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“There is a huge difference between the way Somalis use clans nowadays and how the old Somalis used back in the day. Let me tell you why. We had a conduct back in the days. Clans were used as an identity, like it’s prescribed in Islam. If a local from Hargeisa travelled by car or horse all the way to Mogadishu without any food or water, the number of Somali clans that he would meet on the way would supply him with provisions; because he was a traveller and not a local. They would help him with tips and advice. They would never refuse him for that would be the biggest disgrace. In fact, he would be better spoiled as a traveller from a different clan than a local clan-member that lived in the area. This was our code back then, before we acquired statehood in 1960. Nowadays, it turned into pure tribalism void of rationality. It reached to a stage where a businessman would purchase a plane, and make his uneducated clan-member the pilot. What is the end result? He loses both his plane and his clan-member. What did he gain from it?”

(London, United Kingdom)

“Qabiilka sida maanta loo isticmaalo iyo berigi hore, farqi weyn baa u dhaxeeya. Berigii hore waxaa jiray nidaam iyo dhaqan. Qabiilku wuxuu ahaa aqoonsi, sidu Illaahay Diintiisa ku tilmaamay. Berigii hore, ninka Hargaysa ka safra oo Xamar tagaya isagoo raashin sidan, ka heli jiray beelaha kale ee Soomaaliyeed wuxuu ku nolaado madaame u ahaa marti. Ceeb weyn bey ahayd qofkii diida oo aan waxna siin. Dhab ahaantii, waa la kaalmeyn jiray, si wanaagsan. Waayo, xeerka Soomaaliyeed bey ahayd, ka hor intaynaan qaadan xornimada 1960. Iminka, qabiilka waxaa loo isticmaalaa si doqonnimo ku jirto. Wuu isu bedeley qabyaalad. Waxaad arkeysa nin ganacsade oranayo, diyaarad baan iibsanaya. Diyaaraddana wuxuu masuul uga dhigaya inadeerkii oon waxba aqoon baran. Xaalku wuxuu ku dambaynaya, inuu diyaaradii waayo iyo inadeerkiina waayo, Markaa muxuu ka faa’iidaystay?”

(London, Boqortooyada Ingiriiska)