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September 27, 2012

Mass Graves exhumations begin in Somaliland by a Peruvian forensic anthropology team (EPAF)

Mass Graves exhumations begin in Somaliland by a Peruvian forensic anthropology team (EPAF)

A Peruvian forensic anthropology team has started on a project that is expected to reveal details of the widespread atrocities that were committed under the rule of dictator Siyad Barre against the people of Somaliland.

Truth behind enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, torture and other human rights violations of Somalilanders is about to be unearthed.

The Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team – EPAF, has begun exhumations in in the country, as part of a five-year agreement signed with the government thus unearth the truth behind an estimated 60,000 civilian deaths and hundreds of victims of enforced disappearances from 1970 to 1991.

The EPAF team which will also training local forensic personnel and college students of biomedical sciences in order to avail of the country relevant forensic expertise.

The exhumations result from the enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, torture and other human rights violations perpetrated during the reign of dictator Siyad Barre whose underlings are credited with the over 60,000 deaths and hundreds of unexplained disappearances

One of the main perpetrators in this case is General Mohamed Ali Samatar, who was Vice President and Defense Minister of the Democratic Republic of Somalia from 1980 to 1986. In January 1987, Samatar took over as Prime Minister of Somalia, until the fall of Barre dictatorship in 1990.

During the cause of its duties, the Jose Pablo’s led EPAF team that also includes a number of international journalists is assisted by Mr. Abdiaziz Mohamed Diriye who was part of the team that brought Gen Ali Samatar to justice in the USA where he was found guilty of committing atrocities against Somalilanders and fine $21 Million.

While informing that most of the mass graves documented has a minimum of 12 corpses the national massacre investigations committee, which is supporting the EPAF, work, gave the following breakdown of mass graves so far identified:-

I. Hargeisa (Maroodi-Jeeh region) – 200 mass graves

II. Berbera (Sahil region) – 12 mass graves

III. Burao (Togdheer region) – 8 mass graves

IV. Sheikh (Sahil region) – 1 mass grave

V. Erigavo (Sanaag region) – 2 mass graves

VI. Arabsiyo (Gabile region) – 1 mass grave

The Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF) is a non-profit organization that promotes the right to truth, justice, and guarantees of non-repetition in cases of forced disappearance and extrajudicial execution. EPAF seeks to contribute to the consolidation of peace and democracy where grave human rights violations have taken place by working alongside the families of the disappeared to find their loved ones, gain access to justice, and improve the conditions affecting their political and economic development.

To achieve these goals, EPAF works in four principal areas: Forensic Investigation, Historical Memory, Forensic Training, and Human Development.

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February 28, 2012

VIDEO: XASUUQII 1988-KII EE HARGEYSA – War Crimes in Hargeisa 1988 Somaliland

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Xasuuqii Loo Geystay shacabkii Somaliland 1988 Barnaamij ay Diyarisay TVga Qaranka

February 16, 2012

Women Building Peace in Somaliland

Women Building Peace in Somaliland

G40 women leaders group from the Greater Horn of Africa High Level Mission in Hargeisa, Somaliland.  Kjell Magne Bondevik, the former Prime Minister of Norway and a member of the Club de Madrid, presided today over a round table discussion in Hargeisa (Somalia) to hear the recommendations for peace and security in Somaliland from the G40, a group of women leaders in the Greater Horn of Africa. 

Hargeisa, February 15th, 2012 – The G40 group, formed in 2009 as part of the Club de Madrid’s project, “Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security,” is comprised of representatives from women’s organizations and defenders of human rights. These women come from seven countries in the Horn of Africa: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somaliland, South Central and Puntland (Somalia), Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.  Their goal is to work together to promote peace and security at a regional level.

The recommendations of the G40 summarize the strategic interests of women in Somaliland, and are directed towards the Somaliland authorities, religious leaders, the regional African Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the international community and civil society. Recommendations included request for governmental gender-sensitive budgeting and a quota of 25 percent female representation in government structures and parliament, as well as committees of reconciliation and peace negotiations. The G40 recognizes the valuable contribution of religious and traditional leaders in the peace process and have urged these leaders to defend women’s rights and recognize the state of women´s rights in Somali culture and in Islam. Also discussed and included were G40 Recommendations recognizing the need to raise awareness of the negative effects of piracy and the consumption of chat, and highlighting the importance of maintaining a neutral stance on clan issues while peace negotiations are in process.

The Vice President of the government of Somaliland, the Speaker of the House, the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministers of Planning and Religion, the First Lady and the mayors of neighboring cities attended the round table discussion led by former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik. The discussions highlighted the importance of stability and peace for the maintenance of developmental processes and women’s roles as active agents in society.

