Haji Mohamed Liban

Inaa Lilaahi wa inaa Ilaahi raajicuun!

Late Haji Mohamed Liban

Haji Mohamed Liban aka Haro

 

On behalf of the Gharri people in North America, I extend my sympathy to the family of Late Haji Mohamed Liban AKA Haro. We are very sorry for your loss.

I had the privilege of knowing Haji Mohamed Liban during his prime living in Wachile and know that he was a generous and great community leader for over 70 years of his adult life. Haji Mohamed Liban passed away today at his home in Takaba, Kenya. Haji Mohamed was a great family man and a father of 36 and grandfather and great grandfather of 150.

He was among the most unwavering of the unsung heroes for the western Gharri region during the most difficult time of the 1960s, where up to 70% of the Gharri people in Ethiopia were massacred by the Haile Selassie regime. He was a fearless and unrelenting fighter of his generation. He was defiant and never tired of protecting his community. He was a freedom fighter and embodied our ability to fight against injustice. He was also a pioneering businessman.

His life spoke to our existence, living through massacre, witnessing the slaughter of an entire generation of the Gharri people, standing up against discrimination, and taught us to fight back at any cost to protect what is ours and he succeeded in that. Haji Mohamed Liban was 89 years old and his life will not be forgotten. Therefore, let us celebrate his life and the contributions that he made for our people and keep his legacy alive. May Allah bless his soul and offer him the best afterlife, and also offer his beloved sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, and nieces ease for their sorrow. May he rest in peace.

Inaa Lilaahi wa inaa Ilaahi raajicuun! ALAHA AH U NAXARIISTO Haji Mohamed Liban aka Haro! Dhamaan Garre Community of Atlanta, Garre Community of Ohio, Gharri Community Los Angeles, waxaan halkaan tacsi uga gudbinayaan dhamaan qoyska reer Haji Mohamed Liban oo joogaan Atlatna, GA, Columbus, Ohio, USA, Nairobi, Takaba, El Wak, Kenya iyo Gobolka Daawa, Ethiopia, geeridii ee ku timid Haji Mohamed Liban Maanta July 3, 2016.

Haji Mohamed Liban wax oo loo soo Aahan Jiirey Odayaasha uu hoggaminayey Besha Garre oo ku nool Itoobiya. Haji Mohamed Liban waxaa ifka kagatagay waxaa uu dhalay iyo waxay sidhaleen 186 qof. Haji Mohamed Liban waxa uu ahaa 89, UU KU GEERYOODEY isago Joogaa Magalada Takaba, Mandera County Dalka Keyan. Waxaan leeynahay dadkii uu ka geeryoodeyna samir iyo iimaan alla haka siiyo. Amin, amin.

By Gur Gharri

July 03, 2016

 

 

Ugass Bukura Somo

Ugass Bukura Somo

Ugass Bukura Somo 1898-2014

Inaa Lilaahi wa inaa Ilaahi raajicuun! ALAHA AH U NAXARIISTO Ugass Bukura Somo! Dhamaan Garre Community of Seattle, Garre Community of California iyo Gharri Community Atlanta, waxaan halkaan tacsi uga gudbinayaan dhamaan qoyska reer Bukura Somo oo joogaan Seattle, WA, USA, London, UK, Kenya iyo Ethiopia, geeridii ee ku timid Ugass Bukura Somo Maanta November 13, 2014. Ugass Bukura Somo wax oo loo soo Aahan Jiirey Odayaasha uu hoggaminayey Besha Garre, UU KU GEERYOODEY isago Joogaa Magalada Nairobi, Dalka Keyan. Waxaan leeynahay dadkii uu ka geeryoodeyna samir iyo iimaan alla haka siiyo. Amin, amin.

Ugass Bukura Somo was born in Ethiopia in about 1898. He was a well-respected Gharri leader and worked with Sultan haji Hassan Gababa, Sultan Robow Haji Hassan and Sultan Mohamed Haji Hassan Gababa. In 1964 he took a newly crowned Sultan Mohamed Haji Hassan under his wing after the death of Sultan Robow Haji Hassan, and was the leading Gharri elders during the most difficult time in the Gharri history. He was exiled to Kenya in 1976, where he remained ever since. He died on November 13, 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. He was one of the most famous Gharri leaders of the 21st Century. He outlived all the Gharri leaders of his generation and he was born in 1898 and he was 116 years old at the time of his death.

Sources. Ugass Bukura Somo’s death was confirmed by his children including Shakay Bukura Somo, from Washington State, USA. The rest of information is my own. I knew him personally because he and my late father were dear friends and we lived in Wachile, Ethiopia before he moved to Moyale. Regarding his age, the information was also provided by the two children of Ugass Bukura Somo.

By Gur Gharri

20150130_103648H. E. Aliyow Gababa was a true liberator. He was the founder and president of the Galla Sidamo Liberation Front. He founded the Galla Sidamo Liberation Front in 1962 during the struggle for East African independence. The Galla Sidamo Liberation Front name was Changed later after his death in 1974 to the Somali Abo Liberation Front. During his era, the Gharri people were called “Shiritam Somali”  or skirted Somali. Even though he didn’t live long enough to see the fruits of his labor, today the Gharri people are enjoying freedom that came from the struggle he started. Our people are free and living as Somalis without the word “Shiritam” in an autonomous Somali regional state within Ethiopia, so we should be grateful for his noble sacrifice. Please read the following letter he wrote.

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H. E. Aliyow Gababa was the Founder and president of Galla Sidamo Liberation Front. The Galla Sidamo Liberation Front name was changed after his date to Somali Abo Liberation Front.