.....(Hal-ku-dhigyo Dhaxal-gal Noqday) = ..... President, C/raxmaan A. Cali: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland dib ayay ula soo Noqotay Qaran-nimadeedii sidaa awgeed, waa dal xor ah oo gooni u taagan maanta (18/05/1991) laga bilaabo''...>>>>> President, Maxamad I.Cigaal:''Jiritaanka Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland'' Waa mid waafaqsan xeerasha u-degsan Caalamka! Sidaa darteed, waa Qaran xaq u leh in Aduunku aqoonsado''...>>>>> President, Daahir R. Kaahin: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland waa dal diimuqraadi ah oo caalamka ka sugaya Ictiraafkiisa''...>>>>> President, Axmed M. Siilaanyo: ''Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland, Boqol sano haday ku qaadanayso helista Ictiraafkeedu way Sugaysaa! Mar dambena la midoobi mayso Somalia-Italia''.....

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Somaliland National Development Plan ''2012-2016, and The National Vision by 2030'' Released


Documents:
- S/ land National Vision 2030/ S.Land development plan 2012-16.
''Read them all below''

The Ministery of Planning and Development  recently released two documents which came to our attention.  These are the first comprehensive plans which have been released under the guise of the Silanyo administration. On a first read they are quite good. But plans are quite easy to assemble. You grab a bunch of donor-friendly buzzwords and you compile them into a cohesive couple of paragraphs. The hard work comes in implementing the plans.

Full recovery and rapid development of 2012 – 2016 has been finally announced


Last week, after four years of JNA failure package, was another a big ceremony held at presidential palace, in Hargeysa, marked on wednesday 27th October 2011, the last day of the government’s announcement S/ land $ 927million Draft of Somaliland National Development Plan with the presence of ministerial heads, many officials and International Agencies in preparations for long term vision extended to 2030 process of Reconstruction and Development Plan earmarked for Somaliland for the next five years at a estimation cost of $927.27 million.

Today is one of my happiest days since got I matured of following Somaliland affairs for decades, in this week, when I saw and heard the announcement of five year developments plan including financial management, budget control and accountability. This is without doubt will equate to a staggering amount of increasing revenues and will follow decent live for Somaliland people.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Constructing a Reliable Central Bank in Somaliland


As the nation looks forward to the upcoming elections, I write this article to remind the Parties of their responsibility to the country. Conducting a coherent election, in a transparent manner, will no doubt strengthen our case for recognition and nation building but I say “what is recognition if our institutions are not robust and transparent”? The answer to that question is that we will be like any other failed African nation, and that is not good enough. Somaliland must reform its institutions firstly; so that we can utilize every financial opportunity effectively and secondly so that corruption can be defeated at all levels.

In this article I wish to highlight the necessary steps, which can be taken by the present or future government to build the Somaliland Central Bank.

Somaliland Youth Nowhere to Turn


''We need to be leaders of today, but not leaders of tomorrow”

Looking back in yesterday, I can still remember the feelings of excitement as parliament approved the amendment of Art.33.4 (Law No. 20). The years of being restricted from participating Local Council Elections were over. The struggle for youth participation movement was indeed remarkable and merit of admiration. It continues to be celebrated throughout Somaliland. Today, it is wonderful to see that the campaign successes and moves on faster than ever before. SONYO the torch of hope you lit in this year glows brightness, vastness and intensity.

Youth in Somaliland will have a big reason to smile. They will certainly have a reason to celebrate because thousands of young Somalilander’s who often suffer political barriers will have the chance to participate the upcoming Local Council Elections.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Recognizing Somaliland. By Dr. Adityanjee


India made history when she liberated and recognized the Republic of Bangladesh despite fierce international opposition from some of the cold-war superpowers. India took that strategic step because that was the right thing to do and suited India’s long-term geopolitical interests as well as international humanitarian concerns. Though the doctrine of international intervention for safeguarding the responsibility to protect had not been codified by the UNGA or the UNSC at that time; India did act according to the spirit of the responsibility to protect (R2P). Time has come for India to assert herself yet again and recognize diplomatically the break-away Republic of Somaliland on the horn of Africa as it suits India’s geopolitical interests as well as the international humanitarian concerns.

