President Silanyo: Why the UK should support a sovereign Somaliland
An independent Somaliland would provide security in a strategically sensitive region, a growing market for goods and services, and an important bulwark against extremism.
On 24 June 1960, The London Gazette published a proclamation by HM the Queen terminating British protection over the Somaliland Protectorate and declaring that Somaliland would become ‘’an independent country” on 26 June. That day, in Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa, the union flag was lowered for the last time and the US Secretary of State sent a message of congratulation. Five days later, Somaliland voluntarily joined Italian Somalia to form a new state: the Somali Republic.
It was a disastrous mistake for which Somaliland continues to pay. The brutal Siyad Barre regime provoked a civil war in which over 50,000 Somalilanders were killed and hundreds of thousands of fled. Following the implosion of Somalia, our people exercised their right to self-determination, dissolved their failed union with Somalia on 18 May 1991 and reclaimed their independence.
Today, mass graves from that terrible era continue to be found, but Somaliland has managed to move on. In sharp contrast to Somalia, our people built their own internal peace with minimal outside involvement and from the grassroots up. We have established a viable democratic state in which power transfers peacefully from one party to another in internationally-monitored elections. And we have developed key institutions including a judiciary, army and police force.
We have also worked hard to develop the economic potential of Somaliland. Last month, we signed a 30 year agreement with DP World to manage the strategic Port of Berbera. Significant investment in the port and the road corridor that links Berbera with the Ethiopian border will be unlocked, and Ethiopia plans to import and export 30% of its goods through Berbera. This will help create jobs for our people and Somaliland will become more integrated in the regional economy.
Meanwhile, Somaliland plays an active role in UK and international efforts to combat extremism and piracy in the Horn of Africa. We dedicate significant resources to security and our people co-operate with our security forces to prevent al-Shabaab getting a foothold.
We want to see a stable and peaceful Somalia and have lessons to share from our experience of peace-building and democratic governance. But Somaliland’s integration into Somalia would only destabilise Somaliland without achieving peace in Somalia. A realistic solution must be found which acknowledges our people’s right to self-determination and takes into account the realities on the ground.
Although Somaliland enjoys a strong legal basis for statehood under customary international law, Somaliland is still denied international recognition. This is both deeply unjust and short-sighted. If Somaliland were recognised, it would be able to access international credits and attract FDI, strengthening our economy. This would create jobs, deterring our young people from migrating to Europe or joining extremist movements.
Our exclusion from international forums denies our people the right to be represented and heard on issues of global concern. Although Somaliland suffered from a serious climate-induced drought this year, causing widespread loss of livestock and livelihoods, we had no opportunity to contribute to the climate change talks in Paris.
We are deeply grateful for the support which the UK has provided to Somaliland in recent years, especially the development assistance from the Department for International Development (DfID), the training for our armed forces, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s help in facilitating talks between Somaliland and Somalia in 2012.
Nevertheless, we believe the UK could do more. As the former colonial power, the UK has a unique understanding of Somaliland and its history. Many Somalilanders have made the UK their home and are eager to contribute to modern British life. Yet the British government sometimes seems more concerned with the fate of the former Italian colony of Somalia than the former British Protectorate of Somaliland.
Our people would like the UK to help them with their desire to be recognised as a sovereign state. In 2001, the people of Somaliland voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence and successive elections have returned governments which support recognition. A recent petition started by Somalilanders calling for recognition has already garnered half a million signatures.
Britain needs to show some leadership and restore the recognition which it granted Somaliland in 1960, encouraging other states to do the same. Recognising Somaliland represents not just the ‘right’ thing to do, but enlightened self-interest: Somaliland will provide security for Britain in a strategically sensitive region, a growing market for British goods and services, and an important bulwark against terror and extremism in the Horn of Africa.
Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo is the President of the Republic of Somaliland
Somaliland is not democratic, it’s autocratic administration with extremely poor good governance huge percentage of the people of somaliland aren’t happy with the current situation as the poverty caused by corrupt society has caused a great deal to assure a long term peace and tranquillity, unless the authority and the people of somaliland understand the way forward to create prosperity is transparency and good governance and there should be a qurantee of exercising democracy and respect of constitutional right.
A number of articles have been written recently about the secessionist enclave known as Somaliland which seek to portray it as a stable democratic nation.Their sham elections have been touted as a milestone and many of your contributors have been urging the recognition of Somaliland based on this and other factors such as the stability and peace enjoyed by this northern enclave.The rest of Somalia,particularly the south,ravaged as it is by al shabab terrorists and an embattled Amisom backed SFG,is held up as the very antithesis of the idyllic haven in the north.This rhetorical and ideological combat launched by the supporters of Somaliland is often underwritten by that familiar imperial discourse which compares the civilized to the savage,the north to the south and the colonizer to the colonized.It is no wonder that imperial scholars such as IM Lewis and his ilk are often the most vocal in their support of Somaliland as a separate entity worthy of sovereignty and recognition.In pushing for the discourse of a seaparate Somaliland,these proponents of secession perpetrate several myths which are easily shattered under careful scrutiny.
The myth of Somaliland’s uniqueness and difference from Somalia is shattered bu the fact that all Somalis,from Djibouti to Eastern Ethiopia,to Northern Kenya speak the same language,share the same religion,tradition and customs.Regional differentiation in terms of dialects do not in any way hamper Somalis from interacting socially and economically,and intermarriage between the clans is rife.The clans inhabiting Somaliland also spill over into Djibouti,Ethiopia and other parts of Somalia.And while Somaliland portrays itself as an inpependant unitary nation,the truth is that it is composed of four major clans ie the Isaaq,Dhulbahante,Issa,Warsangeli and Gudabirsi, and that these clans do not all subscribe to the separation of Somaliland from the rest of Somalia.Indeed the complete domaination of the Isaaq clan from the Berbera-Hargeisa-Burao Triangle in Somaliland politics informs the secessionist agenda.The Dhulbahante,who occupy the Eastern third of Somaliland do not ascribe to separatism and indeed have launched an armed political movement to expel the Somaliland presence from their ancestral land under the banner of a movement named after the regions they occupy,known as SSC(Sool,Sanaag and Cayn), under the leadership of Professor Ali Khalif Galaydh, Somalia’s former Prime Minister.They have formed a new federal state known as Khaatumo State of Somalia, which is currently based in Buhodle Town in Ayn Region.
The myth of Somaliland as the only island of stability in an ocean of Somali chaos does little to convince anyone with even a glancing familiarity with Somali politics.Except for Mogadishu and its environs,most of Notheastern,Central and southern Somalia are favorably compared to Somaliland.they have formed similar administrations such as Puntland ,Jubbaland and Galmudug.Somalia has hotspots of conflict and they are found in Somalia and Somaliland.However due to neglect and suppression of news,the conflicts in Somaliland are rarely,if ever reported by both the Somali and international media.There are no media reports for example of the deadly struggle of the SSC and their struggle aginst Somaliland’s occupation of their land.There is no mention of the the creeping genocide in eastern Somalia where Isaaq militias are depopulating areas belonging to Dhulbahante and Warsangeli clans.There is no mention of the flight of the citizens of Las Anod Town in eastern Somaliland since the occupation of the town by Somaliland.A cursory check at the refugee population in Kenya’s refugee camps will show the presecnce of at least 20,000 Dhulbahante’s who have fled the torture,arbitrary arrests misery and deprecations of Somaliland’s occupation of their hometowns.
