Way fududahay in aad arko ama ogaato sababta Farah Caddow uu ururka Sasca ugu aqoonsaday in uu yahay mid ka mid ah haldoorka u adeegayaasha bulshada.
Faarax oo ah aabaha labbo caruur ah ayaa u huray bulshadiisa inuu si mutadawacnimo ah ugu shaqeeyo una taageero, isagoo toddobaadkii labbo maalmood ka howlgala xarunta ururka Sasca ee ku taal wadada Princess Road ee magaalada Manchester
Faarax oo ka waramaya sida uu arko shahaadada lagu maamuusay iyo howlaha uu ka qabto xarunta Sasca, ayaa yidhi; “Helitaanka shahaadosharaf waa mid aad qiimo u leh marka aad ku hesho ama lagugu citiraafo taageerada aad bulshadaada u fidisay. Waxa jira dad badan oo waayeel ah oo xarunta Sasca yimaad luuqada ingiriisuguna ku adag tahay ama kumbuyuutarka aan isticmaali Karin sidaasidarteed waxaan ka caawinaa arrimo badan oo ay ka mid ka yihiin; wicista xafiisyada dowlda, shaqo raadinta, balamaha iyo waxkasata oo caawimaad ah oo ay u baahan yihiin.
Iyada oo la siiyo telefoon lacag la’aan ah iyo soo dhawayn diiran.”
H ana Mohamed oo ka mid ah somalida magaalada Manchester ku dhaqan ayaa muddo kooban loogu aqoonsaday in ay ka mid tahay haldoorka u adeegayaasha bulshada.
xaflad balaadhan oo dhawaan lagu qabtay hoolka shirarka ee Philip Martin, ayaa Hana iyo labbo qof oo kale lagu gudoonsiiyey shaadad-sharaf loogu maamuusayo sida tabaruca iyo hagar la’aanta ah ee ay ugu adeegaan uguna taageeraan bulshadooda.
Hana oo sanadkii 2012 u soo guurtay magaalada Manchester ka dib markii ay nolasheeda intii hore ay ku soo qaadatay dalka Imaaraadka carab, ayaa shahaadadan loogu aqoonsaday sida firfircoon ee ay umadeeda ugu caawiso xarunta ururka Sasca oo ay ka howlgasho.
“Shahaado-sharaftan la igu maamuusay waxa ay idareensiisay sida bulshadaydu ugu hanweyn tahay taageerdayda iiguna bogaadinayso.” ayey tidhi; hana oo ka waramaysay sida ay u aragto shahaadada la gudoonsiiyey. Waxaanay iyadoo faahfaahin ka bixinaysa sida ay dadka ugu caawiyaan xarunta ururka Sasca ay intaa raacisay “Marka aan sidan u dhagaysto baahidooda ayaan ka caawiyaa bulshadayda ilaa iyo inta aan awoodo, tani mararka qaarkood ma fududa laakiin kalsoonida ay ugu qabaan awgeed ayaa keenta inaan isku taxaluujiyo wax la qabashadooda.”
Hana oo culuunta isgaadhsiinta iyo teknoolijiga ku soo dhigatay jaamacada Hargeysa, ayaa sheegay in markii ay timid wadanka UK ay bartay sida uu u shaqeeyo nidaamka dalkani. “ Markii u horaysay ee aan UK imid aad bay u adkeed meelo badana ma dareemin soo dhawayn.
Balse meeshii u horaysay ee aan soo dhaweyn dareemaa waa xaruntan, sababta ma garanayo” ayey tidhi Hana.
Waxaanay sheegaytay in qorshaheeda mustaq balku uu yahay in ay la sii joogto urarka Sasca, isla markaana sii wado wax ka qabashada baahiyaha bulshada .
As part of SASCA’s newspaper programme to educate young people about Somali culture and hospitality we had the opportunity to meet one of the Somali elders in Manchester, Mr Abdi Gurey who recounted to us the beauty of this culture and the generosity of the Somali people even in times of hardship and scarcity.
It is the custom of Somalis to provide for their guests with all means available. It could be the dry season when water is scarce, when the camels’ udders are empty, when the sheep are weak and the general atmosphere of the house is rather bleak and chaotic.
Yet, despite this, the family must provide food and shelter for the weary travellers who come their way no matter what. Even with most nomadic families already leading an abstemious way of life owing to their locality and meagre resources, to be able to serve a guest appropriately is highly commendable and to turn a guest away is the most dishonourable deed.
In the vast, arid countryside, where the nomadic settlers roam, hospitality is of utmost importance. Here, in these boundless miles of barren lands and parched terrains, the nomads’ lives become interdependent; so much so that hospitality has become something of an obligation upon every nomadic settler.
Regularly a nomadic family would receive a wanderer or a traveller lost for directions or people just passing by. These consist of nomads looking for their lost camels and sheep, or nomads on a long trip wishing to rest for the night, or even Qur’an teachers wishing to provide their services to the nomadic families in rural areas.
Being able to serve your guests is an honourable act and highly esteemed throughout Somali society, however inappropriate a time guests arrive.
