The indigenous peoples of the Benadir have suffered from various historic injustices where their land was dispossessed and their resources looted in the last two decades of civil war and anarchy in the country. Like everybody else, the indigenous peoples of the Benadir’s fundamental right to keep the land they lived and possessed for centuries and to establish their own regional state within the boundaries of their original land of Benadir based on historical documents should be respected. On the basis of the above, the people of the Benadir reject, revoke and consider null and void any illegal attempt to rewrite its history including the recent declaration and formation of a so called “XAMAR AND XAMAR DAYE”.
Malaaqa Xamar iyo Xamar-daye oo maanta lagu caleema saaray duleedka Muqdisho “Sawirro” –
PURE FABRICATION; THERE NEVER BEEN A COMMON “MALAAQ” FOR THE REER XAMAR LET ALONE “XAMAR AND XAMAR DAYE.
Any dream to take advantage of what ever happened in the last 25 years and try to reinvent the wheel, be it among others or among us is doomed to failure. The history of the people and land of Benadir are there and any such attempts to fabricate the demographics of the region will be doomed to failure.
However, it was and still is the tolerance and friendly nature of the whole indigenous Benadiri people that has made them great and famous throughout the centuries, and made the Benadir a peaceful and habitable place where people from neighbouring areas migrated to settle. This hospitality and the limited allowed visits from the “Xamar Daye” before independence should not give them the right to change and dominate the land of the Benadiris.
On this matter we ask all decent peace loving Somalis to help and join us in our struggle for this just and noble cause. We also see this initiative as a historical opportunity for the people of the Benadir themselves to work together and unite for the creation of their own regional state. This for sure will strengthen the chance for every Benadiri to live with dignity and without fear in their own neighbourhoods in the future.
On another matter, when in these difficult times the historical and political aspects of the Benadiri question have been totally undermined and its history been distorted and misrepresented, it is shame and unfortunate to see how some so called Benadiri elders (pictures show the same people) seemingly under direct external influences have reacted and behaved. This kind of behaviour was there to be seen in the meeting recently held in London’s Finsbury Park.
Gudiga La-Talinta Soomaali Banadir oo Soo Jeediyay aragti ku saabsan “Mugsdisho “Sawirro”.
EVEN THE WORD XAMAR/BENADIR WAS NOT USED EVEN ONCE. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE BETERYAL BY THE SO CALLED ELDERS AGAINST THEIR FELLOW REER XAMAR/BENADIRI PEOPLE. They are trying to undermine the fact that the Reer Xamar remain historically, culturally, and economically an important component of the Benadiri people. Strangely they preferred to use the name “Mogdishu” than “Xamar”, sure for a reason.
Nevertheless, the people of the Benadir have spoken and their message is load and clear. Through their usual format and with unprecedented dignity together with a sense of humor they have expressed their concern through a very recent “Koncerto”.
“GADAAL GADAALA GEED U FUUSHINA GAR MANIIGA GOODAA
GORTA OO LA JOOGO; REER GADAAL KA GAARAH GOOBTI DUMIYEEN
We believe more than ever that we need now a new culture that stimulates Benadiri identity. A culture that shames those who tend to make the double deals – “walaalkeeyga iyo walaasheeyda” on one hand and deny the historical facts of the Benadir on the other hand, and guess what: just for sell interest and in exchange for a small fee, or much worse for post nominations.
There have also been an attempt by the same group of the so called elderly to sell Benadiri “forgiveness” of the crimes committed against the Benadiri people by other tribes in the course of this on-going civil war, again for the sake of self-interest. At times the sale price was as cheap as a dinner invitation to restaurants around Shepherd Bush in London. Shame on them. But let us remind them, that bringing into book those that committed crimes against our people is nonnegotiable and not for sale. Thus, we are making absolutely clear that any attempt from any group to speak or negotiate on behalf of the Benadiri without their consent as totally unacceptable. It has to be made also crystal clear that we will always protect the human rights of the Benadiri people in its integrity and that we are entitled to reject loud and clear any attempt to misrepresent the historical identity of our indigenous people.
THE BENADIR IS NOT FOR SALE
ON BEHALF OF PROGRESSIVE BENADIR