A moment of Truth based on Evidences – By Ismail Yusuf

European interest in Somalia develops after 1839, when the British begin to use Aden, on the south coast of Arabia, as a coaling station for ships on the route to India. The British garrison requires meat. The easiest local source is the Somali coast. France and Italy, requiring similar coaling facilities for their own ships, establish stations in the northern Somali regions. The French develop Djibouti. The Italians are a little further up the coast at Aseb, in Eretria. When the European scramble for Africa begins, in the 1880s, these are the three powers competing for Somali territory. Soon they are joined by a fourth rival, Ethiopia, where Menelik becomes emperor in 1889.France and Britain, after a brief risk of armed confrontation, agree in 1888 on a demarcation line between their relatively minor shares of the coast. The French region around Djibouti becomes formally known as the Somalis French Coast of the Somalis, commonly referred to in English as French Somali-land). This remains a French colony until becoming independent as the republic of Djibouti in 1977.

British influence in the coastal area around Zeila and Berbera is formalized during the 1880s in a series of treaties promising protection to the chieftains of various local Somali clans. The region becomes a protectorate under the title of British Somali-land. However, during in independence in 1960, Somalia was formed by protectorate under the title of British Somali-land and Italian Somali-land although Somalia flag represent five partitions including the North Eastern Province of Kenya. As a result of oppression practice exercised by the of authoritarian regime over 20 years that cause burdensome, cruelty, and unjust, the regime was collapsed in 1991 as a result of long liberation  struggle by SNM from 1981 and until 1991 in cooperation with other Somalia  liberation movements like UNC.
Regardless of what happened in the past, Somali-land reclaimed its independence in May, 1991. At present 23 years has passed from our independence and Somali-land experiencing its best period in contrast with 22 years ago. With regard my current issue of concern, the military gains by our army forces in our eastern regions of Somaliland has influenced strategic unity among us. Today June, 16, 2014, the president, our two houses of parliament and the three political parties appeal unity as our flag is not just one of many political points of view. Rather, the flag is a symbol of our national unity.

Our duty is to set common rules around the principles of responsibility and solidarity. It is the business of the very few to be independent; it is a privilege of the strong.  Nationwide solidarity is not an act of charity but an act of unity between allies believing on different terrains toward the same objectives. Solidarity is not a matter of altruism. Solidarity comes from the inability to tolerate the affront to our own integrity of passive or active collaboration in the oppression of others, and from the deep recognition of our most expansive self-interest. From the recognition that, like it or not, our liberation is bound up with that of every other being on the planet, and that politically, spiritually, in our heart of hearts we know anything else is unaffordable.

Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground. The most important word in the language for a people having shared interest is solidarity. Our flag is not just one of many political points of view. Rather, the flag is a symbol of our national unity. We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose.

We stand together until the end as even the weak become strong when they are united. Men’s hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another and all against division. United we stand, divided we fall. This adage has been with us since generations. As boundaries diffuse in this ever-shrinking world, unity becomes even more necessary. Only when we unite in spirit, can we truly cope with the challenges we face. Here are some famous unity quotes that entreat us to unite in the true spirit of humankind. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish and now we have learned the simple art of uniting for the purpose of the shared interest. In conclusion coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working Together is success.unity, honesty and loyalty on each other  are keys for success. If people can be honest with each other about everything, that’s probably the biggest key to success.