Opinion – Qurba-joog and Qaran-joog have equal employment rights.
Mogadishu (Himilonews) – Since the country recovered from the impacts of the civil war, and got functioning central government, a number of Somali Diaspora who left shortly after the country’s civil war in 1991 got back to reunite with their beloved ones.
They have been far-off from the country for many years and lived in places where they have been regarded as refugees but got the opportunities to learn and work in peaceful environments that allowed them to think entrepreneurially.
By contrast, from the civil war era until to date, there are Somalis who lived, educated and bravely worked in the country. They were the most suffering people who decided not to flee from their fatherland happily living with their families, contributing to them.
From time to time, they witnessed violent acts, experienced miserable situations and absolutely are those who showed the spirit of patriotism and determined to stay confident in the country although at some points, there used to be several reasons to leave.
Nevertheless, these two categories of people are all young-aged Somali citizens having one nation. As the country returns to normal state, uncounted number of Somali Diaspora got back to the country, some of them have largely contributed to the country’s developments by innovating initiatives and establishing new businesses in the country. Their praiseworthy contribution to the country is undeniable even locals are appreciating it.
With their gigantic role remarkable in every corner, there is new battle gaining momentum in the society as locals who have been living in harmony for years now becoming more aggressive blaming the Diasporas for lack of opportunities and poor quality of life.
Many locals known as Qaran-joog believe that the Diaspora dominated the public sector’s opportunities as Somali government gives priority over them. Taking the lead in some high level governmental positions is one such example – although there is no statistic data on the matter.
The Diaspora constantly reiterates as citizens of this country, they deserve to be employed by the government and the challenge in the public opportunities between the two always arises when a new government assumes the power.
As a young man born in Somalia, I do justify both of the two groups. They are all citizens of this country, deserve the right to get an employment but the mentionable matter is how the public opportunities are similarly provided?
I am occasionally thought that Diaspora is taking over the governmental positions than the locals, but I don’t think it might be done intentionally. Both have the right to be employed in the same way. There is no specific group assigned to the government posts than others.
The Somali government is the only one which can eliminate the rival between them concerning public opportunities. It must put a strategic plan of actions to end the inequality that many local youth are complaining of.
Lastly not least, to all Qaran-joog and Qurba-joog, this is our motherland; it belongs to us and we have to put the animosity aside in order to make our country a better place.
We are all same, same, and have equal rights regardless of our background.
Mahad Mohamed Ali.
Journalist and blogger.
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