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A Sinking Nation

A Sinking Nation
Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed Writer and film-Maker Mogadishu, Somalia

by Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed


There are floods, there are wars

In blood Somalia is swimming

In poverty Somalia is drowning

And in water Somalia is sinking

Its territory is reduced to lands

It's people are in total disintegration

It is a tattered nation in great shock

And its leaders are at loggerheads

They are just like boxing gloves

Worn by various interest groups


They lost ownership of their nation

One faction sides with IGAD

The other with the Arab League

One faction says we are Africans

The other says we are Arabs

What the hell are they talking about?


Don’t they feel the pain of the Somali child?

The orphan who is loitering in the streets

With no food and proper shelter

With no education and health care

With no hope and future to look forward

Does identity matter at this stage of crisis?

Would it treat a sick baby taking his last breath?


Suppose you are an Arab what would you gain?

Suppose you are an African what would you lose?

Why bring war to your country when you can get peace?

Why fight somebody’s war inside your country?

What is wrong with you, Somali leaders?

I think your hearts are galvanized with hatred

So the only thing you understand is revenge

Or you have your mind inside your throat

So the only thing you understand is money

Or your reputation has made serious cracks on its walls

So the only thing you know is how to make speeches


Abdi-Noor Mohamed
, Somalia

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