Lack of a functioning central government in Somalia since the ouster of the Muhammed Siad Barre government on January 26 1991 has led to anarchy, clan/tribal warfare and war-lordism.

Stories From Somaliland!


Because of my travels, I was not at all surprised to discover that the telecommunications industry is alive and booming in Somaliland. In fact, all of Africa is becoming saturated with cellphones, and mobile companies and phone manufacturers are paying close attention. An emerging African middle class combined with the increasingly low prices of mobile phones mean that the continent now offers millions of potential customers in a large market that is only beginning to be tapped. Somaliland is an ideal example of why the telecommunications industry is booming in Africa. In the late 1980’s, Siad Barre, the repressive dictator of the Somali Republic, launched repeated air attacks on Hargeisa.

The bombing completely destroyed most of the city and crippled the infrastructure and development of the northern region. I doubt that telephone poles had been erected in the country back then, but if any did exist, Barre’s assault surely took them out.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Somaliland: Failing law leaves children unprotected in Somaliland


Child rights activists have expressed concern over the stagnation of a juvenile justice law in Somalia's self-declared independent Republic of Somaliland, where officials say an average of 200 children are detained every month by police.

According to Khadar Nour, a child protection activist in the capital, Hargeisa, children are regularly detained for minor offences and "end up being detained with adults because there are no rehabilitation centres for children or prisons for children".

Somaliland passed a juvenile justice law in 2007 but is yet to implement it due to what government officials say are financial constraints and lack of knowledge of the law by the responsible institutions and their staff.

Edna Adan at TED


Edna Adan will give a presentation at the upcoming TED conference in Geneva about her work in service to the women of Somaliland.

She will discuss how she came home to Hargeisa in 1997 from a career at the World Health Organization to find Somaliland’s health care system in ruins.

“The ten year Civil war from 1982 to 1991 caused the death of a quarter million of our people and destroyed 95% of the country including schools and hospitals.” And so she decided to build a hospital using her own life savings and her pension.

With our limited resources, we know that country-wide coverage with doctors and graduate midwives will not be possible for a long time which is why we have chosen a low-tech, low-cost and time-effective solution: To train as many Community Midwives as we can, and train them now as a priority!

Kris plans huge trek for Somaliland hospital

Christopher Stanfield and Zidane are set to take on a pilgrimage challenge.

ORMISTON'S Kris McBride is embarking on a 1800km walk across Egypt in January to raise awareness and funding for a maternity hospital in Hargeisa.

Kris said growing up with five sisters provided impetus for the trip, which finishes at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa.

Kris leaves Cairo on January 2, 2012, heading south to Aswan (900km intending to walk 30km daily), taking the ferry to Wadi Halfa, walking to Atbara in central Sudan, then heading to the Red Sea. He said he intends to catch a boat down the sea to Dijibouti before walking the final 500km.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Somaliland : A Task For A Leader


The Economist Magazine, in its October I, 2011 issue (Democracy in sub-Saharan Africa; It is progress, even if it is patchy), lauded the spread of democracy in Africa in the last decade. In the same article the Economist also listed the peaceful and democratic ousting of several ruling parties by opposition parties. In the same the article listed President Ahmed Mohamoud Silanyo and Somaliland 4th in a list of 34 heads of states and countries that underwent peaceful and democratic change of guard. This is an honour for President Ahmed Mohamoud Silanyo; a statesman who many expect to change the politics of the region. In the same instance, it also included Somaliland; a country which rose; like a phoenix, from the ashes of a destructive civil.

In another development, President Silanyos recent visit to the eastern regions of the republic was another commendable and successful step. He extended a peaceful political outreach to both the traditional and political representatives of the Sool and Sanag regions.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Analysis: Don't Force Statehood On Somalia By Richard Dowden


The model for Somalia is Switzerland. Don't laugh! Political power in Switzerland lies in the cantons - the 26 proud self-governing communities. The state, such as it is, deals with international matters and national law. Who cares - or even knows - who the president of Switzerland is. The way people live and are governed is decided locally. The Swiss confederation means that cantons have joined the state willingly and can leave if they want to. If they were a simple federation, they could not.

