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Issue 219 / 1st April 2006
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This Week's Somaliland News

Headlines

A Showdown Between The Parliament And ‎The President Over The Amina-Weris Case‎

6 Terrorist Suspects Recaptured following Jail Break‎    

Meet Me In Baidoa‎‎‎‎‎‎

Somaliland Forum Slams Yemeni Times Biased ‎Coverage‎

Somaliland Supreme Court Acquits ONLF ‎Rebels‎‎

Ethiopian Pastoralists Benefit From Export Of ‎Livestock To Somaliland‎

Will The Arabs Dare To Listen To Somaliland?‎‎‎

Regional Affairs

The Arms Embargo On Somalia’s TFG Must Not Be ‎Lifted By The UN

EU Backs Abdillahi Yusuf’s Leadership, Pledges More Aid‎

Ethiopia Signs Agreement With U.S. Firm On Oil ‎Exploration‎

Fisheries Sector In Djibouti Receives Boost ‎With US$100,000 Grant

IGAD Vows To Take On Somali Warlords‎‎‎

Somali Pirates Hijack Fuel Tanker: Official

Fort Riley Soldiers Deploy to the Horn of Africa‎‎

2.5 Million People Affected By Drought - Meles‎‎

South African Firm Wins Bid To Administer ‎Ethio-Djibouti Railway‎

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Bringing An African Dictator To Justice‎‎

Support Somaliland Has Been Invited To ‎Chancellor Gordon Brown’s Speech About ‎The Millennium Development Goals‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

UK Parliament: Written Answers‎‎‎

Killers Of Somali Cabbie Get Longest ‎Sentences Allowed

Toll Rises In Bahrain Boat Disaster‎

African Fair Trade Shows Its Own Face

Stop These Warlords‎‎

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Somaliland: The International Community Should ‎Recognize and Support Right to Development‎

Somaliland: WS On The Case Of ‎Somaliland

SOMALILAND: Exiles Return Home As Investors

Embrace Asylum Seekers: Survivor's Final Wish

Opinions

Is CARE An International Organization Or Part ‎Of Somaliland Ministry Of Planning?‎

Awdal Region And The Emerging Businesses‎‎‎

Somaliland Citizens Rights Versus Abusers Of ‎Office Power‎

A Private Visit To The Somali Region In ‎Ethiopia‎‎‎

Expelling CARE Isn’t The Answer; Firing The ‎Minister Is‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎

Somaliland Must Respond To The Unfounded ‎Allegations of Yemen And Somalia


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
By Somalilandtimes network

Somaliland Forum Press Release

London, UK, March 27th, 2006  – Inter Governmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) recent meeting in Nairobi, Kenya has led IGAD to ask the United Nations to lift the arms embargo placed on Somalia in 1992. In fact, the UN special envoy for Somalia Francois Lonseny Fall ill-advisedly hinted that upon IGAD’s request the arms embargo will be lifted by the UN Security Council. Lifting the arms embargo at this stage would signal that the UN advocates ending political discourse for the mass delivery of weapons to warlords and militia men who are resolute in their destruction

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By Somalilandtimes network

BRUSSELS, March 28 (Reuters) - The European Commission signed a pact giving political recognition to Somalia's interim government on Tuesday and pledged more aid to the war-weary Horn of Africa nation, hit by fresh violence in recent days.

The signing of a "memorandum of understanding" with Somali leaders is an attempt by the European Union executive to encourage EU states and others to recognize the government after last month's opening of an interim parliament on home soil.


Ethiopia Signs Agreement With U.S. Firm On Oil ‎Exploration‎

By Somalilandtimes network

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 30, 2006 – Ethiopian official said Wednesday that the Horn of Africa country has signed an agreement on oil exploration with a U.S. firm.

The agreement was signed Wednesday between Ethiopia's Ministry of Mines and Energy and Afar Exploration. It will enable the latter explore oil in northeast Ethiopia's Afar State.

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Fisheries Sector In Djibouti Receives Boost ‎With US$100,000 Grant

Vienna, Austria, March 29, 2006 – The OPEC Fund for International Development has approved a grant of US$100,000 in support of a capacity-building project aimed at strengthening the fisheries sector in Djibouti. Spearheaded by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the initiative will help raise incomes and improve living conditions for some 18,000 people working in the fisheries industry.

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IGAD Vows To Take On Somali Warlords‎‎‎

By Somalilandtimes network

By FRED OLUOCH

Special Correspondent

Leaders attending the 11th head of states summit agreed to deploy a peace mission to the war-torn country with or without the consent of the faction leaders

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Somali Pirates Hijack Fuel Tanker: Official

By Somalilandtimes network

NAIROBI, March 31, 2006 – Somali gunmen have hijacked a giant fuel tanker in north of capital Mogadishu, Kenyan maritime official confirmed here on Friday.

