Somalis who have claimed refuge in Britain should abandon comfortable lives in the “boring” West and return to rebuild their war-torn homeland, the country’s foreign minister has said.
In an interview in London with The Telegraph, Abdurrahman Dualeh Beileh urged Britain’s large Somali diaspora to come home even if it meant it a more dangerous life than they were used to.
“Somalia is a challenge of course, but what is life without challenges?” said Mr Beileh, 59, a US-educated financier who spent 25 years working for the African Development bank before taking up his post in the capital, Mogadishu, earlier this year.
“I honestly see people working in the Western world having it too easy, it’s a very dull life,” he said. “Personally, I worked for 25 years in a bank as a very senior manager, but every day is the same as the other. Now today in Mogadishu I have every day new challenges, and that gives the rush of adrenalin.”