Death Foretold: The killing of my brother

TWO HOURS after midnight, on Oct. 29, my father Muhumed Omer Dubbad and my brother Faysal Muhumed Omer were picked up from my parents’ home in Degahbour, a small town in the eastern part of Ethiopia, by Special Police from the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia. No one knew where they were taken to. By 9:00 a.m. the following morning, my father called from a policeman’s cellphone and said he and my brother were safe and were on their way to Godey, a town 430 kilometers to the southeast of my parent’s hometown. Continue Reading…

Brother of young man killed in Ethiopia’s Somali region accuses VOA Somali Service of censorship

For some time now there has been rumors that some influential journalists in VOA and BBC Somali services have been compromised by the president of the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia. A widely-held view among many people in the Somali Region is that these news services do not air any negative news against the regional president or that they alert him in advance, allowing him time to respond and give them directions on how the news should break. However, the brutal and merciless killing of Faysal Muhumed Omer on Oct. 29 may have finally turned the matter from mere rumors and hearsay to a credible suspicion. Continue Reading…

On Relationships: Getting Along with In-Laws.

The scene is a café where two men are chatting. One of them gloats and says, “My mother-in-law is an angel.” The other sighs and says, “You are lucky—mine is alive.” In another case, a man laments: “My mother-in-law and I were happy for 20 years. Then, I met her.” Continue Reading…

Claims of Ethiopian-Somalis’ solidarity with TPLF spurious

Every revolution produces its own heroes, villains, highlights and pantomime moments that are etched in the collective memory of the affected nations long after the upheavals pass. Ethiopia, where the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is facing a crisis of political legitimacy, was never going to be an exception. Continue Reading…

Facebook and Relationships: Blessing or Curse?

Within recent memory, my then wife got mad at me for something I said. What was I thinking? In truth, I wasn’t thinking. However, what was an infraction in my eyes was a felony in hers. I talked to her, clarified my intention, and apologized profusely. I was still in the doghouse, but slowly I felt I was being forgiven. After a while, I thought the incident was behind us, but that was a premature assessment. In fact, it was wishful thinking. Continue Reading…

Somalia: #GenerationHope

Two bank employees speak to a pair of potential customers at International Bank of Somalia's office in Mogadishu. [AMISOM Photo]

Two bank employees speak to a pair of potential customers at International Bank of Somalia’s office in Mogadishu. [AMISOM Photo]

It is not the dynamism of creative business class bringing new ideas and innovations. It is not even the political male elites scrambling for power, as we get closer to elections. Continue Reading…

The recolonization of Somalia

Somalia has been under the occupation of extremist groups and under the tutelage of neighboring countries and the international community for close to three decades. These three forces – al-Shabaab, the neighboring countries, and the “international community” – differ in their nature and stated objectives but seem united in one thing: The perpetuation of the status quo of anarchy and lawlessness in Somalia. Continue Reading…

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