June 27, 2012 ·32 Comments
MOGADISHU – A small crowd including Somalia’s transitional prime minister Abdiweli Mohammad Ali marked the 52nd Somaliland Independence Day in the steps of Somali Youth League (SYL) monument in Mogadishu.
Somaliland celebrates its independence from the colonial rule of Britain on June 26. This year they were joined by Somalia where the day also has historical significance. Under a French proposal Somalia was placed under UN trusteeship in 1941 and it was to gain independence in mid-1970s — following the defeat of Italy in WW2. That mandate was terminated when free Somaliland demanded that the south be freed as well so as the two people may form a union. The Somaliland wish was granted but under the union it received the short end of the stick. The union eventually collapsed, Somaliland was destroyed and Somalia became what today is known as the most failed stateless state in the world.
The flag displayed here was the original flag of Somaliland which it adopted in October 12, 1954 and took it to Mogadishu in July 1960. The flag was never rectified as the flag of Somalia but as the flag of Somali Republic (union of Somaliland and Somalia).
The flag was first flown in Hargeisa on June 26, 1960 under the theme “Kana siib kana saar” (lower this flag and hoist this one in its place), which was widely reported by the world’s media.
The Miami News wrote on 27 of June 1960: “The Union Jack was lowered in British Somaliland, and with joyous crackling of fireworks the East African territory celebrated a new status will last just five days.” Indeed, many Somalilanders feel their joy and nationhood only lasted five days not the 30 years the south likes to claim. It was a sacrifice they made for the very Somalis that hold them hostage in limbo today.
Today Somalilanders feel they have added 21 years to those five joyous days without fireworks or the recognition they enjoyed in those short memorable days. 7,670 days of joyous independence.
“The man most likely to take over from him (Somaliland prime minister Mohamed H I Egal) as the president of the union is Adan Abdullah, who was reportedly to have visited Somaliland during yesterday’s independence celebrations,” the newspaper wrote.
Somaliland with a population under two-million enjoyed the recognition of 34 states including Israel and South Africa even though Somaliland declared Islamic Socialism as its form of government. It vowed to maintain a policy of neutrality and friendship with all nations except South Africa (apartheid) and Israel.
On Tuesday, Mr. Abdiweli later laid a wreath at the monument of SYL, who negotiated the union between Somaliland and Somalia on behave of the south. Its leader Aden Abdullah Osman became the first president of the union– the Somali Republic.
The present president of Somaliland Ahmed Silanyo issued his greetings to the Somaliland citizens to welcome the historical day on Tuesday (see SOMALILAND: President sends Independence Day greetings 52 years after British rule).
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By Hassan Ali