No One Can Silence You Unless You Allow Them

(Submitted Also Somewhere)

Am Samia Hassan, I’ll call myself ‘A Global Citizen’ who for the time being lives in a place called ‘Somaliland’ (Where am bullied, harassed, abused, and harmed every single day. I haven’t went out now for months because of the bullying and abuse that happens to me. I’ve forgotten how the street looks like, miss even the fresh air and walking, but I’m afraid that they will do all the bad things the people do to me whenever I’m in public.’)

Perhaps when all the abuse, harm, & harassment stops I can then claim to be a survivor of ‘Sexual Harassment’. As a result from the sexual harassment, bullying, harm and from the different kinds of abuses I became disabled , with many various dangerous injuries through a tragic accident that happened to me in 2009 in Egypt, Cairo.  (All this was because of men who worked for big ‘Multinational Firms’ who all now are leading great lives, others were ordinary guys who too are living merry lives, just like Bill Clinton is leading a merry life when he harassed and assaulted many women (& there’re so many other creatures like him too in every country (Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Silvio Berlusconi and many others.)

I thought all the tragedies that I went through when I came to this place called Somaliland will end, but unfortunately that didn’t stop or end, I went again through so many new kinds of harassment and abuses.

When I stood up for myself and reported some of the people who were harming me, a close friend to the men who were doing the harm who has been leading the investigation along with other people stated that none of my claims seem to be accurate (This just didn’t occur once, me trying to end harassment & abuse,  & then everyone taking the side of the perpetrator, it happened many times). As a result of that injustice, harm, abuse and harassment, I’m now unemployed for almost three years.

The sad part is that within a society like mine where I live, due to clan ties, patriarchy , traditions and that all the society is kind of relatives one way or another, and because am a woman not having as much power, ties, links, and wealth as the men who assaulted me, I became the ‘DISPOSABLE LIFE’, am the disabled harassed poor woman with no status that can be simply rid off for good. I have been through many different forms of abuse, harm, harassment, and injustice of all kinds since a very young age and I pray that the Lord does aid me and serve justice, amen.

I live with people who say they’re my family, but they beat, bully, harass, & abuse me. I’m the eldest one in the family, helped raise the kids with a woman who calls herself my mother but she’s anything other than a mother, worked outside the home to help them financially, when my father would want to beat her I intervened , & I’s the one who was beaten, I took all the hits instead of her, she & they had forgotten all this and every time they beat, bully, harass, abuse me & threaten that they will kick me out of the house as am unemployed.

The boys I carried & raised as babies now when they became grown up men beat me by orders from the woman who calls herself my mother (The woman I took all the hits aimed at her instead of her, worked more than one job to help feed her kids, & worked also inside the home) and by orders of another spoiled rich girl in the family.

I’ve a bachelor in ‘Mass Communication’, was doing a master’s in ‘International Relations’, speak three languages fluently, write fiction/non fiction, poetry, and even recently started writing ‘Academic Teaching Materials’, posted them too on ‘SlideShare’. You can find my work via the following sites:


3 thoughts on “No One Can Silence You Unless You Allow Them

  1. @Samia J.Hassan, your story is so hurtful and it really has impacted on me. I will never know how you have been feeling during all these atrocities that have been made to you, but all my thoughts goes all the way to you. You are a very intelligent woman with a rich academic path. I do think that the story of your life should be sealed in a book so that women of the world might know that they are not alone. All the best for your future life. From Mauritius. Christa.

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    • I never understood when ‘Maya Angelou’ said she lost the ability to speak because of violence /rape & immersed herself in reading. I immersed myself in music, reading everything, books, youtube, movies, and other things as modes of survival & mechanism to protect myself, I do many things to forget my pain and the people behind it, till the lord opens for me a door to escape all this for once & for all. You have no idea what they do to make my whole life disappear from existence, & they have no shame, nor the disgusting place they belong to, people/countries behind them, people like them, & everyone who is similar to them who had ever abused me & done ill & wrong to me. They lack dignity, values, morals, ethics, shame, & any sort of humanity. They’re above anything /everything; law, religion, society & everything, because they aren’t the only ones like this, so no one blames them or holds them accountable for what they do. I haven’t been able to go out for months because everyone is just like them, can you imagine what kind of people am with?! The university , courses, jobs & everything is like this. I did a course for a year and for no reason whatsoever everyone was on a crusade to hurt & harm me, everyday was a series of intense pain & agony! Everything that involves me is like this!
      I went to pray at the mosque & to make sure I never come back they stole my shoes! Another woman just started a fight with me in the mosque, I told her I’m disabled got metals in my body & if I do ‘Ablution’ in the toilet with me not wearing something in my feet I will fall & break myself again, she said she doesn’t care! But I went again to that mosque & made a donation for the sake of the lord. They have closed the doors of ‘God’s House’ in my face.

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      • These people are dumb, and when someone is stupid, you should jave pity for them for their stupidity makes them do stupid things. I really don’t know what to say to you. Just to continue having faith in god. You are a great source of motivation for many women that undergoe the same treatment as you. Your message should be more delivered accross the world.

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