- Many years of holocaust denial has came to an end as “ERAF”; announced the result of their findings. “ERAF” is made up of a group of forensic experts; they carried out fossil analysis for the last couple of months. They searched dozens of mass graves in Hargeisa, Berbera and Burco.
They collected fossil samples. The results show children, women and elderly who were tied to together and shot discriminately. The news came as piece of good news to mothers who’s their loved ones disappeared and never turned up again. I have visited several families and quoted eyewitness accounts as the news got into the airwaves.
According to Somaliland genocide commission “nobody was safe” from a deliberate government campaign of terror. The government turned into killing machine. They say they have the names of 180,000 people killed or missing, they intends to give the UN Human Rights Council a dossier for investigation.
SHC has gathered testimony from Somalilanders who says husbands, sons and daughters have been forcibly abducted by government or pro-government forces.
They include Jamiila Nuur, a mother of five chidren, from a suburb ofHargeisa, whose 26-year-old son Ahmad Ibrahim disappeared in the summer of 1987. She said that the last time they saw he wanted to get married to his long term fiance
“We later found out that the Ahmeds personal pick up belongs to police officer in a nearby police headquarters.
The family made repeated attempts to get answers from the the security services but failed, she said, then one day someone answered and told them he had been killed in Daloodho and buried
“But we were not able to confirm this information,” she said. “We are certain whether he is killed or not and that is the worst. Jamila says I was worried as he failed to come over night, he would not have left us or his fiancé – who is expecting the happy day. We only wanted to know his fate.”
Hussein Qaalib, a 62-year-old Somalilander, was taken from his home in Idaacada after attempting to stop the confiscation of his household belongings and intrusion of security forces. He was never seen again.
“My brother was moved to more than one branch of intelligence cell in Hargeysa to another and he has not been released because of his refusal to sign a statement of remorse.”
Mahamed said his brother had serious health problems but the family had been unable to take medication to him – he has since suffered a stroke, he said. According to insider sources. They considered him as a burden and he just disappeared on night.
Muuse Biihi, chairman of Kulmiye of Party, said Somalilanders are being “plucked off from the street by security forces and paramilitaries and they ‘disappeared’ into torture cells for a period starting from 1978 to 1989″.
“According to general Moorgan’”The regime was doing that for two reasons – to directly get rid of the rebels and activists, and to intimidate the society so that it won’t dare to oppose the regime”
According to Raqiya Abdillahi Omar, “Whether it is women buying groceries or farmers going out for water, nobody was safe. She said it was a deliberate strategy to “terrorize families and communities”.
The number killed or missing will never be accounted.”The panic of not knowing whether your husband or child is alive breeds such fear that it silences dissent,” she said.
“The fate of each and every one of these people must be investigated and the perpetrators punished like Ali Samater.
”“According to information given to me by eyewitnesses and holocaust survivors in villages across Somaliland, confirms there could be as many as 280,000 persons killed, maimed or disappeared.
”People are being snatched at night, on the street and when no-one is looking.”
Muhammad Kahin, Kulmiye party vice chairman, said that although there are no precise figures, thousands of people have disappeared.
“The regime was doing that for two reasons – to directly get rid of the rebels and to intimidate the society so that it won’t oppose the regime,” he said.
Successive governments in Mogadishu had in the past strenuously denied reports of human rights abuses. But now it seems the truth has came into being when Samater got sentenced on allegations of human right abuses, killings and torture.
The UN, ARAB LEAGUE, IGAD, AFRICAN UNION and western governments failed in Somaliland. There are uncountable mass graves all over the country, but graves tell no tales.
The president elect “Hassan Sheikh Mahamud”; is an alien to what happened in Somaliland, he will need many books to read and numerous eye witness accounts to listen before talking about Somaliland’s issue.
Ahmed mahamed (CHAMPION)