The myth of democracy and fair elections in Somaliland belies the fact that tht most of somaliland’s clans are excluded from the political process.Out of the three parties allowed to run for office ie UCID,Kulmiye and Udub, all are headed by Isaaq and deputized by Gudabiirsi, who with the Isaaq belong to the larger Dir Group The Harti who occupy half of the country are effectively locked out of power.Three of the major clans in Somaliland ie the Issa,Dhulbahante and Warsanageli have no significant presence in any of these parties.It is a formula designed to ensure either an Isaaq or their lackey wins any Somaliland election.There is no room constitutionally for any other parties thus effectively consigning large segments of the territories population to political and economic oblivion.The same formula pervades all institutions of Somaliland,from the civil service,civil society,media and military.This façade of a democracy and free elections is maintained and enhanced by the same Isaaq diaspora that made the bulk of the so-called international observers in the last elections .No mention was made of the fact that large areas of Eastern Somaliland violently prevented the sham pretense of an election in their regions.
Somalia’s Khatumo state consists of Sool, Sanaag and Ayn (SSC) located between the semi-autonomous region of Puntland and the breakaway state of Somaliland. Its aim is to create an independent administration in the northern region of Somalia. Unlike Somaliland, it does not seek complete autonomy and is willing to unite with the rest of Somalia under a federal government structure and still flies the Somali flag.It is led by Somalia’s former Prime Minister Ali Khalif Galaydh.It is Dervish a successor state to the first Somali state,the Dervish state that was headquarted in Taleh and led by Seyyid Mohamed Abdullah Hassan,the anticolonial hero who led a bitter war against the British, where hundreds of thousands of Somalis,particularly the Dhulbahante lost their lives fighting for independence.
Since the collapse of the Somali State in the nineties,Khaatumo has been invaded by the one clan secessionist enclave now known as Somaliland.The Somaliland administration led by the Isaaq have since commited mass killings,rape and forced evictions of the Dhulbahante of Khaatumo.The well known scholar of Somali studies Professor Markus Hoehne has documented these atrocities in his book “State and Identity Formation in Northern Somalia.”Somaliland to this day continues to kill,loot and rape innocent civilians in the occupied regions of Sool,Sanaag and Ayn.There are no international NGO’s or independent media that operate in these regions.Hundreds of Dhulbahante civilians remained incarcerated in Somaliland jails. Underage girls have been raped and killed by Somaliland militia wit the blessings of prominent Isaaq clerics like the famous Sheikh Adan Siiro of Hargeisa, who issued a fatwa that Dhulbahante girls were lawful booty for the Isaaq soldiers.This region is now like Darfur and the Isaaq have becme the Janjaweed, and the rest of the world is oblivious to this fact.Unlike Darfur,there is no one to highlight the plightof the Dhulbahante people.The Khaatumo administration has knocked on all doors from the Somali Federal Government,Igad,AU,Arab league, to the UN to petition against the Somaliland administration to no avail, and have now been forced to launch armed resistance against the Somaliland enclave in order to stop the atrocities commited by the Somaliland administration,the gross human rights violations,the lack of freedom of speech and assembly,tthhe lack of basic social services,the lack of independent media,the economic blockade, the impoverishment and disempowering of the Dhulbahante people,the blatant creeping genocide against the Dhulbahante people, displacement from ancestral homes,the denial of humanitarian and aid agencies from operating in the area,and the unlawful occupation of the land of the land of the Dhulbahante.
Khaatumo Forum for Peace,Unity and Development
Somaliland did good job comparing others country in the regions they develop a lot of thing ex: constitution, peace, security, stability, multiparty, fair election and democraty they deserve recognition. It’s their fundamental right for humans exsistant and it’s legitime for their country and their population to be recognized.
This is full of propanganda comment somaliland only have love and respect for dhulbahantes.
Khatumo movement is gone thanks to the hard work of the somaliland government .
Go check how does your capital city las anod looklike .
its 10 times better and has improved.
“Stop litghning the fire you got no fuel” .
Mister spin doctor who you trying to fool foreigners?
