Somali elders are practitioners in reconciliation, deriving their authority from being delegates of their communities and accountable to them. Malaq Isaaq discuss the qualities that Somali elders are expected to possess and the role they play in maintaining peace, from his perspective as a respected elder from south central Somalia.
Traditional elders could contribute to national reconciliation if they were given a chance and their voices could be heard. Good examples are the regional administrations of Puntland and Somaliland, where traditional elders made it possible to bring sustainable peace and stability.
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