The Panamanian-flagged MT Lombigo had just off-loaded a cargo of fuel and left El Ade port of Somalia when it was hijacked in the pirate-infested waters off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday, said Andrew Mwangura, the coordinator of Kenya's Seafarers Association.

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Fort Riley Soldiers Deploy to the Horn of Africa‎‎

Fr. Riley, KS. March 30, 2006 – Approximately 150 Soldiers from Fort Riley, Kan., left for the Horn of Africa March 28.

Soldiers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry will deploy for up to a year to the Central Command area of responsibility as part of an approximately 1,700-member Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.

The mission detects, disrupts and defeats terrorists in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Yemen, said Lt. Col. Frank Zachar, commander, 1st Bn., 16th Inf.

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2.5 Million People Affected By Drought - Meles‎‎

By Somalilandtimes network

Searching for water in Ethiopia.

NAIROBI, 29 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - An estimated 2.5 million Ethiopians are suffering from the effects of the drought that has wreaked havoc in the Horn of Africa, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said.

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South African Firm Wins Bid To Administer ‎Ethio-Djibouti Railway

By Somalilandtimes network

A South   African firm, COMAZAR, has won an international bid to administer the Ethio-Djibouti Railway Company, Ethiopia said Wednesday.

In a statement available to international media, Ethiopia's Ministry of Transport and Communications said Ethiopia and Djibouti reached an agreement to grant the administration of the Ethio-Djibouti railway to the South African firm with concession as the railway has failed to provide efficient services to commuters and cargo transport.


YEMEN: Early Marriage A Challenge To ‎Development

By Somalilandtimes network

Samira was married to a Yemeni cousin at age 15 and had her first child the following year. "It's normal to marry at age 12 in my village," she said, "and you can't choose the man you're going to live with." Samira suffered from complications during the birth of her first child. She bled for 10 days after the birth. During the 16 days she spent in the hospital, she could not walk or hold her baby.


Press Release – AU Deputy Chairperson Concludes ‎His Visit in Darfur‎

By Somalilandtimes network

El Fasher, Darfur, March 26, 2006 – His Excellency Mr. Patrick Mazimhaka the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union and his Delegation comprising among others Ambassador Corentin Kidoulaye the Head of the Darfur Integrated Task Force (DITF) and Madam Monique Mukaruliza the Deputy Head of Mission in Khartoum, on 26 March, 2006 concluded his two-day visit to Darfur after going through a heavy schedule of engagements begun on arrival at El Fasher on 25 March.

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By Somalilandtimes network

Just when the international community thought that Somalia’s conflict had been contained, a new wave of violence has engulfed the country. This presents a new international security challenge, which the shaky and now rattled government of President Abdillahi Yusuf and the international community must confront and stop. If nothing is done now, the renewed clan fighting could spiral into a complex regional catastrophe once again.

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Headlines

A Showdown Between The Parliament And ‎The President Over The Amina-Weris Case‎

By Somalilandtimes network

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 1, 2006 – The Somaliland president Dahir Rayale Kahin has rejected a resolution passed by the House of Representatives on last Wednesday asking the government in the form of the ministries of “Health and Labour” and “National Planning” to take the necessary measures for reinstating Amina Sheikh Mohamed, known as Amina-Weris, in a vacant post with the Hargeysa office of Care International that she has been illegally denied.

Amina-Weris, a Somaliland citizen, was offered the job of a Team Leader for Care Hargeysa in February this year. However Care International withdrew the offer on March 21, 2006, citing an incomprehensible excuse.


‎6 Terrorist Suspects Recaptured following Jail Break‎    

By Somalilandtimes network

Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 1, 2006 – Five prisoners convicted for terrorism and one terrorist suspect who escaped from Hargeysa central prison on Sunday evening, were all recaptured in less than one hour following their jail break.

The prisoners belonged to a terrorist group that was responsible for the killing of 4 aid workers in Somaliland on 2003-2004.

15 members of the group went on trial last year before Hargeysa regional court. 8 of the suspects were sentenced to death while 7 were given life imprisonment.

