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Ali Hussein Diriye - 'All We Have Is Freedom'

Issue 284
Front Page

Mayor Jiir Beats Up And Imprisons SLTV News Editor

Bittersweet Independence

Citizens’ Committees From 11 Districts Across Somaliland Meet In Burao To Discuss ILO Projects

Somaliland Now Centre For Illegal Female Cutting

Ethiopian Premier Admits Errors on Somalia

Bush hits dead-end in Somalia

Who’s Sawing Off The Horn Of Africa?

Africom: DoD's Shiny New Toy

US concerned by NGO arrests in Somalia

Regional Affairs

Media Watchdog Urges Somaliland To Free Journalist Abdirahman Muse Slapped And Arrested By Somaliland Capital’s Mayor

Ali Hussein Diriye - 'All We Have Is Freedom

Special Report

International News

I Have Heard The Need For Change... Now Let The Work Of Change Begin

Somali Playwright Accused Of Molestation Fails To Show Up For Trial

Four Bouncers Charged With Attempted Murder

Africa: Cell Phones And Schools Help Improve Women’s Rights


The Conoco Somalia Declassification Project

Book Sees Oil As Troubled Resource For Africa

NY Jury Delivers Mixed Verdict In Khat Smuggling Case

Somali Woman Jumps Off Burning Building

Former Cat Abdirahman Captures 10,000 Meters

The Name Of The Game In Somalia Is Oil

Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Boileau

Food for thought


Has Somaliland Three Parties Or One Party With Three Names?

Somaliland And The 26th Of June

The Poisoned Cup

Abdirahman Aw Ali Farah: KULMIYE's Sole Lifeline

Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, MP as UK’s New Prime Minister

What role would Ethiopia/USA play to tackle the Somaliland/Somalia issue?


Burao, June 28, 2007 – Ali Hussein Diriye, 78, is a resident of Kosar camp in Burao, one of the main cities in the republic of Somaliland. Kosar is home to thousands of Somaliland returnees from Ethiopia. Diriye spoke to IRIN about his life in the camp.

"We were among the first groups of families to settle in Kosar in 2001. We came from the Daroor refugee camp in Ethiopia's Somali region.

"We used to live in a rented house in Burao but were forced to flee our homes in 1988 when the civil war led by Siyad Barre [ Somalia's president from 1969-1991] broke out. We became displaced and ended up in the refugee camp.

"After the end of the war, when we came back, we had nothing. We had no land, no buildings or even a plot to return to in Burao.

"Over time, the number of people in my family here at the camp has increased to 11. My oldest son is 40 while my youngest child is eight.

"My son is also a father and his family is living with us too. Life is difficult for us because despite being the head of the family, I have no job.

"We have been forced to rely on relatives in towns who are working in construction sites or operating their own businesses to support us.

"Before the war, life was easier. My wife was working in a slaughterhouse where she would buy and sell goats. I was working as a foreman attached to the ministry of hides and skins.

"But now, food is sometimes hard to come by; in terms of feeding, the refugee camps were better.

"Here, all we have is freedom."

Source: IRIN

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