Somali elders are practitioners in reconciliation, deriving their authority from being delegates of their communities and accountable to them. Sultan Said Garasse discusses 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 Puntland.
In any community, you ﬁnd all types of people, good and bad. Had there been no bad people, there would be no need for an elder. The role of the elder is to create justice among men.
Sultan Said Garasse
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