yurub

“I am a single father and it’s not easy raising 7 children alone. At the onset of Somalia’s civil war, many families broke down.  I used to have a wife, the mother to my children but once the central government collapsed, she wanted to migrate to outside the country, in fact she was infatuated with it, thinking that there is some kind of paradise awaiting us outside our own country. My opinion at the time was that we stay inside the country and raise our young children first in a much safer area of the country for they need our care and support. I sensed that she was still unsettled. After a while, she asked me for some travel money in order to visit a doctor in Yemen. Since she was so adamant and I thought maybe a quick break would do her good, I gave her the money and she left. She was gone for a good time and made it extremely difficult for me to reach her, on top of that I was busy raising our 7 small children. I got very worried until she contacted me after 7 long months of no communication. She gave me an ultimatum, either move here to Yemen or give me my divorce papers. I told her that we didn’t have the resources to move there as the children were still in school and that I was a simple labourer. Again, 4 months passed until I got the second call and she asked for her divorce papers, saying that she found a new life in Yemen. Afraid of losing her, I quickly removed the children from school and we went to Aden (Yemen) to join her, not fully knowing where she is. For 4 straight years, we were looking for her and the minute we approached the fifth year, I discovered that she already moved to Europe and created a new family there. Some time passed and she randomly called me asking for her divorce papers once again, this time I gave it to her for my heart was already broken. My children and I left Yemen straight away and moved back to Garowe and I’ve raised them here ever since. They all are in full time education and since this is something that God already predestined it, I’ve accepted it.”

(Garowe)

“Hawl sahalan ma aha inu hal waalid 7 caruur koriyo. Wakhtigii ay bilaabmeen dagaalaadii Soomaaliya, waxaa burburay qoysas fara badan. Anigu xaas baan lahaa wakhtigaas, waxay aad uu jeclayd inee waddanka ka dhoofto oo qurbaha ay tagto laakin anigu kumaan waafaqsaneeyn fikirkaas oo wakhtigaas 7 caruur ayey ii dhashay iyagaan aad ugu mashquulsanaa. Kadib maalin maalmaha ka mid ahwaxay igu tiri Yemen ayaan dhakhatar ugu tagayaa ee isii lacag aan ku baxo. Aniguna wakhtiga oo aad uu adkaa iyo hadalkeeda oo aan uu arkayey iney uu baahan tahay nasasho, waan siiyey lacagtii, kadiib way baxday. Muddo markii ay maqneyd, waxaan waayey wax aanu kala xiriirno oo aniga iyo ciyaalka aad uu yaryaraa ku mashquulsanaa aad baan ugu warwaray. Wakhti badan kadib oo ay maqneyd 7 bilood waxay ii sheegtey in aan xaggaas usoo guuro hadii kale aan kala tagno. Aniguna waxaan ku iri  xaggaas wax aan ku tago aanan haysan, caruurtana iskuul bey dhigtaan xaggaan ka xamaashaa oo nin xamaal ah baan ahay. Muddo 4 bilood kadib, waxay ila soo hadashay iguna tiri inay uu baahan tahay warqadii aan ku qabay oo ay iga maarantay nololna xaggaas ku haysato. Anigoo baqdin ka qabay inaan xaaskayga waayo, caruurtii baa durba iskuulka kala soo baxay, dabadeedna geeyey Caden (Yemen). Muddo 4 sano joognay, waan ka raadiyey, waana waayey. Markii sanadkii shanaad uu noo dhamaaday, waxaa laygu sheegay inay mar hore Yurub uu baxday oo ay reer kale samaystay. Sidii ayeey muddo kadib ilasoo hadashay, iyadoo doonaysa warqadii furitaanka. Waan murugooday dabadeedna waxaan iska go’aansaday inaan u fudeediyo oo waan furay maadaame ee yeelatay nolol kale. Waxaan kusoo laabtay magaaladda Garowe, xaggaas ayaan caruurtayda ku koriyey oo hadda jaamacaddo dhigtaan. Maadaame ee waxaan tahay wax Alle qoray, waan aqbalay.”

(Garowe)