HARGEISA — The presenter of BBC’s popular World Update, Dan Damon and BBC Africa Editor Mary Harper were this week in the Somaliland capital, Hargeisa, to present World Have Your Say (WHYS) programme at the university of Hargeisa (UoH).
Broadcasted over 200 FM stations across the United States, East Africa and the Middle East, the programme focuses on business, technology and stories that are making news. In addition World Update presents in-depth information and analysis of international issues by speaking to experts and ordinary people to hear first hand accounts.
Dan and Mary were joined by their Somali colleagues, BBC Somali correspondent (Hargeisa), Mr. Ahmed Said Egeh and Mr. Abdulrisak Hajji Mohamed Sirad as well as students from UoH.
The programme was broadcasted live from Hargeisa’s FM radio waves on Thursday from 1 PM to 2 PM and drew large audience across the country as well as internationally which saw many Somali expatriates have their say. Here in Hargeisa, those who took part included the CEO of Dahabshiil Company, the largest remittance company in Africa, Mr. Abdulrashid Mohamed Said Duale and four students.
Muna Mohamed, a bio-chemistry student from UoH, told Mr. Damon that there was a hope for her to find a career in Somaliland in the medical industry once she graduates. Other students also expressed optimism while others indicated they would go abroad to further their education.
Mr. Damon and the BBC team explored and traveled around Hargeisa by foot without any armed escorts and later met with President Ahmed Silanyo for an interview. While in downtown, he took pictures and talked to money exchangers often stacking piles of cash in wheelbarrows. At one point he asked: “Are you not worried someone will steal it?” “Not here, we trust everyone,” the money exchanger replied.
You can listen to part of the programme below.
Photo: World Update are in Somaliland – and their presenter Dan Damon present World Have Your Say at a university in Hargeisa.
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