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Statement by UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia on International Youth Day

Mogadishu, 12 August 2014 – The theme of this year’s “International Youth Day” is “Youth and mental health”. There are only few countries in which mental health is as important a topic as in Somalia. Many Somali youth have grown up in a country where violence and crime were the order of the day. Many of them were forced to join armed groups or joined these groups deliberately as they did not see another way to make ends meet. Others grew up as living in the streets or lost their parents to the conflict.

Such an experience would be overwhelming in any environment, but it is even more difficult in a country where the issue of mental health is not prioritised and mental health services are minimal. Too often, owing to neglect and irrational fear, persons with mental health conditions are marginalized not only from having a role in the design and implementation of development policies and programmes but even from basic care. This leaves them more vulnerable to poverty, violence and social exclusion, and has a negative impact on society as a whole. 

Despite all these challenges, Somali youth also show a great sense of optimism when it comes to the future of their country. They want opportunities to go to school and join the work force. They want to be heard and participate in politics and in rebuilding their nation. They want to shape their own future. If given a chance, youth have the potential to become drivers for peace and stability. 

Today, as we mark International Youth Day 2014, we must be clear that what we need is nothing less than a paradigm shift in policies and attitudes towards the role of youth in order to empower and place them at the core of the development agenda. First signs of progress in this direction can already be seen: the Federal Government of Somalia is currently developing a comprehensive national youth policy, while Somaliland and Puntland ratified youth policies in 2011. During his recent visit to the United States, H.E. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced several new initiatives for young people, reaching from empowerment and education to political participation. The Somali Compact endorsed in September 2013 is another step in the right direction with all five Peace and Statebuilding Goals (PSGs) explicitly addressing youth. 

With these initiatives the groundwork has been done. The UN will support the Somali Authorities through two key initiatives that are currently under way: a comprehensive strategy on youth and joint programming on youth employment. 

Now it is time to translate plans into actions. Young people are the ones who will inherit Somalia and they want to take part in shaping their future. The least we can do is reserve them a seat at the table.

Ends. 


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Bayaan uu soo saaray Isuduwaha Hawlaha Bani'aadanimada Qaramada Midoobay u qaabilsan Soomaaliya oo nu aaddan Maalinta Caalamiga ah ee Dhalinyarada 

Muqdisho, 12 Agoosto - Halkudhiga sanadkan "Maalinta Caalamiga ah ee Dhalinyarada" waa "Caafimaad dhalinyaranimo iyo mid maskaxeed". Waxaa jira dalal kooban oo caafimaadka maskaxeed uu ka yahay arrrin ahmiyad leh sida Soomaaliya uu uga yahay. Dhalinyaro badan oo Soomaaliyeed waxay ku koreen dal ay si joogto ah uga dhacaan xadgudubka iyo fal-dembiyeedka. Qaar badan oo kamid ah waxaa lagu khasbay in ay ku biiraan kooxaha hubeysan ama si iskood ah ayey (dhalinyaradu) ugu biireen kooxahaas maadama aanay helin wado kale oo ay kasab/lacag ku helaan. Qaar kale waxay ku koreen jidadka amaba waxay waalidkood ku waayeen colaada.   

Waayo-aragnimada noocaan oo kale ah ma ahan mid uu xamili karo deegaan kasto, laakiin waxayba kasii adagtahay in (arrimahaasi ka dhacaan) wadan aan aarinta adeega caafimaadka maskada lagu siinin mudnaan amaba ay hooseeyso (heerka mudnaanta). Inta badan, shakhsiyaadka maskaxiyan ay wax u dhimanyihiin ayaa laga faquuqaa qaabaynta iyo hirgelinta siyaasada ay ku dheehantahay horumarka iyo qorshooyinka kae. Dadkaani xataa waxaa loo diidaa xanaanaynta asaasiga ah waxayna ku dambeeyaan in ay noqdaan dadka ugu faqrisan ama dagaalka galo, bulshadane laga takooro, oo ay cadow u noqdaan umadda si guud. 

In kasta oo ay jiraan dhamaan caqabadaha aan soo sheegnay, dhalinta Soomaaliyeed waxay weli muujinayaan in ay leeyihiin rajo aad u weyn ee la xiriirito aayaha ama mustaqbalka wadankooda. Waxay doonayaan in ay helaan fursado ay ku aadaan iskuulka kuna biiraan cududa shaqeysa. Waxay doonayaan in la dhageysto kana qeyb galaan siyaasada iyo dib udhiska qarankooda. Waxay doonayaan in ay ka qeyb qaataan qaabeynta mustaqbalkooda hadii la siiyo fursad, dhalintu waxay leeyihiin awoodi ay garwadeen uga noqon lahaayeen arrimaha nabadda iyo xasiloonida.

Maanta oo aan u dabaal degeeyno Maalinta Caalamiga ah ee Dhalinyarada 2014, waa in ay noo cadaataa in aan u baahannahay in isbedel muuqdo laga sameeyo dhinaca siyaasadda iyo dareen la xiriiro dowrka dhalinyarada si loo awood-siiyo ayna fursad ugu helaan in ay noqdaan halbowlaha qorshe howleedka horumarinta. Calaamadihi u horreeyay ee horumarka leh loona qaaday jihada aan soo sheegnay ayaaba la arki karaa: Dowladda Federaalka Soomaaliyeed ayaa waqtigan ku howlan sidi ay ula imaan lahayd qorshe howleed siyaasadeed oo aad u baaxad weyn oo khuseeyo dhalinyarada, sidoo kalane, Somaliland iyo Puntland ayaa ansixiyay 2011 qorshe siyaasadeed oo khuseeyo dhalinyarada. Booqashadii uu dhowaan ku tegay dalka Mareykanya ayuu, Mudane Madaxweyne Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud ku dhawaaqay tallaabooyin cusub oo khuseeyo dhalinyarada kuna aadan, awood-siintooda, wax barashadooda iyo kaqeybgal ay ka qeybgelayaan arrimaha siyaasadda. Qorshihii Hiigsiga Soomaaliyeed ee la ansixiyay bishii September 2013 ayaa ahaa isaguna tallaabo loo qaaday dhinaca hagaagsan kaas oo xambaarsanaa shan ujeedo oo waaweyn oo ku aadanaa nabadeynta iyo xasilinta dakla, si gaar ahne uga hadlaayay dhalinyarada.

Tallaabooyinkaan aan soo sheegnay ayaa noo xaqiijinaya in wixii shaqo ah ee loo baahnaa heer qaran ay diyaar noo yihiin. Qaramada Midoobay waxay taageeri doontaa Dowladda Soomaaliyeed ayada oo u mareeyso laba arrimmood oo muhiim ah oo hadda socdo: istiraatiijiyad baaxad leh oo ku saabsan dhalinyarada iyo qorshe holwleed loo wada dhanyahay oo ku saabsan awood-siinta dhalinyarada.

Waxaa hadda la joogaa waqtihii qorsheyaasha loo bedeli lahaa ficil. Dadka dhalinyarada ah ayaa ah kuwa dhaxlayo Soomaaliya waxayna doonayaan in ay ka qeyb qaataan habkii uu u ekaan lahaa mustaqbalkooda. Waxa ugu yar oo aan u sameyn karno waxay tahay in aan uga banayno miiska kursi.

Damaad.


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