Somalia, The African Burden

Somalia, The African Burden

It is time for Africa to wake up, recover and at last develop and grow. This day we hope that it will take the cross and support of leadership for Africa.

Strategy International presents the opinion article of Dr. I. Gbombadee Wiles, The Former Deputy Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia.

Dr. Wiles, points out his expert opinion on the events that are happening to the Horn of Africa  and the State of Somalia, in the hope that the International Community aknowledges and pledges for more support and more action.

Please read below Dr. Wiles Opinion article:

Dr. I. Gbombadee Wiles
Frm. Deputy Minister of Justice
Republic of Liberia

 The recent escalation to the levels of famine, in the Horn of the Africa State of Somalia, has astonished the international community. Famine requires an immediate operational reaction. African States should now aim to rethink their collective and international duties and responsibilities; to display credible solidarity and support. The aim is to help avert an increasing catastrophe that threatens to decimate the Somali population and spill over to other surrounding nations. Individual African States must do more: to raise funds for Somalia with large scale and multiple contributions. To not await necessarily the institutional and instrumental reaction of the African Union, the focal point for collective African action but rather complement the efforts already made by the international organization.



The African Union is effective. Yet more needs to do more. On an individual membership base, sovereign States of Africa and members of the African Union need to do more themselves with new practical and operational ways and with further assistance and support. They also need to finally support and negotiate joined actions with Western partners/organizations but also to seek more donor countries.  Humanitarian efforts and relief interventions for this worthwhile and more, operational endeavor, ought to fundamentally become the sole and primary responsibility of African States, collectively and individually.

The United States, Canada, the European Union, the United Nations, the African Union, NATO and 54 independent African Nations are trying to avert a worsening disaster impact in Somalia that is believed to be the worse in Somali history. The African States should however, not expect more help from the West and international organizations due the global fiscal crisis. Although they lead for the provision of humanitarian and relief interventions in Africa we also need to finally and constructively help and support such actions.

Charity: It should begin from our communities and homes. Right here in Africa. With partnership from abroad where practical assistance can be provided. The aim should be to strengthen collaborative and health care. International support means Africa’s participation as well. All forms and substance is welcome. Goodwill comes from political will but also social needs. It also counts for the adequacy of the base idea of humanitarian interventions. Western’s allies work needs to be supported. This is a great opportunity to show to the world that Africa can be united and Africans can be a place for concrete change and constructive collective international collaboration.

The fiscal crisis is considerable. It holds a global impact. The United States is of no exception, being to this point the largest productive and exporting economy. The perspective/idea/legal framework for growth and development is set. Yet, times can become more difficult, if we remain passive at local, national but also international social disintegration as growth, production, exports, imports and technology may come to a halt. As long as African States remain passive they will soon not be able to set rules, regulations and as such be effective, under the decisions and mandates of the African Union (AU).

Although the African Union belongs to Africa, ownership of ideas, operations and conceptual work appears to end just there. If any success continues, deriving from the African Union’s operation, it can only be attributed to and inure to the credit of other International Organizations such as the EU and NATO and countries that have a bilateral and direct involvement in making success possible. Such case is the present situation and application of the African Union operation in Somalia.

The African Union Mission in Somalia known as AMISOM works along with the Transitional Federal Government forces in Mogadishu to help maintain and sustain stability and peace in that trouble land.  However, a cursory glance to the composition of the AU forces quickly reveals the dismal representation. There are in fact member countries that constitute the Union’s membership that are still ‘free-riders’.  The Republics of Uganda and Burundi are the exclusive troop contributors to this effort. Obviously they are to get the final credit for helping and possibly restoring peace stability and finally security to Somalia. Any success can only thus be attributed solely to those countries. The international organizations are also the sole guarantors of providing the necessary military logistics and critical support.

It is time for Africa to wake up, recover and at last develop and grow. This day we hope that it will take the cross and support of leadership for Africa. Somalia is an ill state. We need as Africans to make it recover. We need to restore, order, security, democracy, credibility, growth and well-being for all.

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