The Turkish Prime Minister recently made a well publicized visit to the war torn capital of Somalia, Mogadishu. During his visit, the Prime Minister promised humanitarian aid to Somalia. “This tragedy here is a test for humanity, human values, modernity and modern values. We’re here to tell the world this test must be passed successfully in order to prove that western values are more than empty rhetoric,” said Erdogan, calling on the international community for action.

As described by the UN refugee agency, Somalia is the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world, thus, the Turkish Prime Ministers visit and his government’s promise for much needed aid is plausible.

Drought and famine is no stranger to Somalia but it is exacerbated by the fact that Somalia hadn’t had a functioning government for more than 20 yrs now, therefore, the political dimension to this catastrophe shouldn’t be ignored.

It is generally accepted that Ethiopian regime is largely responsible for the chaos in Somalia, it supplies weapons and ammunition to almost all sides of the conflict. in 2006 it sent it’s troops to carry out what was called the “Massacre of Mogadishu”. It is also responsible for gross human rights violations in Ogaden, no one knows the extent of these crimes since reporters are not allowed into the region.

On his recent visit to Ethiopia, Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu called Ethiopia one of Turkey’s strategic partners, noting that his government wants to expand Turkish investment to Ethiopia. it is fair to assume that the subject of Ethiopia’s destructive policies to Somalia and it’s human rights abuses in Ogaden was never raised. I understand the The Turkish government has it’s own interests in the region but it can not with straight face claim it wants to help the Somali people and tout having a cozy relationship with this ruthless regime.

A Muslim Turkey, a rising political and economic power shouldn’t behave as NGO and try to solve the political crisis in the region by using it’s political clout to force Ethiopia to stop its negative meddling of Somali affairs and cease it’s human rights abuses in Ogden.Until then, it is hard to see the Turkish Prime Ministers visit to Mogadishu anything other than an empty rhetoric and a total hypocrisy.

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Articles sent to Ogaden News Agency are opinions expressed by the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ONA.

 
 

1 Comment

  1. Ayee Somali says:

    Instead of blaming your 20+ years of chaos in Somalia on others, take responsibility. Somalis are, and have been, killing other Somalis – that’s it! Stopping blaming Ethiopia, The US, Jihadi missionaries etc. 99% of the problems are caused by Somalis.

 
 

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