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Issue 223 / 29th April 2006
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This Week's Somaliland News

Headlines

UNHCR Aides Local Youth NGO ‘Havoyoco’ ‎To Supply Commercial Electricity

Port Of Berbera Implements The ISPS Code‎  

Berbera Port Boosts Operations - ‎Transporters Praise Efficiency, Speed‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

The Long Reach Of ‎Majeerteenya’s Criminal Activities‎

UNPO Member, Somaliland Demands ‎Global Recognition‎‎

Secret Dubai Deal Helped Save Oil Tanker ‎Hijacked By Somali Pirates‎

Kenya: Somalia Talks To Cost ‎Kenya Sh1.2 B, Says Kiplagat‎

Regional Affairs

Pirates Hijack Another Ship In South Somalia

Special Humanitarian Envoy Visits ‎Drought Affected Djibouti‎

Somali Recruits Unfit For Training Deported ‎From Kenya‎

Activists Blame Donors, Neighbors For ‎Somalia, Sudan Conflicts

New Malaria Treatment Introduced In ‎Somalia‎‎‎‎

US Appeals For Calm Amid Tensions In Mogadishu

Politics: Somalia And The War Against Terrorism‎‎

Editorial
Special Report

International News

'We Just Want To Know How He Died'‎‎

British American Tobacco Reports Huge Profits

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

"Second Slavery" Snares Migrants‎‎

Day Gunmen Stopped Me On My Way To School

When Nations Yearn For Their Tormentors‎

Batulo Essak Awarded The Prestigious Aleksandra ‎Prize For Achievements In Promoting Equality‎

Opinions

In Defense Of Honorable Basha Farah, ‎Somaliland's Deputy Speaker Of Parliament‎

Hirad On Somaliland: Manifestations Of Hysteria‎‎‎

The Effective Establishment: Small Is Smart‎‎‎‎‎

Abdillahi Yusuf, The Author Of His Own ‎Misfortunes‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎

A Rejoinder To Abdalla A Hirad’s ‎Outburst Against Professor Jhazbhay


LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

NAIROBI, April 28, 2006 – Somali pirates have hijacked a ship in southern Somalia in the latest attack off the country's lawless coast, a maritime official said late on Friday.

The Kismayu-bound ship was hijacked by Somali gunmen on Thursday and commandeered to a coastal town near Harardheere where two other vessels are still being held by gunmen.

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Djibouti and New York,   April 27, 2006 –   Kjell Magne Bondevik, United Nations Special Humanitarian Envoy for the Horn of Africa, saw the human cost of Djibouti’s drought today during a visit to a hospital treating malnourished children.


Somali Recruits Unfit For Training Deported ‎From Kenya‎

NAIROBI, April 27, 2006 – Kenya has deported 17 Somali recruits who were unfit to complete their police training at a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) camp, officials confirmed here Wednesday.

A KWS spokesperson Connie Maina said 11 of them were suffering from old war wounds and the others found the training course too strenuous.

"Eleven of those affected were declared unfit to continue with the course while six voluntarily gave up training, saying it was too strenuous," said Maina.

The recruits, who arrived in the Somali provincial town of Baidoa, about 240 km southwest of Mogadishu on Tuesday, were among 200 former militia fighters selected to pioneer a new police force for the war-torn country.

Maina`s comments were echoed by an official at the Somali Liaison Office in Nairobi who said the 17 militias were unfit to take part in the training.

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Activists Blame Donors, Neighbors For ‎Somalia, Sudan Conflicts

NAIROBI, Apr 27, 2006 – Conflicts in Sudan and Somalia are raging on because donors and regional mediators have failed to implement peace agreements for the two war-ravaged countries, peace activists said on Wednesday.

Researchers, civil society members and educationists from the Horn of Africa urged donors and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to continue with efforts to end conflicts in Sudan and Somalia.

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New Malaria Treatment Introduced In ‎Somalia‎‎‎‎

Nairobi, 25 April 2006 – A New effective treatment has been introduced in Somalia to curb the incidence of malaria which is one of the leading killers of children and women, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Christian Balslev-Olesen announced today on the occasion of Africa Malaria Day today.