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Speaker of Somaliland lower house of parliament Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi (right) with Annika Söder (left), State Secretary for International Development Cooperation at the ministry of Foreign Affairs

By Somalilandtimes network

Stockholm, Sweden, April 1, 2006 – The Speaker of Somaliland House of Representatives (lower house of parliament) Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi (Erro) met on Wednesday with Annika Söder, State Secretary for International Development Cooperation at the ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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By Somalilandtimes network

Baidoa, Somalia, April 1, 2006 – The Baidoa meeting is still on, but not much has been accomplished. This is not by accident, since the people behind the meeting, warlord “president” Abdillahi Yusuf, Ali Geedi “the prime minister” and Sharif Hassan “the speaker of parliament”, have organized this meeting so that they can convince international donors that they are actually a government and deserve monetary aid. But it seems that using this meeting as a scheme for milking the international community is about the only thing the above trio agree on. Each one of the above trio wants to seize as much as possible of the promised international aid for himself. The lack of trust between Abdillahi Yusuf and Geedi, as pointed by Jinni Boqor (a member of Parliament), is the reason both them flew to Brussels to sign an agreement with the European Union. In order not to miss out totally on the loot, Sharif Hassan dashed to the Arab League.

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By Somalilandtimes network

London, UK, March 31, 2006  ( Somaliland Forum Press Release) – The Yemeni Times newspaper recently published an article [Efforts to release Yemeni fishermen held in Somalia, March 26, 2006] regarding the apprehension of the Yemeni fishermen who were fishing illegally in the waters of Somaliland.

Instead of printing the facts, as any legitimate newspaper would, the Yemeni Times chose to disseminate factually erroneous account and unethically attacked the Sovereignty of the Republic of Somaliland. Somaliland is an independent nation with recognized boundaries and an elected government. Somaliland favors peaceful coexistence with all her neighbors and has never shown aggression towards any nation.


By Somalilandtimes network

HARGEISA, March 26, 2006 – Somaliland's Supreme Court has acquitted 24 members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) accused of planning to attack Ethiopia from inside the breakaway enclave, officials said on Sunday.

The ONLF is a rebel group of ethnic Somalis fighting for independence from Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government has long accused the group of attacking its troops in the vast area.


Jijiga, March 28, 2006 – The legal export of livestock to neighboring Somaliland is yielding encouraging results, while the activities have in turn been improving the livelihood of pastoralists in the Somali state.

According to Jijiga Customs Office Head Amare Gebre-Mariam, the legal export of livestock and the income earned during the last three years have shown marked increase.

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By Somalilandtimes network

BY Bashir Goth, Abu Dhabi

The Arab League has the habit of leaving issues to fester until such time when surgical intervention becomes necessary from foreign powers whose interests do not necessarily match those of the Arab world.

Examples are plenty but a few recent ones include Somalia, Southern Sudan and Darfur, Iraq and the Lebanese-Syrian issue. None of these issues has come out of the blue. All of them have been fermenting and escalating for years before they have reached the bursting point. All the time, the Arabs were using an ostrich mentality and burying their heads; hoping that they one day could raise their heads to find things fixed by some divine power. It is quite perplexing how Arabs love the status quo and use all their energy and resources to ensure that things stay as they are; they do this not only because they prefer stability and peace to the turbulence and commotion that often result from change but because they also fear that any change may rock the murky waters of Arab politics and expose the Arabs inability to deal with it.

International News

The arrest of warlord Charles Taylor after his indictment was unsealed in June 2003 by UN-backed Sierra Leone Special Court cast a bright hope to conflict ridden Africa with dictators towering and trampling on rights of innocent citizens. Africa has for a long time been dominated by leaders who have constantly and consistently been unleashing in deliberate and indiscriminate manner terror with impunity to civilians. To address this phenomenon, AU council of ministers endorsed a plan of action against impunity in 1996. Subsequently, African leaders made a commitment through a declaration in 2000 to condemn genocide,

Support Somaliland Has Been Invited To ‎Chancellor Gordon Brown’s Speech About ‎The Millennium Development Goals‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

By Somalilandtimes network

Press Release

Swansea, Southern Wales, March 24, 2006 – On Thursday 23rd March Chancellor Gordon Brown MP   spoke at an event in this year's Welsh Labor Conference in Swansea. Mr. Brown   spoke at length about   G8 agenda issues and mainly the Millennium Development Goals.

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By Somalilandtimes network

March 29, 2006

International Development

Somalia

Photo of Mark Simmonds

Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness, Con) Hansard source

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Somalia for the purposes of taking decisions on aid.

Photo of Hilary Benn

Hilary Benn (Secretary of State, Department for International Development)

The political and security situation in much of south and central Somalia makes the provision of aid very difficult. Our assessments are led by the impact of:

Killers Of Somali Cabbie Get Longest ‎Sentences Allowed

By Somalilandtimes network

The two young men who admitted shooting and killing an immigrant Somali cab driver in Seattle two years ago both were sentenced Friday to the maximum time allowed, 28 and 35 years in prison, respectively.

