Welcome to SomaliNet Forums, a friendly and gigantic Somali centric active community. Login to hide this block

You are currently viewing this page as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, ask questions, educate others, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many, many other features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join SomaliNet forums today! Please note that registered members with over 50 posts see no ads whatsoever! Are you new to SomaliNet? These forums with millions of posts are just one section of a much larger site. Just visit the front page and use the top links to explore deep into SomaliNet oasis, Somali singles, Somali business directory, Somali job bank and much more. Click here to login. If you need to reset your password, click here. If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

One Day of War

Wixii ka danbeeyey dhicii dowladii u danbeysey

Moderators: Moderators, Junior Moderators, Islam mods

SomaliNet Heavyweight
SomaliNet Heavyweight
Posts: 1408
Joined: Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:22 pm

One Day of War

Postby libaaxyare » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:32 am


Elizabeth Jones' journey
BBC documentaries May, 2004

The day I arrived in Mogadishu, my fixer began introducing me to boys who lived in the neighbourhood and earned their daily bread by "freelancing" with the militia.

From the moment I met Muktar, I knew he would be the one with whom I would film One Day of War.

He was very small and had an angelic face. He said he was 14, though he could not be sure because his family had been killed in 1994 when his house was shelled.

He remembers the day but does not know how old he was at the time.

A local militia was driving past the smouldering ruins of Muktar's home just after the attack, and rescued him. From that moment on, the militia became the only family Muktar knew.

Search for work

Muktar had no formal education. When I asked him what sort of things he dreamt about doing with his life, he replied that he was already living his dream.

"I love my country and I am a nationalist," he told me proudly. He did not have a problem with his beloved country being ruled by warlords.

On 22 March, at dawn, I found Muktar sleeping in front of his militia's much treasured "technical" - a jeep with a machine gun mounted on it.

Everyone has a gun and no-one is in control

After waking and cleaning his gun, he set off for the Green Line where he normally sought work.

The Green Line runs through what used to be Mogadishu's commercial district. It is now inhabited by militias and freelance gunmen who make their living through extortion and kidnapping.

Muktar went there as a gun-for-hire to work at one of the militia-run checkpoints.

After filming for five hours at the Green Line, I have to say it was one of the most frightening things I have ever done. Everyone has a gun and no-one is in control.

Sad goodbyes

Muktar was not a bad kid. In fact, under his tough-man exterior he was very sweet and vulnerable.

When I first met him, he had a habit of hugging his AK-47 like other kids might hug a teddy bear.

The only comfort I could take was that Muktar was a boy who lived a life he loved

But then he took to hugging me, touching my arm, putting his hand on mine.

When I left him on the airstrip we were both close to tears.

He told me he wanted to hide in my bag and come with me.


Three days later Muktar was dead. At first I was told it was a gun accident, but then it transpired that he had woken one of his fellow militiamen too early.

Angry, the man grabbed his gun and shot Muktar in the head.

The only comfort I could take was that Muktar was a boy who lived a life he loved, however tragic and empty it might have seemed to me.

The end. Alla ya raxma that was story of young Muktar, member of gowso is ku riix militia.

https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource ... ia-6193467
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/p ... ml/16.stm#

User avatar
SomaliNet Heavyweight
SomaliNet Heavyweight
Posts: 1894
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:28 am

Re: One Day of War

Postby BlueBlood » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:45 am

Very Sad walahi :(

SomaliNet Heavyweight
SomaliNet Heavyweight
Posts: 2955
Joined: Sat Jun 02, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: At the end of the tunnel, waiting for the light to come on.

Re: One Day of War

Postby Niya » Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:35 am

Sad indeed. Ilaahay haa uu naxaariisto. War traumatizes people in so many ways and life becomes meaningless. I have heard of stories where people were killed for nothing/no reason.

User avatar
SomaliNet Super
SomaliNet Super
Posts: 12232
Joined: Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:02 pm
Location: chilling in Liido beach

Re: One Day of War

Postby AbkoowDhiblaawe » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:18 am



Hello, Has your question been answered on this page? We hope yes. If not, you can start a new thread and post your question(s). It is free to join. You can also search our over a million pages (just scroll up and use our site-wide search box) or browse the forums.

Return to “Somalia History - Recent History From 1991”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests