Aid agencies praised for supporting Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Various humanitarian groups have been lauded for consistently supporting Somalia, a country which has struggled against political instability and insurgency for decades, following the ousting of dictator Siad Barre some three decades ago.
Even with the advent of independence, Somalia depended on the international community, which often helped lead successive governments, including, but not limited to, paying the salaries of civil servants and many departments.
In the 1960s and 1970s, notes Hassan Haji, a former federal deputy, Somalia depended heavily on former British and Italian colonizers for its development, before focusing on the former USSR, now the republic of Russia.
“Without the international community we would have had a lot of trouble running the country, not just helping in emergencies such as floods and droughts. We had Britain, Italy and now the agencies of the United Nations who have helped us, “he said on Twitter. Chat room hosted by Garowe Online.
In recent years, he noted, various humanitarian agencies have assisted Somalia on development issues, moving significantly away from the emergencies of yesteryear, according to the former MP.
“We now have humanitarian agencies and international groups focusing on development in Somalia,” he said. “It’s a stark contrast to the past when they only focused on emergencies in the areas of health, roads, food and other important sectors. “
For Matt Bryden, the founder of the Sahan research group, the international community has been very helpful in shaping the security of the country, which has been a key target of terrorist groups and politicians accused of destabilizing the country.
“We give credit to groups such as the UN and the African Union through AMISOM. They have supported Somalia through thick and thin. I wish they would help the country stabilize after years of chaos politics and insurrection, ”added the Canadian.
In addition, he appreciated the roles played by neighboring countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti and Burundi, which directly provide troops for peacekeeping missions in Somalia. He said these countries need special recognition.
The renowned researcher, however, expressed concern over a number of Gulf countries with competing interests in Somalia, arguing that their continued interference in Somalia’s internal affairs is not healthy. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries he cited.
For example, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are fighting for control of Somalia and their competing interests have manifested themselves in the war against Al-Shabaab, development programs, humanitarian aid in the health sector, floods and even drought.
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