Case Study A

Case study on the general Safarka Nabadda activities in Liido Beach

Abdi Muridi Ajakis is a very popular comedian in Mogadishu and a Universal TV weekly program show host which is locally known as the “Faaliyaha Qaranka” (The Nation Sorcerer).

Mr. Abdi’s participation in the Safarka Nabadda activity at Liido beach was highly applauded by the program’s target youths. Everyone at the vicinity was in need to shake hands or have a photo with him, but due to the large numbers of the youths who showed interest to shake hands with Mr Muridi, it become impossible and was treated as a destruction from the program activities and goals.  Ajakis has apologized the program participants for not being able to shake hands with all of them but asked them to focus on Safarka Nabadda program activities which himself have come to participate. Abdi has emphasized the importance of taking responsibility for your own peace and the peaceful coexistence of your communities, without peace, there is conflict, destruction, death, injuries/assault and no one is safe said Abdi Muridi in a very comic way. The participant’s attentions remained 100% throughout the program activities; Ajakis role was entertain the audience in order to keep their attentions for the program intact.

UC team have visited Liido beach 6 day after the Safarka Nabadda program activities which was held in Liido beach in order to assess the perceptions of the youths on Safarka Nabadda programs and how it has contributed to peace and youth integration. A group of 12 youths (8boys and 4girls) perceptions on Safarka Nabadda program activities was assessed, the feedback was overwhelming. Abdiaziz Mohamed who is university student was among the youths who participated and enjoyed the Safarka Nabadda activities held in Liido beach and said that his friends and himself have planned to conduct arm wrestling and tag of war rob pulling games at Liido beach every Friday and asked if UC can support them to make these games a weekly routine. Abdiaziz believes that Somali youths only needs role models and little encouragements and thanked UC for their role model which instill him and his friends the courage to start a weekly (Fridays) entertainment games for the youths in Liido beach. Amina Mohamed which followed the Safarka Nabadda activities held at Liido beach from online social media, especially Facebook and as well heard from friends who participated said she believes that it is the best way to bring youths from different parts of Mogadishu together and engage them in groups in different sport activities, Amina said she also believes that these sport activities at Liido beach will become a national sports platform where different sport talents of the Mogadishu youths is displayed and will also attract large audiences, Amina acknowledged UC role in youths engagements through volunteer works at different parts of Mogadishu and endorsed the Safarka Nabadda programs as a successful approach to bring youths on board in building sustainable peace in Mogadishu city and beyond.

More than 60% of the questioned youths have shown willingness to join the Safarka Nabadda peace building program which is led by UC at Mogadishu city.


Case study B

The story of Bakar Ali Abdi, the arm wrestling Mogadishu champion for 2019

Bakar Ali Abdi who is the winner of the final arm wrestling game is an IDP camp resident in Mogadishu, he is 26 years old and a bread winner for his family which consist of 4 sisters and two brothers, he works at the Mogadishu port as a loader and off loader of goods from the ships and attends GYM during his free times.

Bakar was not lucky to attend school during his early age; however he said that he once enrolled himself in private school and dropped after he learnt basic mathematics and how to write and read Somali, but he now believes it is too late for him to seek formal education which would require him to start from primary classes. The 2019 Mogadishu arm wrestling champion said that he is not very happy with his casual job at the Mogadishu port and further added that he has no choice but to sustain the livelihoods of his family who have no one else to support. Bakar is very optimistic about his future and he has a lot of confidence in his fitness talent and has a dream to become national sportsman. Bakar is currently pursuing a boxing and athlete sports skills and said that he runs 1,500 meters every morning and attends boxing classes thrice a week.

Like many others, Bakar said that his dreams in sports are attached to the success of Somalia state building and sustainable peace building where sports can thrive and attract local and international investment.

When he was asked how wining the final arm wrestling match has affected his daily life? Bakar said that he now become more popular in Mogadishu that people ask him to take photos with them, people invite me to their parties and even lunch or dinner added Bakar.

Bakar Ali Abdi thanked Safarka Nabadda team for organizing the tournament and awarding him $800 cheque. He promised to utilize his popularity to champion peace in Mogadishu and prevent youth from radicalization.


