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Heavy fighting erupts in Kismayo again

Kismayo (SD) – Clashes between two tribal militias on the outskirts of Kismayo reportedly intensified today and many people are killed and left fleeing their homes.

Residents are reportedly hearing sound of gunfire in the city of Kismayo, with light and heavy weaponry.

More than 50 people reportedly lost their lives during the conflict raging in the western suburb of Kismayo in the last few weeks. The dead are said to be civilians and warring parties.

Reports further indicate that the ongoing conflict is over the control of grazing land and clan-related killings.

The Jubaland regional administration vowed that they would send troops to the aria, but they have not yet succeeded in stopping the fighting.

The usually calm region is experiencing an uptick in violence lately, due to political fractures between born out of the re-election of President Ahmed Madobe.

The Somali Federal Government is believed to be fuelling conflicts in the region and doesn’t recognize the Jubaland regional administration.

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  1. It has become the culture of Somali news media not to ever mention the names of clans fighting over a parcel of land and the reason behind it. The fake self righteousness is based on the notion that tribalism is “bad thing” and divisive, and it must not be given platform or mentioned in public.
    The fighting that is raging in the outskirts of Kismayo is between mostly Majeerteen Harti invaders who moved to the region during the formation of Jubaland State and local Cawramala. The land in dispute belonged to the Cawramala for centuries and Majeerteen are now freely using the weapons of the local state to grab land. This situation is the direct result of the absence of a land ownership policy in Somalia in general, and an organised militia backed by the regional government of Puntland is trying to acquire land illegally. The militia is hard at work trying to displace local farmers and livestock husbanders by brute force given the absence of government and law and order. You could simply say this is daylight robbery or sea piracy brought into the hinterland. In this fight, invaders from Puntland/formerly Majeerteenya are resorting to unprecdent violence and slaughtering of children, woman and the elderly, and the burning of houses to terrorize the local populace.

    Farmaajo can talk about the urgent need to stop senseless violence between brotherly communities as long as he wants. The reality is that this violence between clanish Somali society and similar ones will never stop as long as we are afraid to tell the truth about its root cause. There is no brotherly communities in Somalia and as Dr. Abdikarim Sheikh Jowhar once wrote, “the enemy of every Somali tribe, is the tribe next door”. But in this sitation, the tribe behind the violence in Kismayo is not One from next door but it came from as far away as Raz Hafun. That is very wrong!

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