Ban on Samosas in Somalia : Islamic extremist Group states “The triangle, trumpets Christianity”
Samosas – the pocket, portable snack item has been banned in Somalia by Islamist militants. The al-Shabab group, which has imposed the ban, states that the samosa is by and large a Christian symbolism, considering its triangular shape, closely relating to the Christian holy trinity. Moreover, the al Qaeda-linked militant group claims that the triangular shape of the food item is not in adherence with the Islamic laws.
The ban has been confirmed by Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper, which reports that supply of samosas(called sambusas in Africa) have already been stopped in and around the small towns of Somalia and its capital Mogadishu, for fear of extremist repercussions.
Samosa's ban – a long food chain of events
The ban on samosa comes along a chain of food-barring events, which have prohibited Food aid groups, including the UN food program, to reach out to the starved masses of Somalia. This is much in contrary to the militant group’s earlier consensus to bring in foreign aid to the famine-stricken land, which now, denies the existence of any such dire crisis in the country. The group has gone to the extent of accusing the western government of propaganda by “conjuring-up a non-existent famine in the region”. Angst and public outcry over the authoritarian rulings of the militant outfit, doesn’t seem to melt its iron-fist of tyranny.
Under the prevalent condition, the country is under the looming threat of starvation deaths to the mounting numbers of 800,000, that too of children. The UN has declared famine in two parts of the country, which if not aided, will only lead to millions of deaths.
The extremist group has already annexed many areas of Somalia by fighting the local government and, is exercising its oppressive regime under the name of Islam, in these regions. The ban on samosas is another such feature, bringing to light the apathy and fanaticism of the militant group, which overshadows the humanitarian need of the hour.
Is the samosa a symbol of western culture?
Chronicling through history, the ban on samosas for its non-islamic nature is utterly paradoxical.
The fried snacks have been popular in Eastern Africa, for centuries.The word samosa derives its name from the Persian “sanbosag”, and “sambusak” in Arabic. Tracing its origin to Central Asia, the snacks has been depicted as a “stuffed pie stuffed with minced meat, almonds, pistachio, walnuts and spices” served before the third course of a meal. The samosa was then brought to South Asian countries, India through Muslim traders, where it gained widespread popularity. These triangular puffs are traveler-friendly, edible staples, adorning the South Asian snacks-platter.
As history sheds light, samosa seems to have grown roots in the Muslim culinary culture and its flavor and favorability transcended culture and continents to be a coveted and cherished snack item across the world.
That any food should be accused of ethnic origins, by depraved extremist groups deprived of humanity, pushing a famine-sticken land to the throes of mass-death; is testimony to the fact that the present mindless acts are definitely not carrying forward a golden legacy in the name of religion. It clearly defies all religious conventions, to be inhuman and even more to mete out atrocities, which claim to idolize a religion!