Sorry about my language but my comment is just to answer the other comment of mrs Osman hassan.
somalland is the best.
Khaatumo State of Somalia is an autonomous region in Northern Somalia comprising of the regions of Sool, Sanaag and Ayn . The current president is Professor Ali Khaliif Galaydh , a former prime minister of Somalia. It is a successor to the first Somali state, the Dervish State headquarted in Taleh and led by Seyyid Mohamed Abdullah Hassan ,that fought against British colonialism in what was then known as British Somaliland. Since the collapse of the Somali state in the early nineties , this state has been invaded by the one clan secessionist enclave that is now known as Somaliland. The Somaliland clan known as Isaaq has since then committed mass killings, rape and forced evictions of the dominant clan in Khaatumo known as the Dhulbahante. The well known scholar of Somali studies Markus Hoehne documents these atrocities against unarmed Dhulbahante civilians as follows:
On 18 March 1991, SNM/Habar Jeclo and Habar Yoonis forces came to the Sool region. There were 17 technicals of Habar Yoonis and one technical of Habar Jeclo. The Isaaq fighters killed eight Dhulbahante in the countryside and in small villages. The forces also looted the villages. On the same day 11technicals of Habar Yoonis/Sacad Yoonis and one technical of Habar Jeclo/Reer Idle and one big truck full of men came to a watering place called Dogoble.The leader of these forces was called Libaxo. Here they killed 46 unarmed men from Dhulbahante/Naaleeye Axmed. They also stole their animals. On 19 March 1991 the force came to a place called Bancadde near Xudun, where Naaleeye Axmed/ Reer Jibril reside. The people saw the big truck with the SNM flag and greeted the men. They thought they had come in peace. The technicals were in the back. The SNM fighters said: ‘We come in peace, lay down your weapons’.The men from Reer Jibril did so; then the technicals came and 30 Dhulbahante men were killed. The Isaaq also stole many camels. The last killings happened near a tree named qalloocato [crooked]. After the massacre the Isaaq renamed the place qooro tag (standing penis). When a man dies suddenly he has an erection.Now, if a Habar Yoonis hears this name [qooro tag] from a Dhulbahante he will run;he will fear revenge. (Interview with Fu’aad Aadan Cadde, Laascaanood,05.11.2003)Fu’aad Aadan Cadde lost two brothers in the last massacre near Bancadde.When I once mentioned the Bancadde massacre during a qaad session in Laascaanood, the reaction came immediately. Dr Siciid exclaimed: ‘We cannot forget this. The widows and orphans of the men killed are still alive. Now everybody is waiting. If new violence escalates between Isaaq and Dhulbahante,we will take revenge. The massacre is one of the reasons why people here[in Laascaanood and much of Sool region] are against Somaliland’ (interview with Cabdullahi Qalafo, Cali Ciise and Dr Siciid, Laascaanood, 07.11.2003).
Political Orientations and Repertoires of Identification: State and Identity Formation in Northern Somalia Markus Hoehne https://www.academia.edu/22874247/Polit … rn_Somalia
Somaliland to this day continues to kill, rape and loot civilians in the occupied regions of Sool, Sanaag and Ayn. The civilans in the major cities of the Dhulbahante like Las Anod, Buhodle, Taleh, Huddun and Erigavo,continue to suffer atrocities that amount to ethnic cleansing.Yet both the Somali government and the world remain silent on this. There are no ngo’s or independent media that operate in these regions. Hundreds of civilians remain incarcerated in Somaliland jails. Underage girls have been raped and killed by Somaliland militia and supported in their actions by fatwas of prominent Somaliland clerics like Sheikh Adan Siro,imam of a major mosque in Hargeysa.Nomads have been forcefully moved from their grazing areas and replaced by Isaaq tribesmen, who are effectively akin to the Janjaweed of Darfur, enjoying the patronage and support of the Somaliland government . Unlike Darfur there are no western celebrities to highlight the plight of Somalilands Darfur.The Dhulbahante are victimised and continue to pay a price because of their historical and unwavering support for the unity and the solidarity of Somalia, and the rejection of the secessionist agenda of Somaliland. The most vulnerable members of the society, women and children suffer on a daily base coincide to a constant thread, arrest, torture, looting and rape of the underage girl by the Somaliland Forces. The men are either incarcerated or have fled to the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya. Their number in these refugee camps is easily verifiable. The depopulation and forced eviction of the Dhulbahante of Sool, Sanaag and Ayn amounts to a silent genocide propagated by the Isaaq dominated government of Somaliland.
