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Somalia: Patriotic Move from the Youth of the Land

Somalia: Patriotic Move from the Youth of the Land


For almost two decades Somalia has not had a central government and Somalis are under violent behaviour since the collapse of Siad Barre regime in 1991. Somalia has experienced dramatic environmental shifts following two decades of insecurity and chaos in the country.


Even though, the sustained conflict in Somalia reduced the community collaboration and wiped-out their relations from village to region and as well as their connectivity for peer to peer collaborating, this caused lack of effective community mobilization when the natural and man-made disasters occur.



The newly established SYL-two launched two youth centers in Galgaduud region of Somalia Abudwak and Dhusamareb districts in and funded by Jilao Foundation in order to raise the voice from the voiceless and does also peace campaign from the young generation so as to build the nations tomorrow hope.



 SYL-Two marked a clear voice related to peace building and joined the peace forces nationwide and also is going to ridoff all the bad activities from the youth and protect their own interest in peace fully. SYL-Two was formed august 2008 in Mogadishu, Somalia and dedicated to youth rights and advocating the peace building in the country.


The research revealed that Somali youth crime can stem from root causes such as poverty, lack of recreational opportunities, language and educational barriers, mental health issues, homelessness, truancy and criminal gang activity. The report recommends addressing these issues, along with the creation of a youth “drop-in” center and increased community outreach.


“The most important recommendation,” states the report, “is to develop more cohesive coordination with school administrators, teachers, nonprofits, government and law enforcement officials in order to track and prevent gang growth and violence in the Somali youth community.”


According to Farah Haji Ali  SYL-Two would like to enhance dialogue with key stakeholders on promotion of youth involvement in policy and development initiatives, we will build the capacity of the youth on broader as well as specific policy and development initiatives of the country, to advocate and lobby for review of conventional laws, policies and development agenda that are a hindrance to youth participation, to mobilize resources to facilitate youth engagement in wealth creation for development, to build networks, linkages




Obviously, in such a vacuum, many non-state actors including the civil society were left to play a major role in the search for peace. Although the term ‘civil society’ itself has a definitional problem in a Somali setting, this emerging entity has had a recognizable, albeit sporadic effect in various parts of the country. There are, however, a number of challenges: too much dependence on external support, the distinct cultural context and the lack of a coherent and coordinated strategy. The paper will analyze the role civil society has had in war-torn Somalia since the 1990s along an analytical framework that also looks into the context in which civil society operates, and the relevance and effectiveness of civil society performance towards peace building. It is argued that, despite the definitional problems associated with the term, civil society has played a major role in the peace building process in Somalia and that it remains the only major unifying factor in the country.

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