Case Study C

Mohamed Tahliil Safarka Nabadda experience in Kismayo and Hargeisa

Mohamed Tahliil Mohamed who is the UC focal point person for local voices project has a long time dream of visiting Kismayo port city, his dream come true on 2nd Oct 2019 when he landed at Kismayo airport. In between Kismayo city and the airport is the most beautiful soil type I have ever seen in my life, said Tahliil. Mohamed booked in at Qiilmawaye hotel which has excellent sea view and located adjacent to the Indian ocean, it was my new adventure recalled Mohamed. Mohamed has travelled to Kismayo in order to participated Safarka Nabadda activities held and organized by SOPDI so he can share his Safarka Nabadda work experiences in Mogadishu and as well learn new experiences and ideas from Safarka Nabadda team in Kismayo.

UC focal point person, Mr Mohamed have participated in two days intensive Safarka Nabadda activities in Kismayo and witnessed how the program is impacting Kismayo local youths. I enjoyed the cultural and football competition between different Kismayo neighborhoods and surrounding villages, it was very competitive due to the awards for the winners which added more flavor to the sports for peace and development games said Mohamed. I met young innovative leaders and make new friends in Kismayo, added Mohamed. After the two days of commitments, SOPDI organized a short picnic for Mohamed to visit some iconic and very beautiful villages at the Jubba river banks and where Jubba River joins and forms delta with the Indian Ocean, among the villages Mohamed visited include; Goobweyn, Yoontoy, and QaamQaam. It was really amazing and awesome to see such a beautiful landscape which is full of green trees resting at the banks of Jubba River and as well the free coconuts served to each of my Safarka Nabadda colleagues and how the Jubba River follows steady and disappears in the Indian Ocean. We met with community elders who were very friendly, social and residents of Goobweyn and Yoontoy, and QaamQaam, these elders sit with us on a mat and tell us very interesting stories about the area, siad Mohamed. One elder told Mohamed and his colleagues that QaamQaam village is inhabited by all Somali clans and have never experienced the inter-clan violence or other types of conflicts which took its toll in other parts of the country and no one in QaamQaam village has fled the village because of violence and conflicts said Bare Abdille who is one of QaamQaam village community elders, the diverse clans that formed my QaamQaam village community are united by their common interests and benefits of their peaceful coexistence as a one family/community and as well the role of village community elders who resolve social and all types of disputes that hardly arises with traditional customary laws that must be abide by all QaamQaam village community members concluded Bare Abdille, said Mohamed. Other interesting story about QaamQaam village which is its forestry with many trees and green vegetation that no one is even allowed to cut a single tree from the village and its surroundings, anyone found cutting a tree is killed like it happened once before narrated Mohamed from Bare Abdille. QaamQaam village welcomes its visitors under its very shady green trees and has many other beautiful places including military camps and government building of the former Siad Bare military government which are not destroyed, nor its roofs, door, windows and others is robbed but these military camps and government building still remain intact apart from the damages caused by the lack of maintenance and as well the weather.

SOPDI team and I have been continuously engaged in discussions on how best to prevent and counter the online narratives of violence and extremism and improve the Safarka Nabadda youths radicalization reduction and sustainable peace building in Kismayo and Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia at large.

On the other hand; Mohamed travelled to Hargiesa to participate a four day workshop on organizational skills development and Safarka Nabadda program activities planning which sought to expand the Safarka Nabadda programs to Galkayo and among others.

Upon arrival from Hargiesa, Mohamed organized a meeting with his UC Safarka Nabadda team members and shared the agenda, outcomes and the action points discussed in the workshop and what he learnt from the workshop and during his stay in Hargiesa, after sharing elaborative and detailed information about the workshop. I have got the opportunity to visit one of Somalia’s rare and historical sites that dates back to thousands of years ago, said Mohamed and continued; El-Geel is a mountain that sits at Hargaisa’s country side/outskirts, at the top of the mountain are the remnants of big buildings with drawings of livestock, humans and wild animals, international historians and archeologists who visited and studied the El-Geel sites have claimed that a kingdom who rule the area lived in the place before 1,500 years ago, I have seen where the king used to sit and rest, his daughter room and the kings security guards quarters. No one still know if the kingdom and its people who lived in El-Geel 1,500 years ago were Somalis; the answer to this question and many others about El-Geele still remains a mystery, concluded Mohamed Tahliil Mohamed.

UC Safarka Nabadda team enjoyed listening their colleague’s new experiences and ideas he acquired during his visit in Kismayo and Hargiesa respectively.