During the year 2006, when the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution forming the Amison Peacekeeper Forces for Somalia. As mandated to establish and maintain peace and tranquility, protect the innocent civilians from harassment. Amison has so far been active in the country on the Southern Zone of Somalia since February 2007, while the crimes were still ongoing in the Northern Somalia.
At that time, with the presences of Amison within Somalia, the Somaliland Administration and their Forces forcefully did invade Las-Anod the capital city of Sool Region (Khaatumo State of Somalia “Formerly known as the Regions of SSC” on October 15, 2007. The year, Amison was empowered or mandated to maintain peace and tranquility). This same year was when the disagreement and suppression seems to have begun.
Though, Amison Peacekeeping Forces and assigned to monitor and identify all kind of factor that can destabilize in cultural, humanitarian services in the whole country to save the poor helpless Somali citizens. In fact, Amison did confine its authority to a certain areas of the country and ignored the other part in turmoil such as SSC Region which systematically all kind of stability elapsed and the situation of discontent and hostility grown to pick. Amison, working closely with briefing and advises from the Federal Government, we ask “Why in the Northern Somalia, (the self declared Somaliland secessionist) left unaccounted with all crimes of clan suppression and genocides that are still happening up to the present moment?”
Khaatumo Administration and the people SSC Regions have frequently reported and briefed all concerned bodies responsible to oversee the situation, such as UN, EU, AU, IGAD, Arab League, and Amison. Moreover Medias and newspapers have covered all the incidents of violence that occur in those areas of Northern Somalia .News about protests, demonstrations, in Somalia and abroad were published, TV debates were disseminated almost on weekly bases. Unfortunately, FSG, Amison and the International Committees have continued to ignore the plight of the Dhulbahante peopel and the issues are not being addressed.Not even by appointing a fact finding Mission by Amisom, Igad or the UN to investigate the gravity of the situation in these areas of Northern Somalia in order to report on the deaths ,killings, rapes, displacement, IDPs and other atrocities committed against the civilian populations of Sool, Sanaag and Ayn.
Regrettably, the FSG and the International Community have ignored the needy and helpless women and children of Khatumo who continue to suffer from the brutal occupation of Somaliland and the suspension of all humanitarian assistance to the unarmed Dhulbahante civilians by all international and governmental agencies.The list of atrocities continues:
On 18th May 2016 Somaliland militia opend fire on people who gathered to collect rubbish from the streets for the regions environmental sanitation day and injured scores of people mostly women and children. The same happened in Widwid town on the same day.
On April 22, 2015, Somaliland Forces attacked and occupied Taleh District of Sool Region, killing and injuring scores of innocent civilians.
On 17th February 2015, Somaliland Forces attacked Horufadhi District, Cayn region, killing 3 men and wounding several civilians, including women and children
On 12th February 2015 Somaliland soldiers attacked Hudun City of Sanaag wounding 10 civilians and destroying houses and shops.A thirteen year old girl was savagely raped, mutilated and eventually killed by the Somaliland forces
On 8th February 2015, a clash between Khaatumo and Somaliland soldiers in Saaxdheer, several civilians were killed
On 6th September 2014 and in December 2014, these Soldiers launched an attacks and killed nine men, wounding 5 and imprisoning 22 civilians in Saaxdheer.