Brandin Thomas and Antaun Gates shot popular teacher and weekend cab driver Hassan Farah in a thrill-killing in January 2004.

Toll Rises In Bahrain Boat Disaster‎

By Somalilandtimes network

The tourist boat was on a dinner cruise about 1km off shore

Manama, Bahrain, March 31, 2006 – At least 57 people are now confirmed to have   died after a tourist boat carrying   more than   130 passengers on a dinner cruise capsized and sank   off the coast of Bahrain, rescue officials say.

Youssif al-Ghatam, the coastguard commander, told a news conference that 63 people had so far been rescued.

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African Fair Trade Shows Its Own Face

By Somalilandtimes network

Cotonou, Benin, March 28, 2006 – Organizations and individuals who work with and promote fair trade in Africa are set to meet in Bénin next month for a ground-breaking four-day Symposium which will analyze the impact of fair trade in Africa and draw a plan of action for its development.

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Problems Growing For Poorly Educated Black Men‎

By Somalilandtimes network

New York, USA, March 31, 2006 – Poorly educated black men are becoming more disconnected from the mainstream society and the trend may worsen, according to a report in The New York Times.

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Somaliland Map
Somaliland map
Hargeysa Bridge Committee web Link http://www.hargeysabiriij.com

Editorial

The European Commission’s announcement on last Wednesday of providing political support and 70 million Euros in aid for propping up the “Transitional Federal Government” of Somalia shows how the European Union’s policy for this region is completely estranged from the reality on ground.

There are at least three main solid reasons why the EU’s decision embracing the TFG, is a great misunderstanding of the situation in Somalia and a clear misjudgment of the remedies that Somalia actually needs.

First, the TFG hasn’t yet gained the trust of most Somalis who still view it as an entity crafted outside Somalia by foreign powers namely the EU and IGAD. That impression has been perpetuated by the consistent demands by Abdillahi Yusuf, the TNG president, for the deployment of foreign troops in the country to disarm the Somalis on his behalf (not to mention the notoriety Mr. Yusuf had earned among Somalis in the past as a power-thirsty dictatorial warlord).

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Special Report


REPORT ON FAMILIARISATION TOUR TO SOMALILAND

In November 2005, the Centre for Human Rights began investigating the possibility of a third destination for the LLM field trip. The reasons for increasing the number of field trip destinations to include Somaliland include the following:

Somaliland is a state in the making; it would be ideal for students on the programme to have a first hand experience of this.

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Opinions

Is CARE An International Organization Or Part ‎Of Somaliland Ministry Of Planning?‎

By Faysal Diriye, Ottawa, Canada

Recently, Mrs. Amina Sheikh Mohamed (Amina-weris), the wife of the opposition party (KULMIYE) leader, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Silanyo), has lost her potential employment opportunity with CARE, due to a possible interference from Somaliland’s Minister of Planning. As alleged, the Minster of Planning, Mr. Ahmed Haji Dahir, with determination and elbow greasing made sure that Mrs. Amina didn’t succeed to be employed by CARE. Finally, due to an internal pressure from the Minister, CARE has hired a non-Somali Lander. What is going on? This is shocking beyond belief. Is this the rebirth of totalitarianism? Déjà vu all over again!

By Ahmed Abib Hayir, Borama

Awdal Region is inclusively one of those other Somaliland parts affected by many of the same forces that have shaped the history of our country. For one thing, Somaliland -my country- fell in the hands of the former regime of Mohamed Siyad Bare. The leaders of this regime, without sacrifice or risk on their part, corrupted the country’s resources, divided their people into hostile clan groupings. Bribery and mismanagement of public resources were wide-spread. It was like they tied stones on their wings now that people turned against them. Clan-based armed forces declared war on the regime. This created an internal unrest and accelerated the state decay and political disintegration. Unfortunately, the resulting downfall of the regime- contrary to expectations- did not bring the social and political upheaval to an end.

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By Mr. Ahmed M. Gedi (sanjab),

Since this topic is not in my area of expertise, yet I have been compelled to express my opinion on a disgusting cynic politics initiated by one of the many UGLY ministers of Mr. Rayale’s Government. These days, our mass-media were overwhelmed by a bizaar story that took place between an International NGO called CARE INTERNATIONAL and one of our many Ministers (50). I do not think that I will be wrong to assume that the minister involved believes that he is above the law of Somaliland; as a result of the fact his UNCLE happens to be H.E. Mr. Dahir Rayale Kahin.