An estimated one million children below five years die of malaria annually in Africa. In central and Southern Somalia, malaria is estimated to account for approximately 8% of all illnesses among children under-five years of age. The burden is highest along the rivers and settlements with artificial water reservoirs where there is all-year-round transmission.

“By introducing effective drugs for malaria treatment in Somalia, UNICEF and its partners will be addressing the challenge faced by children and women in combating malaria,” said Mr. Balslev-Olesen. “ The malaria burden is worst felt among children below five years and pregnant women who account for majority of the reported cases and deaths.

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US Appeals For Calm Amid Tensions In Mogadishu

NAIROBI, Apr 20, 2006 – The United States on Thursday appealed for calm in Somalia, urging leaders to work together and exercise restrain as tension mounts over a new round of fighting for control of the capital, Mogadishu.

A statement issued by the US Embassy in Nairobi urged the Somali leaders to seek reconciliation through dialogue, calling on all parties to cooperate with the Transitional Federal institutions.

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Politics: Somalia And The War Against Terrorism‎‎

April 20, 2006 – Country Profile Somalia

The lack of government control and the presence of Islamist activity—conditions shared with Afghanistan—made Somalia a prime target for the US government in its war against terrorism. Particular concern was focused on Al-Itihad and the Al-Barakat conglomerate, which included a money transfer facility thought to be financing terrorist operations.

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Headlines

UNHCR Aides Local Youth NGO ‘Havoyoco’ ‎To Supply Commercial Electricity

“UNHCR provided them all necessary machines and tools to produce marketable goods” Head of UNHCR Hargeysa


New electricity pole-lines erected by Havoyoco youth organisation

Hargeysa, 28 April 2006 – A local electricity power supply company in Hargeysa has accused UNHCR and Havoyoco, a vocational training institute based at Bada-As, Hargeysa of diverting funds and resources intended for youth training projects for private enterprise and commercial trade activities.

National Fuel Stations and Electricity Supply Company, based in Hargeysa provides electric power supply to homes and businesses in Jijiga-Yar area in Koodbuur district of Hargeysa informed S/land Times that Havoyoco aided with funds and equipment from UNHCR have established under the pretence of a vocational training project for unemployed youth in Hargeysa cheap source of electricity power supply for homes and businesses in Jijiga-Yar. National Fuel company said ‘Havoyoco have erected a power grid covering all of Jijiga-Yar and have distributed leaflets to homes and business in Jijiga-Yar stating that they (Havoyoco) have embarked on providing cheap electricity to homes and businesses in Jijiga-Yar for the price $0.40 per kwh unit.


Port Of Berbera Implements The ISPS Code‎    
OSLO, Norway, April 21, 2006 – The Port of Berbera in Somaliland has signed a contract with the Norwegian-based company Nordic Crisis Management to implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) in accordance with United Nations’ standards.

The ISPS Code consists of a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of international shipping and port facilities. The Code’s objective is to provide a standardized and consistent framework for evaluating risk, as well as preventing and combating acts of terrorism and sabotage. The Code applies to all ships over 500 brt which operate in international traffic and all ports that serve such vessels.

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Hargeysa, April 29, 2006 - Somaliland President Dahir Rayale Kahin received the new ambassador of Ethiopia to Somaliland Wubeshet Demmise on Thursday morning.

Ambassador Wubeshet will replace Abdete Drisba who was the Ethiopian representative to Somaliland since 2002, when the trade liaison office of Ethiopia was opened in Somaliland

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HARGEYSA, Somaliland, April 29, 2006 – The days when the deep-water berth of Berbera port were silent, cranes and empty white warehouses stayed idle, and dwarf and small boats discharged only paltry cargo of bananas, seem to be gone for good

Ever since the agreement with Ethiopia came into effect sometime last year and the first cargo ship docked in November, the Port of Berbera has become increasingly busy, allowing thousands of tons of shipments through to Ethiopia.

