Prime Minister Calls for Support from Somali Diaspora in the U.S
In a compelling address to the largest Somali community in the United States, located in Minnesota, Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre urged for continued support from Somali Americans for their homeland. Barre emphasized the Somali government’s significant achievements in battling the terrorist group al-Shabaab, tackling corruption, implementing financial reforms, facilitating social development, improving security, and making strides in the process of debt relief. The Prime Minister underscored the need for ongoing backing from Somali Americans for their home government and its public.
The main focus of the Prime Minister’s address was a call to action for Somali Americans to contribute to the continued efforts aimed at freeing Somalia from the influence of al-Shabaab. The terrorist group has been a persistent threat to the stability and development of the nation. Despite the challenges, the Somali government has made remarkable progress in weakening the group’s influence and restoring peace and security in the country.
The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the Somali diaspora in the U.S. in supporting these efforts. He urged them to contribute to the fight against terrorism and the journey towards progress and development in their homeland. Their support, according to the Prime Minister, is crucial in achieving the ultimate goal of a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Somalia.
An Appeal for International Support
In addition to the call for diaspora support, Prime Minister Barre appealed for more international support in Somalia’s ongoing battle against al-Shabaab. This comes as the country seeks to strengthen its national army, improve security, and eventually take full control of the country’s security. The Prime Minister stressed that achieving these goals would not be possible without a well-trained and well-equipped national army, and the removal of the international arms embargo against Somalia.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the critical role of remittances sent from abroad. According to United Nations estimates, about 40 percent of Somali families depend on remittances sent from abroad, with the Somali diaspora sending more than $1 billion to Somalia each year. The Prime Minister urged the U.S. government and banks to resume money transfer services that provide a lifeline for many people in Somalia.
Despite the myriad challenges, Somalia has made significant progress in various areas, including poverty reduction, health care, education, economic growth, human rights, peace, security, and climate change. The Prime Minister’s address underscored the nation’s achievements and its commitment to continuing its journey towards development and progress. His call to action for Somali Americans and the international community to support this journey serves as a powerful reminder of the collective effort required to rebuild a nation.
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