Published On: Fri, May 21st, 2010

SOMALILAND: Ethiopian troops clash with local militia

HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — At least thirteen people were killed and over thirty wounded when Ethiopian troops based in the town of Buhodle clashed with armed tribal militia.

Reports reaching us from the disputed town suggested that at least ten Somalis were killed and three Ethiopian soldiers when violence broke out yesterday afternoon in the town. According to the head of Buhodle hospital, Mr Ali Ukun at least 33 were wounded in the fight consisting of minor and serious injuries.

It is unclear how the war started but local media reported that last night the local militia fired a number of mobile rocket launchers as planned military exercise. They added they would fire more in the nights ahead and it is certain it has drawn the attention of the Ethiopian troops. However another reports suggest after Ethiopian troops detained commercial trucks angry militia attacked the Ethiopian check-points killing three soldiers.

At least 100 trucks from Ethiopian army are stationed in the western side of the town [Somaliland-Ethiopia border] for the past seven days. The Ethiopians have been inspecting trucks in and out of the town and according to unconfirmed reports have seized at least 40 trucks. However, those trucks traveling in and between Buhodle and Somaliland’s second city Burao were granted entry, only trucks traveling from Puntland to and from Buhodle were inspected and obtained.

Somaliland troops who were also stationed in the city have since moved to near by towns including Widwid and Bali-ade in search of an armed militia with at least 600 members. Somaliland and Ethiopia are worried the militia might spoil the election process in both countries and might be used as proxy by Somalia’s Islamist groups and Eritrea. Both states are opposed to the militia who call themselves Northern Somalia Unionist Movement (NSUM), who want to see the region being part of Greater Somalia which also includes Ethiopia’s Somali state.
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Buhodle is part of the disputed Sool region between Somaliland and the semi-autonomous region of Puntland but neither regime has full control of it. Somaliland maintains the region falls within the 1960 pre-union borders while Puntland’s argument is based on tribal bases, the inhabitants of the town also belong to Puntland’s Darod family.

Somaliland has no so far commented but according to the Defense Minister, Mr. Suleyman Warsame Guled, troops from Somaliland and Ethiopia would be working along side each others to maintain the security of the region during the election periods.

Somaliland has close ties with Ethiopia and the two often share intelligence information and Somaliland forces often receive military training in Ethiopia.

Landlocked Ethiopia feels the stability is crucial to it’s own security since the two countries have long border, Ethiopia depends heavily on the port of Berbera for cargo, food aid and soon telecommunication when the EASSY optic fiber arrives. Ethiopia has made it clear it would support Somaliland by all means in early March delivered thousands of small arms to Somaliland army in Sool.

International diplomats based in Addis Ababa have also voiced their concern about Somaliland’s stability inciting the region is “vital to the world trading community’s control of the Red Sea and adjacent maritime region.” They add the port of Berbera will become a key node in the biggest African internet infrastructure that would link the African East Coast with the high-speed global systems.

Somalilandpress | Friday, May 21, 2010

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  • Kayse

    Look forward to how Jamil respones to this who was always saying there are no Ethiopians in Buhodle and that soon or later Somaliland forces will cross into Hawd and Ethiopians will support them from the other directions. Today what I been saying became real.

    Not only that I hear that actually the Ethiopian troops are Somalilanders who settle in the Somali region they had base in Gashaamo. They are no Amhara, Oromo or Tigray but Somalilanders with Ethiopian army uniform.

  • Osman

    All this time they been telling us Buhodle is part of Puntland and it's under the protection of the holy "dervishes". So I ask now why is Puntland where are the darwish?

    Now the reality hit home hard. Time to join democracy and give up on illusions. Somaliland needs to tell the Ethiopians to back off and go after the militia not the town. Somaliland army needs to arrive as soon as possible and mediate the situation.

    Our interest is not going after Buhodle but the so called NSUM/SSC militia hiding in the bushes.

