Month: April 2018

Is it Rule of Law or Rule by Law That is the Overriding Modus Operandi in Somaliland Republic?

It is the duty of every Somalilander to have a self-reflective approach and to be aware of any actions he or she takes or any words he or she utters that could be detrimental to our nation building efforts. This applies to clan elders as much as it applies to the President, you and I alike.   Continue reading “Is it Rule of Law or Rule by Law That is the Overriding Modus Operandi in Somaliland Republic?”

How to Address Food-sustainability Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite its huge agricultural potential, Africa spends around US$35bn each year on food imports. This number may rise above US$110bn by 2025 due to rapid population growth, changes in dietary habits and the increasingly severe impacts of climate change. The lack of food sustainability, as well as food and nutrition insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa, is likely to aggravate unless bold action is taken on six key issues. Continue reading “How to Address Food-sustainability Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Somaliland: Letter to Members of US Congress

Letter to Members of US Congress
Honorable Senator
I am a resident and registered voter in your state. I had voted for you for the last election cycles. I am writing this letter to keep you apprised with the situation in the Horn of Africa, especially Somaliland. I am also reaching out to you to ask for congressional action on behalf of the Somaliland people.

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I am a Somalilander and a staunch advocate for the diplomatic recognition of Somailand. But the problem for Somaliland, which has lots of  valid  reasons for being considered a sovereign state, have to do with the paranoia about accepting new states with shifting borders inherited from colonial powers in Africa. However, the African Union’s argument to deny Somaliland sovereignty is not valid, because Somaliland was an independent state in 1960 before Somalia. It had also defined colonial borders that were established at the time of independence.

In 1991, following the collapse of the authoritarian Somali government, Somaliland declared independence from the rest of Somalia. The 4 million Somaliland people, not by sheer luck but through painstaking reconciliation and hard work, embarked a nation building process

Today, Somaliland has all of the attributes of a nation: a functioning legitimate political order, that has the consent of the people, a court system that enforces the rule of law, boasts a security force that has denied a sanctuary for terrorists, and a political process to guide for the peaceful transfer of power. Last November, it just had a free and credible presidential election, according to international observers.

In May 2001, the will of the people was supported in a referendum for Somaliland independence by more than 90 percent of the population.

However, Somaliland is facing many challenges: dilapidated infrastructure, rudimentary healthcare system, corruption and recurring droughts due to climate change, which decimated its livestock. The country‘s economy depends on the export of mutton and sheep to the Middle East.

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Somaliland government is vowed to attract foreign investment to address youth unemployment. So far, the Dubai based DP World deal to invest $442 million to expand the deep sea port of Berbera is the largest single foreign investment Somaliland has received. The new project will help the landlocked Ethiopia, the region’s largest economy, to get alternate access to shipping lanes.

Somaliland’s order is a stark contrast with Somalia, where the United States and others have expended billions to stabilize the country, but still it is in ruins and has even failed to exercise the minimal functions of a sovereign nation.

The current US policy toward Somalia backs un-elected, fictional Somali government that controls only small pockets of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, and is protected by a contingent of African Union troops. It enjoys no legitimacy among the ordinary Somali population. In fact, Somalia is a country where after 10 years of costly military intervention, billions of foreign aid, U.S. counter- terrorism, and some 22,000 African Union soldiers have done little to stabilize the country.

Next May, the 4 million Somalilanders are celebrating 27th anniversary after declaring independence; however, Somaliland struggles for recognition. Somaliland people cannot tolerate more years of uncertainty about what country they live in and what the future holds for them.

What is the United States is gaining from the non-recognition status of a democratic Muslim country —Somaliland in a volatile Horn of Africa region?

If US is not willing to recognize Somaliland, for political reasons, why is not the United States at the very least paying  substantial attention to the needs of Somalilanders and lend them a helping hand in the areas of counter-terrorism efforts and maritime security?

I understand the question of diplomatic recognition belongs to the State Department. I believe It’s time for the U.S. Congress to reassess U.S. policy on Somalia and not only hold hearings on the deepening U.S. military involvement in Somalia, but also examining a free and democratic Somaliland as a partner worth recognizing diplomatically.

Thank you for giving your attention to my inquiry. If you need more information or have questions about my petition, please feel free to have your staff contact me.

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Somaliland Prohibits Using Somalia Top Level Domain Name

The Republic of Somaliland – through its Minister of Communications and Technology Abdiweli Abdillahi Suufi – has asked public administrations and private companies that use the Somalia Top Level Domain name (.so) for their presence on the Internet to end it. In its battle for sovereignty, this territory of northern Somalia, still in search of international recognition after its self-proclaimed independence in 1991, believes that using the domain name of its big neighbor amounts to rowing against the current of its ideology of total independence.

Minister Abdiweli Abdillahi Suufi called on public administrations, universities, private companies that want to maintain an Internet presence to use a neutral domain name such as “.net” or “.com”. The boss of the telecoms sector has threatened severe sanctions, any public administration and enterprise that will continue to use the Somali domain name, which subordinates the independent state of Somaliland to Somalia and undermines its national sovereignty.

“According to the first article of the Constitution of the Republic of Somaliland and the statutes that govern the structures and functions of our ministries, nothing that directly or indirectly violates national sovereignty is allowed, such as this first-level domain of Somalia, “said Minister Abdiweli Abdullahi Suufi.

Still to move further from Somalia, the minister said the country is changing its country code, the 252 he inherited from the Somalia government backed by the African Union mission (AMISOM). It is also expected a change in the postal code of Somaliland.

A First Hand Account of DP World’s Somaliland Operations

Gulf News Editor Omar Shariff gives us his first-hand account of the situation in Somaliland

DP World’s role in two African ports has drawn a lot of attention recently.

In Djibouti, the government illegally seized control of the Doraleh Container Terminal from a DP World-owned entity after the government lost in the Court of International Arbitration in London. Continue reading “A First Hand Account of DP World’s Somaliland Operations”

Somaliland: Emirates Revive Life in Berbera

“Look there, it was not there two years ago,” he said, pointing to a cluster of modern-style buildings. Everything in there were non-existent before. The town was a cluster of small houses inhabited by poor people, few government buildings and shops. , The UAE is not implementing a project, but is making a full life here in Berbera. The mega projects have brought huge investments to the city, where a group of companies has popped up in all fields. The prices of land have risen automatically and there is a market for them. In the past they were very cheap and often do not find buyers. The situation is different now. Continue reading “Somaliland: Emirates Revive Life in Berbera”

Dr. Edna Adan Ismail Discusses Statehood and Healthcare

Dr. Edna Adan Ismail, is a former Foreign minister for Somaliland, a former #Somali first lady and a renowned activist working to improve health care and education in her homeland… She has a particular focus on stopping female genital mutilation. We talk to the trained midwife and states-woman about her country and her activism Continue reading “Dr. Edna Adan Ismail Discusses Statehood and Healthcare”

Largest Group of Abaarso Students Ever Accepted to Boarding Schools in the US

Congratulations to the extraordinary number of Abaarso students who have been accepted to boarding schools in the US and around the world! Going from Abaarso to a boarding school brings our students to new immersive and challenging environments that will prepare them to to be positive change-makers in their community. Continue reading “Largest Group of Abaarso Students Ever Accepted to Boarding Schools in the US”