On March 28th, 2022, Horncenter Dialogue hosted a debate for about 90 participants, including youth leaders, women groups and activists, academics, politicians, elders, and religious leaders. The HC Dialogue discussion declared that resolving existing local conflicts in the region through comprehensive reconciliation is a critical step toward establishing effective governance and adequate service delivery in Galmudug State.
The dialogues’ primary objective was to debate the impact of Galmudug Reconciliation Process had on the lives of the Galmudug communities in promoting service delivery, especially the Galmudug Western Corridor Reconciliation process that took place in seven areas in Galmudug, i.e., Dhuusamareeb, Guriel, Balanbale, Abudwaq, Heraale, Qalanqale, and Hanabuure. The HC dialogue is a quarterly dialogue platform that provides a forum for community members to discuss the challenges inherent in Galmudug.
The event featured four panelists from diverse backgrounds, including Galmudug Minister for Education Mr. Mohamed Hashi Dore, Galmuudg Information Minister Mr. Ahmed Shire Falagle, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs & Reconciliation (MoIFAR), Mr. Suleyman Abdullahi Hassan, and Ahmed Salad Kilmiye, an expert in social affairs and member of BoDs of Hanano Hospital in Dhuusamareeb.
The MoIFAR permanent secretary, Mr. Suleyman Abdullahi Hassan, discussed the stages of the Galmudug reconciliation process, as well as the urgency and necessity of continuing efforts to end the current clan conflicts in the Galmudug state.
Women participants have raised the issue of their fair representation in the reconciliation process through their past and current engagements in community work and peacebuilders who contributed greatly to the stability and social cohesion of the Somali community.
The key questions of the discussion were:
- Can the Galmudug government step in to offer much-needed social services, including education, health, and security, without closing the doors to the ongoing war in some areas?
- What has changed in the Galmudug Western Corridor Reconciliation since it appears that social progress cannot be established in conflict zones without first resolving the ongoing war in those areas?
- What role does the Galmudug State government, traditional elders, religious leaders, and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) play in achieving peace and harmony in Galmudug society?