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Issue 659 -- 24th - 30th January 2015

Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

Somaliland Asks For Recognition

Recognizing Somaliland As Independent

2014 The Worst Year For Press Freedom In Somaliland

Yusuf A. Gabobe: Those Who Were In The Way Of Mohammed Rashid’s Struggle Will Pay For What They Did

President’s Son-In-Law Illicitly Given Contract

Somaliland’s Government-Created Millionaires

Saeed Roble: The Only Thing This Government Cares About Is Making Money

Local and Regional Affairs

Stephen Doughty MP Praises Work Of Cardiff’s Diaspora Communities From Somaliland & Yemen

Shakespeare’s Tragedy Of Hamlet In Hargeysa Somaliland

Somaliland Local Midwives Get Web-Based Training At Dalarna University

Somalia: Limited Progress In Protecting Civilians

Al Shabaab Commander Captured In Somalia

U.S. Bank Ending Of Somali Money Transfers To Have 'Catastrophic' Impact

U.S. Carried Out Strike In Somalia Against Senior Shabaab Leader

Ethiopia: State Of Somalia Got Second MFI

How A Trafficked Somali Migrant Was Rescued In Libya

Summary Of 'Somaliland's Political Transition'


Sillanyo’s Legacy Of Corruption And Selling Out The Country

Features & Commentary

Dr. Edna: Somaliland A World-Neglected Democracy

Revisiting The Place You Fled In Fear

Gollis University’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plans

Stockholm To Contribute The Beautification And Planning Of Hargeysa Infrastructure System

International News

Islamic State Shows Burning Of Hostage, Jordan Vows Revenge

New Cold War: US, Russia Fight Over Europe's Energy Future


Somaliland: Nation Denied To Exist

Turkey’s Slumping Popularity In Somaliland

The Political Economy Of Turkey And Mogadishu Uncertainty

Somaliland: Patriots Proud Of Peace

Ahmed Sillanyo And The Press

A Voice From Awdal Says Zamzam Abdi Adan Is A Beacon Of Hope For Somaliland Education

A Tribute To Late Mohamed-Rashid Muhumed Farah: The Champion Of The Modern Day Journalism In Somaliland

By Abdirahman Ahmed Shunuf
Mohamed-Rashid Muhumed Farah died on the 29th of December following complications from a neck injury sustained from a car accident near the port city of Berbera. Mohamed-Rashid was the General Secretary of Somaliland Journalist Association (SOLJA) and a prominent member of Hargeysa community.
He was given hero’s funeral by thousands of people who paid their last respect to their brother and loved leader. Upon hearing his death the news spread like a wildfire during that eventful night of December 29.
Literally thousands of people paid homage to the SAXAFI newspaper premises and Mohamed’s family house. Most people were in utter and complete shock the news of his death. Others were in disbelieve, especially the war veterans, co-workers, friends and widows of SNM war veterans.
Mohamed-Rashid was a product of the SNM, the organization that spearheaded the people’s armed struggle against the genocide and dictatorial rule of Siyad Barre.
After the emancipation of Somaliland in 1991, he worked closely with a remarkable political strategist and the father of the modern day journalism in Somaliland Mr. Mohamoud Abdi Shide.
He was the financial officer of Mohamoud’s business interests, which included ships, printing press, restaurant, telecommunication and newspapers.
When Mohamoud Abdi Shide died suddenly in November 1998, Mohamed-Rashid begun to emulate his teacher and mentor by continuing the struggle, to have an impartial and independent media.
For the past decade Mohamed worked hard in selfless manner to achieve his goal. When he was elected to run the organization that he founded (SOLJA) he did his job with pride and honor and raised the organization of journalists to appreciable height.
He fought for journalists imprisoned by successive Somaliland governments with dignity and honor never giving up the struggle. He acted as patron for the young journalist and a champion for their rights.
Mohamed-Rashid was a qualified, capable and competent journalist of exceptional courage and unsurpassed passion for the Inky Fraternity.
He attended to each call of duty with resolute and diligence. He was a man who couldn’t stand opportunism and his adherence to moral ethics, had caused him a lot of problems but at the same time won him respect among foes and friends.
May Allah he him in Heavens,
Best and imbue patience and strength:
To his family,
To all his relatives,
To his friends/colleagues and
To all Somalilnders.
Amin Amin
By Abdirahman Ahmed Shunuf








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