A tragic and horrifying incident happened recently. Two young men who were best friends were sitting at a café chewing khat; an addictive narcotic drug which is very popular in Somalia. A bird landed nearly, and one of the young men decided to shoot at the bird, however, the other instantly slapped the gun trying to save the bird, but the unexpected happened. The young man was shot whereby the bullet entered his body through the kidney side. He was rushed to the hospital but he died soon after. This is surely a devastating incident. Moreover, it was decided that the young man did not really intend to kill his friend and it was declared an accident, therefore no charges have being filed and the family pardoned this young man for they knew the close friendship that connected these young men.
But was it really an accident? Yes, he did not want to kill his friend but then he did intend to end a life, the life of a living creature, the bird. The question remains. What did the bird do to deserve the shooting?
These incidents occur repeatedly and hundreds of people die every year because they are used as a target practice.
On the one hand, Somalia is a country where almost every household owns a gun, as shocking as it might seem there was apparently a ban on selling and dealing arms legally, which means all of that heavy arms were obtained illegally. On the other hand, the U.N. partially lifted arms ban on Somalia recently which means selling and obtaining a gun is about to be legalized. So I wonder, with the guns already heavily distributed, what will lifting the arms ban serve?? Don’t we have enough guns in this country, and aren’t we supposed to reduce their number instead of increasing it??