It Was a Terrible Time

It Was a Terrible Time


In 1991, it was a bad time for me because of the civil war between Somalis. First, I lost my younger sister who was six years old. Not only my family was affected, but also all weak people like women, kids, and the elderly. Those types of people are the ones that most of the time been killed or wounded. I was really very lucky where I was not among those innocent who were killed with no reason. Secondly, I fled from my beloved land with my family because of the civil war and lived in the bush area about two months before we crossed the border between Somalia and Kenya. In a short moment, we became refugee in the neighboring country, Kenya. There were lots of robbers who were at refugee camp at night and force people to give all their belongings otherwise they would kill them. It was so cold in the refugee camp because our houses were made of palm leaves. Also there was a lack of food. We used to wait for what we would get from the UN. Most of the aid was either delay about a week or fell in to hands of some people who didn’t want to give to the refugees. It was tough to get water at the refugee camp. The people would stand in a line about four hours for small wells, which a person would pump to get water. Finally, the power of my country went in to the hands of warlords who are ruthless and unkind. Those inhuman warlords didn’t want anybody alive but themselves. They made check points that you couldn’t cross if you don’t pay money or they would kill you if you don’t give them money. For instance, there was a man who was driving a car and they asked to give 1000,000 shillings. He asked them if he can give less than that amount, but they said go and talk to our boss, he is sitting there. The man went to talk to the boss, but there was a dead body over there and he decided to pay the amount. What he understood was that they would kill him if he keep talking to them. That is the sad story that happened to me the year of 1991.

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Somaal 4 years ago

Salam Alaikum WR WB. Ilaa qof ku waydiiyo sidee tahay inaad tiraahdo waan dhibanahy ma aha Akhi. xitaa then waad inaad tiraahdaa Alhamdulillah waayo Ilaah baa dhibta aad soomartay og oona balan qaaday dhib kasto in dheef ayka danbeeso marka khayr uun ka hadal Insha Allah ceebteena rabi baa asturi doone wadankeenana wuu qaboobi doonaa....Cio or Jaaw tan saxda Wa salam


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Neverletitgo 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN Author

Hey Cloud sorry for answering very late and thank you for visiting and commenting my hub. I say Amen for your prayer and thanks again.

Abdi


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Inhumane acts like this is not tolerable, and its a shame that such human brutality exists in this world, but I do know there will come a day when those who've inflicted harm on that of the innocent will be brought to some sort of divine justice, mankind will see such a wrath.

I feel for your family, for the countless others who've suffered due to greed, and for the pain you have been afflicted with, God is all powerful, and in him & him alone your able to share this story with us all, because he protected you to make to the sharing of such.

My prayers go out to you, and everyone worldwide still suffering from such tyrannic governments, may God bless them further to survive it all as you have done @ Neverletitgo.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Love you too. Take Care. x


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Neverletitgo 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN Author

Hello sis Elena! It is nice to see you again. You are my English teacher too and I respect you for that since I enjoy reading your articles. They are really very interesting articles. Thanks for the wish for Somalia and I hope it will be better soon after we get rid of war loving criminals. Your Somali spelling is fine except nabad galio, change i to y so it would be nabad galyo, other that your spelling is fine. You know what! I never say you Pardon my spelling and I know that I write broken English. Again thank your wish for me and my family. Happy holidays Elana.

Love you.

Abdi


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Sorry to hear your story and experience. I am glad Somalia is improving now. A lot of Somalians come to UK for asylum seeking and I used to work in a place (about 10 years ago) where they learnt English. This gave me an opportunity to get to know Somalians and even learn a few phrases. Iska waran? Nabad Gelio? Nabad? lol

They are so lovely, it's a pity that some Somalians spoil it for the rest. I'm sure you must have been keeping up to date with news on Somalian Piracy. Don't worry, it shall be well with you and your family.... Ishan Allah...

(pardon my spelling)

Wishing you a Happy 2012 in advance. xx


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

Okay i see thanks for the response

Take care


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Neverletitgo 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN Author

Lady, it is not that for Hutus and Tootsies but we are same continent (Africa). There is a lot of fighting, which has no reason to fight other than some warlords who need to stay in Power. Yes, there is a movie about Hutus and Tootsies (Hotel in Rwanda), it is very sad movie and it is true story too. The one I am talking about is in East Africa especially in Somalia. Some authors write a book about that country and its name is the destroyed Paradise. It was made a movie from that country too, Black Hawk down. Any I am fine and Thank you for visiting. Good to see you sis and God bless your Soul.

Abdi


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

Hi

Neverletitgo

This time you speak about was it the time with the hutus and toosies? there is a movie "SOMETIMES IN APRIL" sounds something like this its a real story about war in africa.

How are you?

God bless


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Neverletitgo 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN Author

Thanks for visiting and commenting as well. Yes I am ok now.

Abdi


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sexualharassment 5 years ago from USA

I know your a strong person for reaching this far in your life despite of the past. I am hoping that everything is well now.


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Neverletitgo 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN Author

Thanks Dexter for praying for me and for your nice comment.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

I am sorry that this happened to you. I pray that things have been better. Thanks for sharing.

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