Saturday, 20 December 2008

update on Somaliland charity

We have gotten some more info about the charity in Somaliland. The organisation does not have a website yet and they solely depend on personal support for the time being. Unfortunately we can also not name the peaceful organisation, as that might get them into trouble since their proect in Somaliland has been terminated by the UN and condemned by the militant groups. It's best not to risk their safety in both ways.

Our friend also insisted if we could help the 8 Somali staff employees that were part of her project and which they had to leave behind in Hargeisa. They have been unemployed since and all have families to feed. One of employee is even in the hospital. For this critical reason, any help we can give is very much appreciated.

We want to split the money evenly so that both the organisation as well as the unemployed staff can be aided.

Some more information about 1st organisation (*names are changed for security reasons)

GUD* is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit making national organization. The organization was formally founded in November 2007 with the technical and financial support of Somaliland intellectuals and traditional leaders who were, and still are, fully engaged on peace building, conflict resolution and promotion of human rights. The founders and top management team were engaged on similar activities since 2003 in their earlier capacities in another LNGO (HS LNGO) which they separated themselves from during the last quarter of 2007 as they established GUD.

They initiated the launching of the Advocacy program of Human Rights, Peace and Environment focused on the Somali Customary Law (Xeer) with direct involvement of the grass root traditional leaders as the major agents of change to amend the harmful customary codes and put them in alignment with the international human rights standards. After the initial successes of the Advocacy program in the Togdheer region and the replication of the experience in Hargeisa region they established a professional local NGO to keep the programma alive.
In establishing Hornpeace this deficit was sought addressed by opening a conduit for the traditional system and international organizations to work together on a broad specter of issues. These issues were being ignored by other international organizations operating in Somaliland. They have various branches in different regions and are looking to more progress in the Somaliland peace cause.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Rebel Up! Soundclash #19, Saturday 20th of december @ OCCII , Eastern Africa special with Andy Moor, Terrie Ex & Tony Buck

Danane? Kamela'cha dahane? Skawaran?

Just some 'how are you' greetings in Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somali....
We hope all is 'demen' , 'suboq' or 'nabad' with you.

Ok folks, let the horns sound once again, it's time for the last Rebel Up! Soundclash of 2008!

What better way to end the year with a special night of Eastern African sounds @ OCCII! We've got a seriously full evening lined up. It's not just a night of african disco and soukous alone as you might expect, but also we've got an extra special live set done by 3 very much respected musicians from the punk and improv scene!

Our special guests of the night are Terrie Ex & Andy Moor (both The Ex) who will form a one-off impromptu trio with improv drummer Tony Buck (The Necks, AUS) who happens to be in town and feels like kicking it loud and late with us.
Expect a bodyshaking afro-punk-jazz improv set into multiple directions of the african hemisphere... surely it's gonna be a tasty mash of styles, just as we like it at Rebel Up!

After that, Terrie and Andy will play an Eastern African disco set, focussing on the modern folk and pop sounds from Ethiopia and Eritrea. You thinking Ethiopiques? Sure deal, but don't forget that the local pop is also booming over there and worth listening and dancing to. So now it's your chance to discover such delights!
Support in this amazing night will also come from your usual Rebel Up! DJ's and VJ.

In this edition we want to focus on the eastern side of the African continent. All is not well in Sudan, Somalia, and southern parts of Ethiopia and the struggles for power are going on and on. Most affairs are hidden from the western world and rather forgotten by the media, as if things in that part of Africa aren't worth to be supported by the west.

We've got an Italian friend who worked at a social UN project in Somaliland. Since the recent bomb blasts that killed 2 of her UNDP colleagues and which was followed subsequent threats by the militant Somali Al Shabaab group, she had to be relocated to Nairobi (Kenya) along with most western UN staff.
She told us about a small reliable NGO project that is running in Somaliland, which always needs funds and that we would like to support on our night. This organisation specializes in giving conflict management training among tribal elders, which is the best possible approach in that region. To create awareness by teaching active ways of stopping violence between various tribes is already a good step towards a lasting peace. More information about this organisation will follow as soon as we've gotten all the name, details and websites from our friend in Nairobi (keep a tab on our website or find out on the night itself)
Be sure not to miss this quality filled night, perhaps the best last party of the year~!
We hope to see you saturday.

More info on the night and musicians below. and some visual spheres too!

Rebel Up! Soundclash (#19)
Diasporic sounds from the global underground.....
a global culture mashup of rougher world music and visuals,

Saturday 20th of december @ OCCII
Amstelveenseweg 134 (tram #1 (stop Overtoomsesluis) or #2)
doors open 22:30 till late,
4 Euro fee. -> Profit goes to charity!