Friday, May 14, 2010

Not a poem. (Ethiopia and Somalia)

I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses. – Nelson Mandale

Make no mistake Somalis and Ethiopians are not at war with one another. We should not be hating each other. The mistrust that exists between us should stop because end of the day we have more things in common to celebrate than fight over our little difference. These differences are there for us to embrace one another, respect one another, and make us grow into tolerant individuals who will understand their neighbors better. These differences are there to make our lives beautiful – not for us to fight and kill one another. Our corrupt leaders (from both sides) will always instigate war and hatred on our respective lands for their own interest and personal gains. When the gun fires – it’s not their children who die, it’s not their women who are raped; it’s not their family who suffers. It’s us! The average individual. It’s you and I. It’s your family and my family. Then why must we be so blind and ignorant to hate and fight each other even on foreign soils. Why must we celebrate when one of us is killed? Why must we argue over stupid things that will not benefit us? Don’t you realize that this cycle of animosity will never let us grow and succeed in life? Why must we turn our eyes away from our people suffering back home….Shouldn’t we be using that energy to help them rather than continuing this hatred… Africans must unite for the greater good of the continent only than we will be able to overcome our obstacles and get rid of these vultures that have been preying on our lands for so long!

Halima Ahmed
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