It was in the hot and humid summer of 2011, when this ambitious first-year university student found out about the situation of Somalia. Often acknowledged as “the world’s forgotten catastrophe”, I saw shocking news of prestigious NGOs specializing in emergency aid having no other choice but to withdraw. Nevertheless, I couldn’t bring myself to ignore what was going on in Somalia.
Ever since we established the university student-led “Japan Somalia Youth Organisation”, we have been giving our everything, believing that there is something 'We' can only do. Our organization has encountered countless numbers of obstacles. At times, we did bite our lips with helplessness. However, with our fellow members, one by one, slowly but steadily, we have been able to overcome such hardships.
‘By deciding the issue before starting anything, I always find something precisely I can only do’. Taking action in the field of peacebuilding and countering violent extremsim, this is what I have realized.
Thinking back, I ask myself, “What is it that I can do? What do I have to do? ” When I look around, I see a world where terrorism is only on the rise. Other than Somalia, I find numerous violent conflicts that I want to turn my eyes away. However, my belief has not changed since 2011. Time has enabled me to do even bigger things today. We do not see ourselves as helpless now, much less with little power.
I am determined to devote my life to challenge the unending issue of terrorism and conflict resolution.
I give you my deepest appreciation for your support and understanding,