ACT LOCALLY. THINK GLOBALLY

TO SOMALI CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS BOTH AT HOME AND IN THE DIASPORA

YOU ARE A SOCIAL WORKER
YOU ARE AN INTELLECTUAL
YOU ARE A RELIGIOUS PERSON
YOU ARE FOND OF DISCUSSIONS
YOU DWELL AT LENGTH ON EVENTS
YOU PICK ARGUMENTS VERY EASILY
YOU FOCUS ON IMPORTANT ISSUES
YOU TRAVEL ABROAD. YOU SPEND MONEY
YOU SPEND TIME. YOU EXHAUST RESOURCES
YOU PRODUCE AND SIGN MANIFESTOES
YOU GO ROUND AND MEET PEOPLE
YOU ATTEND SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
YOU PRESIDE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL FORUMS
YOU APPEAR IN THE RADIOS AND TV’S
YOU ADDRESS THE PUBLIC SERIOUSLY
YOU SHINE IN HARD TALK AND HOT DEBATES
YOU SPEAK OF INJUSTICES AND ABUSES
YOU WRITE WONDERFUL ARTICLES AND PAPERS
YOU WRITE STIRRING POEMS AND SONGS
YOU DO ARTS OF DIFFERENT SORTS
YOUR DRAWINGS SPEAK LOUD AND CLEAR
BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH DEAR BROTHER
THAT IS NOT ENOUGH DEAR SISTER
ACTION IS ALSO NEEDED TO GET A CURE
AN ACTIVIST IS ONE WHO CLEANS THE WELL
NOT ONE WHO POINTS FINGERS ON BAD WATER
COME AND HELP, PLEASE. COME HELP ME
I’M RIGHT INSIDE THE WELL
ACT LOCALLY. THINK GLOBALLY

by Abdi Nuur Haaji

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