For every hero�s goal to help others, some are afraid to
risk their livelihood, let alone to risk their life. Ahmed Dirie, a prominent
leader, who opposed the Ethiopian occupation in Somalia and refused to
be silenced with money, threats, and under the peril of a gun, was snatched
from his Mogadishu home by the Ethiopian occupying forces last November 11
without due process. Nobody has heard from him since.
|Hawiye Clan spokesman Ahmed Dirie|
Ahmed Dirie was one of the few individuals who was uniquely
characterized as altruistic. He served his fellow countrymen/women and humanity
selflessly. Prior to his involvement with the peaceful struggle and appeal to
the international community to have Ethiopia stop massacring, raping innocent
Somali girls and mothers, looting public and private properties and to withdraw
from Somalia in its entirety, Mr. Dirie served the people of Galgadud and Mudug
regions to live together in peace and harmony.
Among other things he is known for is his emphasis on
tolerance and patience as desires and views don�t always match and are
different in all given communities. He was the voice of peace and hope. He
spearheaded countless efforts to help establish normalcy and fight crimes, and
eradicate piracy in and around Haradhere district, etc. For all Somalis,
nationalist/Islamist, in the country and in the diaspora, Ahmed Dirie is a hero
and true Somalis nationalist.
In his last capacity as speaker, Ahmed Dirie eloquently
spoke against the occupation and the immoral stand of the international
community that sits and watches as Ethiopia carries out genocide against
innocent Somalis and wipes Somalia from the world map. Of course, as a partner
of peace and vocal advocate of Somali unity, Ahmed Dirie was under constant
threat for his life. In a number of accounts, Somalis who shared similar views
knew that he was in danger and recommended he go into hiding, but he bravely
refused. Therefore, his imprisonment doesn�t come as a surprise to the Somalis,
but murdering him in prison goes beyond human indecency.
Somalis are outraged to hear not only that Ahmed may have
been murdered, but that this horrific news didn�t generate an international
outcry, sympathy and condolences for all Somalis and Somalia.
In the last two weeks, the suspected dreadful news came to
the Somalis in drips and they increasingly became convinced that Ahmed Dirie
was murdered in an undisclosed location in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In an interview with VOA, Sh. Sharif Sh. Ahmed, the Somali
Re-liberation Alliance chairman, said his organization received a credible
report indicating that Ahmed Dirie was murdered in Addis Ababa. As delayed
justice implies no justice, and should the international community have responded
earlier, Ahmed Dirie could still be alive. This case continues to demand a
rigorous investigation and sharp response from the international community.
If nothing else, as difficult as it is to bury your love one
particularly when murdered, Ahmed Dirie, as any other human being, deserves
proper burial by his family. Correspondingly, Somalis ought to know their
hero�s whereabouts. Rest assured, as there are so many noble and brave Somalis,
his children included, the struggle will continue. And one day, Somalis will
realize their dreams and reclaim their rightful country.
One would expect a
country that is receiving enormous amount of support, capital, intelligence,
training and else, from the U.S. (proclaimed democracy and defender of human
rights) and is a member state of the United Nations would not only respect and
be accountable to international laws. To the contrary, Ethiopia seemed to have
been praised for its inhuman acts in not only Somalia but also Eritrea. Like
other newly introduced doctrines, this sets a new precedence for world order.
To say the least, this implies so long as you are not opposing the only supper
power and the new imperialist�s policy that it doesn�t matter how heinous of a
crime you commit, you wouldn�t be held responsible let alone be treated with
the same standard as the ones viewed as enemies or potential enemies.
God save us, if a
person with similar a philosophy as the current president is elected in the
next election circle of the United States, one could easily guest the type of
world we are going to be living in: a dog eat dog world.
George W. Bush has
successfully misled the American public and changed the highly praised American
value of respect for others, democracy, and high moral standards. To reverse
the damage will certainly take years if not centuries. The responsible world
community must wake up to these new realities and craft skillful strategies to
combat Bush and like-minded people, Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, and the new
doctrines and approach to world order.
The international community must step up to its long ignored
responsibilities to investigate crimes committed against innocent Somalis and
bring to justice to those responsible. The international community must not
only show its dismay of the Ethiopian occupation but work to free innocent
Somalis, particularly highly respected
leaders such as Ahmed Dirie, Jimale Mohamud Nor, Abdullahi Dhere, Hassan Rage,
Sh. Ahmed Ali Gees and many more.
Grow in Somalia, GlobalSecurity.org, Nov. 20, 1007
Clan Leader Hiding After Ethiopian-Backed Government Launches Crackdown,
Voice of America, Nov. 12, 2007
Hawiye Clan Elders Welcome UN Position, allAfrica.com, Dec. 20, 2007
Somalia: Hawiye spokesman
killed in Ethiopian jail, Islamist leader says, SomaliNet, Jan. 11, 2008