haynas

“I was part of the last Somali class that finished high school before the central government collapsed. I returned to Burao with my certificate and someone found a degree course for me in Sudan. Things dragged on and I got married. In the end, we didn’t have the financial capacity to move there, so I didn’t pursue it any further. By the time I had 5 children, I decided to enter a local university and do a teacher training course. At first, it was difficult to manage the commitment for I still had to earn money. So in the morning, I used to clean at the general hospital and in the afternoon attend my course. My peers saw me and made fun of me, comparing what I’m doing to a qualified pilot fetching water from a well. You see, I had a high school certificate from the last functioning establishment, so back then it was a big thing and if you were seen doing menial jobs, they made fun of you. But I didn’t care, I knew where my interest lay. I finally finished my TTI after 2 years and found a good job straight away. I was over the moon. After a while, in my neighbourhood; at least 6 children from 2 families were suddenly orphaned after both of their parents died, most of them were girls. These orphans were forced to become street children. I saw them every morning on my way to work and on my way back, other children used to pick on them. Some ladies and I got together and analysed what we could do. There was an existing orphanage in place but we noticed that it was only catered for boys. So we started cracking and initially gathered 20 orphan girls and rented a small house on the outskirt. At first, some people were suspicious, initially spreading some rumours about us thinking that we were going to do something bad to these orphan girls but once they saw with their own eyes, it died down. We expanded and grew bigger. Currently, we have 120 orphan girls. One thing that put my heart at ease is that in the beginning, these were angry girls – angry at the world for losing both of their parents. Now, they want to be helpers and healers, be a contributing member to the Somali society.”

(Burao)

“Waxaan ka mid ahaa dufcaddii ugu dambeysay ee Form 4 ka hor intaysan dawladii dhexe dhicin ee Soomaaliya. Waxaan ku so laabtay magaaladda Burco anigoo shahaadadayda dugsiga sare wata. Qofba baa Sudan koorso iga raadiyey, wey ii so baxday. kadib anigoo guursaday qoys noqday, duurufo dhaqaale awgeed way igu adkaatay in aan Suudan tago aniga iyo qoyskayguba, waan iska joognay. Anigoo 5 caruur dhalay, waxaan go’aansaday inaan Jaamacad ku taalo magaaladda dhigto, shaqada iyo waxbarashadda waa isku dhex-waday. Waxaan nadiifiye ka ahaa dhakhtarka weyn ee Burco. Subaxii baan so nadiifiya, galabtiina Jaamacadda aada. Kadib waxaa dhacay in kuwo igu dacaayad jireen oo inantii aan isku xiliga ahayn oo shahaado caalamka laga aqoonsanyahay wadato waa bilootkii qaranka oo biyo dhaaminaya. Aniga waxna igama galin, dan baan ku wata. Waxaan dhameeyey koorskii TTI muddo labo sano kadib. Durba shaqo fiican baan helay, aad baan u faraxsana. Xaafada jaarkayaga, waxaa agoomoobay caruuro badan oo waalidkood dhintay. Markasta markaan shaqada u kulaho ama galabta ka so noqdo, waan arka marmar ciyaal kale dariiqa ku dilaya. Caruur darbi jiif bey noqdeen qarkood. Waxaana u badnaa hablo. Waxaan ka fakaray in wax loo sameeyo. Waa jirtay meel agoomaha wax loogu qabto laakin waxaa loogu tala galay wiilasha kali ah. Gabdhaha agoomaha wax loo sameeyey haba yaraato ma jirin. Xaafad ka baxsan magaalada baan guri yar ka kireeney, kadib waxaanu soo uruurinay ku dhawaad 20 agoomo oo gabdho ah. Qaar ka mid ah dadka deegaanka way shakiyeen oo runti su’aalo xun bey na weydiyeen. Laakin markey arkeen qorshaha dhabta ah, su’aalihii xumaa yaraaday. Iminka waxaan gacanta ku hayna 120 gabdhood oo agoomo ah. waan weydiina, maxaa rabtaan inaad qabataan mustaqbalka? Ayagoo marka hore bulshadda cadaawad u hayey maadaame agoomo ahaayeen, iminka kalgacal iyo iney wax u qabtaan bulshadda Soomaaliyeed ku dadaalayaan hadu Alle idmo.”

(Burco)