Where did the Famine go?

The economists article on famine in somalia and where it heads, argues that spending a lot of money on food by donors would not help Somalia. Instead mapping the somali economy and its ruites would be a wiser act on the longer term. What do you think?

Where did the famine go?


Transition and Humanitarian development

Since my arrival in Mogadishu, I have observed the increase of humanitarian aid profession. At a close look, i have noticed the challenges faced by these professionals that associate with contexts of transitioning from conflict to peace. yet rarely these people reflect on the critical concepts, practical challenges and policy dilemmas which can bring the country towards effective transitioning.

In this critical junction, the country needs not only transitioning in its political process but also in its humanitarian sector. in this time, it may present an opportunity for us to better examine this cross-section of modern change by innovating programs that consider the important transition from short-term (humanitarian) to long-term (development and beyond) ownership of projects.

Let us think about our children and develop an everlasting solutions to the current crisis. I believe through the coordination and development of broader perspectives on humanitarian development we could help Somalia and lift it up to development. Somaaliya Ha is raacdo!Image 


Man-Made Famine

I believe that the course of action of the current famine in Somalia could have been avoided if the proper actions were made. Apparently Droughts does not necessarily produce Famine as we have seen in the past droughts in Somalia like ´Daba Dheer Drought´. The sequence of actions from the occupation of Ethiopians in Somalia, and the subsequent creation of Alshabab led to the current famine. With a strong government and an early signal the current situation would not be in a such a worst condition ever faced in Somalia. All said i believe it was a man-made famine not a natural famine which caused by rain or any other natural calamities.

Business at night in Mogadishu city

Since two decades Mogadishu city witnessed the worst things ever once-a-beautiful-city experienced. abandoned shops, banks, government offices are motor-bombed beyond recognition. Amidst of these ruins the resilience of businesses in Mogadishu is unprecedented. In order to survive a new market was opened after 1991 which had become on of the biggest markets in the horn of Africa Bakaro market.
However recently the Bakaro market suffered from the worsening situations in Mogadishu where warring parties have competed to take control of the market. For example, Amisom mortars have claimed lives of innocent people inside the market. On the other hand Alshabab were said to have a controlling hand in the bakaro market and a base for their funds. whatever the case, now that alshabab´s influence in the market is becoming less, there seems to be new blood in the market and people started to re-open their businesses in the market.

In general, there is a sense of optimism in the business sector in Mogadishu city. The better the security the better the flow of business in the city. And current pictures of a businesses in Mogadishu open at night can say it all clear and well. it is said pictures are worth thousand words so let the pictures talk!!

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Somalia’s ghost town

What was once a booming market place at the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, has now become a ghost town after battles between government troops and al-Shabab fighters wrecked havoc in the area.

Frequent attacks in the the Bakara market, the largest open-air market in the country, have caused hardships for many whose livelihoods depend on it.

Not far from the heavily guarded Presidential Palace, the market has been repeatedly hit by wayward shells from the warring sides.

Muhammed Vall reports.


Somalia: Failed State, Economic Success

Sure, Somalia is failed state, but what makes the success of its economy. Here is an article that unravels the secret behind Somali’s economy with out state. This article draws heavily on research “Somalia After State Collapse: Chaos or Improvement?” coauthored by Benjamin Powell Ryan Ford and Alex Nowrasteh, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 67, 2008.