East Africa drought 'remains huge crisis' - UK official. By Mike Wooldridge

Families from southern Somalia queue up for aid from aid agency at Howl Wadaag district in Mogadishu - 15 October 2011

Three months after famine was declared in Somalia, the scale of the crisis in the Horn of Africa remains huge, says a British official. International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said hundreds of people, mainly children, were dying every day. According to new figures cited by Mr Mitchell, British aid is feeding more than 2.4m people across the region. The coming rainy season is expected to bring disease to crowded refugee camps. In Somalia alone, Mr Mitchell points out, more than 400,000 children remain at risk of death. Health has had a high priority in British aid that has come to the region - 1.3m people being vaccinated against measles, for example, while 400,000 doses of anti-malarial medication are currently on their way to Somalia.  While the rains can bring more misery and death in their wake, they can of course be part of the recovery from this disaster too.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Abwaan Maxamad Ibraahim Warsame iyo Maansodii Cusbayd ee ''KALA-GURAN,

  KALA-GURAN.

Abwaanka wayn ee  Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame (Hadraawi) ayaa curiyay maanso cusub oo ka warramaysa nolosha, taas oo uu galabta ku soo bandhigay Jaamacadda Hargeysa. Tixda uu Hadraawi soo bandhigayo oo ka kooban in ka badan 600 oo sadar ayaa waxa loogu wanqalay, KALA-GURAN, iyada oo maansadu si qoto fog uga warramaysa nolosha iyo sida ay u lammaan tahay ee ay xumaan iyo samaanba u leedahay.

Maansadu waxay soo if baxday May 27, 2010, waxaanay ku ibo-furatay:

The other Horn of Africa: Ahmed Maxamad Maxamuud '' Siilaanyo''

''The President''

HARGEISA: Drought, famine, refugees, piracy, and the violence and terrorism endemic to the shattered city of Mogadishu, a capital ruined by civil war: these are the images that flash through peoples' minds nowadays when they think of the Horn of Africa. Such perceptions, however, are not only tragically one-sided; they are short-sighted and dangerous.Behind the stock images of a region trapped in chaos and despair, economies are growing, reform is increasingly embraced, and governance is improving. Moreover, with Yemen's government imploding across the Red Sea, the Horn of Africa's strategic significance for maritime oil transport has become a primary global security concern. In short, the Horn of Africa is too important to ignore or to misunderstand.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ignoring UN guidelines, Israel refuses asylum to four Somalis


UNHCR recommends granting collective protection for Somali citizens originating in south and central parts of Somalia. In Israel, the ministry’s decision to reject the application was based on out-of-date information.

Israel is refusing to grant asylum to four Somali citizens, contrary to the recommendation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ‏(UNHCR‏). The request for asylum was rejected by the Interior Ministry and is now being appealed in the courts. The UNHCR recommends the granting of collective protection for Somali citizens originating in the south and central parts of the African country ‏(the recommendation is based on a general decision from the committee advising on refugees‏). In Israel, however, the ministry’s decision to reject the asylum seekers’ application was based on out-of-date information.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

17-ka Oktoobrar darteed: Taariikhdii SNM-By Prof, Ibrahim Maygaag.

17-Oktoobar-Xuska SNM.''

- Ummad waliba waxay leedahay taariikh soo jireen ah oo had iyo jeer haga mustaqbalka bulshada kana duwa gefaf badan oo dhici lahaa. Hadaba in loo hagar baxaa qorista iyo diiwaan gelinta hawshani waa xil qaran .Bahda mareegta farshaxan waxay si sharaf leh uga codsatey Gudoomiyihii hore ee baarlamaanka SNM, ahna aqoonyahan ku xeel dheer dhaqaalaha,siyaasada ,iwm , mudane Ibraahim Maygaag Samater inuu la wadaago soojireenkii halgankii dib ula soo noqoshada gobanimadii deeqda loo bixiyey ee wadanka Somaliland .Ka dib markii Bahda mareegta farshaxan la yeelatay xidhiidh telefoon ,wuxuu si hagar la’aaneed Mudane Ibraahim ugu soo diray qoraalkan taariikhgalka ah isagoo kaga waramaya halgankaa . Waxaanu mudane Ibraahin (Ilaahay ha ka abaal mariyee) ku bilaabay qoraalkiisa sidan:

Somaliland: Best and brightest female students honoured

Somaliland's First Lady awards the number one female secondary student at the APD event

Interpeace local partner in Somaliland, The Academy for Peace and Development (APD), organized an event on 2 October 2011 in Hargeisa, to honour the highest-ranking female graduates of both secondary and intermediate schools. This initiative is part of the overall push for female education and empowering women to take an active role in driving the future of Somaliland.

