Category: Magazine

How Somaliland Combats Al-Shabaab

Al-Shabaab has struggled and largely failed to establish itself in the independent but unrecognized Republic of Somaliland. There, the government has, with limited means, denied al-Shabaab the operational space it requires through the implementation of a virtuous circle that builds on local buy-in and uses HUMINT as a force multiplier. However, despite its successes in its war against al-Shabaab, Somaliland faces a formidable foe that is increasingly active along its border with Puntland where this virtuous circle is under increasing strain. The efficacy of Somaliland’s security forces in these border areas is limited Continue reading “How Somaliland Combats Al-Shabaab”

EU Aid for Schools Infrastructure Improvement in Somaliland

Today, about 10,000 children (50% girls) in Somaliland will have access to expanded quality education through improved learning environment, thanks to the school infrastructure support provided by the European Union. School facilities comprising 10 new schools, 65 new classrooms, 30 renovated classrooms and school furniture were handed over to the Somaliland Ministry of Education and Science at a ceremony held in Mandheera, Sahil region. Continue reading “EU Aid for Schools Infrastructure Improvement in Somaliland”

Somaliland Moving Forward

New ways of doing things in a tough neighbourhood

‘You see,’ says President Muse Bihi Abdi, pointing to an area to the east on the giant map of Somaliland covering the one wall of the presidential briefing room in Hargeisa, ‘in this area, clan members think “I have a gun, I am the government”’ explaining why the area is spotted with Al-Shabaab fighters and his government continues to battle to establish governance. Continue reading “Somaliland Moving Forward”

US State Department Warnings Biased Against Somaliland

BERBERA, SOMALILAND — To depart Mogadishu’s heavily-armed international airport — Somalia’s “green zone” — is an expensive prospect. Decades of lawlessness and instability in Mogadishu make insurance almost impossible. Few foreigners will pass outside the airport’s heavily fortified walls without armored cars and multiple personal security contractors. Most diplomats in Somalia (including America’s and Europe’s) are either sequestered inside the airport or remain in Kenya. Continue reading “US State Department Warnings Biased Against Somaliland”

US State Department Strategy to Somaliland So Narrow Minded

To most Americans, anarchy, intervention, and the Black Hawk Down fiasco define Somalia. By any reasonable metric, the country has not improved much since. Somalia has had the dubious honor to be crowned the world’s most corrupt country by Transparency International for 14 years running. Terrorism is a weekly occurrence, and perhaps even a tool for some Somali politicians Continue reading “US State Department Strategy to Somaliland So Narrow Minded”

Somaliland Still Captive for AU Hypocrisy

While in the rest of the world, the self-determination of enormous nations, who were once part of a sovereign unions, have been accepted with an open heart and without reasonable delay and scrutiny when they had chosen to leave, the Republic of Somaliland is still held as hostage by the African Union for legally leaving, at the discretion of its citizens, a faulty union once it had with the Italian Somalia. An  indifferent attitude towards their strong case has been the responses of these two world and continental bodies respectively for the past 28 years.. Continue reading “Somaliland Still Captive for AU Hypocrisy”