for minorities.” Are you kidding me? I can write a master’s thesis on this. Yet they give me a one lousy paragraph that they plagiarized from news reports. Give me a break!
Ok, I can give them a pass for only giving one paragraph to such an important subject, which they made it super-important themselves. But what I can’t forgive them is to write, “the Darood, Hawiye and Issaq clans are under threat.” Huh? did they just write that? Have these people ever been to Somalia? Or did they just cook up this report at Fox Noise Channel (think of Rupert Murdoch)? I know I’m not well versed in clan/qabiil issues – I just never bothered with it. But as much as I’m less informed about qabiil in Somalia, I definitely know that the aforementioned groups are no minorities or under threat from anyone. Do these people even know that Darood, Hawiye, and Issaq are the three biggest tribes in Somalia?
It’s a shame that they didn’t get the right groups to speak for – the truly repressed and near extinction minorities of Somalia. At least they managed to include the Bantus at the end as if it’s a footnote to their useless paragraph.