    Lets go get them. Ethiopia pull back as soon as possible, the soldiers are all Somalis from Somaliland as said above.

    They need to hunt ONLF, Al Shabab and SSC militia

    • Durduriye

      How can you spew such ignorant and absurd comment. Buhodle is neither Puntland nor Somaliland, but it is a Somali town and its inhabitants are Dhulbante tribe.

      "Time to join democracy and give up on illusions" , What democracy? Somaliland is not even recognized as a country. it seems you are the one daydreaming by suggesting the existence of nothing.

      "Somaliland needs to tell the Ethiopians to back off and go after the militia not the town"
      this tells me you are a clueless moron. Somaliland is a stooge for the TPLF government in Addis Ababa who facilitate the degradation of Somalis everywhere. They take their orders from Zenawi, so where do you get empty pride to imply that Riyale can give orders to Zenawi ?
      what is even more idiotic about your comment is the fact that you differentiate the town and its forces. Somaliland can not come to buhodle without the backing of Zenawi.

      you called NSUM and SSC forces a militia, but Somaliland has an army. this is foolish. Somaliland forces are simply SNM tribal militia, you can gloss over anyway you want.

      "They need to hunt ONLF* Al Shabab and SSC militia"
      wow, I suggest you to take your psychiatric medication, because, now this does not deserve a reply, it is coming from a lunatic.

      Dervish Raider.

    • Waranle

      How can you spew such ignorant and absurd comment. Buhodle is neither Puntland nor Somaliland, but it is a Somali town and its inhabitants are Dhulbante tribe.

      "Time to join democracy and give up on illusions" , What democracy? Somaliland is not even recognized as a country. it seems you are the one daydreaming by suggesting the existence of nothing.

      "Somaliland needs to tell the Ethiopians to back off and go after the militia not the town"
      this tells me you are a clueless moron. Somaliland is a stooge for the TPLF government in Addis Ababa who facilitate the degradation of Somalis everywhere. They take their orders from Zenawi, so where do you get empty pride to imply that Riyale can give orders to Zenawi ?
      what is even more idiotic about your comment is the fact that you differentiate the town and its forces. Somaliland can not come to buhodle without the backing of Zenawi.

      you called NSUM and SSC forces a militia, but Somaliland has an army. this is foolish. Somaliland forces are simply SNM tribal militia, you can gloss over anyway you want.

      "They need to hunt ONLF* Al Shabab and SSC militia"
      wow, I suggest you to take your psychiatric medication, because, now this does not deserve a reply, it is coming from a lunatic.

      Dervish Raider.

  • runsheeg

    Ethiopian troop incursions into Somalia territory is total disregard by the Ethiopians of Somalia’s sovereignty. Ethiopia must stop interfering the internal affairs of Somalia or she will feel it inside Ethiopia.

    We have seen how far Abdullahi Yusuf and his close clan associates went when they invited Ethiopians into Somalia. To their surprise, brave Somalis defeated the enemy. Now we are seeing similar prostitution in northern Somalia but it will not succeed.

    History is being recorded and there lines that should been crossed that are crossed. Somalis will not forget.

    Voice of Habar Awal man

  • Runsheeg

    Ethiopian troop incursions into Somalia territory is total disregard by the Ethiopians of Somalia’s sovereignty. Ethiopia must stop interfering the internal affairs of Somalia or she will feel it inside Ethiopia.

    We have seen how far Abdullahi Yusuf and his close clan associates went when they invited Ethiopians into Somalia. To their surprise, brave Somalis defeated the enemy. Now we are seeing similar prostitution in northern Somalia but it will not succeed.

    History is being recorded and there lines that should been crossed that are crossed. Somalis will not forget.

    Voice of Habaar Awaal man

  • Runsheeg

    We have seen how far Abdullahi Yusuf and his close clan associates went when they invited Ethiopians into Somalia. To their surprise, brave Somalis defeated the enemy. Now we are seeing similar acts in northern Somalia but it will not succeed.

