Bloodshed continues and music disappears
Radical Islamist groups have unleashed a renewed crackdown on music, cinemas, and music-related events as part of their unrelenting efforts to silence the music and musicians of Somalia.
By Abdulkadir M. Wa’ays
Militia from radical Islamist groups are currently engaged in fighting with Somalia’s weak government forces and its allied Ethiopian troops in South and Central Somalia, including the capital Mogadishu. Violent attacks currently take place almost every day, and over the past weeks, the Islamists’ crackdown on music has intensified.
Here is a summary of some of the recent incidents:
In another similar attack in the town of Baidaba, the seat of Somalia’ Transitional Federal Parliament, the radical Islamist militia threw a grenade at a cinema-house on Sunday night 22 June 2008. At the time, local youths were watching films, Euro 2008 quarter final match between Spain and Italy, and music-related videos.
According to witnesses, more than ten young boys were wounded in the blast while two of them died in the Baidaba hospital.
The victims of this horrific attack were aged between 12 and 15 years. Six year old boy was among the dead, says Aden Hassan, the cinema owner. (Source: AFP, 23 June 2008).
Live music stopped
As the Somali youths have alternatively resorted to the cinema-houses to watch films and music related videos, these militia have begun attacking the cinema-houses for showing films and Somali screen plays under the pretext that music and such viewing are un-Islamic.
Folklore dancers attacked
As an integral and core part of Somalis’ traditional art form and music, still practiced in the rural areas, young men and women nomads get together for nocturnal folklore dancing events in a bit to interact, flirt, and socialize among themselves.
In this attack, two of the nomad dancers were wounded while others who fled to the bush for fear of their lives are still unaccounted for. (Source: Radio Shabelle, 30 June 2008)
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