Borama, 13 January 2010 (Somalilandpress) – We, the human being, belong the same species that must unite its perceptions and its ways of conduct. Acting on this point, the ultimate vision of all highly civilized and well established societies is to make different societies with different culture close together. Really, our different cultures are not predators to one another, but could be intimate friends that could accept and complement one another. This could happen only if highly developed countries cooperate with less developed countries. If this happened, human being could create a common ground which accommodates all societies on the globe. This common ground would converge the ever diverged values, norms, and the expectations of different communities in the world.
Yes, we can win the unification of entire globe by creating common culture and common understanding among them. The canal for this inspiring vision of global unity is through healthy intergovernmental and international nongovernmental organizations. Some people may wonder how this could happen. Beginning from our cave dweller ancestors to the modern communities, our loyalty towards social and political autonomy was continually changing. Prehistoric ancestors of human being had some kind of sociopolitical structures. Families in that era were believed to be either matriarchal or patriarchal. The ruling individuals who led those families were great grandparents who earned the loyalty of their kin through goodness or charismatic leadership. As the villagers multiply in number and had become small tribes, their loyalty turned from grandparents to sultans and tribe leaders. City states emerged and people turned their loyalty towards kings and queens. Then, people began to turn their political loyalty towards nation states and this is a current sociopolitical position of human being.
Contrary to that, still unachieved but wishful sociopolitical rank is to turn the loyalty of different nations with a different religions, cultures, and socioeconomic levels towards global government. To continue this developing chain of political and social oneness, modern communities established the United Nations. The United Nations, other intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations are delegated to rid off the remnants of prejudice, cynicism, and racism among different nations on the globe. Whether they are secular, Islamic, Christian, and Judaic, most of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations adhered to the general vision of their existence which mostly based on the creation of mutual acceptance among different people in the world and the confrontation of haunting tragedies including epidemics, droughts, social disorder, and injustice.
Not all intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations travel the right way there are many of them that travel a different path. World vision Somaliland is one of the cancerous nongovernmental organizations which implements many impotent projects in the country. This international nongovernmental organization is the most corruptive agency in the country. It is a secret deviant that has many malfunctions in its core areas. The way it implements its projects, the way it behaves its staffs, and the way it partakes a global cultural integrity are totally negative. Being member two temporary teams of workers headed by two foreign ladies was the gateway through which I entered an ocean of conspiracy. As workers, we were two departments. The nutrition department headed by sensitive and awkward lady named Mercy who was not pleasant her physical appearance.
And the commodity department headed by Kebah Jalleh a permissive women who has not the courage to direct her staff and virtually is commanded by Mercy. For the dishonest of Mercy and the permissiveness of Kebah, all the procedures which are lifeblood for the healthy distribution of food donated by WFP, UNICIEF, and USAID went into total chaos. Food stuff is not received by the targeting beneficiaries and those who are in need. The staff who adopted the deeply rooted corruption which is the dominant character of the organization began to cheat the food in the warehouses. They began to transport food from the final distribution points to the cereal markets of Hargeise and Borama. They excellently learned how to prepare a false beneficiary lists that can evade their corruption.
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An ill-fated theft mission that occurred two weeks before in Baki district is an illustrative example for the degree of conspiracy in the organization. The mayor of Baki district and his son in-law decided to transport food from the Baki MCH to Borama. The two men wanted to sell the food and to make money from it. While things were like that, some employees who were not negotiated by the two men noticed the case and started countermoves to get their share from the profit of the food. Because of their different greed a conflict occurred which later disclosed the theft. The case was reported to the acting police in the district. The police kept the food and two days later, two incompetent and under qualified assistants called Abdulnasir and Samsam visited the district. They heard the case and reported to Nairobi. The conflict that arose among the employees was the only factor that exposed the hidden cheating of food in the final distribution warehouses.
Another dreadful theft made by some employees occurred in a Baki district. Four months before, we went there in Baki to complete two screening days. When we finished the screening, we planed to come back. Suddenly, we felt that something is going to happen because a deceitful boy named Abdulkarim Hasan was having secret conversations with some of the boys. Abdurrahman Diriye and I investigated the case deeply. At the time we reached Old Baki, it came apparent for us that sixteen packs of Unimax and 20 packs of Sorghum were stolen by Abdulkarim Hasan. We also knew that he put the Unimax and Sorghum packs on a small pick up car. Abdurrahman Diriye and I began to discus the theft case with Abdulkarim. To prevent any disclosure of the case, Abdulkarim proposed that the packs could be shared by us. Abdurrahman Diriye who is honest and decisive boy insisted that the Unimax and Sorghum packs must be returned to the MCH store. Abdulkrim Hasan tried to persuade us the danger of returning packs to the store because it would prove the fallacy of their beneficiary list report. Although he cried painfully, we showed no compromise to him. Then he accepted to return backs to the store.
These are not the only theft cases but there many hidden and more series ones that made helpless beneficiaries starve. If the donors want to check whether their donations are received by the targeting beneficiaries or not, simply, they can use thumb prints on the beneficiary lists as identity cards that proves a healthy distribution of the food. Like abdulkarim Hasan, professional stealers use their own thumb prints or their coworkers thumb prints and likened it to thumb prints of beneficiaries.
On the other hand, a worrisome habit adopted by world vision Somaliland is that it uses its staff as robot machines. Although the organization has technical and financial capabilities to pay salaries of the employees early in every month, they pay it late. Kebah and Mercy who are the managing directors of the food distribution project never cared those employees who are in remote villages where there is an adverse scarcity of food and water. When employees find it hard to buy food and water, they dashed back to cities and this hampers the well being of food distribution.
Theft is not confined the lower staff of the organization but the theft in the upper staff of the organization is parent which breeds the deception of the lower staff. Without any regard to the stated right in the contract letter which reads “every employee in the food distribution project has perdium when he or she goes outreach activities” Kebah, Mercy, Aragsan, and Mohamed Omar kept the perdiums of their employees as their possession. Because they knew that their employees speak halt English and cannot defend their right.
Worse yet, the leaders of world vision Somaliland do not respect religious belief well. For instance, we know that Eid days are joyful and every Muslim want to face these days high spirit and positive moral. All intergovernmental and non governmental organizations pay Eid bonus to their employees. But world vision Somaliland pays Eid bonus after the Eid days passed. The speculated reason behind this delay is to make their Muslim workers desperate. The mind-set of world vision Somaliland towards people mirrors the general attitudes of highly developed countries and international donors.
In sum, if highly developed countries and international donors do not reconsider insolent actions and atrocities that world vision Somaliland inflicts to the people, they will bear the burden of hostility, cynicism, and hatred against them.
Farah Barkhad Nour
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