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Somaliland:Remembering the Late Ibrahim Koodbuur

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Late Ibrahim Koodbuur is one of the highly remembered brave man history recorded in 20th century in view of the danger involved for the rescue mission to free Abdillahi Askar from extremely protected Jail guarded by heavily armed military units.

People are two categories namely those who make history and those who read history like common people. Ibrahim Koodbuur was one those who makes history in view of his bravery act which is rarely happened in history. Ibrahim display courage, face danger without fear and facing danger makes brave man braver .Martin Luther King, Jr., The black American civil rights activist who said I have a Dream speech on August 28, 1963 delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln memorial which is defined American civil rights movement has also made history.  Nelson Mandela who struggled to end Apartheid in South Africa also made history. Mohamed Hashi Lixle who engineered the well known Mandiira jail operation to free the prisoners of concise is also another personality who made history. With respect to my main subject issue, Somali Nation Movement(SNM) has produced hundreds of brave man and women, but the rescue operations engineered by Ibrahim Koodbuur was unique nature in the view of risk involved the rescue  operation from a jail in the heart of city surrendered by heavily armed military units. Furthermore, the city whereby mission operated was stationed by the headquarters of the largest military 26th division of Somali army. Military divisions consist of many brigades and each brigade consists of many battalions. The number of soldiers that makes battalions, brigades and battalions varies from country to country. But general it is understood that the number of military bridges ranges from 3,000 to 10,000.00. Therefore, one can a city stationed a number of bridges of above strength. Ibrahim Koodbuur and the small number of commandos with him put their lives on danger to challenge a military division of the above size. That is why we call this rescue operation as unique nature reason being the security danger involved the operation. One can compare that rescue operation to Entebbe Israeli rescue raid. Operation Entebbe was a hostage-rescue mission carried out by the Israeli defence forces at Entebbe in Uganda on July 4, 1976. A week earlier, on June 27, an air France plane with 248 passengers was hijacked by Palestinian units and flown to Entebbe, near Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Shortly after landing, all non-Jewish passengers were released. The operation took place at night, as Israeli transport planes carried 100 elite commandos over 2,500 miles (4,000 km) to Uganda for the rescue operation. The operation, which took a week of planning, lasted 90 minutes and 103 hostages were rescued. Five Israeli commandos were wounded and one, the commander, Lt. Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu, was killed. All the hijackers, three hostages and 45 Ugandan soldiers were killed and 11 Soviet-built MiG-17 of Uganda’s air force were destroyed. A fourth hostage was murdered by Ugandan army officers at a nearby hospital. That rescue named Operation Thunderbolt in memory of the leader who engineered the operation. Ibrahim Koodbuur  has engineered a rescue operation equivalent in terms of the risk involved to Entebbe raid.

 

Ibrahim was compensate, determined, confidence fearless at time he led the rescue operations and these qualities can be found in daring feats of heroism. Bravery is often associated with fearless acts of heroism, but this emotion also is a natural component of bravery and is a normal physiological reaction to perceived physical and emotional threats. Bravery involves learning to cope with and conquer your fears. By doing this, people discover their innate bravery, trust and delight in life. Many acts of bravery would never be committed if it weren’t for compassion and altruism. People who risk their lives doing rescue work in war zones are usually motivated by a compassionate desire to help others. Someone who jumps into the water to save someone drowning does so because he puts the welfare of the endangered person before his own. Confidence is fueled by a belief in your own abilities and the belief that you can be successful. This is an important characteristic of bravery because those who have high levels of confidence and self-esteem are more likely to take risks and plunge into activities. Commitment to a higher purpose or goal is a common characteristic of bravery. The fire-fighter who enters a burning building places in a potentially dangerous situation, but does so because he is committed to saving lives and is motivated by higher principles. Taken into consideration the act of bravery led by Ibrahim that involves the most dangerous risk, the memory of the late  Ibrahim Koodbuur is active in hearts in the minds for the people of Somali-land. In memory of bravery act, a district in Hargeisa has been named in remembrances of Ibrahim Koodbuur. I had an opportunity to meet Ibrahim in 1979 and I can categorize Ibrahim a person who Characterize the best qualities any person could poses such as  religious,honest,loyal,devoted,loving,kind,sincere,devoted, hero, brave . Ibrahim put his life in danger to rescue his brother Abdillahi Askar that he shares with him a just cause to free their country and that is why every one of us has a solid memory in their our hearts of minds. Courage and bravery leap to mind first when we think of heroism. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.Brave like Ibrahims always puts others first. Ironically, that kind of selflessness can often be strategic, because focusing on others’ needs often winds up helping you achieve your own goals.Ibrahim has the characteristics of hero which are detailed in the following:
Courage: Courage the first and the foremost quality of a hero is his courage. A hero always overcomes his fears and confronts any challenge head on. Even the faintest tinge of fear doesn’t linger in the heart of a hero.

Virtuosity: Virtuosity is the key aspect of a hero’s character. A hero is never foolishly audacious. He always is judicious and well skilled to cite and cease the opportunities, which present themselves on the way towards his destination. A hero is laden with all the essential faculties, which are instrumental to accomplish what he seeks.

