Sep 26, 2011

Somaliland: Delegation Visits Somalia Capital for the First Time in over 20 Years

A delegation from Somaliland visited Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, to donate US$700,000 of humanitarian aid.

Below is an article published by Garowe Online

The 5-member delegation which includes famous Somali poet, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Hadrawi, had traveled to Mogadishu to deliver US$700,000 donated by the Somaliland public to help famine relief efforts in southern Somalia.

Mr. Hassan Ahmed Awad, who was delegation leader, told journalists in Mogadishu that their trip was designed to deliver US$700,000 donated by the Somaliland public.

Banadir Governor Mohamud Ahmed Tarzan, who welcomed the Somaliland delegation at Mogadishu airport, said he was delighted to receive the delegation and thanked the Somaliland public for assisting their brothers and sisters in southern Somalia.

Somaliland Vice President Abdirahman Abdullahi Saylici who established the committee tasked with collecting donations, and chaired by Somaliland Defense Minister Ahmed Adami, had told Somaliland media that the donation is “purely humanitarian purpose and independent of politics.”

In Somaliland, pro-Somalia political ideology is seen as a threat by the institutions, which rely entirely on feeding the public misconceptions about international recognition. Although Somaliland unilaterally declared independence from Somalia in 1991, no country in the world has ever recognized it as a separate nation.