Af Somali

Mid ka mid ah madaxda Xarunta Cilmi Baarista iyo Wada Tashiga (CRD) ee magaaladda Muqdisho, Jibril Ibraahim Cabdulle, oo ay BBC-du waraysatay ayaa waxa uu ka warramay dhibaatooyinka horyaalla dowladda la filayo

Engaging Somalis in the Diaspora

As a part of concert effort to reach out Somalis in the Diaspora, CRD has been travelling and hosting forums throughout The World. The overall objective of these forums is to share information, engage the Somalis in the Diaspora and encourage them to participate in the rebuilding Somalia. The forums focused on issues, challenges and opportunities in Somalia - particular emphases were given the impact of war on society.

The Center for Research & Dialogue (CRD) an affiliate of WSP International (in partnership with the United Nations) has traveled to various parts inside Somalia as a part of a research study on issues pertaining to the rebuilding of Somalia on: social, economic, gender and political reconstruction. The Center compiled a comprehensive research data to be released as a country profile on the spring 2003. The researchers of the Center met with over 10,000 people in many areas visited including faction and political leaders, international actors, local NGOs and civil society members, business groups and traditional elders in their respective regions.

CRD/WSP presented preliminary research findings to the Somalis in Toronto whose contribution is vital for the rebuilding of Somali. CRD/WSP offered a set of issues/themes for the Forum. Participants also viewed documentary films never shown to general public.

Participants echoed the need of such forums in other major cities where thousands of Somalis resides. Mohamed Ali, one of the participants said " we often see people coming from Somalia who represent specific groups or interest, this is the first Somali forum focus on our similarities rather than our differences"

"You can't watch these films and remain untouched" said Said Ahmed, one of former Somali civil servants living in Canada. " We will never move forward without looking inwards".

"These films and CRD research findings gave us hope that Somalis are still resilient enough to overcome these challenges and calamities" Said Said.

Chocking with emotion and holding back with tears, Ahmed Buubiye said " what CRD share with us today is quite disturbing and challenging! We have no time to talk, we need to act, and act quickly otherwise Somalia we know will be lost forever"

CRD/WSP has also conducted similar forum in Dubai where Somali Business Council affirmed its commitment to restoration of peace and stability in Somalia. Similar Forums were held in Virginia, Columbus Ohio (USA), Ottawa (Canada), Sydney University - and La trobe Univ. African Studies Centre - Melbourne (Australia), London (UK) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia )

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