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Condolences and Solidarity with the People of Mathare and Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya

A statement of condolences and call for solidarity by LCO in Toronto following yesterday's grenade attack in Mathare, Nairobi.

by Liberation Cooperative Organization (LCO) in Toronto

Condolences and Solidarity with the People of Mathare and Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya

Somali language follows below - Qoraalkan oo af Soomaali hoos ayuu ku qoranyahay

The Liberation Cooperative Organization in Toronto and Mathare Radio extend our sincere condolences and solidarity to everyone impacted by the Sunday 18 November grenade attack on Juja Rd. near Mathare. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims, as well as those who have suffered in the ensuing violence.

 

Several members of our Toronto collective have traveled on No. 28 matatus. We know that this service is used mainly by the impoverished and working-class residents of Mathare and Eastleigh.

 

We strongly condemn all violence by oppressed people against other oppressed people, including the reprisals that have threatened to divide the Mathare and Eastleigh communities despite what they generally share in common: poverty, but also the desire for a more dignified life.

 

Despite many differences, the people of Mathare and Eastleigh are unified in an everyday struggle to put food on the table and meet the common needs of all human beings. But only in solidarity do we have the resilience to achieve more than survival alone.

 

We encourage the people of Mathare and Eastleigh to join together across national, ethnic, and religious divides. By combining in dialogue we can understand the roots of this violence and build justice from within our communities.

 

Here in Toronto, though we are far away, our community stands with yours.

 

LCO in Toronto & Mathare Radio

19 Nov 2012

 

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Hay’adda wadaagga xuriyadda ee magaalada Toronto iyo Xaafadda Mathare waxey tacsiyo u direysa qof walba oo ku waxyaaloobay qaraxii maalintii axadda, 18ka bisha Nofeembar ka dhacay wadada Juja ee ku dhaw xaafadda Mathare ee magaalda Neyroobi.

 

Waxaanu garab taagaanahay dhamaan qoysaska iyo asxaabta dadkii dhibaatada ay soo gaartay iyo waliba kuwii ku waxyaaloobay rabshadihii dhacay qaraxa ka dib.

 

Dhowr qof oo ka mid ah xubnaheena Toronto ayaa isticmaala caasigga nambar 28. Waxaan ognahay adeeggan gaadiidka waxaa isticmaala dadka shaqeeya ee danyarta ah ee ku nool xaafadaha Mathare iyo Islii.

 

Si weyn ayaan u cambaareyneynaa dhamaan rabshadihii ay sameeyeen dadka dhibaateysan oo waliba ay iyagana ay u geysteen walaalahood ee dhibaateysan, iyadoo ay ka mid yihiin weeraradii ka dambeeyay qaraxa kuwaas oo ku dhawaaday in ay kala qeybiyaan bulshadaha Mathare iyo Islii ah oo dhamantood wadaaga xaaladda noolasha adage ee faqriga ah; iyagoo islamarkaana aad ugu dadaalaya in ay ku noolaadaan noolal sharaf leh.

 

In kastoo ay jiraan waxyaaba fara badan oo ay ku kula duwan yihiin, dadka xaafadaha Mathare iyo Islii, waxey ku mideysanyihiin halganka ay maalin walba uga jiraan raadsiga noolal malmeedkooda iyo kaafinta baahida uu qabo baniaadam walba. Laakiin midnima kali ayey ku jirtaa in bulshada ay ku gaarto guulal fara badan.

 

Waxaanu ku dhiiragelineynaa dadka Mathare iyo Islii in ay isqbasadaan iyagoon eegeyneynin farqigooda jinsiyadeed, asliyaddooda iyo, tan diimeed. Haddii aan wadahadal ku midoowna, waan ogaan karnaa asalka rabshadahan waxaana sameyn karnaa cadaalad ka jirta gudaha bulshadaheena.

 

Halkan magaalda Toronto, inkastoon aad idiin kaga fognahay, bulshadeena wey idin garab taagantahay.

 

LCO ee magaalada Toronto & raadiyaha Mathare

19 Nov 2012

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"Kenyan" and "Somali"

We'd also like to highlight that being "Kenyan" or "Somali" are not two distinct categories - a person can identify as both, and the borders of Kenya and Somali were drawn arbitrarily by colonialists. Indeed, the current violence in Nairobi does not reflect a so-called "clash of cultures", but rather the fraught realities of neocolonialism in the Horn of Africa region.

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