Although considered a de facto State, not yet recognized by the international community, Somaliland has used a democratic process since 1991, which is a model of transition from the traditional clan system to a democratic, multiparty, and bicameral system. Since the last presidential election of 2010, the region has maintained stability and participatory development processes, making it stand out from neighboring regions. These trends are partly due to the high degree of government accountability to citizens, which stems from the purely local tax collecting system.

Nevertheless, this society still faces major challenges such as the absence of international recognition and foreign investment, high unemployment, low salaries for civil servants that could lead to an inefficient and corrupt system, lack of infrastructure, piracy and exploitation of resources, border conflicts and disputes of land ownership and violent extremism, which seem to affect all of Somalia´s regions.

The Club de Madrid´s project-sponsored trip to Hargeisa, titled “Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security,” was the ninth mission to take place since the project began in 2009 in the Greater Horn of Africa and in the Andean region. The mission was launched with support from the Australian (AusAID) and Belgian Governments, in conjunction with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS, South Africa) and Isis-Women International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE Uganda). Former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik reiterated the project´s goals to those in attendance, emphasizing the need to encourage the participation of women and to recognize women’s contribution in the political process of peace building in the context of the international commitment to Resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council.

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December 16, 2011

AOA Events announce the first international trade fair in Somaliland

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AOA Events announce the first international trade fair in Somaliland

AOA Event Organizers held a press conference earlier today to announce the first international Somaliland Business Fair, which will be held at Mansoor Hotel Hargiesa, Somaliland from 17th Dec to 21st Dec 2011, is the first and largest international trade event in Somaliland.

This exhibition is a showcase for manufacturer, distributors, and suppliers around Horn of Africa, representing all key sectors within Somaliland Business Fair (SBF) to expand their client base and venture into emerging markets.

SBF will serve as an ideal platform for more than 160 companies from over 20 countries to showcase 160exhibitors, attracting 10,000 trade visitors for the event. This event will be organized by AOA Event Organizers, one of the leading event organizers in the Horn of Africa.

“Somaliland Business Fair (SBF) – Is the first and only International event in Somaliland to gather all stakeholders of international SBF market under one Roof. It is therefore a global stage, where different associated business players can demonstrate their capabilities, services, products, and scientific outputs, and make them available for businesses. They can also establish new deals and business relations” said Mr. Ali Mohamed Yousuf, CEO of AOA Event Organizers.

Due to the importance and valuable impact this event will have for the country, the Somaliland Government is supporting it wholly. “I would like to urge and invite the economic sector and businessmen to participate in this international fair to reflect the real economic position of the Republic of Somaliland internationally and to keep in touch with the world through this participation which will be so effective in introducing our country to the world”, said Mr. Ali Mohamed Yousuf in his opening speech at the press conference earlier today. The press conference was also attended by Amal Ismail and Saeed Jama from AOA, the company organizing the event.

SBF Offers a unique strategic platform for buyers and sellers to conduct direct business face to face avoiding intermediaries to reach the regions market.

Somaliland has emerged as a major regional trade centre. This is mainly due to a very friendly and business like atmosphere it offers to foreign investors and products. Duties are considerably low and re-exports to neighbouring countries are either very low or exempted.

For more information please  , Or contact, Amal Ismail Tel: +252 2 4104043, email:

October 24, 2011

Edna Adan will give a presentation at the upcoming TED conference in Geneva

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Edna Adan will give a presentation at the upcoming TED conference in Geneva

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 in Edna Adan, Hospital News, Somaliland

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!

Edna’s message is, “If Somaliland which is among the least developed countries in Africa can do it, anybody can!”

The live webcast takes place from 4-6pm Geneva time on Sunday 27 November. Remember to watch.

If you’ve never before seen a TED video, then go to their web site and pick any video at random. They’re all very brief and they are all treasures. Edna feels honored to have been chosen for inclusion among such luminaries. :

Kris plans huge trek for Somaliland hospital

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Kris plans huge trek for Somaliland hospital


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.

Kris will be joined by a friend, Chris, from England.

“We have been provided with a video camera from Ink Productions in the UK and a satellite phone from another company. We have also been given a few smaller things, so things are coming together,” Kris said.

He said he was currently seeking more sponsors in order to kit out with trekking boots, a bag and gas cooker.

Kris moved to Ormiston at age eight, and attended Cleveland State High School.

“I am doing what I can to help the female population and highlight the facts facing these women in Somaliland,” he said.