In an interview with SSI the General Manager of the port, Mr. Ali Mohamed Omar, said that the port has now increased its operations and receives huge quantities of cargo destined to both Somaliland and Ethiopia.

The GM disclosed that the port is in the process of purchasing new heavy-duty cranes that can facilitate speedy unloading of cargo. He further said that government and private companies have built modern storage facilities that will allow customers to store their consignments for forwarding.

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Garowe, April 29, 2006 – In previous articles we reported on a spate of murders committed by militias from Majeerteenya in such places as Majiyahan, Wajid and Baidoa. Qandala is also one place where militias from Majeerteenya committed acts of violence.

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Amsterdam, April 26, 2006 – Somaliland declared its independence in 1991 and has been a UNPO Member since 2004. Since then Somaliland has embarked upon reconstruction and reached a remarkable political maturity, despite the lack of international recognition. Mrs. Edna Adan Ismail, the Foreign Minister of the Somaliland Republic, and UNPO Member representative, urges the international community to recognize Somaliland as an independent country in a recently published article, excerpts published below

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Dubai, UAE, April 27, 2006 – A KHALEEJ TIMES special investigation can today reveal the remarkable cloak and dagger operation mounted after Somali pirates hijacked an oil tanker as it sailed from Bahrain to South Africa in October last year. Conducted in secret and across three continents, the ransom operation to save the tanker San Carlo and its 25-man crew culminated three weeks later in Dubai with a $650,000 cash payment to the pirates.

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Nairobi, April 27, 2006 – Kenya will have spent Sh1.2 billion (US$16 million) in the Somalia peace process when final payments are made this week.

The country was left with a Sh446 million debt when the wrangling Somali clan leaders left Nairobi last year. The settlement makes about 60 per cent of the total bill of Sh1.9 billion that the Somalis incurred in the Inter-Governmental Authority and Development led peace initiative.

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International News

On January 10, Nuur Saeed fell to his death from a third-floor balcony, around the time of a police raid in south London. But exactly how - and why - did he die? As his family demands answers, racial tension in the area is rising. Rose George reports

London, UK, April 24, 2006 – Outside Plumstead police station in south-east London, on a sunny April Fool's Day, a demonstration is under way. There are less than 100 protesters, but the police are out in considerable force, several dozen officers lined up on either side of the demonstrators and six police vans filled with more parked up nearby. The demonstrators hold up handmade placards, reading "Answers now!" and "Police brutality is our reality". On some of the placards is a picture of a young, dark-skinned man, his hair hidden by a streetwear skull cap. This is the second organized protest at the death of Nuur Saeed, a 22-year-old Somali man from Woolwich, who died after a catastrophic fall on January 10 this year, either before or during a raid by Plumstead police.

Nairobi, Kenya, April 25, 2006 – Company executives Tuesday said profits by British American Tobacco (BAT) jumped from 1.2 billion Kenyan Shillings in 2004 to 3.2 billion shillings currently, or a 158% leap due to soaring tobacco consumption in the Eastern and Central Africa region

The Kenyan cigarette maker, a subsidiary of the London-based BAT, said export and contract manufacture volumes increased by 158 percent, buoyed by the huge consumption of the company's products in Somalia, Djibouti and Rwanda

"BAT Kenya is now exporting to new markets, including Somaliland, Ethiopia, Uganda, Congo, the Comoros, Mauritius, Malawi and Zambia," BAT Kenya Managing Director, Simeon Welford told the firm's shareholders during a general meeting here

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

Editorial

It has become customary for the leaders of Majeerteenya (Puntland), whenever it suits their purposes, to say to the people further south, why don’t you establish peace and stability like us. Not only are such statements usually said in bad faith, but they are also designed to camouflage some ugly facts that are increasingly becoming hard to ignore. Most important among these facts is that, stripped to its essence, Majeerteenya is a massive criminal enterprise. Some would object that crime and criminal activity exist everywhere, so why pick on Majerteenya.

