Somalilands president DAhir RAyaale har besökt i Norge

Somalilands president Dahir Rayaale har besökt två nordiska länder bl Sverige och Norge. Han har träffat några några statsråd i norska regerigen och hög uppsatta inom regeringen. bilderna kommer snart i

Somaliland leaves Somalis in limbo

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007
14:15 MECCA TIME, 11:15 GMT

Somaliland leaves Somalis in limbo

By Mohammed Adow, in Hargeysa, Somaliland

Those arriving in Hargeysa, fleeing war in
southern Somalia, live in makeshift camps

Somaliland’s disputed independence has left hundreds of Somalis ineligible for UN aid and unrecognised by Somaliland’s government.

Hundreds of Somalis fled recent fighting in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, taking shelter in the relative safety of Somaliland.

According to the UN, fighting in Mogadishu has displaced about 400,000 people.

An estimated 40,000 of those have fled to Hargeysa, Somaliland’s capital, with thousands of others scattered in other settlements throughout the territory.

Fatuma Abdullahi, one if the refugees, told Al Jazeera: “I fled from the Bakaara area of Mogadishu during the heaviest fighting in April. It took me 16 days to reach Hargeysa. I am here with some of my family members while others are still in Mogadishu.”

“There is no going back for me. I am here to stay,” she said.

Breakaway republic

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In Hargeysa, many Somalis gather to be registered, but they have encountered a problem: in Somaliland, the UN does not regard them as refugees and the Somaliland government will not recognise them as internally displaced people.In May 1991, Somaliland declared itself an independent state, but its independence was never recognised internationally and the breakaway republic continues to exist inside the borders of Somalia.

The Somaliland government wants those fleeing from Mogadishu recognised as refugees who have crossed international borders, but UN agencies and other aid organisations say the Somalis are people displaced within their own country.

UN organisations say, identifying them as refugees would be tantamount to recognising Somaliland as an independent state.

As a result, the lives of those fleeing Somalia are in limbo, with UN officials saying they can do very little to help.

Fidelis Swai, the head of UNHCR in Somaliland, said: “Unfortunately, our help is limited in terms of resources. The lasting solution for these people is for them to go back to the place that they came from or for the government here to give them land to start their homes again.”

Those arriving in Hargeysa, fleeing drought, famine and war in southern Somalia, live in makeshift camps – the Somaliland government does not want any permanent structures to be built for them.

They face isolation, caught in a political dispute many of them care nothing about.

Source: Al Jazeera



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Zimbabwe can rebuild – here’s proof: Somalilanders are rightly proud of their achievements

Zimbabwe can rebuild – here’s proof: Somalilanders are rightly proud of their achievements
It is amazing how fast a country can heal under the right hands. A return to the economic prosperity of the mid-1990s, or even the early 1970s, may take time says writer GEOFF HILL, but, he believes, Zimbabwe can come right.
‘To achieve this, there must be freedom — both political and civil, an end to corruption, a new police force and space for the media to operate without interference’
People often cite Mozambique and Zambia as examples of basket cases that have been turned around, but I have not been impressed by either. The Portuguese, for all their errors, turned Mozambique into a major producer of cashews. They established world-class national parks and a good network of roads and railways. The late Samora Machel destroyed all that.
His successor, Joachim Chissano, worked hard to undo the damage, but the country still falls way short of its potential.

Zambia was dragged down by the bumbling one-party state of Kenneth Kaunda. From 1992, his successor, Frederick Chiluba, corrupted what had been an honestly incompetent public sector. President Levy Mwanawasa is doing his best to make up for almost four lost decades since independence. By the end of his term in 2011, we might see Zambia as a new model for Africa to follow, but the jury is still out.

But, there are countries that serve as examples of what can be achieved in a new Zimbabwe.
In 2004, I was in Kigali to report on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. It was my first visit to Rwanda. What a surprise!
It’s easy to imagine that the 10 weeks of slaughter in 1994 were the time when Rwanda collapsed, but the previous 32 years since independence from Belgium had been a disaster. Colonial infrastructure decayed, roads washed away, the forests were cut down. Rwanda quickly became a dictatorship with few economic prospects. The media fell under state control and personal freedoms withered.

In July 1994, Paul Kagame’s forces overthrew the government in Kigali and stopped the genocide. They took command of a failed state — littered with corpses. Today you would hardly know it. Call boxes work. Tarred roads link all parts of the country, investment is growing faster than anywhere else in East Africa, and the currency is stable.

As early as 2000, GDP had jumped by almost 50%. Rwanda is an easy place to do business and probably the most crime-free country in Africa.
These are the decisive factors in the transformation wrought by Kagame:
depoliticising the police and public service; bringing talent home from exile;
punishing corruption; creating a relatively transparent government; fostering growth in the private sector; minimising demands for “local ownership”; lifting most restrictions on foreign exchange; and healing old wounds through legal trials for human-rights abusers.
These are all challenges that face Zimbabwe.