The event followed the official announcement by Somaliland’s Minister of Education, Mrs. Zamzam Abdi Adan, of the national examination results for secondary and intermediate schools for the 2010-2011 school year.

The objective of this event was to recognize the noteworthy success of Somaliland’s female graduates, who have made an astounding impression this year.

Qaar ka Mid ah Ardayda Somaalida ee Deeqda Waxbarasho ka Helay Turkiga oo u Baxsaday Dalal ka Tirsan Yurub


Arday tiradoodu tahay boqollaal qof oo ka kala tegay Somaliland iyo Soomaaliya oo toddobaadkii hore waddanka Turkiga u tegay deeq waxbarasho heer  jaamacadeed ah, ayaa waxa soo baxaya warar sheegaya in qaar ka mid ah ardaydaasi ka baxsadeen goobaha laga dejiyey caasimadda dalkaas ee Istanbul, una baxsadeen dalalka Yurub ee deriska la ah Turkiga. Sidaana waxa xaqiijiyey xubno ka mid ah ardaydaas oo khadka telefoonka kula soo xidhiidhay eheladooda oo jooga magaalada Muqdisho.

Sida xalay lagu baahiyey qaar ka mid ah warbaahinta Muqdisho, gaar ahan bogga wararka ee Dayniile.com.Mr. Cabdiraxmaan Axmed oo ka mid ah ardayda Soomaalida ee ku sugan magaalada Istanbul, ayaa sheegay in shan ardaydooda ka mid ah oo laba saaxiibbadii yihiin laga waayey goobta la dejiyey, kuwaas oo uu xusay inay u tallaabeen

Meet Edna in Los Angeles


Edna Adan plans to visit the Women Hold Up Half The Sky exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, beginning at noon. If you can be in the vicinity, then you are invited to join her as she views the exhibit for the first time. Edna’s work in Somaliland is featured prominently in this exhibit (as in the book). The full dates are October 27, 2011 – March 11, 2012, and we encourage you to visit the exhibit at some point. But, how much better if you can visit it with one of the women whose work is being spotlighted?

Experience a groundbreaking new exhibition inspired by the critically acclaimed book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ignoring the success of Somaliland. By Marvin Kumetat '' In German Origin''


'' State-building in the Horn of Africa''

The de facto independent Somaliland region, it creates a remarkable way to ensure relative safety and stability. And yet the enclave will be denied, even after her 20-year anniversary of the secession of Somalia. Speaks to the issue of Somalia today, so one usually reflexively words like piracy coming (fight against) terrorism and Al-Qaeda, state failure and collapse, or - very topical - famine and misery in the head. This may be true of the militant Al-Shabaab and the artificially kept alive interim government troubled south. Too often, however, remains unmentioned that has emerged with Somaliland now within two decades, a relatively stable and peaceful enclave in the north of the country.

After the state structure of today's Somaliland had initially been under British colonial rule in 1960 it united with the former Italian Somalia to today de jure Somalia.

Friday, October 14, 2011

East Africa: Crossing borders (Somaliland/Ethiopia).

Asma Hassan, a beneficary of Oxfam's cash for work project in Somaliland. Photo: Caroline Berger

On the frontiers of Ethiopia and Somaliland, Oxfam, with funding from ECHO, is helping pastoralists move across borders to cope with future droughts. Caroline Berger, Communications Officer in East Africa, reports.

Abdullahi sits chewing qat, a mildly narcotic plant, under the shade of the acacia tree where he was born, and surveys his ancestral lands on the borders of Ethiopia and Somaliland. For centuries, Abdullahi and his grandfathers have followed the pastoralist way of life, moving their herds from one place to another in search of fresh pasture.

“I remember when I was a child the grass was up to my chest,” he smiles. “It was a time of prosperity in our village.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Somaliland Should Be Recognized..!


