Las Anod, SOMALIA – Garad Jama Garad Ali of the Dhulbahante clan, has voiced his concerns over the recent conflicts in the Sool region. In a poignant ceremony, Garad Jama Garad Ali took the stage to address the intensifying conflict in the region. He specifically referenced the recent skirmishes where Somaliland forces, bolstered by Habar Jeclo militia, launched an offensive against SSC-KHATUMO territory.
The “Muse Release the Army” Plea
The Garad brought to light the “Muse release the Army” plea, emerging from Habar Awal clansmen in Hargeisa. This call, he noted, underscores a worrying trend where the Somaliland Army is increasingly seen as a factional force, predominantly Habar Jeclo. This perception is, consequently, not only divisive but potentially fuels tribal conflicts, deepening the schisms within the Sool region.
Emphasizing the perils of tribal rhetoric, Garad Jama Garad Ali articulated his disapproval of the war narratives emanating from Somaliland. He eloquently urged for a cessation of animosity and hatred, emphasizing the need for unity and mutual respect. His statement, “Who are we? Let us not be consumed by negativity,” serves as a powerful reminder of the dangers of tribalism and the need for a collective focus on positive deeds.
The Garad expressed his concern over the divided stance within the Isaaq community. This split, marked by voices advocating both peace and violence, further complicates the situation. The conflicting narratives within this community reflect the broader complexities of the Sool region conflict.
Recent Conflict Dynamics: The Battle for Yeyle District
The Sool region conflict recently escalated with Somaliland troops and Habar Jeclo militia attacking the Yeyle district in Togdheer region. This assault targeted SSC-KHATUMO territories, a significant escalation given the ongoing peace efforts by SSC-KHATUMO elders and intellectuals. However, the SSC-KHATUMO Defense Forces successfully repelled this attack.
Garad Jama Garad Ali’s statement is a critical intervention in the ongoing conflict in the Sool region. His emphasis on peace, unity, and the rejection of tribal animosities therefore offers a counter-narrative to the prevailing aggression. His call for refraining from negativity and promoting harmony is particularly pertinent in light of the recent attacks and the divided stances within the clans.
The Road Ahead for Sool Region
In sum, the Sool region conflict, as highlighted by Garad Jama, is a complex tapestry of tribal dynamics, political aspirations, and regional power struggles. The recent developments, including the attacks and the varied responses from different clans, therefore underscore the urgent need for a comprehensive and inclusive approach to peace. Garad Jama Garad Ali’s words not only resonate as a plea for peace but also as a call to action for all stakeholders to reevaluate their positions and work collectively towards a stable and prosperous Sool region.