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svobo:
Somalian presidentti Yusuf Ahmed ilmoittaa eroavansa, koska ei ole onnistunut tavoitteissaan saada aikaan rauhaa ja yhdistää maata. Somalian pääministeri Mohamed Mahamud erosi viime viikolla oltuaan virassa vain muutaman päivän.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7802622.stm

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Envoy asks Somalis to return
Ambassador says diaspora's expertise `more precious than money' in rebuilding country battered by violence since 1991
March 19, 2007
Surya Bhattacharya
STAFF REPORTER

A top Somali envoy says his war-ravaged country needs more than just international funds to rebuild – it needs its people back.

Abdikarin Farah, Somalia's ambassador to the African Union and Ethiopia, is urging the diaspora to return and contribute funds and skills to rebuild basic public institutions like the courts, hospitals and transportation infrastructure.

"We are encouraging them to come back to Somalia," Farah said yesterday after meeting with leaders from Somalia's Toronto community.

"We want them to give us their thoughts. Their expertise is more precious than money itself."

About 150,000 Somalis have settled in Canada since civil war broke out in 1991, and an estimated 100,000 make their home in the GTA, according to the Somali-Canadian National Congress. The most recent figures available from Statistics Canada, however, state there were about 34,000 Somalis living in Canada in 2001.

Although Canada supports humanitarian efforts in Somalia, Farah would like to see more direct monetary support that will help the government rebuild basic infrastructure in the country.

"We appreciate the Canadian government and their people for the kindness they have shown our people during the last 16 years, when we really needed them," said Farah. "When most of the world was rejecting our people, they opened their doors to us.

"Today those refugees have turned out to be the most precious members of our diaspora."

Farah, who represents Somalia's fragile Transitional Federal Government, will meet with Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay today to drum up financial support for reconstruction efforts and request the appointment of an envoy to the East African country.

Although recognized by international bodies like the United Nations, the new government struggles to bring peace and stability to even the capital city.

"There is not one building in Mogadishu that is not partly destroyed by war," Farah said.

About 400 Ugandan soldiers – part of a larger body of African Union peacekeeping troops – arrived earlier this month to protect the government. The peacekeepers will also allow for the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops, which helped the administration topple a radical Islamic militia that recently controlled much of southern Somalia for six months.

Farah said judicial and law enforcement support is needed from Ottawa, so that the fledgling government in Mogadishu can model its institutions after Canada's systems.

With the Peace Reconciliation Conference scheduled for mid-April in Mogadishu, Farah is redoubling his efforts to speak with members of Somalia's various diasporas that have settled in countries such as the United States, Britain and Canada.

Farah, 37, was part of that exodus. Forced to leave Somalia at 16, he moved to Britain to complete his undergraduate and graduate programs in politics.

The conference is expected to draw members of the diaspora, and "anybody who feels they're outside the TFG or the tribes. Once and for all, we would like to wrap it all up," he said.

Long-term rebuilding efforts are estimated to be in the "trillions," he said.

Farah hopes Somalia will be able to profit from world trade through its 3,350-kilometre-long coastline that will link China, India and the Middle East to the West. As well, he says the country has rich oil and uranium deposits to help its economic recovery.

Toni H.:
Ryhtyisivät tosiaan kovaan ja periksiantamattomaan työhön, sillä on moni muukin kovia kokenut entinen kehitysmaa (Suomi, Etelä-Korea, Taiwan ym.) jo noussut köyhyydestä ilman ulkopuolista apua. Työperäisessäkin maahanmuutossa on ongelmia, kuten juuri aivovuoto, jota eivät pelkät rahalähetykset riitä paikkaamaan. Tarvitaan ihmisiä tekemään muutakin duunia kuin epävirallista sotilasammatin ja merirosvouksen harjoittamista. Somalialla ei ole edes monikulttuuriongelmaa, ja tuskin tuleekaan.  ;)

Uskon kyllä, että Somalien joukkoryntäys Somaliaan tapahtuu silloin, kun Suomi on voittanut futiksen MM-tittelin. Kuten tiedämme, Somalia on ääärimmäisen vaarallinen maailmankolkka, johon on lähestulkoon mahdotonta karkottaa jopa taparyöstäjiä ja -raiskaajia. Mutta olihan melkein-kansanedustaja Zahra Abdullakin Somaliassa vuosi sitten lomalla, joka toivottavasti sujui oikein leppoisasti ja mukavasti. Muistakaamme myös islamilainen kasvatus, jota Somalia voi Suomen somaleille tarjota.

Maastamuuttaja:
Finanssikriisin keskellä tämä on Suomelle huono uutinen. Suomen monitoimisomalit ovat aina ilmoittaneet kaipaavansa kotimaataan, ja nyt sitten kutsu käy.

Ehkä saamme tilalle monitoiminigerialaisia, insallah. Pankkiireita ja sijoittajia. Yllättäen löytyneiden perintöjen haltijoita.

Mulukku:
Tämähän on melkein kaksi vuotta vanha uutinen ja montakos on palannut? Aikaahan on ollut riittävästi.

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