Last week, Al-Shabab, a Somali fundamentalist Islamist youth group with ties to al-Qaida, which controls much of central and southern Somalia, claimed responsibility for the deadly truck bombing in Mogadishu in which more than 85 Somali students died as they waited in line to see if they had won scholarships to study in Turkey. Somalia arguably is the most ungovernable place in the world, and a graveyard for many of the United Nations' unsustainable policy initiatives. But in reality, Somalia is three different entities: Somaliland, Puntland and south-central Somalia, where the current humanitarian disaster is unfolding.

Somaliland, the independent, northerly part of Somalia, has shown itself to be a lawful and productive nation, and could be a platform to stabilize southern Somalia, a bulwark against radical forces in the region and a reliable partner to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian ocean.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Abwaan Hadraawi oo Farriin Walaaltinimo u diray Ururka Al-Shabaab: “Waxaan idiin waaninayaa waa tolniimo”

'' Baaq ''.

Abwaan Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame (Hadraawi) ayaa markii ugu horreysay baaq iyo waano ujeeddo culus xambaarsan u diray Xarakada Al-Shabaab ee ka talisa badiba badhtamaha iyo Koonfurta Soomaaliya. Abwaan Hadraawi waxa uu sheegay in sababta uu dhambaalkan hogatusaaleha ah ugu gudbinayo ururka Al-Shabaab ay tahay mid ku sal leh tolniimo iyo walaaltinimo, isla mar ahaantaasna waxa uu ku macneeyay inay tahay mid si kal-samaan leh uu ugu nasteexaynayo dhalinyarada Xarakada Al-Shabaab...“Waxaan idiin waaninayaa waa tolniimo,” ayuu ku bilaabay farriintiisa oo uu saaka si khaas ah u soo mariyay Mareegaha WEEDHSAN. Tani waa codsi aan si nasteexo leh ugu dirayo dhalinyarada Al-Shabaab,” ayuu abwaanku raaciyay ibo-furkiisa.

Abwaan Hadraawi waxa uu sheegay inuu ku qanacsan yahay in Xarakadu aaminsan tahay in aanay diin (Islaam) ahaan bannaanayn in xaqdarro lagu dilo qof Muslim ah, maadaama ururka Al-Shabaab uu sheegay in uu u dagaallamayo diinta Islaamka, isla mar ahaantaasna ay hoggaamiyaan culimo diinta aqoon u leh.

John Drysdale Oo Jawaab Kulul Ka Bixiyey Hadal Ka Soo Yeedhay Wasiirka Beeraha, Sheegayna Inuu Caafimaadkiisu Fiican Yahay

 Press release.

John Drysdale oo ah Muwaadin u dhashay dalka Britain, isla markaana in ka badan 50 sano ka hawl galayey Somaliland ayaa Jawaab kulul ka bixiyey hadal ka soo yeedhay Wasiirka Beeraha Faarax Geedoole, kaas oo hadalkiisa ku tilmaamay mid uu iskaga difaacayey xaqiiq dhab ah oo jirta oo is leeyahay qari. John Drysdale oo ah Maamulihii Mashruuca kala xadayn beeraha ee (Somaliland Cadastral Surveys) uu dalka ka hirgaliyey sanadkii 1996-kii uu wasiirka beeruhu ka boobay Mashruucaas oo uu mudo 15 sano ah ka shaqaynayey, isla markaana sameeyey in ka badan 15,000 beerood.

John Drysdale oo isagu in mudo ahba Macisii ku badalay Cabaas Idiris ka dib markii uu sheegay inuu Diinta Islamka soo galaya ayaa waxa uu wasiirka beeraha ku eedeeyey inuu u magac sameeyey Shirqool uu tibaaxay inuu kagala wareegay Mashruucii Hay’adiisa Cadastral survey ay Somaliland ka fulin jirtay, kaas oo tilmaamay inuu si uu ula wareego uu sabab uga dhigay inuu John Drysdale xanuunsanayo, kaas oo sheegay inaanu hada waxba qabin.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Understanding Somalia/Somaliland. By Ioan M Lewis.

