“Yes! We Committed Genocide”: Somalia

Amidst reports of the earlier sessions at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) being relatively uneventful, the Chair began the session with motivating the delegates to speak and bring their points forward. The delegates spoke about the main skills they wanted to develop through MUNs such as building confidence, public speaking, and learning about global issues.

A discussion regarding the referendum ensued. There was a moderated caucus to discuss ‘human rights violations in Western Sahara,’ in which a large number of aspects were discussed and a number of speakers firmly stood against Morocco.

In his speech the Somalian delegate rebuked the Morrocan delegate saying, “Everything in Morocco is baseless.'' The statement caused the rest of the delegates to strongly oppose Somalia. The delegate also unknowingly stated during their speech that, “Somalia committed genocide.” which further took away from the point they were trying to make.

Towards the end of the day, the delegate of South Africa unsuccessfully raised a motion for a moderated caucus to discuss the ‘physical and mental impact the conflict of Western Sahara has on the people of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)’. Seeing all motions fail, the chair decided to discuss the structure of the days to come so the delegates can have more constructive debates.

Lastly, the delegates discussed the issues and aspects which are yet to be brought to the table.

Reporter: Rivya Agarwal

Editor: Aryan Sharma