Idag den 31 Maj 2010, är det exakt 22 år sen SNM intagit Hargeisa del 1

Idag den 31 Maj 2010, är det ecakt 22 år sen SNM intagit Hargeisa, Somalilands nuvarande huvudstad Hargeisa, Klockan var runt 2:30 midnatt när Hargeysa borna hörde kraftiga explotioner sydväst om Stan, där låg millitär högkvarteten  26 . Hargiesa har fallit för SNM:s händer,  hade tagit kontroll över stan   2 av 4 delar av Stan. General Mohamed Asid Hirsi Morgan,  flydde från sin  residens i Hargeisa, Somalilands nuvarande president palats, han flydde  och var  rädd Att SNM skulle ta honom levande., när SNM attakerade milllitär högkvareten 26  kunde han inte stanna där utan flydde vidare till Hargeisas flygplats. Jag kommer ihåg den natten faktiskt, Jag skulle gå på toaletten och när jag lämnade pojk rumets dörr såg min mamma stod  mitt i Hallen (daarada) hon blev vaken av ljudet explotioner/granater. Jag frågade vad händer mamma och jag kommer inte riktigt ihåg vad hon svarade, men gick på toa och kom tillbaka från toa, då Intesiverade striderna. Vi bodde mitt av stan och hörde kraftiga explotioner. Jag kom tillbaka till mitt rum, men kunde inte sova utan var vaken hela natten. På morganen tisdagen 31 Maj 1988, var en ny dag för Hageisa borna, som kommer förändara deras liv avsevärt mycket. En av de är jag och min familj, flydde från kriget då 1988. Våra liv har faktist förändrat sig dramtisk,  precis som hundra tusentals människor från Somaliland. Hur har vi (somalilanderna)  blivit påverkade av detta krig flykten åtminstonde jag.

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Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, dispersed or bombed out of their homes in northern Somalia

Today, May 31, 2010, it is exactly 22 years since the SNM (Somali National Movement) marched into what was then called (northern Somalia) is now Somaliland. It was 31 May 1988. I remember it like it was yesterday. I want you my dear readers read this newspaper article that was written by the Guardian, January 1989th.      I will eventually post pictures and my experience on this particular day. An emotional day that took place in my beautiful city of Hargeisa

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Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, dispersed or bombed out of their homes in northern Somalia after government military operations, which Western aid workers say, are little short of genocide.

The action has been concentrated on the three northern towns of Hargeisa, Berbera and Burao where some 20,000 people are believed to have died in recent bombing raids by the government against the strongholds of the rebel Somali National Movement.

Many thousands of others are being systematically denied food because Somali forces are deliberately holding up essential supplies.

Aid officials said that up to 800,000 people – almost all of them Issaq nomads- have been displaced as a result of the civil war. A quarter of these, and possibly as many as 300,0000, were now struggling to survive in wretched conditions in refugee camps in Ethiopia while a similar number had been forced to leave Africa. The fate of those who can no longer be traced remains largely unknown.

Several European Aid agencies including Oxfam, Save the Children and ActionAid from Britain, have been working in the horn of Africa for several years. Representatives spoke yesterday to The Guardian because of concern but asked not to be identified so that their work would not be prejudiced.

Officials are talking of the partial destruction of the Issaq and of what amounts to “a great cover-up” to prevent an international outcry against the government. The Americans, they said, had not confronted the government in the way they should have done over “the horrific things”, which have been happening. The US maintains a military base at Berbera on the Gulf of Aden.

A US state department spokesman said last night that the “worst excesses” of the civil war had occurred last summer. US policy, he added, was not to cover up the war but to encourage national reconciliation by urging the government to talk with the rebels in the north.

Until about eight months ago the urbanised population of Issaqs were concentrated in Hargeisa, Berbera and Burao. Although few journalists have been authorised to visit the area, tens of thousands of people are understood to have died during a series of bombing raids on the towns last August, conducted mainly by mercenaries recruited in Zimbabwe.