 I M Lewis.
- A majority of Somalis are traditionally semi-nomadic herders in a frequently arid environment, depending for survival essentially on the dairy produce of their camels, cattle, sheep and goats. As such, they are no strangers to drought and famine. These severe conditions occur regularly - the last major drought was in April 2006 - and quickly lead to starvation and death among the livestock and the pastoralists themselves. Sheep, goats and cattle, which require the most regular watering, are the first to succumb; camels survive longest and range furthest in the quest for grazing. The basic herding-groups are organised along similar lines. With a flock of sheep and goats, some cattle, and a few "burden camels" to carry tents and other effects, the women and children move through areas where water and grass are available, setting up camp for weeks or months according to local conditions.

Somaliland: the country without mail

Somaliland

Today is World Post Day, celebrated every October 9 to mark the anniversary of the foundation of the Universal Postal Union in 1874. More than 150 countries celebrate this day honoring something that's so vital to our lives but is generally taken for granted. In Somaliland they aren't celebrating, because they don't have a postal system. No other country recognizes Somaliland as a nation and therefore it can't get membership in the Universal Postal Union. Somaliland is the northern third of former Somalia and declared independence in 1991. After a bloody war of independence it developed a government, law enforcement, a viable economy, and infrastructure while neighboring Puntland became a haven for pirates and southern Somalia was torn apart by warlords and terrorists.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Somaliland's secret recipe for stability


“I was once passing through Entebbe airport in Uganda,” recounts Suad Abdi, “and the official looked at my passport and said ‘My word! You are from Somaliland, a country much smaller and poorer than ours and yet you’ve got through 3 presidents in less than 20 years while we have been stuck with the same one for so many many years! How do you make sure they move on when their time is up?’”

It seems everyone is keen to find out what is special about Somaliland. Needless to say, it was a relief and a pleasure to welcome Suad Abdi, Progressio’s new Country Representative for Somaliland, here in the UK to host a workshop exploring Somaliland’s much envied secret recipe for stability.

Somaliwhere?

Open letter from Ottawa Somaliland Community in support of Mr. John Drysdale

 An Open Letter.

We, the Somaliland community of Ottawa, Canada, are extremely disappointed that Mr. John Drysdale be deprived of his UN project that has been given by a deal that reeks of nepotism to the brother of the Minister Hersi. This is extremely shameful and will further highlight the level of corruption of the current government.

Furthermore Mr. Drysdale perhaps symbolizes singlehandedly the friendship between Somaliland and the UK and depriving him of his income is an act of ultimate stupidity in the opinion of the Somaliland community of Ottawa. We strongly urge the government to intervene and restore his employment.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Somaliland: Waftigii Reer Somaliland Ee Gargaarka siday Oo KENYA Tegay, Deeq Badana u Qaybiyay Qaxootiga Soomaaliyeed Ee Ku Nool Xeraha Kenya!

Somaliland’s Goodwill and Sharif Ahmed’s bad intensions


It’s abhorrent that the President of Somalia’s TFG Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed to be the first high ranking to meet the fugitive Somali-American warlord Suleiman Essa Ahmed on 12/9/2011. The US authorities interrogated the warlord over his illegal and armed activities in the south-eastern parts of Somaliland including Buuhoodle village. The FBI accused the warlord of organizing and sponsoring terrorist group “SSC” which is trying to fight Somaliland Army. The group has links with Al-Shabab, where they receive training on explosive and suicide bombing.

In other hand, formation of new warlords in the region will be undermining the efforts of the international community to end the violence and ‘warlordism’ in former “Somalia”. As we know, the international community spend time and money to eliminate the warlords and to stabilize the former “Somalia”. The new warlord Suleiman Essa Ahmed is working tirelessly to destabilize Somaliland democracy and security.

Monday, October 3, 2011

SOMALIA: Somaliland in first humanitarian mission to Mogadishu


HARGEISA, 3 October 2011 (IRIN) - A humanitarian delegation from the Republic of Somaliland donated relief aid for 9,000 drought-displaced families in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu, during a visit on 30 September, the first such visit since the region declared unilateral independence from the rest of the country in 1991.

"We plan to distribute food for 9,000 families and medicine for four hospitals," said Hasan Abdi Awed, chairman of Somaliland's Chamber of Commerce and leader of the eight-member delegation. "The food we are distributing will last the beneficiary families for one month."

Awed said the Somaliland government had announced in late August that it would participate in the international efforts to provide humanitarian aid to Somalia, which has been hit by famine and drought across most of its south-central regions.