Blog 2

Recently I watched a video by Mohamed Ali called Unemployment and Terrorism. His observations took place in Mogadishu, which is the capital of Somalia. He was studying the social lives of young adults in Mogadishu going through a time where there are limited job opportunities. According to the video by Ali, there is a link between young adults with no jobs to joining in terrorist groups and behaviors. These young adults cannot work because there are no jobs available too them, with or without a college degree. They are in a state of waithood, where there is nearly nothing for them. This state of being puts these young people in a vulnerable state where they need to find something they can do to not be in a constant state of waithood. When there are no opportunities for jobs people turn to doing bad instead of good. This is were terrorist groups come into play. They see these people with nothing to do and they pursued them into their group, giving them a place to be or something to do. Much like the boy Ali talks about in the beginning of the video, Where he moved from home to find work in a bigger city but when he arrived he found nothing and had to live in a tent community. Until a group came in and took interest in him and his life. They provide him with money, a wife, and a purpose in life. This is what all these young adults are trying to find, a purpose, so when there are no opportunities available for them, they are willing to take anything that comes up so they can start to provide for themselves and their families. Ali’s solution to this issue was to teach people in this waithood state how to be entrepreneurs. So he went to Mogadishu and taught a class for the young adults so they would get out of this pattern of life that is occuring. They need to be actively creating jobs for themselves to avoid this state of living. He learned their stories and what they are doing for themselves, what jobs they are creating to support a better life. They need to be taught entrepreneurship so they can do good for the world and create a good life for themselves.  

The City & The City

Before I started reading The City & The City I looked up the book and read a few different summaries to get an idea of what the book was. I new it was going to be a mystery novel, which I usually like to read, so I found it interesting and was excited to read it. Because I like reading mystery novels and watching mystery shows I was able to visualize a senecio that I developed in my head as I read the book so I could really understand and visualize a world in which this novel was a reality. In the beginning of the book it was a little  confusing with all the names and new cities, it was like reading a foreign language for a little while. As I was reading I would write notes to remember each persons names and where they were from so I could recall them easier if they came up again,  but it became a lot easier when I got use to the text. As I continued reading however, I realized it added a layer of creativity that grabbed my interest. It can be frustrating opening a book and being instantly dropped into a scenario that is filled with so many details and where you are filled with so many questions. This book although was hard to be thrown into, kept my attention until I had all the answers that satisfied my curiosity. I liked that throughout the novel you could keep the questions in the back of your mind and later finding out how they all connect. The book started developing right when you find out about the crime from the begging. I liked that it had a dramatic opening and thought it set the course of the book well and kept the audience wanting to read more and find out what happened to the girl. The author also kept the audience interested until the very end of the novel because that’s then all of the clues and investigation comes to an end and the book all starts to connect. I also enjoyed talking to other students about the book and we are  able to discuss parts of the book that the other may have missed which helped to create a better picture about the world the book takes place in. Overall, I really enjoyed the novel and I felt like I understood the context of the book and was able to understand the language the author used throughout the book.