    History is being recorded and there lines that should been crossed that are crossed. Somalis will not forget.

  • Runsheeg

    i meant should not been crossed

    • Kayse

      What happened to your little Puntland region that you been calling on that website (wont say), but I will quote you:

      "ascm waxan salamaya dhaman shacabka puntland ee xalasha ah iyo saxafada madaxa banaan ee horseedmedia anigo fikirkayga dhibanaya waxa halkan ka cadeynaya inu maamulka puntland gabay wixii loo doortay waayo wuu ka hadli wayay shacabki musuliyada u uqaaday waxan ka codsanaya shacbka mamulka puntland inay tageero u mujiyaan walalaahood la dulmiyey ee ssc dhig iyo tolnimo aya inaga dhexeysa fadlan qaybtiina muujiya waxan kalo u hambalyeeynaya dhaman aqriisatayasha sharafta mudan ee dhibtay fikirkooda ah inay ka xunyihiin dhibta waxana u tacsiiyaynay dhaman dadki buhoodle ethopianka ku layeen wana ogahy shacbka puntland way ka xunyihin" ruun sheeg says: (site disclosed)

      • Faisal

        Runsheeg U are busted……

        • Naliye

          "ee horseedmedia "

          site disclosed, kayse you made laugh so hard :D

          • Kase

            hahahaha haa sxb I had to blast that fake kid I just dislike fake people because everyone should share their views from heart about important issues.

            This kid be coming here telling us he is from Gabiley (he is a fan of Tima Adde) yet he goes their site to spread hate against us.

            lol site disclosed, well sxb shows I didnt edit or change any thing I just posted what he was preaching over there.

            Ruunsheg look forward to busting your new shati :)

  • liban

    The Somaliland government should take the initiative and speak about this (to the media, if they haven't already) before the puntland propaganda machine are in full swing yet again.

  • dalmar

    somaliland and ethiopian authorities should figured it out who provides the military support to those militias.

    • Jay

      its Eritrea through al shabab and ONLF, some arms also reach them from Djibouti via Puntland. So Ethiopia need to fix SSC militia and send strong message to Garowe village. Fix up or become the new Buhodle.

  • saaxil

    If Siad Barre was alive to day ethiopia would never put a foot on somali soil

    this militia NSUM/SSC is exactly SNM and they will win the war eventually

    if somaliland continue this dictatorship they will loose ultimately

    • nasir

      @saaxil. so pray to god that siad barre wakes up from his grave,, and you need to keep inmind that the problem is b/w ethiopia and onlf liked funs, what ever name you call them, nssuumm. or sssccss

  • HMOBSIYE

    The so-called NSUM is nothing a bunch of clan based zealot who all have one thing in common, hatrate of Somaliland and it's people. Believe you me, they care less for any other Somalis, but the Harti clans. If they would have cared, the wouldn't all have supported Abdullahi Yussuf, when he invited Ethiopian armies to destroy the innocent people of Mogadishu. I thought Buhodle was under Puntland milia, what happened to them?

  • http://twitter.com/waaqeel @waaqeel

    This campaign is about propaganda and winning the hearts and minds of the locals in and around Buuhoodle. Xagle-Toosiye is extremist and power hungry man. His group (SNUM) and sometimes referred as SSC are against Puntland, the TFG, and Somaliland, Ethiopia. They have poorly written manifesto document that states they will join forces with ONLF and other groups that are anti Ethiopia and Somaliland. They clearly state in their manifesto document that they will use force/violence to achieve their goal. Now they need to achieve attention, disrupt the elections in the region.
    The Somaliland government should express our concerns that, the so called "SNUM” are against democracy, peace and stability. They are motivated to spread the violence of Mogadishu to the whole region.

