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Issue 313
Front Page

Mass Rallies in Somaliland Call for Granting International Recognition To Somaliland

Top US envoy for Africa meets Somaliland leader

Somaliland: UK Reiterates Cooperation

Success Without Studying

US State Dept. Daily Press Briefing

President meets US government Officials and Somaliland Community

Hassan Sheikh Muumin [1930-2008]


Ethiopia: White Nile to Ink Oil Exploration Deal

Terrorism and War: Parallels, Differences and Suffering

Regional Affairs

AU head wants extension for Somalia peace force

Kenya opposition says will stop protests

Special Report

International News

U.S., German leaders to recognize Kosovo

'Dog handler risked his life to save mine'

No help for Mr. Bullaleh's 999 Call


VOA interview with the Somaliland President

The nation that hangs together hangs together

Kenya: roots of crisis

Stop Illegal Hunting In Somaliland

Book review: Whose World Is It Anyway? The Fallacy of Islamophobia

Who else is responsible of the political and humanitarian: Crisis in Kenya other than Kibaki?

Food for thought



Is Faisal Roble Another Mouthpiece for a Somali Warlord?

The United States and Somaliland: Recognition and 'Recognition'

The Power of Positive Thinking

Studying In Uganda: “Live To Learn, You Will Learn How To Live” Part 2

The New Somaliland Press & Publications Bill 2007

Dear philosopher if we could bring you back

The Paradox of African Democracy: So How Things Got Mixed Up?

Prof. Ahmed Al-Azhari

Somaliland passed the most important and difficult phase on the way to reaching its founding principles of peace, stability, democracy and nation building to get full recognition.

We have convinced and shown practically to the UN, AU, EU, IGAD, and other International Community that we are a nation and that we have taken our fate in our own hands and we have framed and established a state on which we can live and build an everlasting future for our beloved people.

For the past 17 years the international community have adamantly refused to accept our claims and our assertions. For that long period, the people of Somaliland witnessed an enormous amount of suffering and economic hardships because of lack of international recognition and the ban of our livestock which is the backbone of our economy by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States. For that long period our people were trapped in the worst prison of poverty; many died and many more are sick. The former South African president Hon. Nelson Mandela said: “In this new century, millions of people in the world’s poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved and in chains. They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free.” He was right, Somaliland is one of those poor countries who havenot received any development programmes and any loans because of lack of International recognition. It is the right time to set Somaliland free and recognize it as an independent state to get access to international development programmes.

Prime minister Gordon Brown said, “Now as never before, we have within our grasp the means to eliminate the abject poverty once and for all”. Honorable Prime minister if your government recognizes Somaliland, we can eliminate the abject poverty from our people because our country is rich.

The former UN secretary general Mr. Kofi Annan said, poverty denies children their dignity, endangers their lives and limited their potential. Conflicts and violence rob them of a secure family life, betray their trust and hope. With the childhood of so many under threat, our collective future is compromised. Yes, Somaliland with its voice, with its votes, with its peace, democracy and stability, with its hard work, we can really make poverty history. Somaliland believes a better world is possible if the International Community have the will to recognize Somaliland. If the present trends and refusal continue it will be inhuman. Our government, our opposition parties and all our people, We all stand united for full recognition.

By all our great efforts, all our sacrifies, and by all the anguish and strain through which our people passed, our people were expecting to see the reward and outcome of their glorious achievements which is full recognition.

Our peoples’ desire is not a hope. It is not a wish. It is a keen pulsating desire. It is definite, we now have no other choice, to achieve it. Our people have burned all their ships and valuable things and they cut all sources of retreat no turning back.

We got a vision and we see it that one day Somaliland will be recognized and all Somalilanders will live out the true meaning of their greed. The road is very rough and the load is very heavy, we have a definite target and we have to reach it, from hell to sky we shall ever turn back.

Prof. Ahmed Al-Azhari

Email: Somalilandhelp@yahoo.co.uk

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