Efforts, Somaliland Gets New Friends In Africa
Johannesburg, April 1, 2004 (SL Times) – Somaliland diplomat Jawahir
Mohamed Ali Sheikh Madar has in the last 2 months discussed the issue
o Somaliland’s independence and recognition with a number of prominent
African leaders, ministers and diplomats.
Last Wednesday, Jawahir met with Zambian foreign minister Kolombo
Also, last Wednesday, Jawahir was at a party thrown in honor of
former Zambian President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, on the occasion of his
birthday. The party was attended by former South African President,
Nelson Mandela, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Nigerian President,
Olusegun Obasanjo, Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, Mozambican
President, Joaquim Chissano, King of Swaziland, Mswati III, South
Africa's first lady, Mrs. Mbeki, late ANC leader Oliver Tambo’s widow,
South African Vice President, Jacob Zuma, and many other prominent
“It was a unique opportunity to make contacts and spread information
about Somaliland,” Jawahir said.
Mr. Gunnar Kraft
Meets with Somaliland Organizations
Forumsyd A Swedish Bilateral Aid organization
Mr. Gunnar Kraft on Thursday 22 April 04 met with Somaliland’s
organizations in Sweden at forumsyd premises at Katarinavägen 20 in
Somaliland’s organizations from all over Sweden were well represented.
Amongst those present were Mr. Hussein Abyan Wadadyare who is
Somaliland’s top representative in Sweden, Mr. Mohamud Abdulahi Elmi (Abokodh)
chairman of Somalilandsriks Organization in Sweden and Mr. Abdirashid
Omar who is The Chairman of Somaliland’s organization in Stockholm.
Forumsyd Representative that came back from a fact finding mission to
Somaliland praised Somaliland’s Non Governmental organizations
especially the organizations of Nagaad and Kasongo.
Jama Yare And
Sifir Lobbying For Isak Seats AT Nairobi Talks
Nairobi, May 1, 2004 (SL Times) – Two Somalilanders attending the
Nairobi peace talks are campaigning for the inclusion of 80 people as
representatives of the Isaak clan to the conference.
Jama Mohamed Qalib (Jama Yare) and Mohamud A. Jama (Sifir) have
petitioned the talks’ mediator, Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat, to allow
an Isaak delegation to participate in the third phase of the Somali
reconciliation conference which is being held in the Kenyan capital,
On March 22, the two men formed a committee assigned with the task of
organizing a Isaak delegation. However, the proposal for the
allocation of seats for Isaak representatives has met opposition from
many in the so-called 366 official delegates already taking part in
The talks which have been dogged by wrangles over the selection of
future parliamentarians are scheduled to resume on May 6, 2004.
ONLF Burns Down
Two Trucks Owned By Somalilanders
Hargeisa, May 1, 2004 (SL Times) – The Ogaden National Liberation
Front’s militia set to flames two trucks owned by Somalilanders at Fiq
area in Ethiopia’s autonomous regional Somali state. The two vehicles,
a 24 ton Nissan UD and a Hino ZY were rented to carry goods, mainly
food items such a sugar, rice and oil to Fiq.
The Nissan UD was still loaded while the Hino was discharged of its
load when ONLF militiamen stopped the two vehicles at a point between
the two villages of Fayan Jawo and Haaro-Dhagax located near Fiq on
April 25, 2004.
According to the two drivers, Abdi Mohamed Banyah and Ahmed Hussein (Jiis),
the armed men drew out about 20lts of fuel from each vehicle. “Then
they placed wood under and above each vehicle and set them on fire,”
Ahmed Hussein said.
Oil Boom In East
Jeevan Vasagar in Nairobi
Nairobi, April 29, 2004 (The Guardian) – Africa’s Indian Ocean coast
is poised to become a new source of oil and gas on the continent,
according to a US oil industry expert whose firm has been carrying out
satellite and geological surveys of the region.
West Africa, which supplies the US with 15% of its oil imports, has
been the traditional focus for oil exploration on the continent.
