Open-Minded Debate: Is Tribalism a problem in the Somali Diaspora?
Open-Minded Debate is a monthly community-focused platform that allows for a candid discussion on many important issues that are timely and relevant to the community and the wider society. It is about encouraging critical thinking through the exchange of objective dialogue in an open forum with a panel of experts and audience.
The fall of the Siad Barre regime in the early 1990s, led to Somalia being crippled by tribalism, mistrust between clans, poor governance, and warlords. As the political situation got worsen, Somalia was left with a power vacuum, which was filled up with inter-clan conflict. Tribal politicisation essentially created political chaos for decades to come. Creating the opportunity for injustices, mass killings, inequality, and discrimination. Which not only lead to the massive Internal displacement and refugees globally but also the psychically and emotionally grievances within the Somali society.
In Somalia’s politics, tribalism continues to play a significant role. It’s clan politics which is based on the 4.5 power sharing formula disadvantage causes the systematic exclusion of minority groups, leading to lack of representation and in worst case the denial of basic human rights of marginalized communities.
However, while the civil led to the growing Somali Diaspora, tribalism to an extend has remained a major component within the social structure of the Somali community.
This month’s discussion will be focusing on tribalism within the Somali community. It will shed light on the negative consequences and impact of tribalism in the diaspora and back home. In addition, exploring the role of clans in the peace-process of Somalia. We feel these issues of relevance to the community, however difficult, should be encouraged and addressed in public forms.
In this segment of the Open-Minded Debate, we will be dissecting the following themes/questions:
- What is tribal identity?
- How is tribalism or clannism defined?
- How does tribalism manifest itself?
- How does one become tribalistic
- Is tribalism a problem within the Somali diaspora?
- How can we promote reconciliation within the Somali community
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