“They just bombed and bombed and bombed,” an agency man, recently returned from Somalia, said. Hargeisa, which originally had a population of 350,000, was 70% destroyed. Burao was “devastated” in the same raids.

Issaqs who survived from the bombings are said to have been rounded up in the streets by Somali troops and summarily shot. Mass graves have since been found as well as corpses, which were left to rot in the streets where they fell.

The people now living in the three towns are believed to be totally non-Issaq or military personnel who have been deputed to guard what has been retaken from the SNM.

These claims, widely accepted by agencies who have been working in the country for some years, are to be investigated by Amnesty International team, which hopes to visit Somalia next month.

The situation has strained Somalia relations with Britain although the overseas development administration has been heavily involved in several aid programs there.

Several agencies have also had to consider their position carefully. Some have cited “impossible” working conditions, including the deliberate obstruction of food deliveries to areas in urgent need.

An Australian agency, Community Aid Abroad, preparing a dossier of complaints against the Somali government, is expected allege that there have been threats against staff members and local recruits.

The situation of 200,000 Somali refugees living in desert camps in southern Ethiopia is also causing acute concern.

Aid officials talk of “political nightmare” and “potential total disaster area”.

Now, in the middle of the dry season, the camps are said to be without access to fresh natural water supplies, having to depend for minimal supplies on erratic electric pumps.

In addition, more nutrition in the camps has been steadily increasing while food distribution is said to be “appalling”. Food is distributed from barbed wire enclosures where would-be recipients may be forced to wait up to two days only to be told supplies have run out.

Source: The Guardian, January 1989.

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Somalilands tre partier fått klartecken från Valkommitionen att börja sina politiska kampanjer

Idag har Somalilands tre partier fått klartecken från Valkommitionen att börja sina politiska  kampanjer. Valkommitionen höll en presskonferens i Hargeysa idag och meddelatt att from 3 Juni kan partierna börja sina politiska kampnajer och kan fortsatta tom 23 Juni 2010.

Här sitter alla tre parti ledarna, från vänster, UCID partis ordförande Faisal Ali Warabe, imitten regerande partiets ordförande samt Somalilands president Dahir Rayale Kahin och höger Kulmiye partiets ordförande, Ahmed Mohamed Mahamud (Siilaanyo)

Val kampanjer ska pågå  21 dagar och varje parti har rätt att kampanja 7 dagar, Valkommitionen har lagt fram ett schema, där står vilka dagar varje parti har rätt att  kampanja. ett sätt att inte störa ordningen. Valkommitionen vädjar nu till alla tre partierna att respektera  valavtalet.

President Urges Somalilanders To Get Voting Cards

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 22, 2010 (SL Times) – Somaliland President Dahir Rayale Kahin held a press conference Monday. The president addressed several important issues, among them, the necessity of citizens’ participation in the coming election and the importance of the citizens taking their voting cards from the distribution centers. The president also revealed that the 19th anniversary of Somaliland’s reclamation of its independence (May 18) will not be celebrated because of the need to prepare for the election. Similarly, the 50th anniversary of Somaliland’s independence (June 26) will not be celebrated because it would be election day.
President Dahir Rayale Kahin warned the people that Somaliland’s enemies might engage in subversive activities in the middle of the election, as they had done in similar occasions in the past and advised Somalilanders to be vigilant.
He also referred to his recent visit to France and pointed out that the international community is finally acknowledging Somaliland’s just cause for independence. Even Arab countries that used to be the least receptive to Somaliland’s cause have changed their tune lately, the president said.
The president did not take any questions from the press.

Sources: Somaliland Times

Somaliland: Celebration Of Art And Culture

By Ebony Iman

When you first walked into the Panorama Hall that night, one could not help but notice the paintings that lined the walls. Thirteen gifted artists based here in Hargeysa, displayed beautiful images reflecting traditional and contemporary Somali society. Paintings of camels walking with grace as they were led across the plains, to those drawing attention the challenges faced by Somali people, such as migration and war were on display.

