The last will, And Testament of
The Last Somali Man Standing
As the last Somali man faced his demise, a man decided to
tape-record his eyewitness testimony as to the collapse and
disappearance of his Somali race on African soil. He asked
himself, rhetorically, what happened to his whole race of
people; and how they were forced into extinction! The following
is his testament:
I am the only survivor of our race and I can't hurt anyone's
feelings anymore, I CAN SAY WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID! LET THE TRUTH
BE KNOWN! Our demise as a race WAS NOT AN EVENT; it was a
PROCESS; A SLOW PROCESS THAT TOOK YEARS.
We refused to unite with one another, letting our TRIBAL
affiliations separate us i.e., Hawiye, Darood, Dir, Digil
& Mirifle, etc. The dark ones didn't like the light skinned
ones. One is Suufi, Ataxaad, USC, SDF, SNM, Somaliland, Puntland
We all believed in Islam but did not fallow the Islamic way of
life. What happened to our people, above all, paved the way for
our psychological extinction! While other people united along
racial, economic, cultural, and religious lines, we could not or
It was very strange to see us all in our odd behaviors and
skewed thinking. We had been pure, unadulterated people before
the invaders invaded us. We were such a "Blacknificenter"
people, but the invaders not only invaded our land; WORST, they
invaded our minds and contaminated our hearts. We descended into
thinking of ourselves as "gaajo", as "third world", and living
in a "crib". We cherished our "QABIL"'. Our descent to
extinction was swift because we had given up our cultural
values. We formed all of these little groups of "QABIL" who
talked big but produced nothing concrete - no schools,
hospitals, restaurants, hotels, manufacturing plants; NOTHING.
We all spent our money lavishly and foolishly; Somali men spent
most of their money for "Qaaraan" that put them deep in debt.
They bought “Tikniko” and guns to kill one another. The country
laid waste from the destruction. They were "Tikniko” and guns
wealthy merchants but land is poor. There were reports that they spent more on
the 'Tikniko" and guns than on the education of their children.
The Somali man also spent enormous amounts of money on "khaad"
and "Hashiish". Apparently, the pain and psychological
self-hatred were too much for him to bear. Look at how much
marijuana was smoked; marijuana and khaad laced with deadly
chemicals which destroyed his perception, personality, and his
genetic potential. His children were born with various
emotional, psychological and intellectual deficiencies.
It is very difficult for me to talk about all this. But, I must
leave at least a taped message about the legacy about my people.
The Somali woman, a majestic as the mother of all races and
civilizations, lost sight of her authentic self. She started
imitating the women of other races, spent billions of dollars in
what was called beauty parlors - Dirac, Garbasaar fransaawe. She
never really realized she was the original beauty queen and
everyone else modeled after her. She spent large sums of money
on clothes and made unwise use of her money by buying bleaching
creams, hair dyes and, especially, getting her nails painted.
A silent way her money left the community was through her
excessive use of the telephone and new "fransaawe." for every
party. The amount of money spent is something that was never
featured in any business or financial magazine. If you look at
all the telephone bills incurred by Somalis around the world and
the money spent to cover those bills, it would have enabled to
rebuild and restore the continent of Africa to its past glorious
The warlords! Both male and female are to blame for the
establishment and maintenance of Warlords in Somalia. Oh! I know
this tape of last testament will hurt the feelings of any who
finds it. The naive Somalis thought they were praising the
heavens by helping establish the warlords. What a mistake! Our
people were merely making their enemies - Ethiopians and Kenyans
- richer and richer. Other countries were the beneficiaries of
our misguided actions and mismanagement of financial resources.
Time is running out. I must hurry up and finish the tape
recording! I must mention another critical area of food
consumption. My race continued to eat food that is contaminated
with chemicals and other toxins. They ate lots of waste and
toxic chemical in our Indian Ocean as well as the Juba & Shabele
rivers. How pitiful! In the last days, Somali people became so
sick and out of food. They drank dirty water and untold mounds
of toxic milk. As a result, over time, many got ill and died.
The Somali man and Somali woman refused to listen to their "Culuma
u diin" warriors, Islamic scholars, Islamic-centered
psychologists and educators. These warriors, psychologists and
educators wanted to restore our thinking about the importance of
remembering our ancestors, educating our children through
studying the "Diin", and restoring their identity & self esteem.
Those who had our interests at heart fought night and day to get
us to change for our own good. But the media (Somali television,
radio and the newspapers, and Somali websites had us
brainwashed. BBC radio, in particular was actually against us.
They only talk to the notorious warlords Cabdulaahi Yusuf,
Goobaale, H/Caydiid, M/Suudi Yalaxoow, Qanyare etc. They gave us
no relevant survival information.
Well, the tape is about run out and, I must admit, it is a very
sad day for me, â€śas the last Somali man standing. I am so very
sorry to have to say all these things about the demise of my
race. We were very beautiful and loving people. Oh! What a
hard-headed and stubborn people we were. It seemed as though we
were on a non-stop path of self-destruction.
Wait! What! Who! Is that a Somali Woman! Someone else survived!
Impossible! Maybe, if she and I can examine all the mistakes of
our people, and not repeat them again.
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO CHANGE, BUT TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!
DON'T MAKE THIS STORY COME TRUE!
BY: Abdirahman Y. Warsame
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