Kalabaydh District, about 30 kms south west of Las-Anod compasses one of 13 Barracks by the Occupied Forces of the Somaliland (Rural Regeneration Unit) equipped with highly sophisticated weapons since July 2014. (27kms to Saaxdheer Village of Sool region), where the Khaatumo Administration is temporarily based.Somaliland soldiers stationed at the post, evicted Dhulbahante nomads, burned their residence and confisicated their animals in grazing and water wells.
Somaliland Force are forcefully occupying portion of Khatumo State of Somalia’s Territory unlawfully and the political administration is engaged in resettling their people (the Isaaq tribe) on the land of Dhulbahante, pushing Dhulbahante civilians off their land, so that they can essentially extend their territory to the Ex-Somaliland colonial borders in order claim for international recognition.
These and other numerous atrocities against helpless unarmed Dhulbahante civilians continue to this day. Despite this Somaliland continues to receive favorable coverage by reporters, ngos, academics, UN and EU person ell and all manner of westerner , none of whom has dared to venture East of Hargeysa and Burao, none of whom has travelled to visit Las Anod, Buhodle, Widwid, Huddun, Taleh, Boame and the other numerous towns and village of the Dhulbahante to witness the atrocities committed in these areas by the Somaliland government, the gross human rights violations, the lack of freedom of speech and assembly, the lack of independent media, the total absence of social services,the economic blockade, the underdevelopment and poverty imposed on this region by Somaliland, the blatant displacement of people from their ancestral homes, the denial of aid agencies and ngos to operate in the area.
Next time before you sing the praise of this make believe state of Somaliland , at least spare some time to research on the plight of the Dhulbahante, visit their regions and listen to their voices. I am sure Somaliland will not look so rosy anymore.
Khatumo Forum for Peace, Unity and Development
No way to leave Somaliland from Somalia , Ahmed Silayo failed to separate Somali people how it possile to separate aunt and her girl , uncle and his boy so it it is shame to repeat separation .
Somalia is not like UK ,UK has decided to leave from the EU and the British people decided to leave .
But Silanyo and his group they are doing only for personal interest and they want to mislead the new generation those have no direction .
Somalia is one so no one can separate this bright nation.
Really , I don’t understand why some Somalia people are denies the right of somaliland to
re-independented again , when they are fully agreed that Somalia was build by the union of two side (north & south) , if Somalia was birth by that union , so it can be break again and divided in two if the situation has been change and New outcome will be exist.
Any way Somaliland Destiny is belong to somalilander , they have a full free well to take them choice and others should respect this well as we all respect the free well of British people to leave EU.
These Somaliland Haters live in Europe and America, and have no clue what is happening in Somaliland and or Somalia. They are upset Siad Barre’s government Collapsed, and either they or their parents lost their jobs and tribal based status they obtained through the ruthless Siad Barre. He killed 200,000 people, mostly in Somaliland, commited genocide, the graves of which Somalilanders are discovering every month in their land. But yet these false lying Unionists claim he did nothing wrong, because a attack on Barre is an attack on them and their tribe. Somaliland is now Seperate from Somalia, as it was in June 1960. Thats a fact they will hide and can’t live with. Somaliland is establishing bilateral relations with other nations and multi-national companies (DP-World, etc) and will flourish in its political an economic endevours. These morons will continue to copy and paste their propaganda into every article they find a non somali write about Somaliland’s achievements, thinking that anyone cares what they Say (they are refugees and still unemployed, therefore they have lots of time on their hands). I truly feel sorry for them.
There is no such a thing as Khaatumo, it is just a delusion, just like some sections of Londoners, who are calling to be separated from the rest of UK.
Somaliland made a huge mistake in 1960 by joining the fake union with Soamalia, regaining it’s soveringty was paid by the list of thousands of innocent Somaliland’rd and the lost of wealth, three major cities have being levelled to the ground. Today after 25 years the people of Somaliland are better of for not being part of the world’s number one failed state of Somalia. Somaliland is doing great economically stability governance and democracy as well.
