Silanyo: Somaliland’s Mandela

By Hodan Keyse Hassan

On the 13th of June, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud (Silanyo) arrived in Stockholm and right away gave an inspiring speech to hundreds of Somalilanders that were waiting for his arrival to Sweden.

Before he held his speech, there were some people in the audience that delivered some emotional and touching speeches in front of the chairman, Mr. Silyano.

The speech that touched my heart was when Amina Weris [wife of Silanyo] held a short speech about the status of women in Somaliland and how they struggle both outside and inside the home.

What she said was that they are the ones that providing the economy and nourishment for the children of the family, at the same time they are the backbone and the support and especially the assistance given by the Somaliland women in the diaspora. She added that their efforts and work are often underestimated and sometimes not appreciated.

Amina Weris’s speech almost made me fall in tears because it explains how strong were our mothers and sisters through all these difficulties and constraints and how they struggles to survive under these harsh conditions.

Thanks to Amina Weris for her great speech as many of us (women in the diaspora) are eager to hear more about plight and life conditions of women in Somaliland.

They were the audience who all of a sudden gathered in the hall and listened to the speech of the chairman of kulmiye party, Mr. Ahmed Mohamud Silanyo. He spoke about the struggle and history of liberating Somaliland as well as what it had achieved for the last 20 years without international assistance. It was a great speech. I tried to see and analyze the expressions of the people in the hall and how his speech touched them. Immediately I felt it had a great impact on them as everyone listened to him silently.

Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo explained in detail the problems facing the nation today; both economically as socially and how the current weak government functions today. The chairman emphasized how it is essential to make a change in Somaliland in order to build a bright future for younger generations.

I believe that we need a change for the sake of our needy people. We have to cooperate and unite our resources both inside and outside the country and I deeply believe a change of system is vital for us to move ahead.

Mr Silanyo’s leadership through negotiations, as well as his relationship with the people of Somaliland make him the Mandela of Mandeeq [Somaliland].
by: Hodan Keyse Hassan, stockholm

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