Hargeisa, SOMALIA — Hargeysa mayor, Abdikarim Ahmed Mooge, on Friday issued a potent call to arms during a recent ceremony, emphatically urging the people of Somaliland to rally in defense of their territory. This proclamation, articulated amid heightened regional tensions, unmistakably stirs concerns about the potential escalation of hostilities between Somaliland and SSC-KHATUMO, with the specter of clan-based warfare looming large.
In a stirring address to the assembly, Mayor Mooge challenged the residents’ patriotism, probing for genuine defenders of Somaliland. The crowd’s standing response signified a collective pledge to the nation. Consequently, Mooge went on to decry the criticism faced by Somaliland from vocal detractors in the media, underscoring the nation’s need for unwavering public support in these trying times.
Rhetoric Fueling Tension
Nevertheless, the Mayor’s impassioned plea and subsequent statements could be interpreted as fanning the flames of an already volatile situation. This discourse holds the dangerous potential to shift the nature of the conflict with SSC-KHATUMO towards internecine warfare, with a risk of significant civilian displacement and aggravation of the humanitarian crisis.
The Imperative for Peaceful Resolution
Moreover, it’s imperative to underscore the necessity for peaceful discourse, reconciliation efforts, and respect for the self-determination of the people. The pursuit of these avenues is critical for the attainment of lasting peace and security in the region.
Asserting a unified front, Garad Jama Garad Ismail, alongside 14 esteemed cultural elders, last week traveled to Buuhoodle in the Ayn region, symbolizing SSC-Khaatumo’s firm position. They broadcast a clear message: although they earnestly favor peace, they stand collectively prepared to counter any aggressive overtures from Somaliland. This significant visit not only reinforced the solidarity and decision-making prowess of the area’s leaders but also demonstrated their tactical prudence. Garad Jama actively communicated that they have made strategic preparations to counter any potential revival of hostilities provoked by the Somaliland government. This proactive posture serves as a crucial counterbalance to the Mayor of Hargeysa’s defensive clarion call and injects a nuanced layer into the regional dynamics, accentuating the urgent call for moderation and constructive dialogue to preclude further conflict escalation.
SSC-KHATUMO’s Political Status
Furthermore, adding to the complexity, SSC-KHATUMO has garnered acknowledgment from Somalia’s Federal Government as a Transitional Administration for the ensuing two years. There appears to be little justification for Somaliland’s attempts to coerce these communities, who have established their Federal Member State, into a union. The need for diplomatic engagement and recognition of the political realities is more pressing than ever to prevent further destabilization.