  • KeyseSSC

    I am glad that not all the SNMs agreed that Ethiopians are justified to massacre innocent civilians without a cause! it sounds kind of music when you all say the SSC militia and relate them to Al-shabaab. Its history again repeating itself and SSC would eventually succeed in their attempts to fight back against the ethiopians and their dabadhilif.

    • ds9

      How about if this so called ssc is defeated? You people the so called ssc, have ever thought about this? Do you know what if this ssc defeat is going to transpire to, just this question a hard thinking and then figure out for yorself what it is going to mean.

  • Ali

    Ethiopia is not to be blamed all these is created by the Dhulbahante people living in the Diaspora specially in Minneasota including Sado Ali. They asked for war this is what they got and expect more.

    Hope you continue to sing about their lives and sleep well old woman.

  • Axmed

    The fight that took place in buhoodle started after trucks from the town entered Kilil5 illegally and were detained by the Ethiopian border patrols who routinely inspect vehicles coming into the region from Somalia to see whether they are transporting any contrabands. But the owners of the truck got upset and encouraged militias from the town to attack the solders, which they did. The solders fought back and called for back up. The Liyu Police, Somali solders from Kilil5, came to assist the border patrols and are now stationed by Buhoodle incase another fight starts.

  • fuad

    thanks ahmed for providing this information,, corrupted and sick people are exaggerating and missleadingthe issue,, it is sad that buuhoodle city decide to dye for smugllers that are violating the international trade rules and regulations.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Der_Raider Der_Raider

    How can you spew such ignorant and absurd comment. Buhodle is neither Puntland nor Somaliland, but it is a Somali town and its inhabitants are Dhulbante tribe.

    "Time to join democracy and give up on illusions" , What democracy? Somaliland is not even recognized as a country. it seems you are the one daydreaming by suggesting the existence of nothing.

    "Somaliland needs to tell the Ethiopians to back off and go after the militia not the town"
    this tells me you are a clueless moron. Somaliland is a stooge for the TPLF government in Addis Ababa who facilitate the degradation of Somalis everywhere. They take their orders from Zenawi, so where do you get empty pride to imply that Riyale can give orders to Zenawi ?
    what is even more idiotic about your comment is the fact that you differentiate the town and its forces. Somaliland can not come to buhodle without the backing of Zenawi.

    you called NSUM and SSC forces a militia, but Somaliland has an army. this is foolish. Somaliland forces are simply SNM tribal militia, you can gloss over anyway you want.

    "They need to hunt ONLF* Al Shabab and SSC militia"
    wow, I suggest you to take your psychiatric medication, because, now this does not deserve a reply, it is coming from a lunatic.

    Dervish Raider.

  • AYAN

    DO NOT WORRY ABOUT DHULBAHANTE, WE WILL BE ALRIGHT. WE CAN FIGHT WITH EITHOPIA THUGS AND SNMLAND.

  • Asfawg

    Please all somalis
    Do not consider Ethiopia(EPRDF)as your enemy Ethiopia’s main enemies are drought & terrorism as well as The Eritrean regime.

    • ali qab

      Thanks Bro.., point understood, but one wonders about the innocent lives lost….

  • maxamed

    thanks all of you

  • Jay

    I dont know why they are mad with Somaliland because it was Ethiopian army Somaliland has requested the Ethiopians to stop the war against the town but to go after the militia who have since fled to Haud villages. Somaliland army is in hot pursuit

  • Liban

    Somaliland should take the initiative as i said earlier. They risk creating a new front for the extremists to exploit. They should hunt down that militia, and inform the people of the area that the government wants peace, prosperity and development for the area, that war is not in their interests and that it will achieve nothing. That if they support the militias, they will exploit the situation, the people will have to flee, they will become refugees and the situation will become like the south.
    The Somaliland forces Should have handled this. The Ethiopians who were checking for contraband should not have been their army, but civil employees not weiring the army uniform as this would have, and has provocated. The Somaliland army, in such a volitile subregion should have been in the area anyway and dealt with the militia and then given a press conference on what happended – This really was a PR failure.

