I'm going to Sanaag, Hargeysa and Bari next summer - that is, if I can talk my parents into it. They're not too keen on my going alone, given my Somali.
Ire, there are so many Maakhir families and individuals from Diaspora who have returned to their ancestral homeland and started something positive. I can say with certainty that they are loyalists to our political movements and also the main drivers of new projects.
During the war between the SNM and Warsangeli, I was told Arab-speaking Maakhiris came home and died for their motherland. I swear their stories and well-known and documented.
I believe if we are united behind one leader and form our own state, Maakhiris will be highly motivated and they will come in droves to participate the reconstruction of our land. Unfortunately, we are torn in between the demands of two clan-entities, which only create hostilities within us because the leader who is championing the flag of Somaliland will get support from his own kinsmen. The same scenerio is true on the other opposite end.
It's like we are hostage to the maintenance of our own unity but how long shall we remain patient to our own self-serving leaders and neglect the things that are most important to our interest. Despite all of this, our region is still one of the most thriving economies in Somalia and people's per capita income is higher relative to other regions like Bari, Nugaal, Mudug, Togdheer and Sool.