The BBC recently aired a documentary about Somalia called “Escape from the World’s Most Dangerous Place“, which has enraged the Somali community in Britain and is being interpreted as an attempt to justify Britain’s imperialist war mongering and foreign policy against Somalia.
The BBC once again shows its position as the official mouthpiece of the corrupt, undemocratic and imperialist British government.
Salah, a supporter of our campaign, has forwarded Hands off Somalia a letter of complaint sent to the BBC about the documentary (see below).
What you can do:
1) Send your complaints to the BBC now (http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complain-online/) to register opposition and disgust at the program about Somalia called “Escape from the World’s Most Dangerous Place”
2) Put your complaints below in the comments on this page so everyone can read them and the BBC can not hide at the utter discontent and dissent against their bias and inaccurate journalism.
Time to raise your voice and be heard!
Hands Off Somalia!
To Whom it may concern,
I am writing in response to the recent BBC documentary ‘Escape from the World’s Most Dangerous Place’ about Somalia and would like to illustrate some of the misconceptions viewers may gain from watching such a biased view on Somalia.
The video also does not display any of the reasons why Somalia is what they call a ‘failed state’. As a Somali individual and having been to Somalia and seen it for my self, I feel that there was a complete lack of dialogue with Somalis in this documentary. This video gave no chance for the British public to get a real indication of the root of the problems of Somali issues, such as the dumping of toxic waste in the surrounding coast, killing what used to be a main source of food (fish).
Certain points emphasised by the film were off topic, such as the idea of female circumcision which is by no means a common trend in Somalia, it is only in the minorities, which again indicates the bias view the BBC are trying give viewers; not to mention the fact that 28 other African and Middle Eastern countries carry out such practises. The BBC seem to be insinuating that Somali people are living in medieval times, which is untrue and promotes a barbaric image of Somali people.
‘In Somali culture, the birth of a girl is a disappointment while the birth of a boy is celebrated’ such fallacies are being implemented in the minds of people who don’t know Somalis. Somalis love their daughters as much as they love their sons just like any other family would, as otherwise it would not only go against my peoples’ morals but against my peoples’ religion. Besides this, social conditions impose the idea of gender value, this was obviously also left out of the documentary.
It seems to me that the video is promoting Islamophobia as well as the British governments self interests in the region. The British public are not given any means to comprehend what is going on in Somalia and more importantly the roots of the problem. They are merely given ‘reasons’ for Somalia to be ‘fixed’, of course by the British.
Ignorance is dangerous and this is a classic example of promoting ignorance as fact. This is the same kind of ignorance that promoted violence and murder in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Britain has displayed too many times what it is capable of militarily across the Middle East and Africa and has always given reasons to justify its violence. It is plain to see where this BBC and British government propaganda is heading.
Salahuddin Hassan, London