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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

In Defense Of Honorable Basha Farah, ‎Somaliland's Deputy Speaker Of Parliament‎

By Mohamud Tani

Basha Mohamed Farad used to be a resident of Ottawa for many years. He was always an ardent supporter of Somaliland all the way from the start. He never apologized for his choice to anybody. He never did it to satisfy anybody either. To him it was a matter of rational choice;

By Elizabeth Parker.

I am used to seeing stories of corruption in the west. It seems that US and other major governments are incapable of governing their countries without lining their own pockets. Illegal payments to those in power occur frequently often these payments are in return for favors that line the pockets of their friends. Then there are lies that cover up these stories of dishonesty and then the lies to cover up the lies about the lies.

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By Ahmed I. Hassan

I have had on occasions the honor of reading some of the commentaries and critiques penned Mr. Abdalla A. Hirad. I was not left in doubt that Mr. Hirad is die-hard opponent of Somaliland’s sovereignty and independence (as it is his right).

The Effective Establishment: Small Is Smart‎‎‎‎‎

“Smallness nurtures accountability, and facilitates the art of Management across its breath, and its length. It polishes everything clearly, by identifying weaknesses, and by taking the right person to the right post.”

It is advised in the discussions, such as the issues, as “Small is Smart,” to make a comparative prospective, covering itself, and the one that is perhaps opposite to it. There are, to begin with, numerous ministries without proper,

By Faysal Diriye, Ottawa, Canada

In the north (Somaliland), as a result of numerous wars conducted by Mr. Sayid Mohammed Abudlle Hassan’s dervish resistance movement, decades old wounds had barely healed—bitter memories of past bloodshed still lingered; then along came Mr. Siyad Barre who put the northern tribes against each other in order to continued to rule the country with an iron fist.

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A Rejoinder To Abdalla A Hirad’s ‎Outburst Against Professor Jhazbhay

By Ahmed Aideed Ali London

From the onset let me make myself as clear as you did…..I am also of Somaliland extraction but unlike you I subscribe to what you referred to us “the Myth of Somaliland”. Secondly in as much as I am opposed to your views I cannot but admired how powerfully you have articulated your viewpoint.


FEATURES & COMMENTARY
‎"Second Slavery" Snares Migrants‎‎


A street cleaner sweeps the road in front of 10 Downing Street in a May 9, 2005 file photo. Many African immigrants, unable to find work in their fields of expertise, reluctantly take up the unskilled jobs that many Britons are no longer prepared to do.

LONDON, Apr 24, 2006 – Yinusa Gbadamasi has a degree in sociology, a post-graduate qualification in education management and is working on a PhD. .

Day Gunmen Stopped Me On My Way To School

Now I want an end to illegal arms trade

PHOTO SHOOT: Fabrizio has his picture taken at the refugee Centre in Leeds for the Control Arms exhibition being staged at the Royal Armouries	   PICTURE: TONY JOHNSON
PHOTO SHOOT: Fabrizio has his picture taken at the refugee Centre in Leeds for the Control Arms exhibition being staged at the Royal Armouries PICTURE: TONY JOHNSON

Leeds, UK, April 27, 2006 – FABRIZIO Macor was driving to the shanty town school where he was a teacher when a gang of gunmen pulled up his car at a roadblock.

INSIDE AFRICA BY BASHIR GOTH

A POPULAR story says that when Hajjaj Bin Yusuf Al Thaqafi, the notorious tyrant, the butcher of many Muslims and the viceroy of the Ummayad rulers in Iraq, was about to die he wanted to do something that would make the people yearn for his reign and pray for his soul despite the atrocities and the genocides he committed against them.

Batulo Essak Awarded The Prestigious Aleksandra ‎Prize For Achievements In Promoting Equality‎

Ms. Batulo Essak Batulo Essak awarded the prestigious Aleksandra Prize

HELSINKI, 26 April 2006 – The National Council of Women of Finland celebrating its 95th Anniversary has decided to award Ms. Batulo Essak the second Aleksandra Prize for her pioneering work for immigrant women and families and in promoting cross-cultural understanding.


      

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