But in an interview published on the US State Department's website,
oil firm director Chris Machette-Downes said: "East Africa is very
likely to become one of the hottest oil exploration frontiers in the
next few years."
Against Travel To Somaliland
Still Current at: 1 May 2004
Updated: 23 March 2004
We advise against all travel to Somalia
A Kenyan woman working for a German Government aid organization was
shot dead in Somaliland in an ambush on the Hargeisa-Berbera Road, on
19 March. No motive has been established for the attack. The European
Commission and many international NGOs are pulling their expatriate
staff out of Somaliland. The UN is evacuating all but a minimum of
essential staff from Somaliland.
We advise British nationals currently in Somaliland to consider
leaving. If they decide to stay, they should restrict their movements
to Hargeisa, stay in doors, keep themselves informed of developments
and take precautions, until the security situation becomes clearer.
No Entry For
Kenyans; Declares Somali
Mogadishu, April 29, 2004 (KBC) – The deputy governor of Hiiraan
Region central Somalia, Abdullahi Ali Koof, Wednesday in a press
statement issued from the headquarters of the region's administration
in Beled Weyne town, said the Hiiraan administration has decided to
ban all Kenyan passport holders from entering the region.
Plan Separate Conference in Jowhar
Nairobi, April 29, 2004 (IRIN) – A group of faction leaders who
abandoned the current Somali peace talks in Kenya have said they will
hold a separate conference inside Somalia to discuss peace in the
war-torn country instead of returning to Nairobi as requested by
Push For Acceptance
By Patricia Drey, The Minnesota Daily, April 29, 2004
Somali students — a growing group on campus — shared food, music and
art on Northrop Plaza on Wednesday, with the hope they could teach
others more about their culture.
Old Guard Helps With Flood Recovery In
A humvee carrying Old Guard soldiers gushes through pools of water on
what was, just days before, a barren Djiboutian City road.
6 Killed in Clan
Nairobi, April 27, 2004 (The East African Standard) – Six people, including
a 58-year-old woman, were at the weekend killed following renewed clashes
between two rival Somali clans in Mandera district.
Foe Of Somalis In
Maine Guilty Of Murder Plot
CHICAGO, April 27, 2004 (Portland Press Herald) — White supremacist
leader Matthew Hale, who helped organize an anti-Somali gathering in
Maine last year, was convicted Monday of trying to have a federal
Religious Row Over Aid In Somalia
Mogadishu, April 22, 2004 (BBC) – Thousands of Somalis have marched
through streets in Mogadishu protesting at what they say is an attempt
by aid agencies to spread Christianity.
Happy To Be Here, 'To Save Our Lives'
Nashville, April 26, 2004 (Middle Tennessee News & Information) – Fatuma
Adan and her husband, Musa Matan, were farmers in Somalia until war and
ethnic strife caused them to flee.
Terrorists Could Use
Washington, Apr. 29 (Washington Times & UPI) -- The U.S. State Department's
annual terror report Thursday praised African nations for their role in the
"war on terror," but noted some weaknesses.
THIS DAY On-line, letters, 29 April 2004
No doubt, the spate of political violence and killings in the country
has now assumed alarming proportions. From isolated events or
happenings a few years ago, it has grown exponentially to make
newspaper headlines every now and then.
Worth The Paper
It's Written On?
NAIROBI, April 28 (IPS) - In the latest attempt to curb the
circulation of small arms in Africa, foreign affairs ministers and
other representatives from eleven countries signed a protocol on
weapons control recently in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. But, the jury
is still out on whether this initiative really has the ingredients for
Jama Yare, Sifir and Aw Hasan Do Not
Individuals such as Jama Mohamed Ghalib (Jama Yare) , Mohamud A. Jama
(Sifir) and Aw Hassan who recently wrote to Mr. Kiplagat, the Kenyan
mediator of the Somali reconciliation conference at Nairobi, that they
be allowed to attend the 3rd phase of the talks as representatives of
the Isak clan, have only made themselves the laughing stock of the
Somaliland people. These are people who after failing in Somaliland's
politics chose to flee the country and live abroad. Instead of
figuring out why they failed in Somaliland's politics and correcting
their mistakes, they embarked on a disgraceful anti-Somaliland
campaign aimed at undermining the country’s independence. Hence, their
latest clumsy attempt of begging Mr. Kiplagat to recognize them as
representatives of the Isak has hardly come as a surprise to anyone in
Al-Itihad, Two Faces Of The Same Coin
The Chairman of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, Mr. Mohamed Omer
Osman, in an interview with the BBC’s Somali service in December 2003,
had openly called upon his followers to take reprisals against nomads
living in Ethiopia’s autonomous Somali state that share a common
lineage with clans in Somaliland.
