As I share the comomoration of the Aisha massacre with the rest of the Somalis, I humbly choose to contribute to the missing information regarding the president’s historical knowledge.
In his brief presentation, he cited the massacres that he knows about or sparingly read here and there. However, he omitted some.
The most missive history is the massacre that Somalis called “xiligii canoonika.” Kids in Jigjiga learn this as early as todler age. Haile Sellasie massacred an uncounted number of Geri Somalis in the northwest outskirts of Jigjiga. Following the massacre, hundreds, including Garad Ali Garad Koshin and other leadership, were arrested and taken to Alam baqayn jail. Many accused of carrying SYL political activities were arrested.
According to a motion introduced by the British Labour party in 1955, the previous British parlaiment was criticised for not addressing human rights in several colonial region’s, including the Hawd region.
The report read that massacres are taking place in many and now, it is: “The Nile valley; first Egypt, then the Sudan, and now, of course, part of the Hawd and the reserve area on the edge of the north border of Somaliland.”
It went further and addressed the cruel harassment of the Geri by the government of Emperor Haile selassie:
“The fears and apprehensions which we then expressed about the future conduct of the Ethiopians have been amply justified and I have documentary evidence—as well as the accounts of journalists who were present at the silver jubilee celebrations at Addis Ababa—that about the end cf August last five Geri tribesmen were hung in a most brutal fashion. To be fair, I must say that I understand that the Emperor of Ethiopia later commuted the death sentence on 25 other Geri people, and only last wek I believe that five were released from goal.” Goal is jail.
The first phase of that conflict started in 1941. It again started in 1948 and lasted through 1957, hence the Geri rebellion was devastated and came the nomenculture of “tan la gabar,” or we finally submit!
I hope to share with the good President a rich history of Awbere, Gaashaamo, Shabeelay, Hawd, Tuliguuleed, and the entire Fafan region.
If the good President is eager to read, I am ready to share a lot of matterials. As to the people of Jigjiga, they can do their own commomoration without the government.