SOMALIA: Just another day for Hargeisa's street children

Jun 17, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: IRIN

HARGEISA, 16 June 2009 - For the children living on the streets of Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared independent republic of Somaliland, 16 June - " Day of the African child - is of little significance.

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suad

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Jun 23, 2009
 

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"Social workers in the city say drought and economic hardship have forced an unprecedented number of children on to the streets.”

I strongly disagree with this statement. I am in Hargaysa and have been here for six months now. There is no such a thing called social workers in this city. I have paid specially attention to those children and their hardships have nothing to do with economics. Most of the children are “Oromo’s” from Ethiopia and are treating like second class citizens. The residents of Hargaysa are so busy chewing Qaat and getting high they barely notices these children. These people spend about 50 million a year paying Qaat from Ethiopia and claim they can't feed a hungry child.

Never the less, Somali society has loss its way. Those who claim they are doing something for the children, well they all drive nice cars and rent really big compounds and there goes any money raised abroad for the children. By the way this includes the UN agencies.
XAMZA YARE

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Aug 23, 2009
 
HELLO
SUAD RAMADAAN KAREEM
SEE YOU AGAEN PLEASE
I LIKE D'JIPOUTI
ZamZam

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#3
Aug 26, 2009
 
Ramadan is especially the time to help orphans and the poor.
Somali

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Aug 26, 2009
 
hodan wrote:
Somaliland is descriped as Africa's best kept secret, East Africa's best democracy, and recently as the light at dark tunnel of the horn of Africa
First of all let me say that Somalia and Somaliland were never legally one country.
Their two parliaments approved different Acts of Union, and the legal formalities were never fully completed. The Somaliland Act of Union required the signature of representatives from Somalia which it never received. The Somalia Act of Union was approved in principle but never enacted into law, and therefore the union of Somaliland and Somalia has no legal validity in Somalia.
Second of all, the dream of a united Somalia died the day Siad Barre took power. It is now time to look to the future and the future is two separate Somali states Somaliland and Somalia.
As I young Somalilander, like most young Somalilanders of my generation, I have known nothing but Somaliland as an independent country for most of my life.
All my generation knows of Somalia is war, death, starvation and destruction. So why would we choose to join a country engaged in a never ending war when we have peace, stability and democracy?
The puzzle is not whether Somaliland will be recognised soon or later.or how many people vote for somaliland or somalia. The real puzzle is why SOMALIS FROM SOUTH waste their time on a history they have no control over it walahi u guys need to see a PSYCHOLOGIST
like it or not SOMALILAND DONT NEED SOMALIA!WE NEVER WERE ONE
AND we never gonna be ONE!
except the fact!
SO FUCK off people who talking loud about somaliland that doesnt excist, ATLEAST we have peace and stability and democracy SOMETHING U GUYS FROM SOUTH NEVER GONNA HAVE!!! and we gonna get regonize SOON inshallah
So fuck off, KEEP ON HATIN' WAA CAADI
Behind Every Successful Lies Pack Of HATERS
WALAHI I REALLY DONT GET WHY SOUTH SOMALIA ALWAYS TALKS ABOUT SOMALILAND AND TRYING 2 DISS SOMALILAND??the only thing the south people can say is SOMALILAND doesnt excist YET on the map!Mucjiiso iyo nus,WE DONT NEED REGONIZE; WE GOT PEACE!!!!!
SO GET UR ACT RIGHT!
better to help these poor kids than opening u stinky big lips that i wish al shabab to blow it up
somalicanada

Oakville, Canada

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Aug 26, 2009
 
ramadan mabarak
Beautifull somali gal

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Aug 27, 2009
 
suad wrote:
"Social workers in the city say drought and economic hardship have forced an unprecedented number of children on to the streets.”
I strongly disagree with this statement. I am in Hargaysa and have been here for six months now. There is no such a thing called social workers in this city. I have paid specially attention to those children and their hardships have nothing to do with economics. Most of the children are “Oromo’s” from Ethiopia and are treating like second class citizens. The residents of Hargaysa are so busy chewing Qaat and getting high they barely notices these children. These people spend about 50 million a year paying Qaat from Ethiopia and claim they can't feed a hungry child.
Never the less, Somali society has loss its way. Those who claim they are doing something for the children, well they all drive nice cars and rent really big compounds and there goes any money raised abroad for the children. By the way this includes the UN agencies.
I really couldn't help but laugh out loud when reading this news. It is absolutly false. I can honestly say I have not seen not one Somali street child in Hargiesa for the whole year I was there. All I saw where wierd looking people from Ethiopia. I don't think they were Ethnic Ethiopians but rather..unusually wierd bantu/habesh looking speaking broken Somali in a funny accent. I swear to Allah.

I did find it very strange as to why they would be there. They're making our beautiful city look bad. Oh and let me tell you walaahi, they are pests. They broke and stole the light on the front of my car and same happened to many of my friends. They are thieves and evil people. You give and all they do is ask for more. They are not just any old normal street children. The best thing to do is to just send them back to where they came from, if they can't live by the rules.

