Saturday, March 5, 2011

SOMALILAND, AFRICA

view from up above

the airport

sand, trees and the nomads. wonder if it rains?

man & the donkey, water supply for his family

berhimpit atas lori di bawah panas terik matahari just to get water from nearest town

jual ladies innerwear tepi jalan for a living

Malaysia delegates & The First Lady of Somaliland

Somaliland has no bank. Duit berlonggok tepi jalan for money exchange and other transaction.


2days to go! lama betul kat sini.
Anyhow, have u heard of Somaliland?
Somaliland is not Somalia... last time it was---however since 1991, it stands on its own.
as a country, seriously... there's a lot to do.
the country is very poor.
one city to another is far far away... almost building-less along the journey
70% of Somalilanders are jobless;- even the graduates.
the airport is a size of a terrace house (the terminal)
landasan pun hasil tinggalan penjajah...

surrounded by desert, it took 3 hours for us to reach the capital, Hargeisa.
3 hours journey, on our left n right--- small-dry trees, sand, nomads,that's all...
no building, what more tall buildings (the tallest building pun, 4storey itupon dekat bandar)
budak2 lari-lari dalam keadaan berpasir tu, even berjalan for hours to get from a city to another since not everyone owns a car. or else bersempit naik lori.
sedih.

and imagine, average family , income sehari---- USD1 (5500 somaliland shilling) = USD30 per month = around RM100 a month. kesian kan?
anyway, it's surprising that most of the ministers in Somaliland are overseas graduates.
But most of them migrated when they were kids.
a few however, came back to contribute.
had good chat with them. they're very very knowledgable.
I even had the chance for a one-on-one interview with Somaliland's First Lady.
anyway, back to kisah rakyat....
kadang2 tengok rakyat dia, sebak rasanya. nak nangis pun ada.
to us, the visitors, keadaan mmg menyayat hati but to them its normal.... seriously.
Somaliland is a 100% Muslim country.
They have faith in Allah Swt.
They really really do.
kehidupan yang ada bagi mereka sudah memadai.
hampir semua rakyatnya tidak pernah keluar dari benua afrika.
maka ibarat semut, mereka tak pernah tahu apa yang ada di seberang laut...
tiada istilah hidup mewah kerana kemewahan pun tidak pernah terbayang.
this is such a great experience for me tho.
and somewhat , i realize how lucky we are to have Malaysia as our country.
we should be thankful.
sekarang baru sedar diri, takmo bazir for my wedding... seriously.

15 comments:

  1. Africa is a nice place to visit... It's my dream place... One day..

    We have this kind of people too in Malaysia... Mostly are from Sabah and Sarawak.... Their household income only around 150 monthly... Students walk to school with 2-3 hours journey...

    There is one kid name Dony killed himself bcos tak thn with the humiliation from his friend.. Sebab bw kangkung g skolah everyday... Which his friend claimed as dog food...

    :(

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  2. yaya: u're totally right. the place mmg macam sabah/sarawak 30- years back.... fyi every minister i interviewed will tell me about the same answer, "Somaliland today is like Malaysia in the 60's"

    it's very true..... The Somalilanders however have the same dream, to be at par with Malaysia. Out of all countries in the world their leaders see Malaysia as a great role model. I'm honoured at the same time grateful jadi rakyat malaysia.

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  3. miss X.i SANGAT SEDIH lepas baca entry u ni.sobsob.

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  4. lisa: hurmmmm if u ada dekat sana lagi sedih. what more bila budak2 tu minta sedekah.... ada one day i kesian sgt i bagi je la sikit, USD1 je... pastu the driver yang bawak our group cakap USD1 means a lot to them, kenyang makan for the day. hurmmm nanti i upload gambar budak yang kilatkan kasut kirorang for only 20sen duit kita for one pair of shoes...

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  5. rase insaf sgt tgk kehidupan mrk..bersyukur sgt kt terlepas dr belenggu kemiskinan..btol2 takmo da bazir2 tok kawen..

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  6. Oh mai.. Tragiknya! Sedihnya! boleh pulak dieowang cakap tu normal? Sedih sangat tengok life dieowang. Duit siap letak tepi jalan lagi? Gila hebat. Takde orang rompak ke? Tapi takpe, at least dieowang miskin harta tapi kaya dengan kesucian hati kepercayaan dieowang kepada Allah dan dieowang at least tak adalah salahkan tuhan walaupun hidup dieowang mcm tu. Ini kalau kat negara maju, hidup susah sikit pun dah maki maki tuhan dah mula pertikaikan itu dan ini. Eeee sedihlah miss x. Bertuah miss X dapat pergi sana, selam dunia dieowang and tq for sharing with us. =))

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  7. i just saw u in buletin utama psl somaliland :)
    thumbs up! hehe

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  8. hey saw u gak 2night psl org minta sedekah kt buletin utama..heheh

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  9. best giller tgk duit berlonggok2, tp xde nilai la plak eik kat sana... tahniah Miss X menang award kat tv3 :)

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  10. yayy! me too. saw u on tv3 :)
    congrets!

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  11. i heard about this too..mmg menyedihkan..rasa bersyukur sgt kita di malaysia.

    btw i saw u on majalah3.and cepat2 tell my mom "ila baca blog dia ni"hahaha

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  12. niza: kan??? i dah buat costing semula for my majlis...

    ainee: i pun mula2 taknak pegi. but bila dah pegi, rasa bertuah. if not bila lah nak jejeak negara yg takde pengunjung ni.

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  13. lisa: hahaha lawak kan? kena pakai tudung. wajib kat sana! ;p

    dalila: yang org mintak sedekah dekat i or i yg mintak sedekah dkt org?

    reen: thank you dear!

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  14. balkidz: thanks dearest!

    bila: haha i rasa u tgk i dekat buletin utama kot. sbb i kerja dengan news tv3. :)

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  15. miss x!! td i tgk u buat coverage about somaliland td kat buletin 1.30 pasal penternakan tu..hihih..k bye ~ tu je nak bgtau =)

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