  • liban

    What they need to do now is have a press conference (if they haven't already) and 'explain' what happened. 'Explain' that the Ethiopians were only checking contraband, that they were not there to fight any one. Then they should 'explain that the Somaliland forces have everything under control, that they will get the militia. 'Explain' that the government wants peace, prosperity and development for the area, that war is not in their interests and that it will achieve nothing.
    AND ENSURE THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN!!!@@@**~@:!:£

    • maalin

      I hope the authorities are thinking in this positive way.
      Something along these lines should really ease tension
      – but we are already in day 3, or maybe something has
      already been done!!!

  • Runsheeg

    Keyse,

    You are really genius. You know how to find your information in the internet.

    If you want me to be from Puntland, although I recognize Bari and Nugaal not Puntland, I am still Somali and I can have my views as I think fit. You seem not independent thinker but influenced by your particular clan association; you have a right to do so but I am not like you. But to tell you truth, to me Puntland and Somaliland are same sh@#$%. They both are the weakest links in Somalia.

    The issue is Ethiopians killing Somalis and the so called Somaliland authorities in Hargeisa are siding with the Ethiopians? And some of you here are applauding for this unacceptable act because of your tribal emotions.

    This totally new face of clan politics in Somalia, thanks to Puntland and Somaliland entities, is unacceptable. There are borders that should not be crossed.

    • Kayse

      I dont care if you from Puntland or Mogadishu, the problem is your fake, telling us every minute "oh im S'ad Muse oh i'm from gabiley bla bla" just be proud of your Puntland and stop hiding among us. Your welcome to share your failed ideas other than that.

      • Runsheeg

        Keyse,

        Whether you like it or not, I am from Gabiley and I am against the clan politics in Hargeisa. I am supporter of Somali unity and I strongly oppose secessionist. Don’t expect all people form North support the pointless politics of isolation.

  • shankarooni

    The Dhulbahante clan has very smart and brave men. But this group which took the voliance way itself is not of those smart ones! Even if I was to secede from somaliland and puntland, i would first do some PR and become a friend of Ethiopia. The fools went to shabaab & Eritrea!

    These group who are using the tribal card has already failed and caused the tribe these disasters. We are not happy for what is happening in Buuhuudle. This city could have been as peaceful as any other town in the country.

    When your message is hate and discrimination, you are denied the light of logic and getting things right. As arabs said: AL XAASID LA YAFLAX

  • Abraham

    I agree with you Liban. This is a PR disaster for Somaliland and we can not afford anymore media reports that there is a war in our country. The government should move swiftly to undertake some damage limitations and restore peace and order to the region. May Allah bless the soul of any innocent person who lost his or her life in the conflict.
    I want to know how is that foolish Saado Cali feeling now? She is probably enjoying her comfortable life in the States, not giving a toss to what is happening to those in Buuhoodle.

  • Somaliweyn

    Asfawg

    Under the leadership of EPRDF, Ethiopia invaded Somalia and demolished what is left of Mogadishu. Meles’s Ethiopia is interfering with the internal affairs in Somalia continuously. What do you mean EPRDF is not the ENEMY OF SOMALIS?

  • istahil

    where is granny sado cali now…she ask for violent ,she gets violent. today the weakest link is the tripal militie of the so call ssc …i think they should be forced to their knees and beg for 4givness.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Der_Raider Der_Raider

      I suggest you to keep your ignorance to your stinking self, because you seem delusional.
      SSC forces are at thier homefront, they will not budge to anyone.

      ":should be forced to their knees and beg for 4givness"

      And should do your wishfull thinking? The british empire could not colonize the dhulbahante, let alone the SNM militia you are bragging about.

  • somali

    suprise none of you landers support your own somali people who are at war with hired thugs from Addis-ababa? now we know what your and what you stand and you made history somalis will never forget. ethiopians will lose where will you go when your master is defeated. Shame to you landers.