Mr. Osman, a former Admiral in dictator
Siyad Barre’s Navy, was at the time reacting to the arrest by the
Somaliland authorities of 34 Eritrean-trained ONLF combatants between
Nov 29 and Dec 1, 2003 (See The Somaliland Times Dec 6, 2003 edition).
A number of Isak men were reportedly killed in separate incidents by
ONLF insurgents following the incitement message conveyed in Somali
through the BBC by Mr. Osman last December.
Psychology Of Education
By: Ahmed Isse Jama (Gade), Regional Education Inspector
What are Emotions?
“Emotions” are outward expressions of inner feelings which are aroused
by one's behavior or that of other. At the same time emotions lead to
behavior towards oneself and towards others.
B. Which are the signs of emotional expressions among pupils?
Pleasure may be expressed in the form of smiles, play, laughing,
tickling, elation, humor, zest, etc.
War Through The
Eyes Of Somali Women
28 Apr 2004
A new book on Somalia’s brutal conflict, which hit headlines in 1992
when U.S. troops landed in Mogadishu to lead an ill-fated intervention
to restore peace, gives voice to Somali women’s experience of the war.
The Poisoning Of
By: Ahmed M. I. Egal
Since the extremely narrow UDUB victory in the Presidential elections
a year ago in April 2003, the political scene in Somaliland has become
increasingly polarized and more partisan to the point that there is no
longer any dialogue between the government and the opposition party of
Kulmiye, but instead the exchange of abuse and name calling. This
trade in invective and slander is also apparent, to an even more
reckless degree, among the supporters of both the government and
Kulmiye as is evidenced by the increasingly acerbic and abusive
missives posted on the Somaliland websites.
Meet Somalis In
By Mohamed Mukhtar Ibrahim, London
Somalis are the poorest and newest community in Britain. Somalis made
up the largest number of refugee applicants in the UK last year. They
are the highest unemployed community in this country. It seems that
there just aren't enough negative superlatives left to describe
Its Readers Have Jumped To The Wrong Conclusion
By: Ahmed Ali Aden, Birmingham, UK
My recent article about Jamhuuriya has generated a reaction from
Jamhuuriya readers who live many different places around the world.
While many of them have opted to send their reactions directly to me
instead of posting their reply to the Somaliland websites, many others
preferred to show their responses publicly and have put their angry
articles on various websites.
Sponsored Crises In Hargeisa City Council
By: Osman Adam, Toronto, Canada
Promoted by the minister of Interior with the tacit approval of his
boss, President Rayale, the continuing crises among the members of the
City Council of Hargeisa in addition to bringing the city business to
complete halt, is tearing the community apart. But more importantly
this is jeopardizing our effort of trying to Cox out political
recognition from the world community.
Talks Set to Resume
Nairobi, April 28, 2004 (The Nation) – The final phase of the Somali
peace talks to install a new government by July 1 resume on Friday.
Kenya has been chairing the talks under the Inter-Governmental
Authority on Development for the past two years. Some 203 delegates
start arriving on Friday, ahead of the Igad foreign ministers meeting
on May 6, according to a statement from the Foreign Affairs ministry.
Foreign Affairs minister Kalonzo Musyoka is asking the delegates to
show more commitment to the process than they did during the first two
It is the fourteenth time the talks are being held on Kenyan soil,
this marks the third and final phase of the Somali National
"Phase I and II have been successfully completed inspite of financial
and logistical problems among other constraints," said Mr Musyoka in a