July 25, 2011

VIDEO:UK Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham Somaliland Visit

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UK Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham Somaliland Visit

UK Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham delivering a speech to members of Somaliland parliament during his visit to Republic Of Somaliland

Hargeisa,Somaliland-Britain’s Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, on Sunday visited Somaliland, where he held a meeting with the President of Republic of Somaliland Ahmed Silanyo and members of his government. The minister’s visit to Hargeisa, Somaliland is the first to Republic of Somaliland by a British Foreign Office Minister for over three years, and follows the visit of international Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell last February. The  Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham has delivered a speech to members of  Somaliland parliament during his visit  the elected  House of Representatives.


UK Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham meeting with Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo during his visit to Hargeisa, Republic Of Somaliland

Somaliland Parliament, the elected House of Representatives

February 19, 2011

Pirate Prison built with Norwegian money opens in Somaliland

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Pirate Prison built with Norwegian money opens in Somaliland

Ministers inspect the high security prison in Somaliland's Hargeisa

Somaliland ministers and a visiting donor from the Norwegian government Deputy Foreign Minister Mr.Espen Barth Eide inaugurated a new modern prison in Hargeisa, which will make it possible to convict Somali pirates caught by international forces.

A new central prison for persons convicted to long sentences has been made use of in Somaliland’s capital Hargeisa. The prison,financed by Norway, was today visited by Somaliland Home Affairs Minister, Mohamed Abdi Gaboose, accompanied by Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide.

The Hargeisa prison is to be formally inaugurated later this month, but already houses over 70 Somali pirates that had been arrested by international marine forces in the Bay of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

Many pirates so far have had to be released as there were no courts ready to sentence them or prisons ready to accommodate them. The Hargeisa “pirates’ prison” comes as an international response to this vacuum, with Somalilanders happy to extend their international relations by hosting the new facilities.

According to Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, the new facilities – starring as the most modern building in run-down Hargeisa – “appeared effective and moderns, both regarding prisoners’ conditions and security.” High standards had been a condition to extradite captured pirates by many of the nations participating in the anti-piracy operations.


Consequently, Mr Eide also announced further Norwegian cooperation and funding for Somaliland’s justice sector, “including police, courts and correctional services, and also for the development of more modern legal codes,” according to a statement by the Oslo Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“When we know that nine out of ten pirates are released after being caught, it is obvious that the only answer to this problem cannot be sending more marine troops,” said Mr Eide, who back in Norway faces critics because his maritime nation is not participating in the naval anti-piracy operations.

Mr Eide during his stay in Hargeisa also participated in an inauguration ceremony of a Norway-funded school building, officially handed over to Somaliland Education Minister Samsam Abdi Adan.

The Deputy-Minister’s visit to Hargeisa represented the first-ever Norwegian official visit to the non-recognised state of Somaliland. Mr Eide met with Somaliland President Ahmed Mahamoud Silanyo and a large number of Ministers and dignitaries.

The visiting Norwegian was full of praise after having seen developments in Somaliland first-handed. “The contrast between Somaliland and most of the rest of Somalia is striking,” he stated. “Somaliland has managed to establish a well-functioning democracy, where presidents not only are elected, but also leave their post if not re-elected, which is not a matter of course in Africa.”

February 17, 2011

Wasiir Ku Xigeenka Arr. Dibada Norway Oo Socdaal Ku Yimid Somaliland

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War Saxaafadeed Goor dhow Laga soo Saaray Aqalka madaxtooyada Somaliland Kulan Maanta ay Yeesheen Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyada Somaliland Mudane Siilaanyo iyo Wafuudii Kasocotay Dalka Norway



   Republic of  SOMALILAND

            Xafiiska Af-hayeenka Madaxtooyada  JSL


Madaxweynaha JSL Mudane: AXMED MAXAMED MAXAMUUD (SIILAANYO) waxa uu maanta Qasriga Madaxtooyada ku qaabilay Wefti Balaadhan oo ka kooban 6 Xubnood uu horkacayo Wasiirka ku xigeenka Arrimaha Debeda ee Dawlada Norway,MR. ESPEN BARTH EIDE.

Kulanka Weftigan oo ahaa kii ugu horeeyey ee Noocisa ah oo ay Dawlada Norway iyo Dawlada Somaliland wada yeeshaan waxa uu Madaxweynuhu Weftiga uga waramay Dadaalka ay Somaliland ugu jirto Qaran ku dhisan Dimuquraadiyad, cadaalad iyo Maamul wanaag.


Madaxwweynuhu waxa uu weftiga Warbixin mug leh ka siiyey sida ay Somaliland wax u qabsatay, Dhinacyada Dhaqaalaha, Nabad-gelyada iyo Dawlad-nimada, Madaxwweynuhu waxa kale oo uu Weftiga uga waramay sooyaalkii taariikheed ee somaliland iyo Sidii uu ku yimid midawgii hore ee somaliya iyo siduu ku burburayba.