  • Warfaa

    Shame on Riyale and S/LANDERS for supporting Eithopians. Iam sure true Somalis are watching. Somaliland want to be Indepent, and I wander how they would act if that dream ever becames reality. This should be number one reason, we should not allow dividing the country so every State would not make this kind of MISTAKES.

  • Daadiroow

    When you are writing something it should be true….Clan based fiefdom Somaliland should not claim Buhodle…It is the land of Dhulbahante clan who does not want the scessionst agenda of Hargeysa warlords

  • Ayan

    Somaliland should never ever ever be allow to stand alone, we see Somaliand is already using Eithopian forces to kill woman and children. One Nation, One Flag, and one Government.

    • Gobaad

      Dream on, honey! Isku kaayo qasba.

  • Gobaad

    Somaliland is about peace and stability, but they have been provoked time and again by Darrod clan and Dhulbahante in particular who delusionally think that they Siyad Barre is still alive to back them. You want war you got it. Waxaad ka heshaan ayaa leedihiin.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Der_Raider Der_Raider

      you said,,

      " but they have been provoked time and again by Darrod clan and Dhulbahante in particular"

      when was that?
      state your facts, it is Ethiopian army and SNM militia who are marauding in dhulbahante lands. No dhulbahate is in SNM land.

      " You want war you got it. Waxaad ka heshaan ayaa leedihiin"
      and your childish treath tells me you are a clueless about war.

  • sdfs

    skeeeeeeen we aint somaliland we r SCC da ethiopian and somaliand want to capture buuhoodle how many time has this happen and this is the biggest battle yet the war might have stop but watch wen we launch are biggest attack and regain power with brothers ONLF and orimo people lng live greater somalia

  • Kayse

    Somaliland with the support of the West and Ethiopia need to get the entire Puntland region and donate the port of Bosaso to Ethiopia as a christmas gift.

    They need a port we give them Bosaso like Ogaden, we need resources we will get them from Ethiopia in exchange.

    If your softy and think ohh my Somali people ohh this ohh that, politics is not for you join Amnesty International.

    We control the entire north from Galkayo to Zaylac but we lease out Bosaso to Ethiopia for 100 years. Thats my vision, and will come true like every thing I ever believed.

    • Ahmed

      Okay, Kayse sometimes you do go too far.

      Childish statements like this are just stupid and do nothing for Somaliland's cause (but cause animosity). Somaliland is independent and should be recognised, but there is no need for this. " As a christmas gift", "will come true like every thing ever believed", are you ill? – You have no credibility remaining what so ever.

      Are you half Ethiopian or something because you sound like you have the Ethiopian flag up you A****s. Ethiopia is nothing but 'a means to an end' and you're getting waaaayyy too attached.

      This is not politics, its delusion and perhaps you need help from Amnesty International. Anyhow, you speak for no-one but your self.

      Somaliland needs to be clever about how it achieves its objectives and it needs to have well defined objectives.

    • Asha

      This must be worst statement anyone could ever make. I am true SOMALILANDER but i dont ever want to give 1inch of land to Ethopia.
      VIVA SOAMLIALAND

      • Kayse

        Ok there is no need to get all emotional this is why i think you people belong in some charity organisation.

        People like me will make the decisions whether you agree with it or not and eventually you will learn to live with it just as you have forgotten about the Ogaden region too.

        Do you not know it was part of Somaliland too? A dude like me signed away because he did not like those nomads.

        The future is Somaliland and Ethiopian expansionism and the international community other than Egypt is behind this.

        Been nice and telling the international community we are friendly, we welcome all white people wont get you recognition. Once Somaliland and Ethiopia take control of the Horn's security affairs they will see we are responsible people and nations. Their aid will flow in Berbera benefiting both nations, all good things will come to Berbera, EASSY is the beginning.

        • Ahmed

          "forgotten about the Ogaden region too.

