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Somaliland : Love It Or Leave It

ISSUE 242
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Rayale Fails To Raise The Issue Of Igad Troop Deployment To Somaliland With Meles

''An Interim Agreement Gives Islamists An Edge In Somalia''

Somaliland, the Horn of Africa and US Policy

Somalia To Get Peace-Keepers

President Stresses Iran, Djibouti Common Political Views

A New Use For Camel's Milk: Sell It Abroad

The Crisis In The Horn Of Africa: Nomads With No Future

Somalia Warns Uganda On Troops

Regional Affairs

Ethiopia: Banking At The Somaliland Border

Pastoralists Call On Governments To Improve Legislation On Livestock Sales - Report

Somalia Stutters Towards Stability

Negotiators For Somali Government, Islamists Hold Face-To-Face Talks In Sudan

Editorial
Special Report

International News

US Moves Nairobi Embassy Bomb Suspect To Cuba

US Struggles For New Somalia Policy

Brothers' Epic Feat For Charity

Cinema Is Now A Crime In Somalia

Toll hits 30 after more Somalis murdered

World In Danger Of Missing Sanitation Target; Drinking-Water Target Also At Risk, New Report Shows

Coping With Terror Threat To Tourism

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Respect Tribes: They Do What Weak States Cannot

Remarks Made By Dr. Saad Noor At The Washington Post’s Debate On The Islamic Courts And Their Possible Influence In The Horn Region Of Africa

Somali Islamists Ban Music; "Intimidated" Top Artist Agree

Somalia's Money Lifeline Is In Limbo

America’s Somali Policy Still Dangerously Adrift

Somalis Left To A Life In Limbo As Peace Talks Are Put On Hold

Food for thought

Opinions

Somaliland : Love It Or Leave It

Protection Of Taxpayers’ Rights

The ICG Report Was A True Reflection Of The Facts On The Ground In Somaliland

Open Letter To Somalilanders Specially To SOPRI Conference Participants

Crying For Somaliland

Somalia : Cutting Through The Fog

UNDP/WORLD Bank Mission For JNA Undermined Somaliland Political Integrity

The Theory of Backwardness and Somalia/Somaliland Political Stage


“Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You; But Ask What You Can Do For Your Country” (John. F. Kennedy)

Seven months and still counting. My stay in Somaliland has been a lifetime experience as anyone who has been away from his home and family for more than twenty years would have felt. Personally, I call Somaliland a “School of hard knocks” and to anyone who is not familiar with the phrase, it means living in tough environment and confronting all obstacles with pride.

Recently, I have been deeply concerned about persons making mediocre comments about Somaliland, such comments were Somaliland is a failed nation and it will never be recognized as independent state, or as one article I read on the Somaliland Times said

“Somaliland: land of misery and poverty”. Nothing short of being flabbergasted and dismay do I feel when I hear or read such insipid comments. I for one do believe in freedom of speech and for anyone one to express themselves, however when someone's whole demeanor and their subtle vibes speaks or writes a language of negativity about another persons living status or country, which anyone with the right set of mind cannot fathom, then and only then does it become personal and no longer freedom of speech. Many People have lost their lives, many more have lost family members for Somaliland to achieve freedom, peace and prosperity which is the most important I achievement humankind can achieve.

So, if you are coming to visit Somaliland for two or three months or have been here all your life criticizing on how your country is, then I invite you once more to read the top of this article's quotation by John F. Kennedy. If you cannot go by that rule, then with all due respect keep your bitter comments to your self, because last thing Somaliland needs is criticism. Keep the faith.

Finally Allow me to take the time to thank god for giving me the opportunity to come back where I belong, I would also like to thank my family for their advice that has echoed my own subconscious thought and boosted my morale.

Hashi Hassan Hashi Urdooh.

Contributing Writer for Somaliland Times.

Hargeysa, Somali land

E-mail: urdooh@yahoo.com


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