Waxaanu sheegay Madaxweynuhu in ay Somaliland Beesha Caalamka Ka dalbanayso in la Aqoonsado oo ay ka mid noqoto Qaramada Caalamka, Isla markaana ay Buuxisay Shuruudihii oo Dhan.

Geesta kalena Madaxweynuhu waxa uu Weftiga si wayn uga mahad-naqay Niyad Samida ay Dawlada Norway u muujisay Somaliland iyo Booqashada ay ku yimadeen Dalka Somaliland isaga oo Madaxweynuhu weftiga ku soo Dhaweeyey Dalka.


Wasiirku xigeenka Arrimaha Debeda ee Dalka Norway MR. ESPEN BARTH EIDE wuxuu Dawlada Somaliland ku amaanay Sida Qiimaha Badan ee ay uga Shaqeeyeen Horumarka Dalka iyo Dimuquraadiyada isaga oo si gaara ugu Amaanay Bulshada Reer Somaliland Doorashadii Madaxtooyada ee ay ku muujiyeen Midnimadooda iyo sida ay ugu bisil yihiin in la Aqoonsado oo ay ka mid noqdaan Dawladaha Caalamka ka jira ee la aqoonsan yahay taasi oo uu sheegay in ay ka Norway ahaan Fiiro gaara u lahaayeen tadawarkii ay soo martay Somaliland ee Dhinacyada Dimuquraadiyada iyo dib u dhiska Dalka.

Wuxuu ku Nuuxnuuxsaday Wasiirku xigeenku sida ay Somalialnd uga Shaqaysay nabad gelyada ka jirta dalkeeda taasi oo uu tilmaamay inay deris latahay xasilooni daro ka jirta Somaliya

Wasiirku Xigeenku waxa uu ka hadlay inay bulshada Caalamku isha ku hayso Budhcad badeeda isaga oo Somaliland-na ku amaanay Doorka ay ka Qaadato Budhcad badeeda kuna Dhiiri geliyey inay halkaa ka sii wado Dedaalkeeda.

Ugu Danbayn Wasiir ku xigeenku waxa uu sheegay inay Dawadaa Norway Soo Dhawaynayso Horumarka ka socda Dawlada Somaliland isla markaana kor u qaadi doonto Xidhiidhka iyo kalmada ay ka gaysanayso Dhicineeda

Dhinaca Xukuumada Somaliland waxa Madaxweynaha kulanka ku Wehelinaayey Wasiirka Duulista iyo Hawlada, Wasiirka Qarshaynta Qaranka, Wasiirka Warfaafinta iyo Wasiirka Macdanta iyo Tamarta,.

Dhinaca Weftiguna waxay ka koobnayeen.

1. Espen Barth Eide

2. Per Ludvig Magnus

3. Kjell Harald Dalen

4. Kjetil Elsebutangen

5. Rina Kristmoen

6. Geir A. Schei




Cabdillaahi Maxamed Daahir ( Cukuse )

Af-hayeenka Madaxtooyada JSL.


February 16, 2011

Somaliland Receives USD 10 Million for airports upgrade

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Somaliland Receives USD 10Million for airports upgrade

HARGEISA — Somaliland Minister of Aviation formally launched a USD 10 million programme to modernise and upgrade two existing airports in the country on Tuesday.

Speaking at a ceremony held at Egal International airport, Mr Mohamoud Hashi Abdi told local media that Hargeisa’s main Egal International airport and the main port of Berbera will be rehabilitated in the coming months. He said the Kuwaiti government will be providing all the $10million funds needed to improve the airports’ capacities, terminals, runways and the security to comply with International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) standards.

He added the Kuwaiti government will supervise and oversee the projects as well as providing technical assistance and capacity building through their non-profit organization, the Kuwait Foudation.

Kuwait Foundation is a private, non-profit organization and is chaired by H. H. the Amir of the State of Kuwait. A delegation from the foundation is due to arrive in the country in the next forthnight to assess the airports.

The Minister has been abroad for the last two weeks visiting the Middle East and the UK. He has been pushing for developments for all airports in the country. As soon as he took oath, after his party came to power in July, the minister quickly reversed years of neglect for Burao airport and reopened the facility in early this year.

It is not clear if the new administration will use designs and blue prints for Egal International Airport from the previous regime, who produced a number of designs before their depature from office.

Somaliland airports have became under pressure from recent increase in traffic due to many Somaliland Diasporas returning home and the region becoming a gateway to connect Asia, Africa and Europe.

As well as these airports, Kuwait also helps Somaliland in the fields of health and humanitarian reliefs.


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