Do not believe everything you hear or read or see on the TV btw. This to everyone. I have learnt that all by myself.
Beautifull somali gal

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Aug 27, 2009
 
Btw One more thing. I was actually working for SOS childrens villages on Hargiesa (Xero awr part) for a while. Let me tell you they do a lot for poor children, mainly abadoned ones with no father and mother to claim. Anyway they have huge villages set up for them to live. They have teachers, surgoens for them,Activities and many other things.

I mean it really is amazing. You only have to see it with your own eyez to believe me. But I swear to allah it's absolutly true. There are some indians,Whites and also few Somalis there. My Cousins abti was in a high office there. Hence how I started working there. You have to know people to work for these big Charities. It's very well paid too. Anyway Mashallah they do a great job.

Of course Im not talking about the U.N or Unicef or whatever else. I know the UN are run by the US government which in turn is run by the elite Illuminati people. There is nothing more corrupt then them. I don't think they do anything apart from for their own agendas.

“Recieve the Blessings”

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Aug 27, 2009
 
I been to Hargeysa and I can confirm that these street kids are Oromos from Ethiopia. We should help them and give them a better living standard because for them to sleep on the roads is ammount to us abandoning them. We as Muslims were taught to treat our poor ones with love and mercy.
WaryaaGuy

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Aug 27, 2009
 
suad wrote:
"Social workers in the city say drought and economic hardship have forced an unprecedented number of children on to the streets.”
I strongly disagree with this statement. I am in Hargaysa and have been here for six months now. There is no such a thing called social workers in this city. I have paid specially attention to those children and their hardships have nothing to do with economics. Most of the children are “Oromo’s” from Ethiopia and are treating like second class citizens. The residents of Hargaysa are so busy chewing Qaat and getting high they barely notices these children. These people spend about 50 million a year paying Qaat from Ethiopia and claim they can't feed a hungry child.
Never the less, Somali society has loss its way. Those who claim they are doing something for the children, well they all drive nice cars and rent really big compounds and there goes any money raised abroad for the children. By the way this includes the UN agencies.
Is it bashing time of Reer Qaqooyi in Ramadan?. C'mon people, why not talk about these unfortunate kids fighting in Mogadishu. It is inhuman to recruit children according to the UN charter of human rights. Islam and Somali culture don't condone either.

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Kal

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Sep 1, 2009
 
I am so sad to read some of these accounts, the young lady who thinks these street children are pests .. you had your life mapped out for you I guess but be thankful you have roof over your head because they don't... You said you work for SOS and you are talking like that.. well I am questioning what their work involves if you are as a one of their staff talking like that.. it remains to be seen what they do as an Organisation.

for the record there are street children in Hargeisa, I have pictures to proof this along with research findings of who they are and what regions they are from... half of these young people are Somalilanders, people give them money and they buy glue and petrol to sniff, not all are hooked on glue sniffing but those do need rehab and health care. I am shocked to know that there are people calling themselves human, who would discriminate children.
Beautifull somali gal

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Sep 12, 2009
 
Kal wrote:
I am so sad to read some of these accounts, the young lady who thinks these street children are pests .. you had your life mapped out for you I guess but be thankful you have roof over your head because they don't... You said you work for SOS and you are talking like that.. well I am questioning what their work involves if you are as a one of their staff talking like that.. it remains to be seen what they do as an Organisation.
for the record there are street children in Hargeisa, I have pictures to proof this along with research findings of who they are and what regions they are from... half of these young people are Somalilanders, people give them money and they buy glue and petrol to sniff, not all are hooked on glue sniffing but those do need rehab and health care. I am shocked to know that there are people calling themselves human, who would discriminate children.
Geez!! For the love of God. I didn't say they are pests. Well actually they are, because breaking other people properties, stealing and vandalizing. IS WHAT PESTS DO. To make it worse they do that to after you're nice to them and give them money. I swaer Im not joking, but I used to say hi and give a lot to this one street child about (13) I think all the time. She even knew my name. lol. It got to the point of me and my friends shopping Downtown in Hargiesa. When her and her freinds would always run up to me and shout me name. LOL.My friends were like "WHAT,WHO IS THIS" hahaha. I guess the thing with me is I talk to everyone equally and definitly don't discriminate. Yes I did work for SOS childrens villages. Those poor kids and these street pests. ARE NOT THE SAME. lol
Somali in Exile

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Sep 12, 2009
 
3 called landers killed, savages landers shoot them
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-09-12-voa...
Jamming

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Jul 1, 2010
 
suad wrote:
"Social workers in the city say drought and economic hardship have forced an unprecedented number of children on to the streets.”
I strongly disagree with this statement. I am in Hargaysa and have been here for six months now. There is no such a thing called social workers in this city. I have paid specially attention to those children and their hardships have nothing to do with economics. Most of the children are “Oromo’s” from Ethiopia and are treating like second class citizens. The residents of Hargaysa are so busy chewing Qaat and getting high they barely notices these children. These people spend about 50 million a year paying Qaat from Ethiopia and claim they can't feed a hungry child.
Never the less, Somali society has loss its way. Those who claim they are doing something for the children, well they all drive nice cars and rent really big compounds and there goes any money raised abroad for the children. By the way this includes the UN agencies.
Oromo's are treated worse in there home-land Ethiopia. Why do they want to be indepandent and why are they comming to Somaliland then.
Because they are free here unlike Ethiopia

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