Peace at last

WHILE the world's attention had been riveted on Sudan's Darfur crisis this past week, a quiet and largely unnoticed revolution came about in neighbouring Somalia. The African country - ravaged by strife and hunger like many other states of the continent - gifted themselves their new parliament on Sunday.

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Published: Wed 25 Aug 2004, 9:29 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:11 AM

What is heartening is the fact that most of the warring factions and warlords have given their blessings to the new parliament heralding a new era of peace in the Horn of Africa country. Somalia's various clans have chosen 275 deputies to represent them in the new parliament.

After the 1991 toppling of President Mohamed Siad Barre, Somalia plunged into anarchy and bloodletting prompting humanitarian and military intervention by the United Nations and the United States. If Somalia has eventually made a new beginning now and peace has returned to the country, the credit should go to Somalia's current leadership, the African Union and the UN. It is good that the Somalians have at long last realised that ballot, not the bullet, is the way to peace and their emancipation from hunger. However, thirteen years of anarchy and bloodletting have left the African state totally devastated and crippled. Now that peace has returned to Somalia, all parties involved must join hands to fight against hunger and poverty and usher in a new era of peace, prosperity and development.

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