          Do you not know it was part of Somaliland too? A dude like me signed away because he did not like those nomads."

          Looool ur funny guy, a dude like me LMAO. If you're really the "dude" you claim to be you'd move the people and not the land.

  • Mohamed Haji

    WOW there was titlle it said "Recogntion in Juna Future Somaliland"
    this is all happenning, I'm sorry but all I got to say is "I told you so"
    this was planted, you'll are just to DUMP to understand.It's not about 'land" or tribes. it's about creating flame in every conrner of Somalia.

    • Lander

      Yes i do remember that video but what Somalis will discover in the coming weeks and months is that Somaliland actually has major backings from the West, Ethiopia, Israel and number of influencial African states.

      More than ever Ethiopia will now want to crash since it also wants to send an strong signal to Egypt before it signs the new Nile River treaty, There are many issues surrounding this conflict its not about the village at all but things to come.

      I am certain Somaliland and Ethiopia will go into Puntland, Meles and Rayale will win the elections (personally do not support Rayale but UCID) but i know West wants Meles and Meles wants Rayale and Rayale has shown he could maintain peace in Sland thats what West wants. Not sure they wanna gamble right now with new leader with so many chaos in the Horn.

  • Farax

    I am sickened by all of you. THIS IS A >SOMALI< city they are INVADING! They crossed our border and are controlling OUR land.

    Shame to Somalilanders who support this especially Riyaale and his thuggish army.

    Sad day for Somali Patriotism.

  • hfg

    the Ethiopian and Somaliland army got the right to protect themselves from the armed militia that making terror in their common border now and future.

  • Liban

    To everyone,

    The Ethiopian officials were in the area near the town (the border area) to check for contraband goods and maintain peace in the border area. They did not invade, they were attacked by a militia. They did not want war, they did not want to kill anyone.

    Somaliland, its government and its people want peace and stability in the region. Everyone living within the borders of Somaliland has the interest to maintain peace because we do not want our children, women, elderly or indeed men having to become refugees all over again and lose everything they have been building up over the last 20 years. The only interest and allegiance Somaliland has is to its citizens. In order to achieve their current peace, development and stability, they have paid in blood and bodies. There are few who were not affected and many lost fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunties, grandparents, friends….. the list is endless.

    Where Somaliland is at the moment; it is still peaceful though there are those who whish to undermine this, it has been a safe haven to hundreds of thousands who have fled from the south who live in almost all of its cities. There is an election around the corner to cement our stability and allow us to plan for the future. Lets not destroy this Somali success story, lets not destroy the peace and harm innocents with your petty ideological politics, when many of you live (by Somali standards) luxurious lives overseas. Lets choose to keep our peace, and anything else we'll work on and InshAllah we'll work it out.

  • Liban

    Now let me make a suggestion for those of you who want to defeat Ethiopia;

    Ethiopia has an Army that it has been improving and building up since the last official war with Somalia. If you want to defeat Ethiopia you will not do this militarily or in any case alone. What we need is not Ethiopia destroyed but regime change.

    As America and the west attempted with Iran, what needs to be done is to achieve change within, through its people who know their government is dictatorial, ruthless and needs to be removed – not that Iran is this. This has been done before elsewhere, it is called a proxy war and minimises one's own losses.

    If you look at the make-up of Ethiopia's demographics it is made up of numerous ethnic groups and several are opposed to the government for various reasons. You have the Oromo, Ogaden as well as others. Then there are the few surrounding the dam project areas which have lost their lands and livelihoods. Outside the country there is the obvious Eritrea, Egypt to a certain extent and Somalis.
    Ethiopia as it is now is overcrowded and will become even more so in the future as its population grows. In the long term, this is a real threat to the Somali people and in the short term to those Somalis Living in the Ogaden. I personally believe that Ethiopia will and is attempting to ‘push’ the Somali Ogaden people into Somalia to ‘free’ up ground.
    What interst have we, as Somalilanders in this then? Any country that dominates a region is a direct threat to the surrounding countries. Especially if it does anything to achieve its aims and its ruthless. You may be in its good books in the short run but what about the long term. This is why we need a genuinely progressive government in Addis Abba.