The sad thing is, those who propagate for the division of Somali do not understand that, if Somalia can be divided so is the former Protectorate in the Horn of Africa (Somaliland). The Isaaq clan who runs the current entity that operates some parts of what used to be the former British Protectorate are blinded by their lies. They are confused by their propaganda with the truth. They have to understand that, the current Somaliland entity is not the successor to the former Somaliland Protectorate. Thus, Somaliland only covers the western region of from the Protectorate where Isaaq clan inhabits. The Easter part of the former Protectorate and its population, the Harti tribe does not wish to anything to do with the separation from the rest of Somali. International community , the USA, EU , AU and every country in the world knows this. Every who is informed about Somali reality knows, Somalis are not divided by ideology, class, religion or any other ism but by tribalism. in other words you can not give an internationally recognised state to a tribe that would open Pandora’s box. If you give the Isaaq an state why not the Ogden in eastern Ethiopia, and where do you stop? What about hundreds of thousands other tribes in Africa and the rest of the world?
I dont understand why it is so hard to convince some of the hardliners from sool sanaag cayn living abroad.
I think we should let other somalis fom the south (konfur).
Explain how they would like to live in somaliland after living 20 years with nothing under a failed state.
In fact thats what they are doing now creating puntland ‘galmudug ,and then jubbaland and konfur galbed.
Plus i dont understand how they get the history wrong with the dervish sayid cabdilleh hassan and mogadishu.
He never went pass baidabo as he ‘s famous saying “speak a muslim language or a non muslim language”
when he was talking to people from baidoba he’s never seen mogadishu.
The Issaq clan discovered they are majority and will rule somaliland forever. Every other reason for seccession is a lie and hypocrisy. When Siad Barre was removed from Mogadishu the new interim president Ali Mahdi Mohamed ordered the Somali army in the north to surrender to the SNM clan militia. About 20,000 somali soldiers who surrendered to the SNM clan militia thugs were killed and burried in mass graves in Issaq clan land. That is why they know the exact location of mass graves.
They cry about 50,000 people but forget that the civil war they started still continues 25 years later and over 2 million somalis killed.
Issaq clan people use issaq and somaliland as if it means the same thing. clanism, tribalism and hatred is the engine that motivates the “somaliland” independence movement. They are not ready for a somali government. They want Issaq republic and few minorities they control.
I could understand the issue of these people who are negatively commenting about this article is only based on ethnic and tribal hatred. Those of you who are over minded by what is called union which failed 25 years ago, Somaliland is yours and It has implemented many basic services in your cities like Las Anod and Buhodle so let us move the nation further forward.
Mr Osman Hassan
Khatumo only exist in your head people of Somaliland from Saylac to Lascanood and beyond are proud Somalilanders they are enjoying the peace and stability of the country. Your hatred and propaganda will not go far, the international community knows the facts on the ground better than you , because they are there and are every day witness of the progress SL is making. You are thinking that since this journal is read by non Somalis you spew all kind of lies and people will believe you, your are portraying yourself as a resident of Lascanood, indeed Lascannood might be your birth place but you haven’t set foot in Somaliland for the last 50 years, you are indeed living in one of these nursing homes in Switzerland as a 90 years old refugee. You are one of those who are still mourning the fall of the dictator Siyaad bare.There is nothing you can do to bring that regime back long gone are the days you were terrorizing and diving people along clan lines. You are well known in social media as one the remnants of the Siyad Bare regime, who has now resorted to avenge the fall of your beloved uncle Siyad Barre by propagating lies about Somaliland. Somaliland is one the few democracies in Africa. it is peaceful, and it is progressing by the day. Somaliland is here to stay.
Nice article, truth be told Somali land is far much better and organized than the current Somali.
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