The other example is less known, but even more impressive. The former British Somaliland achieved independence in 1960 and, a week later, joined with Italian Somaliland in the south to create Somalia.
The marriage was a disaster, with southerners in Mogadishu dominating the government. Under the one-party rule of president Siad Barre, festering resentments culminated in genocide in the north of the country. When a coup dislodged Barre in 1991, warlords took over the south, and the country became partitioned.

Somaliland seized the chance to declare unilateral independence, on May 18 1991. To this day, no other nation formally recognises the government in Hargeisa. But most countries accept their passports.
Somalilanders are rightly proud of their achievements. Whereas in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, you can barely move without finding your path obstructed by an AK-47, the only rifles I saw in Hargeisa were in the hands of soldiers. They were courteous, disciplined and well turned out.
As in Rwanda, the phones work and roads are reasonably good. Private capital is pouring in, mostly from Somalilanders living abroad. Somaliland has a GDP more than double that of Somalia, which is, geographically, four times as large.
I was struck by the example of sound governance and administration in Somaliland when I covered its general election of September 2005. If only Zimbabwe could have an election like that — with parties free to campaign, a total absence of intimidation, daily newspapers and even a TV station in private hands.
The achievement is especially striking, given the country’s brutal history. On the sandy banks of the Maroodijeex River that runs through Hargeisa, I walked among thousands of human bones. These are the skeletons of men, women and children gunned down by Barre’s troops.
Today those war criminals have retreated south of the Somaliland border. Unlike Rwanda, there have been few trials. The absence of justice leaves an air of unfinished business. Zimbabwe too will have to bring the killers and torturers to justice before lasting peace can be found.
Press freedoms are fragile. Earlier this year, Somaliland’s leading independent daily newspaper, Haatuf, was closed down and four of its journalists jailed. Haatuf had published allegations of misuse of government property by the president and his family.

The journalists were “pardoned” after an outcry by human rights groups, but the incident has damaged the country’s standing. Even so, political life in Somaliland is more democratic than in many Africa states. Administration is effective.

A new Zimbabwe can learn from these examples. There will need to be a return of exiles and their money and a rush of new capital. To achieve this, there must be freedom — both political and civil, an end to corruption, a new police force and space for the media to operate without interference. – C. 2007 Geoff Hill is bureau chief Africa for the Washington Times and author of What Happens After Mugabe? (Zebra-New Holland)

Source Thezimbabwean.

German parliamnet passed resulation to proteckt Somaliland security

German Parliament passed resulation to protect Somaliland security


German parliament – Bundestag()

hadhwanaag 2007-06-14 (Hadhwanaagnews) South Africa (HadhwnaagNews)- German government is taking a new political direction towards Somaliland’s case. Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay has sent this note from South Africa.

The German Parliament passed a
resolution today, inter alia “asking the German Federal Government to
work towards mitigating dangers for Somaliland’s stability that may
arise from the current Southern Somali scenario”.

The parliament is asking the government “to examine whether initiatives to advance the
resolution of the question of an international recognition of an
independent Somaliland appear useful in the framework of a
peace-advancing policy at this stage”.

Furthermore, the parliamentarians “demand that the government holds interim president
Abdullahi Yussuf to account not to take any unilateral steps that relate to this question and which could provoke a deterioration of security in the the Republic of Somaliland”.

This is another little step towards recognition goal and if I may say a hard-won one. The German Parliament’s document were written with out the
WITHOUT the usual ” ” (quatation marks) before and after the Republic of Somaliland’s name.

Iqbal Jhazbhay
University of South Africa  

Somalilands president är på Sverige besök

Somaliland President, Dahir Rayaale har kommit till Sverige i måndags den   den 4 Juni 2007, och ska vara här i Sverige 6 dagar. Innan han reste hit i Sverige så träffade han Etiopiens premiär ministern Meles Zenewi och diskuterade relationen mellan länderna Somaliland och Ethiopien. Relationen mellan  både länderna bygger ju på grannskap, handel/ekonomi, och säkerhet.


President Rayale och Primiär ministern Meles Zenawi.

 Han hade på resan, nationens First Lady, Huda Barkhad, sin utrikes ministern, Abdulhai M Duale, , regerigens talesman Adani , presidentens egen sekreterare, en hög tjänsteman och social och familj ministern som var redan i Norge  en vecka innan. Efter ankomsten hade president Rayaale ett antal planerade möte med svenska regeringen, riksdagsledamöter , Sida. Han har haft möte på svenska UD och träffat Carl Bilds närmaste medarbetare som är ansvariga för Afrika och ambassadör Marka Fahlen som sitter i Internationella gruppen för svenska regerigens räkning för  Somalia och är rådgivare på UD. Här ser ni bilderna från Somalilands president besök på Svenska UD. Bild nr: från vänster Sveriges särskilda ambassadör för horn Afrika och rådgivare, Marika Fahlén, Somaliland utrikes ministern, Abdilahi M Duale, stats sekreterare, Joakim Stymne  och Somaliland Familj och social, Fadumo Sudi.

