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SOMALIA, Great United Childrens School and Orphanage

25 Apr

Somalia

And great to have a second school from Somalia involved.This time we have a lovely, colourful painting from Nabadou Waa Nolon who attends the  Great United Children`s School and Orphanage.

Nabadou says,  ” PEACE = Life “.

We thank Sowda Moalin for her work in reaching this school and inviting them to participate in the project and for the valuable work herself and others continue to do in this country.

In July 2009, Ahmed Dini, a civil society activist and member of Peace Line Group, a local NGO, said orphaned and vulnerable children had borne the brunt of Somalia’s 18-year civil war

Dini said the children just wanted a childhood. “When we talk to them, they want to go to school and play football. They basically want to be children.”

There is a new phenomenon of children taking care of other children “because both parents have died and there are no relatives to help”, Dini said.

He said the long civil war had eroded the social support network that sustained Somalis.

And below in 2013, is the Somalian government doing enough to help its own people today???

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jan/16/somali-ngos-mogadishu-street-children

Somali Flag Meaning:
The blue base originates from the flag of the United Nations and it represents the blue sky over Somalia and the UN, who helped the country realize its dream of independence. The white star represents African freedom. The star’s individual points represent the five historical regions inhabited by the Somali people: Italian Somaliland (Somalia), British Somaliland (Somalia), French Somaliland (Djibouti), the Ogaden region of Ethiopia and north Kenya

Interesting Somali Flag Facts:
Mr. Mohammed Awale Liban designed the Somali flag and presented it to the government in less than 24 hours.

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SOMALIA, Gowraar Foundation School

25 Apr

Somalia Bahjo and HaniWe welcome these 2 designs from Mogadishu in Somalia. This one has been created by Bahja and Hani together, ages 12 and 13.

They feel that in Somalia ” We all wish for peace because without peace is without life “

Somalia HamdiThis second design has been done by Hamdi who is aged 12.

Hamdi says ” We all wish for peace because peace is good for everyone.”

“Without peace is without light” and “Without peace is without life. “

” We wish for peace because peace is the key of life.”

Thanks to Abdulkadir Halane of the Gowraar Foundation,who has helped us reach this school in Mogadishu, Somalia. We are especially grateful as it has proved most difficult for us to reach young people in this country, as it also proved for Abdulkadir. Nevertheless the children here wish for peace just like they do in every other country.

Abdulkadir explains, “Gowraar is a famous mountain located in the southern Gedo region of Somalia. it used be  an ecological place where life flourished, a symbol of peace and harmony. That same valley is today barren and unable to sustain the smallest of life due to constant droughts and political conflicts. Yet we chose this name, in the hope that we can bring back hope, peace and livelihood to the people of Somalia, whom just like the Valley of Gowraar, droughts and political conflicts have robbed them of a decent live.”

Somali Flag Meaning:
The blue base originates from the flag of the United Nations and it represents the blue sky over Somalia and the UN, who helped the country realize its dream of independence. The white star represents African freedom. The star’s individual points represent the five historical regions inhabited by the Somali people: Italian Somaliland (Somalia), British Somaliland (Somalia), French Somaliland (Djibouti), the Ogaden region of Ethiopia and north Kenya.