In the nomadic lifestyle, the father who is the head of the house is aware that at any time he might receive guests and travellers, so he is always looking after his name and his honour. If a man is in possession of several milking camels, it is within his means to milk one or even two camels for his guests to serve them with fresh milk, and even slaughter them a camel.
Even during times of scarcity when milk is in short supply, when the sheep have become emaciated and the camels are taken to faraway places for grazing, Somali custom dictates that every visitor is received with open arms and cordially entertained regardless of ethnicity, region or tribal allegiance (even enemy tribes).
Many years of experience has helped Manchester’s Somali community to become a role model for integration and peace, not only in Manchester but worldwide.
The greatest challenges to bringing Somali people together were the conflicts between ethnicities originated in their homeland of Somalia.
The Somali Social Care Agency (SASCA), located in Princess Road, Moss Side was founded in 2007 and is run by the Somali community. SASCA works with Manchedter City Council and other partners to help the integration of all people.
Mohamed Jeilani, 74, who is the chairman at SASCA, proudly states: “SASCA was able to form one umbrella organisation out of six former communities for the mutual benefit of Somali people in greater Manchester.”
In a joint research project with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) called Hope for the Future, SASCA identified three core subjects which would help the integration process: health, education and young people.
SASCA’s office is open weekdays 10am-2pm, it offers advice and informs people about public services, health and care support, social contact within and outside the community, healthy living, safe and independency in work, education and retirement.
Mr Jeilani describes Somali culture as being naturally encouraging, open and friendly to everyone. Thus, SASCA opens its office also in the afternoon, every day from 5-11pm, to watch television, play cards or just socialise.
Integration means remaining open to the influences and circumstances of your country but also learning how to show your culture and to make yourself visible, he says.
Mohamed Egeh, 54, volunteer at SASCA added: “My motor is volunteering; to do something for the community and to be open for everyone. I like to start from scratch and build up the community and solve their problems.”
SASCA is aware that it is not only Somali people who face the challenges of integration, and why it has reached out to other communities such as Arabic ones.
Next to English the office staff speak a wide range of languages, such as Somali, Swahilli, Arabic or Italian.
SASCA shares its experience with other Somali communities in Birmingham and London. Many Somali people have family around the globe and the interest of following Manchester’s success story in forming an organised community to improve the start over and finally to integrate is huge.
Mr Jeilani says that SASCA has also helped with community projects in Somalia itself, such as building schools and water purification facilities, and continues to maintain contacts with official representatives of Somalia.
Mr Mohamud added: “I hope that one day also my children will continue the community work.”
Would you like help and support to eat healthy, become more active, stop smoking, sleep soundly and manage stress? In co-operation with Manchester community health trainers, SASCA can help find ways of leading a healthier lifestyle and look at areas where you are tempted into unhealthy habits.
The benefits of healthy eating include:
n risk of heart disease and high blood pressure
· reduced change of getting cancer
· weight loss
· improved bowels
· healthier skin, nails, and hair.
The benefit of physical activity mean a reduced risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and obesity, combating the effects of ageing, more flexible joints, tendons and ligaments; and the relief of stress and anxiety.
The benefits of quitting smoking include less chance of getting lung and heart disease, less chance of getting cancer and respiratory illnesses. Health trainer Gassim Mohammed, of the Madia Trust, said: “If you would like help and support to the health trainer service you can get in touch with any staff of SASCA then the health trainer will contact you and talk to you about the support you are looking for and the goals you would like to achieve.”
WELCOME to the first edition of Sasca News – the newspaper of the Somali Adult Social Care Agency!
The paper has been produced with the help of students from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and is here to bring you news and keep you informed of events within Manchester’s Somali community.
Sasca is based in Moss Side and is the home of the Somali Adult Social Care Agency whose volunteers work to identify the needs of the Somali community in greater Manchester.
As well as a newspaper, Sasca News also has a website where you can find all the articles in the current edition, as well as lots of other information. We have a Twitter account as well as a Facebook page updating you on the latest news as it happens.
Sasca News has been printed in both English and Somali and has been specially designed so that it can be flipped between one language and another.
We aim to bring Sasca News to the Somali community living in south Manchester and beyond.
In this edition we focus on the work of Sasca in the community and the advice it gives on housing, education health and work.
We also shine a spotlight on the volunteers who make up the Sasca team, the ‘heroes’of the organisation who go out of their way to help those in need.
There are features on Somali students and how they are getting on in the world of education, as well as an article on
A feature on Somali culture has also been written by Somali journalist Mawliid Nuur
And for the sports fans we’ve got a whole page devoted to football and basketballs teams and the mark they’re making on the world of sport in Manchester.
Sasca News has been produced jointly by volunteers at Sasca and the journalism department at MMU. Journalism lecturer Dave Porter and a team of students from the undergraduate course helped Sasca write, edit and design the paper and website – and will help it in producing future editions.
Sasca wanted the Somali community in Manchester to have its own voice and it was important that the newspaper – which is initially being distributed in Moss Side, Hulme and Fallowfield – was written in both English and Somali so that no members of the community would feel excluded because of a language barrier.