Här nedan kan se president Rayaale och hans delegation när de  anlände på svensk mark. Arlandas flygplats i Stockholm. Han fick värmt mottagning på flygplatsen.

I Toronto i Canada har somaliländerna gjort en stor demostration framför regerigensbyggnaden

 Som ni kan se här är människor från Somaliland (exil somalilander) som demostrerar som kräver att omvärlden ska erkänna Somaliland, som har varit ett stabilt land på 16 år medan Somalia befinner kaos och anarki på 16 år. Den här demostration är en serie av en rad demostrationer runt om i världen som har gjort av exil somalilander , för att visa omvärlden att Somaliland förkännar  erkännande.



 en liten pojke som håller Somalilands flagga medan flickan framför honom klädde sig somalilands flagga.

Vi drömmer om att Somalilands flagga en dag ska hisas bland FN:s flagg stångar i New York.

Somaliland1991 redaktions team.

Somalilanderna i Washington gjorde en demostraion för att stödja Somalilands erkännande


Somaliland independence day demonstration took place in Washington DC on Friday May 18, 2007.on Friday May 18, 2007.Somalilanders in the
US held peaceful demonstration on Friday morning May 18, 2007 in front of US State department and the White House. The demonstrators came in large numbers with bill boards, brochures about
Somaliland history,
Somaliland flag, and with passion to show that their young nation deserves the attention of US Government and international recognition. The demonstration was organization by the members of the three
Somaliland parties, UCID, UDUB, and Kulmiye in the
US. They came from many cities and states of the US such as Boston, MA,Atlanta, GA, NC, OH,IL , MN and Washington Metropolitan areas, and  the purpose of the demonstration was : to create awareness among the US Statement department staff members by giving them information about Somaliland government institutions, parliament, local governments, and governments, and the democratic process of Somaliland, to create encourage Somalilanders to get involve the  promotion of Somaliland recognition and promote the awareness of the US government that the Somaliland recognition can contribute to peace and stability in the horn of Africa.
Demonstration organizers met some of the US State department staff and handed in some brochures outlaying all
Somaliland achievements and its urgent need of international recognition. Cole Garey ,a senior State department staff in Somali affairs, is one of the staff that  the demonstrator met. During the meeting with the Staff department meeting, Keys Gedi, who is the one the organizers and Chairmen of North American UCID party, explains to Cole Garey how independent and internationally recognized
Somaliland can contribute to peace in
East Africa and the world, particularly Hon of Africa. Somalilanders know how to create peace without foreign interference. Mr.Gedi gave brief summary of
Somaliland achiements for the past 16 years without any international recognition. He submitted a request that Cole Garey push
Somaliland recognition in the US Government.  Mr. Gedi has a personal knowledge of Cole Garey and he took good time explaining the
Somaliland case for international recognition. Mr. Gedi talked about
Somaliland democratic institutions such as presidential election, local government elections, and parliament elections, and demonstrator how
Somaliland could become model for many African countries particularly in
East Africa. He said that internationally recognized
Somaliland will help solve the Somali crisis because Somalilanders know the root causes of the problem and Somali culture. Finally, Mr.Gedi urged Cole Garey to assist
Somaliland to gain international recognition from African countries as well.  
Many of the State department’s staff showed interest in
Somaliland case. Many of them asked the demonstrators many questions. They wanted to know the population of
Somaliland, the location of the country, the capital city of the country and its political structures.   
The demonstrators formed long lines and walked from State department to Whitehouse. On their way to Whitehouse, they walked on

Constitution Ave

in long line holding signs such “
Somaliland separated from
Somalia after 31 years” another one says “
Somaliland is independent country and it needs
US recognition to promote peace and stability in the Horn of Africa”. The constitution Ave is the one of the busiest street in DC and many cars passing by honking and waving at demonstrators showing sign of support. Some of them shouting” we support you”.

White house press journalists,

Somalilander,Ismail Yusuf, who was participating the demonstration met one of the well known white house press journalists Barbara , and Mr. Yusuf urged this journalist to put Somaliland recognition question to white house news briefing and questioning the government officials.
Somaliland independence celebration event and entertainment
Somalilanders independence celebration even held in Marriot Hotel in
Fairfax, outside of
Washington DC. The events include speeches from various groups. Members of
Somaliland community leaders DC area , political leaders such as Mr. Gedi and
Somaliland leaders in other states addressed the gathering and Somaliland Youth Organization (UBAD). All of them urged the need for
Somaliland community to unit and collectively promote the economical, educational and political developments of
Somaliland. The participants urged Somalilanders in DC were not visible in this event and their participation was minimum in this even. Their absent from the event was noticed. All the Somalilanders urged Somalilanders in DC area to be more proactive because they are in the capital of the nation and their involvement are urgently needed. Qaran Ban, Somaliland Music group, performed at the event. The leading singer of the ban’ Layla Kootali, song
Somaliland national songs and many other Somali songs to entertain the audience.  

By Hassan Muse

Washington DC

DC on Friday May 18, 2007.liland independence day