A Private Visit To The Somali Region In ‎Ethiopia‎‎‎

By Abdillahi Dool

In April 2005 on a private visit to the Somali Region in Ethiopia, I observed much that was good as well as bad. The Somali Region is now home to many Somalis not only from the area but also those who are attempting to rebuild lives after leaving behind the unrest in Somalia. In Somali inhabited cities such as Jigjiga, Harar and Dire Dawa one can observe many new businesses and properties established by individuals who originally lived in places as diverse as Mogadishu, Beletweyne, Galkayo, Baydhabo or Kismayo. Signs such as ‘Benadir Store‘, ‘Puntland Pharmacy’ or ‘Buuleburde Restaurant’ are common throughout the Somali Region.

By Ali Gulaid, San Jose, CA

Evidently international nonprofit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that operate in Sub-Saharan Africa provide a great deal of much deserved charitable work in times of conflict and in times of ecological disasters, they are known for that; but they are less known for the aid they provide daily in times of peace specially where central governments have either collapsed as in Somalia or where they are weak and corrupt as in Somaliland.

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Somaliland Must Respond To The Unfounded ‎Allegations of Yemen And Somalia

By Farah Ali Jama,

Following the recent offshore activities in which the Somaliland Coast Guard mounted several operations to protect its resources, local fishermen, and to get rid off the area from the ongoing illegal foreign fish poachers particularly the notorious Yemeni fishermen, some high ranking Yemeni government officials as well as their media immediately ganged-up on Somaliland, cried wolf, and alleged that: Some Yemeni fishermen have been kidnapped by pirates operating off Somaliland coast! In addition, the utterances of the puppeteer Warlord of the tribal entity of Majertenia (Puntland), Somalia also reinforced the same falsehoods and allegations in order to appease his Arab master by also stating that: Somaliland pirates have kidnapped Yemeni fishermen!


FEATURES & COMMENTARY
Somaliland: The International Community Should ‎Recognize and Support Right to Development‎

By Somalilandtimes network

March 28, 2006

Item 7 of the Agenda of the UN Commission on Human Rights - The Right to Development -

The Right to Development is proclaimed in the Charter principles of the United Nations and in the Declaration on the Right to Development adopted by the General Assembly in 1986, which affirms that - “the right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, cultural and political developments in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms are realized”.

Somaliland: WS On The Case Of ‎Somaliland

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Sixty-second session

Item 5 of the provisional agenda

March 12, 2006

THE RIGHT OF PEOPLES TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND ITS APPLICATION TO PEOPLES UNDER COLONIAL OR ALIEN DOMINATION OR FOREIGN OCCUPATION

Written statement* submitted by the International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic, Religious, Linguistic and Other Minorities (IFPRERLOM), a non-governmental organization on the Roster

The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.

By Somalilandtimes network

Students at a computer training centre run by the NGO Havoyoco and funded by UNHCR, in Hargeysa, the booming capital of the self-declared independent state of Somaliland.

Hargeysa, Somaliland, March 27, 2006 – Ali Abdibihi is a bright, outgoing boy of 16 who is eager to practice his English with any visitor to the shantytown he calls home.

He lives in a traditional igloo-shaped home – a tukul – made of rags and flattened tin cans, with his blind father, his mother and six older sisters and brothers, all of whom are unemployed. Yet he sees clearly how he can help them: "I am going to be a professor. I am going to teach computer science."

Embrace Asylum Seekers: Survivor's Final Wish
By Somalilandtimes network 

True colours: the beaming smile of Isir Mohamud, 10, a Somali-Australian, is worth a thousand words as she plays her part in breaking down the barriers. To mark Harmony Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racism yesterday, a group of young Muslim woman made hijabs out of Australian flags, which they wore during a lunch at the Northern Migrant Resource Centre?s Spectrum Employment Services in Prahran. Isir was one of the youngest girls to celebrate the day, held as a celebration of a diverse

True colors: the beaming smile of Isir Mohamud, 10, a Somali-Australian, is worth a thousand words as she plays her part in breaking down the barriers. To mark Harmony Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racism yesterday, a group of young Muslim woman made hijabs out of Australian flags, which they wore during a lunch at the Northern Migrant Resource Center’s Spectrum Employment Services in Prahran. Isir was one of the youngest girls to celebrate the day, held as a celebration of a diverse

Sydney, Australia March 22, 2006 – Mourners at a memorial service for SIEV-X survivor Amal Basry were asked last night to help enact her dream - to welcome people fleeing persecution.

The Iraq-born woman spent 30 hours in the sea clinging to the corpse of another woman after an Indonesian people-smuggling boat, overladen with asylum seekers, sank in 2001.


      

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