My Country in 2009: Memories, Difficulties and Achievements (Part two)

HARGEISA, 25 January 2010 (Somalilandpress) – In 2009 many people mainly married women have been robbed off their money in a swindle way- an irregular banking system which has been operating for the last two years in Somaliland. In this peculiar system, clients used to receive 15% of their capital per month. Later on, things grew ominously worse when the whole system collapsed and its agents vanished. This money scam has left many families split-up in Hargeisa. Hundreds of families were seprated each other relating to the money scam in Hargeisa; therefore a lot of men divorced their wifes while others beaten their wifes seriously, when they put some money without noticing their husbands to this irregular banking system. We recognize 2009 a year of domestic violence in Somaliland.

Hargeisa residents faced fear and puzzle after they heard that Cannibal person seek with leprosy had appeared and injured two persons at Sheikh Nour village in Hargeisa. This tragedy caused that Children living in the streets (Homeless) of Hargeisa are fleeing their sleeping places due to dread of people who have leprosy infection that were reported to hurt 8 years old girl at Masalaha Village in Hargeisa. For the last two days of November 2009 police captured two men who have leprosy and accused that they are the cannibals who ate the man and injured the people including the young girl in Hargeisa. Doctors were identified these two leprosy affected- Cases.

While young people are recognized as an important sector of society, in reality they often lack the moral and financial support of their government and their people. One of the main challenges faced Somaliland’s young people is lack of social centers that provide them reading opportunities and even to share their circumstances, and also providing those who suffer for psychosocial counseling and even to meet their role-models or get guest lectures. In 2009, after long suffering the students in different districts in Hargeisa established community libraries in their villages. Each village’s students came together with the help of their elders, educators and businessmen. They rent physical buildings and collect books for their own. This is really good initiative that will keep many young people who spent their costly time in sitting cafes and chatting meaningless words.

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What Diaspora can do is that to support community libraries which locate the different villages in Hargeisa. Diaspora must support financial and moral, predominantly supporting books and establishing programmes inspiring youth in Somaliland. Especially the starting Diaspora Youth Partnership Program (DYPP), which provides youth in the country for different services. Such as paying fee schools the most vulnerable youth in the displaced villages who always less quality of life.

Shaqo- Doon is a project funded by Education Development Center (EDC) and implemented by many youth organizations such as Somaliland National Youth Organization – which is network that meets more than 30 local youth organization in the six regions in Somaliland. The project’s beneficiaries are young people which they equip skills training, job preparation ( training for computer literacy, and also developing their language by providing intensive English courses to help them to simplify to sit interviews and communicate with both UN & international NGO’s which are the two main source of employment. Apart from these, there are many young boys and girls which they provide internship period and work them as volunteering for development. Those who are trained more they seek job opportunities from UN & international NGO’s and other institutions such as private and public sectors.

On 10th august 2009, SONYO umbrella organized a meeting between University students inside and outside the country. The ceremony took place at Ambassador Hotel in Hargeisa. After that the chairperson of SONYO umbrella started the speech and talked about the importance of such meetings. He indicated the necessity of exchanging experience with their local people to contribute for the development of the country. He also urged the foreign based students to have close friends to their host nations to establish a sustainable relationship which will ultimately be beneficial to our country. Somaliland Minster of internal affairs was invited to the stage, he told those who are studying abroad to respect the rules and the regulations of their host countries as they are ambassadors of their country. If you behave the people you live with good character, it is good for us. Other wise will spoil the name of your country. Later on, the session begun with presentation by different students from different universities in abroad.

To be continued ………………………………………………………………….

Written by: Farhan Abdi Suleiman (oday)


Farhan Abdi Suleiman is a social worker, a graduate of the University of Hargeisa and youth activist. He is also a regular contributor to Somalilandpress. He can be reached at:
Tell: 252-2-4401132
Hargeisa, Somaliland


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