Sacrifice: Sacrifice is a quality that stands unique from all the other virtues which makes a hero noble in his deeds. He or she is always quite willing to cast off the predilections and personal comforts whenever they become indispensable for a higher cause or for the welfare of others.

Determination: For a hero the word “Impossible” always decomposes to yield “I am possible.” A hero is unflinching in his or her determination and believes in his ability without the whiff of dubiety.

Focus: Being focused is also one of the most prominent qualities of a hero. It seems as if all the heroes that have walked on the surface of the earth have been born with definite motives. All their life they hardly lose focus of what they want to achieve or establish. For instance, it appears that Mahatma Gandhi was born with the sole purpose of driving the British forces out of then enslaved India and to preach the world the ideology of nonviolence.

Compassion: A true hero is always empathetic, benevolent and shows a great deal of compassion and tenderness to those ailing or in distress. He or she keeps aside thoughts those are oriented to the self and embraces an attitude that serves others.

Perseverance: This quality is what that makes the hero special. Even if they encounter failure on their way, they are determined to get over it and fight till they achieve success. They do not give up simply rather they are focused to withstand all the consequences that they may encounter in their path.

Dedication: The heroes are selflessly dedicated to their task and will thus focus their actions towards its achievement. They whole-heartedly dedicate themselves to the task, which is set, and work towards its completion.

Honesty: In all the endeavors that a hero takes up, honesty forms the base of all his efforts. This honesty earns him the respect of others and helps him leading his followers to the desired goal.

Loyalty: A hero is considered to possess fierce loyalties in the sense that he is faithful to whatever tasks they take up. His commitment to a particular cause leads him way beyond others citing an example for others to follow him.

Intrepidity:The heroes have a courage that is unshaken despite anything that comes in their path of their focused success. They are determined to fight challenges with resolute courageousness.

Conviction: Heroes have a strong conviction as they have strong beliefs regarding a particular situation. It is a set of unshakable thoughts or beliefs, which cannot be altered by any chance.

Fortitude: Fortitude can be defined as a habit that is involved in encountering a deed that is dangerous with a bright spirit that is adopted with passive courage.

Responsibility: Whatever be the type of responsibility entailed on them, they take it up with utmost sincerity and take it to its logical conclusion.

 

Wisdom: Wisdom is the most desired quality, which a leader must possess. Only a wise and astute person can do so. wisdom is always an attribute that all of them possess.

 

Above mentioned are some of the most fundamental qualities, which Ibrahim  possesses and these qualities identified him being exceptional in view that he puts his personal interest behind the shared interest and his own interest as a second priority and not the first and that is why Ibrahim rescue mission considered as exceptional unique nature. Ibrahim has born in small settlement located in the border line stuck between Somaliland and Ethiopia named Dabagorayaale. He has taken his elementary studies in Hargeisa, Intermediate school at sheikh education faculties and secondary school in Farah Oomaar whereby he finished in 1972. Thereafter, he joined the Somali national army as a officer Cadet, went Russia for military training and rounded up his military training in 1977.Upon returned back to home, Ibrahim was ranked as a second lieutenant, the first rank held on commissioning responsible for leading a number of troops both in training and on operation.This personal data related to him was provided to me by his nephew, Khadar Koodbuur ( A famous man in UK, Somaliland and Ethiopia . You will find in the Google another article title as “there is identical history or similarity between Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnamese leader who liberated Vietnam in 1975 and Mohamed Hashi Lixle” written by myself on December 17, 2013.

 

Thousands of men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice, so many live have been lost and so many changed forever by the wounds that they have suffered in their lives. If thousands of freedom fighters died for this country, we need to have thousands of Sympathizer. SNM fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice. Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory. A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. A hero or heroines are those who understand the responsibility that comes with his freedom. Hard times create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed. Heroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are human beings. A hero or heroine is someone who is willing to help others in his or her best capacity. A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people. A hero to me is someone who saves people and who really deeply.

 

The western civilization celebrates hosting the Oscars, but our Oscars are those sacrificed their lives liberating this country.  Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first.  A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people. A hero to me is someone who saves people and who really deeply cares. A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.  The Martyrs day of 17th October is celebrated every year in most parts of Somaliland. The occasion is observed annually in memory of the fallen heroes and surviving veterans of the liberation struggle launched by SNM almost three decades ago. Few I could remember their names  other than Ibrahim Kodbuur are Mohamed Hashi Lixle,  Abdulqadir Kosdar, Adan shine, Mohamoud Haibdeh, Mohamed Mogeh Liiban, Ahmed Dagax, Adan Suleman, Harag-Waafi and many more Martyrs that I cannot remember their names at present. In conclusion, Late Ibrahim Koodbuur is one of the highly remembered brave man history recorded in 20th century in view of the danger involved for the rescue mission to free Abdillahi Askar from extremely protected Jail in the center of the city (Hargerisa) guarded by heavily armed military units. This type of rescue operation rarely happens any where in the world. The bravery act engineered by Ibrahim stay alive and dwelling in our hearts and minds permanently.

 

 

Ismail Ismail – Rabasoro55@hotmail.co.uk

 

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