Somali Journalists Organize Public Peace and Forgiveness Event in Somalia's Capital, Mogadishu

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Saturday December 16, 2017 - 15:35:21 in Latest News by Staff Reporter
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    Somali Journalists Organize Public Peace and Forgiveness Event in Somalia's Capital, Mogadishu

    MOGADISHU, (Horn Observer) Somali Journalists for Peace Initiative organized a public forgiveness event, which attracted youth, elders, religious leaders, public figures, women, government officials and activists in Mogadishu's SYL hotel.

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MOGADISHU, (Horn Observer) Somali Journalists for Peace Initiative organized a public forgiveness event, which attracted youth, elders, religious leaders, public figures, women, government officials and activists in Mogadishu's SYL hotel.

The event, which was televised by several local Televisions including SNTV, HornCable TV, RTN TV and Universal Television, was Full of constructive arguments, lots of better future expectants and peace-loving Somali youngsters changed the atmosphere of the SYL Hotel’s Conference hall on 3rd of December 2017 after Wali Hashi,  Chair of Somali Journalists for Peace Initiative, an organization which  initiated the forgiveness campaign cut the robe of unique debate program targeting nepotism, tribalism, and after long-lasted atrocity and menace forgiving possibility between Somali people and how to let the past events go forward.


Eight panellists from different fields such as journalists, social activists, high-level governmental and traditional leaders have started by expressing their views on one of the most sensitive issue which is the history, cause, impacts of the tribalism inside Somalia and what in general has gone wrong, that let the war and atrocities between Somalis roll over and over more than half a century.

Case studies and personally witnessing individual very common and general vendetta cycle between Somalia tribes was epicentre of this debate and one of the touchy story that let the participants to bewilder was presented by Abdirahman Yusuf Adala, victim of what he described as infinitive and unnecessary atrocity between neighbouring communities.

Adala lost his brother, grandfather and uncle and told vociferously that he is along with his father, mother and brothers forgive the perpetrator in order to cut the cycling of revenge extracted culture. Adala also emphasised that this imitable gesture is not only letting free the perpetrator but also giving him and his family healing, because revenge-yielding soul never rests in peace even if revenged.

Abdi Musse Mohamud, co-founder of Journalists Four Peace Initiative, which created and launched Forgiveness Campaign on his behalf emphasised the importance of Forgiveness, citing the relation between Islam and Forgiveness.

Muna Axlaa, Forgiveness Campaigner during this debate has shed light to Somalia clan chiefs’ way of managing conflicts and blamed them the pioneers of Somalia’s current impasse situation. Young participants on their behalf showed willingness of harnessing Somalia to the path of peace, harmony and forgiveness by warning the young not to travel again the thorny and death path, that tribalism maintained.

Finally, Somali Minister of Information, Abdirahman Omar Osman who was among the participants noted with concern how the Somali people view when it comes to unity. The minister noted that idea or believe among the public is the one required to be publicized or aired or televised and might result what can be done in practical.

The Somali Journalists for Peace Initiative is a dedicated organization in the forefront of peace development and spreading forgiveness among the Somalis to try to teach the Somalis the culture of forgiveness which the organization view as the basis of viable peace to Somalia.

Watch the full program and your comments are highly appreciated.

- Horn Observer -



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