Refugee Crisis in Europe: Somalia a case study

By Ali Osman MOGADISHU- Every boat that is lost in the sea the dead is certain to be ten percent Somalis. We know this; we attend the funerals and see the wailing of the mothers and fathers of the dead here in Mogadishu. And somewhere in Europe Stephen Sackur of BBC HARDtalk is grilling Hungary’s FM Peter Szijjarto to defends his refugee record.

Why the media heavyweights like Christiana Amanpour and Stephen Sackur will grill European leaders about the refugee migrant crisis but not a single interview with the President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, or The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia Michael Keating or the African Union Commission Chair for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeir or Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia Hubert Price or the UNISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh?

Why they will not have a single episode of reporting from Somalia’s security situation the epicenter of the African refugee crisis but will spend endless hours at the Calais refugee camp?

The fact is nobody cares until the refugees arrive at European shores and only then do we see media and political pressure to help the refugees.

Imagine if the media focused on the aid donor money that was given to Somalia and how it was spent. Why 65,000 security force (20,000 African Union soldiers, 15000 Kenyan soldiers, 30,000 Somali military and 15000 Somali police) all sponsored by UN and European Union is unable to secure Mogadishu; a city less than 30 square miles.

Why the UN development agency spends more than 20 million US dollars a year in good governance but Somalia is at the bottom of the world corruption index list year after year?

How about if Stephen Sackur asked the Somali President a question like this: Mr. President we are getting one thousand economic refugees from your country every month, can you show me your security and development plan for the country? Or asked the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia Michael Keating: Mr. Keating, you have given Somalia $20 Million US dollars last year for good governance where did the money go and why the country is still ranked the bottom of the most corrupt countries list?

What about if Christian Amanpour reported one week from Mogadishu and asked the UNISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh, or Deputy Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Abreha Tesfay, or Deputy Force Commander, Support and Logistics, Maj. Gen. Nakibus Lakara why they cannot secure a capital a land less than 30 square miles with a combined force of more than 65,000 soldiers?

The United Nations, African Union Mission in Somalia and the Somali government are to blame the Somali Refugees arriving in European shores. These refugees are running away from Somalia because of insecurity. No one is going to invest an insecure country and create jobs and the security job unfortunately is left to the UN agencies and a Somali government and they are not accountable.

If the American and European media have done their duty of exploring the creation of the economic migrant crisis they would have found the root cause is corruption, it is not about civil war or environmental disasters as many would like to paint it. It is purely a corruption stemming from an unaccountable leadership aided by the United Nations and money from usually European Union and United States.

But, I have a bad news for European and American policy makers. We have more than five million unemployed youth, they feel hopeless, they are uneducated, they are black and they are coming in the next few years in your shores. You will not be able to return them because it is either illegal or the country they departed from will not take it back.

They will put more pressure on your social services and will definitely increase resentment among your citizens when the unskilled migrants competes jobs with the locals blue color workers.  The locals will listen to an anti-immigrant far-right demagogues like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, and Nigel Farage. It does not take a genius to foresee the liberal democratic principles in Europe and America coming to an end if the root of economic migrants are not addressed and addressed very soon.

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