The States of Hirshabelle and Galmudug, two of Somalia’s youngest states, host at least 428,000 IDPs as a result of natural disasters and protracted conflict. Despite recent progress in Galmudug, including a reduction in piracy and substantial inter-clan peacebuilding efforts, the displacement crisis develops against the backdrop of ongoing insecurity. Africa’s Voices deployed the Common Social Accountability Platform (CSAP) to strengthen the efforts of the Midnimo II program implemented in Galmudug to support government and communities to work together to address the challenges of displacement in an accountable and transparent manner.
In order to respond to the need for greater public awareness regarding conflict drivers and to gather citizen feedback on proposed solutions, Africa’s Voices conducted a two-week interactive radio consultation in Galmudug.
In week one, 798 participants sent in a total of 1523 messages in response to the question. Responses from citizens ranged from current approaches to aspirational ones. The most common aspirational theme was unity with nearly a fifth of respondents mentioning the importance of brotherhood, solidarity, and clan unity because of their shared Islamic identity.
Greetings to Mudug media, peace can be achieved through unity.
It can be resolved when clans become united for the sake of God strengthening local authorities.
It’s to unite all clans.
In week two, 683 participants sent in a total of 1399 messages in response to the question. Community organisation was mentioned by nearly a third of participants. Unity, brotherhood within the community, and the fact that nothing good comes out of war were highlighted often.
Conflicts resolutions can be improved by uniting the clans and making them understand that nothing good comes out of war.
Conflicts in the community can be resolved if everyone works on solving these conflicts and I believe that if the people are united these conflicts can be resolved.
The biggest step to be taken to improve conflict resolution is to create social organizations that work on social issues in the community.