Happy Independence Day!
Today commemorates a significant day; a day that carries two stepping stones: (1) the independence of the Italian Somaliland (South Somalia) and (2) the unification of both ex-British Somaliland (North Somalia) and South Somalia.
What a day of jubilation. One can only imagine the exulting cheers of our parents and grandparent the moment our freedom was proclaimed back in 1960.
It was not an easy task and in spite of our current predicament, the moment we gained our nationhood is perhaps one of the only very few unifying factors that withstood the malady that plagues our young nation.
Let us remember the main part of the famous poem-turned-in-to-song ‘Kuwa Libintii Gaadhoo’ (Those Who Reached the Victory) composed by Abwaan Cali Sugule (RH) in 1960.
Aan La loodin karayn,
Luggooyadii na daysayey?
Lixiyo labaatankii Juun,
Aaa, goormaan lulannayey?
Kowdii Luuliyo laba midowdayey
Who cannot be bent, and
Who walk in the cool breeze, are we.
When did we recover our health?
When did disaster leave us?
On the twenty-sixth of June.
Ah, when did we church [our milk]?
At twelve midnight.
When did we gain victory?
On the first of July when the two [North and South] united.