Somalians Proudly Holding their Flag(:

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Somali people are facing one of the worst Human Rights crisis in the world today. This is mainly due to the fact that Somalia has not had a stable government since 1991, and has been the only country in the world with no central government for 20 years. As I looked through the list of Universal Declaration of Rights I found that Somali  people are being depicted from the rights of articles: 2,3,5,6,7,12,16,18,23,25,26,28 and MANY MORE.   
 What it's Like in Somalia:
People are banned from publicly hearing music and having public gatherings. Preference and discrimination of gender is very common in Somalia. Something that really chocked me was that nine out of ten Somali women are obligated to FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, young girls are forced into marriage with militiamen, and dress code for women is very strict. If any of Somali women resists or brakes any of this rules they can be killed. Also in Somalia three out of four girls do not have the opportunity to get an education. Since Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world facing an economic crisis, a lot of families don’t have the adequate amount of money to have a stable condition of living. So parents have to choose which of their children should get an education and MOST of the time they choose the boys.
About 12 yrs. old and already in the MILITARY
Somalia has been facing horrible conditions of living since a drought they experienced and have had very little help of food, water, and first aid services from other countries. Malnutrition rates are reportedly rising among children. Humanitarian agencies face huge challenges in efforts to provide assistance to the displaced people and other vulnerable groups living in Somalia, due to serious security concerns. Approximately 43% of the Somali population lives below the extreme poverty line and one in seven Somali children die before the age of five mainly of malnutrition. Also many underage boys are obligated to enter military services because of the extreme necessities for 

Violence in Somalia is sadly out of control and each day is a battle field. Daily people are being executed, innocent people are being beheaded, mutilated, used as human shields for protection, crushed to death in their homes, bombed, raped, slit their throats, assaulted, fled of their property, have suffered unable to reach medical care, and practically killed in all possible ways. A very cruel and common act of violence is when people are stoned to death for unfaithfulness/ having sexual intercourse with a person other than your husband or wife, and for religious beliefs different from Islam. Somalis are in dire need of international protection and should be granted asylum even though they may not meet the criteria for refugee status, and yet they are not given this due to their government. 

People NEED to open their eyes and realize the severity of the problems Somalia is facing still today. We sometimes think we are the ones having it difficult, but we and the whole world forget about places like Somalia. We have to start taking action to help this poor people because they can't do it alone and if we don't help them they'll literally become "EXTINCT" like animals. We can't see this happen and not at least TRY and do something to help them, they are humans just like us trying live a happy life. It is an injustice and horrible thing what they are doing to Somalis and they have rights just like us. I know they may sound like very violent, corrupt, rebellious people, but we need to understand WHY they are this way. Since no one helps them they have taken matters into their own hands and have done every possible thing they can to survive, whether its legal or not. So we really can't judge them for what they are doing when all they want is to survive and just bring food and water to their childrens tables. For them it is like the SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST! 

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