Afrikanation Artists Organization (AAO) and Somaliland Culture and Sports Association (SOCSA) teamed up to present a “Celebration of Art and Culture” in Hargeysa, Somaliland on April 28th, 2010. This was a celebration of traditional and recent artistic flavors and for the foundation of Afrikanation, which is a local non-profit, non-governmental organization designed to empower African artists and their communities under the belief that art does have the power to positively change society and the world.

Gazing across this long line of evidence affirming the talent that exists here, your eyes were then led to a table filled with many tiny hands busily working to create our artists of our future. Working with Najma Axmed Xaashi, an artist from Mogadishu, the youth produced some dynamic pieces with art supplies donated by students at California College of the Arts and supporters. Afrikanation partnered with Defne Beyce, a Graduate Design student at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California, USA and Ismail Ismail, a great supporter also residing in California, to organize and deliver these much-needed art supplies. Art supplies are virtually unobtainable in this region due to high price and proximity, and it is one of Afrikanation’s founding goals to make supplies accessible to artists who need them. Crayons to professional level acrylic paints donated were quickly put to use in the youth art station and weekly Afrikanation Artist Workshops.

The night officially opened with a Koranic reading and song by Ilyas Mohamed Omar, a dynamic eight year old, then cultural song and dance by Somaliland Culture and Sports Association. SOCSA is a local, non-profit, non-governmental organization that educates the youth on current economic, social and health related challenges and the importance of physical education through sport. The dancers lit up the room dressed in traditional Somali attire as they swirled to the beat and songs of our ancestors. Seeing the faces of the young people that filled the crowd lit with excitement brings hope that these traditions will be passed on for many generations to come.

Following the cultural dance were the break-dancing Groovies. The Groovies enlivened the audience with their creative storytelling through dance. This dynamic group of teenage boys and SOCSA together represent the diversity that exists in our youth today. Hani Abdi Ali utilizes fashion as a tool to address traditional styles of dress with a new flair through her new line of dresses that were worn at the event.

Mohamed Bulshaawi and Abdirahim Daalalayn shared their gift of song with a crowd of excited listneners anxious to hear more. All in all, this night was a blessed celebration of art, talent and culture that Allah gifted us with right here at home.

This event would not have been the same without great support of the community. To Panorama, Lucy University, Defne Beyce, Ismail Ismail, California College of the Arts, art supply donors, friends of the arts and certainly not least the artists, musicians, poets, dancers, designers, supporters and friends shared their gifts and helped during the celebration, thank you. This sets the stage for many positive exchanges in the future celebrating our art and our culture with the community at large.

For more information about SOCSA, please contact them at socsacenter@gmail.com or visit their website at http://www.socsa.org.

For more information about Afrikanation Artists Organization, please contact them at info@afrikanationartists.org or join their group page on Facebook under Afrikanation Artists Organization today.

Somaliland: Daallo Airlines Re-launch

Hargeysa, Somaliland, May 22, 2010 – Daallo Airlines management is delighted to announce to its customers, and travelling communities in Somaliland, Djibouti, Somalia and the region that the company resumed its operations, yesterday, May 17th 2010. All the flights to its network, both for passenger and cargo will start in full by June 3rd, 2010.

Daallo Airlines is home grown success story of 20 years, which has contributed immensely to the development of Djibouti, both economically, socially and this

re-launch intends to reinforce this achievement. The company is going under restructuring and rebranding to sustain a high performance level, by giving its customers efficient and cost effective air transportation services.

The founders Daallo Airlines, Mohamed Haji Abdillahi Abusita and Mohamed Ibrahim Yassin ( Olad), have got reengaged in the management of the company, to ensure that the company keeps its strategy of meeting the growing air transportation services demand of the communities in the region of Horn of Africa.

Daallo Airlines has repositioned itself with commitment to regain its position as the airline of 1st choice in Somaliland, Djibouti and Somalia.

Daalo Airlines Press Release on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sources: Somaliland Times