Headline, March 01 2019/ '' ' SOMALIA'S STUDENT SHERBET ' ''



WITHOUT FEAR AND WITHOUT FAVOR : The Students of the world must learn to rely on themselves.

ONLY THE STUDENTS CAN BUILD A GREAT WORLD. Just as its only the students who can build Proud Pakistan, India, Lebanon -

Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Palestine, the whole of Africa, Latin America.

All great students of the world, join The World Students Society, just as young Somalians are joining as their government struggles to respond to emergencies.

SOMALIA HAS EXPERIENCED ONE DEGREE or another of chaos for almost three decades, bedeviled by clan fighting and then by violent extremism.

But through it all, Somalians have found ways to not only establish thriving businesses, but also taken on core state services like building roads and providing health care and education.

YET IN THE FACE OF COUNTRY'S MOUNTING challenges - from a changing climate to the indiscriminate violence of terrorism -

Young Somalis are increasingly getting organised and bootstrapping out of crises, rather than waiting for help from their government or its foreign backers.

Government officials say that they do respond to the country's emergencies, including establishing a a national committee to aid the victims of the Dec 28 attack.

Turkey and Qatar airlifted dozens of badly injured. But many youth activists in Somalia say that the response from the authorities is often tardy or inadequate, making it all the more essential for citizens to jump in and help fill the gaps. So as the story makes round .......

She had just finished battling the floods, and then the bombs went off.

For a month of 10-hour days, Dr. Amina Abdulkadir Isack, 27, tended to anemic mothers, children with malaria and pregnant women as a volunteer in central Somalia, where record floods had left thousands of people in dire need of help the government could scarcely provide.

But only days after coming home, on a hot Mogadishu morning in late December, terrorists detonated an explosive laden truck on a busy intersection, killing 82 people and injuring nearly 150, including university students studying to become health specialists and doctors like her.

Dr. Isack sprang right back into action, helping a youth-led crises response teams of volunteers who tracked the victims, called their families, collected donations and performed many services the government was too overwhelmed to manage on its own.

''The youth are the ones who build nations,'' Dr. Isack said. ''We have to rely on ourselves.''

Much like the floods before it, the attack in Mogadishu, the deadliest Somalia in more than two years, underscored the feeble emergency response in a nation that is no stranger to natural disasters and those caused by humans.

The Somalia government struggles to provide basic public services like health care and education let alone a comprehensive response to emergencies.

The great Somali students independent spirit was amplified after militants with the Shabab, a terrorist group affiliated with AI-Qaeda, surrendered control of Mogadishu in 2011, effectively leaving the capital in the hands of internationally backed but weak governments that has often been unable to secure the capital much less the country.

Since then, young Somali students, including members of the diaspora who have returned home, have taken leading role in the stabilization and rebuilding process.

They have worked on rehabilitating child soldiers, reviving domestic tourism, responding to humanitarian crises, organizing multiple book fairs and even selling Somali camels to customers worldwide using bitcoin.

When a truck bombing in Mogadishu in 2017 killed 587 people and injured 316 others, hundreds of volunteer students marshaled to identify victims, started social media campaigns to appeal for global attention and collected tens of thousands of dollars to assist the operations of Mogadishu's only ambulance service, Aamin Ambulance.

Organizers of the response said they they collected $3.5 million in donations, the government later contributed $1 million.

The year ''2017 was a turning point for us,'' Dr. Isack said. ''Everyone knew someone who was impacted. It showed us we we could do something to save lives.''

For volunteers like Dr. Isack, there is no option but to rush to the scene of the next disaster. In January, the Somali Medical Association  recognized her efforts in saving lives during the floods.

''I myself could face  harm tomorrow,'' Dr. Isack said. ''So I am providing support to my people while I can.''

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Somalia, Africa and the World, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Abdi Latif Dahir.

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot. com and  Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011:

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Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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