Qabiil iyo qurunkii la doonayo in ay tahay farxad!

Qabiil Iyo Qurunkii La Doonayo In Ay Tahay Farxad!

Written by Ubah A. Aden

Monday, September 4, 2023

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The destructive nature of tribalism and clan divisions has been a major obstacle to progress in our communities. It has prevented us, the people, from uniting and working together for the common good. Personally, I have witnessed the physical and emotional toll of living in a divided society, where tribal affiliations dictate political power, social status, and even religious leadership. The toxic effects of tribalism on individuals are evident in the conflicts that arise from it.

Today, as one of the 59 members of the Oslo Council, I am committed to promoting the well-being, peace, and advancement of the 700,000 people residing in Oslo. I have been elected three times, twice as a local representative and once as a member of the parliament. In these elections, Somalia has witnessed the dominance of tribal and clan interests. If we prioritize our clan or the clan of others over the greater good, we risk dividing our communities and hindering progress.

The negative consequences of tribal divisions and affiliations are apparent, especially when it comes to public health crises. They impede effective communication and cooperation, causing significant delays in addressing urgent issues. It is crucial to prioritize the well-being of the entire population over the interests of a single tribe or clan. If we understand that unity is strength and work together, we can overcome the challenges we face.

If the system allowed for better comprehension and discouraged tribal favoritism, it would empower individuals to understand their rights and responsibilities. By holding parties accountable for their actions, we can ensure that the interests and values of the people are upheld. Political power should be earned, and it is our duty to scrutinize and evaluate each candidate. It is only through this inclusive approach that we can foster an inclusive and prosperous society. We must strive to see beyond tribal lines, value diversity, and recognize the strength that lies in our unity.

Unfortunately, tribal divisions permeate every aspect of our lives and have also infiltrated places of worship and community organizations. The administration of our mosques, for instance, is often influenced by tribal affiliations, undermining the economic development that could benefit a larger population. Tribal affiliations and divisions have hindered economic progress, as resources are disproportionately allocated based on clan interests. This also holds true for community organizations. There are no widely recognized Somali organizations that represent all tribes equally. Most organizations are affiliated with specific clans. This cycle perpetuates itself whenever elections take place.

The delicate balance of tribal representation in our political system has yet to be achieved. Every tribe has its own political party or faction, causing further divisions within the society. The Somali people are shedding blood due to political animosities and power struggles. The international community and Somalis themselves understand this, as foreign aid is often limited to education and job opportunities. Educated individuals and professionals align themselves with political parties and historical narratives, whereas the rest of us are left confused and blinded by our biases. With such division prevalent, how can we foster a society where personal achievements and meritocracy are valued?

On a positive note, the recent democratic elections mark a turning point. As elected representatives, we have resolved to work collaboratively. The establishment of political parties and interest groups enables every individual to contribute based on their qualifications, experience, and abilities. Once you become a member of a party or an interest group, your CV and competencies are taken into account. Whether you gain or lose in politics depends on the strength of your character and capabilities. As proud representatives of the Somali people, we should not discriminate based on religion, tribe, race, or social status. Both systems coexist; it is up to you to make a choice!

Tribalism has caused significant damage to our society and has hindered national development. It has prevented political stability and has hampered the growth of mosques and community organizations. The administration of mosques is often driven by financial rather than religious considerations. Furthermore, tribalism has disrupted economic growth, as priority is given to clan interests over national interests. The same applies to community organizations. However, we are not bound by these limitations and can strive for unity even in the absence of marriage ties or blood relations. Both systems have their merits, and you, the reader, have the power to make a difference. Why not choose unity over division, progress over stagnation?

As Somali citizens, both domestic and international, tribal affiliation should not define our participation. True unity transcends religion, tribe, culture, and social status. Our shared values can bring us together, while our divisions can hold us back. It is crucial to prioritize the collective well-being rather than personal or clan interests. Let us rise above tribalism and work towards building a society that values inclusivity, mutual respect, and progress.

Ubah Abdulla Aden

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