    • WADANI

      Brother LIban, Are you spokes man for the Ethopian Goverment? This makes me sick…you said, 'to check contraband goods and maintain peace in the border area", Ethopia receives everything products from Somali ports-Bosaso, Berbara and Jabuti, it is their life line. We are not stupid to know RIYALE AND Ethopian goverment make a deal to stop Dhulbante Darwiishs for defending their land. We will free our land and maintan my blue flag. SOMALIA HA NOOLAATO.

      • Kayse

        The little militia has been crashed already, its over. Horn of Africa always belonged to the Somaliland people and Abysinia.

  • 2 days ago

    I'm a lander, but trusting these aids infected habtrash,

  • Realistic Eritrean

    Liban: Let me speak openly with you. The one of us, Eritreans or Somalis, who is going to survive is the one who has the intelligence to make peace with Ethiopians. Meaning if Eritrea make peace, all thoose 400.000 troops will move towards Somalia. And if Somalia makes peace all thoose troops will move towards Eritrea. We eritreans and somalis who has the brain capacity to think outside the box understands this. The day the smart Somalis take over, that they will be bye bye Eritrea and the day the smart Eritreans will take over will be bye bye Somalia. In 2040 the Ethiopian population will almost reach 200 million people and imagine that combined with the economic growth…. I sincerely hope Eritrea will be a state within Ethiopia like Oromo, Tigray, Amhara etc. Perhaps you are to proud to feel that way, but if we Eritreans get rid of Isaias we can start a healing process with Ethiopia. Perhaps Somaliland, Puntiland and Southern Somalia will be integrated in Ethiopia or as a whole within Ethiopia.

    When I visited Ethiopia and Addis Abeba, do you know how many Eritreans and Somalis in the diaspora who spent their vacation there, thousands upon thousands. Ethiopia is a multiethnic and multireligous country and thoose two ingridients is a strength. Now problably both eritreans and somalis will bash this post, but allow yourself to think towards the next generation, either they will live in a militarized state or a open state, I hope the latter for the two.

    • debate

      "Ethiopia is a multiethnic and multireligous country and thoose two ingridients is a strength".

      But also its weakness.

  • Abdul

    Realistic Eritrean, I beleive you are off topic, I also can see you are Ethopian, acting as Eritrean-this discution does not concern your.

  • SSC

    Northern Somali Unionist Movement (NSUM) is a grass roots Somali organization whose members and supporters hail from Sool, Sanaag and Cayn regions in the Northern regions of Somalia(formerly British Somaliland) and whose clan in these regions do not identify with the one -clan-driven secession calling themselves” Somaliland”. NSUM stands for the promotion of peace and unity among the long-suffering people of Somalia.

  • Realistic Eritrean

    Abdul, Believe me I am Eritrean and a Eritrean that loved Issaias Afeworki. But now he has turned out to be worse than Mengistu. The reason for integration with Ethiopia is that I dont see a viable solution other than that. Since 1960 there has been war over the same thing, thats 50years of lost generations when we could make the horn like Dubai. Instead refugees from our region spread all over the world. If we could unite under Ethiopia with everyones culture respected we would be a strong power that can also resist arab enroachment, instead of being weak and divided.
    But alas you dont agree, well thats your right. But remember this, from an Eritrean that is ahead of you in timeline. Eritreans leaders obsession with Ethiopia is killing my country, that military junta has more hate to ethiopia than they love eritrea. And I see the same thing with some of you somalis, you can never build a state on that ground, because you will end up the same as us, with a leader you will grow to despise.

  • M.A.Salah

    Down with the Ethiopian backed yoke in Somalia.

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