Published On: Mon, May 14th, 2012

Somaliland mourns Dr Abdishakur Sheikh Ali Jowhar

BORAMA – Hundreds of people on Monday mourned the death of psychiatrist Dr. Abdishakur Sh. Ali Jowhar who was killed in a road accident on Sunday while traveling between Borama and the town of Dilla in Awdal region.

Born to a religious and prominent family, Abdishakur was born in the town of Borama where he completed his high school in the prestigious Amoud Secondary school. He was admitted to the near by Amoud University where he excelled earning a medical scholarship from a medical college in Alexandria, Egypt. Up on completing his higher education in the north African country, Dr. Jowhar migrated to Canada where he opened his first medical clinic specializing in psychiatry. He continued to pursue his education enrolling in a graduate School in the medical field of psychiatry in Canada.

He was an active political figure advocating for Somaliland’s self-determination. His close friends describe him as an observer of the details of the world, and of Somaliland in particular; an intellectual and a defender. Dr. Jowhar addressed pressing social and political topics in his writings which covered international politics, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in particular..

He recently returned with his family to Somaliland where he opened a private medical centre in Hargeisa.

“We are all sadden by the sudden death of him,” said Ali Hassan, a resident of Borama.

Suleiman Egeh, a senior science instructor, old friend and school peer of Dr. Jowhar said “his lost will open a gigantic void in Somaliland.”

President Ahmed Silanyo offered his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the doctor during their mourning. He also said he wishes Nimo Mohamed Mohamud, the wife the doctor left behind, a fast recovery as she was also injured in the car. Opposition groups at state and council level also expressed their condolences as well as academia, business, elders and other various communities in the country and abroad.


May 14, 2012


The TOL Leadership Council (TLC) sends its heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Abdishakur Sh. Ali Jowhar. May Allah (SWT) bless his soul in his final abode. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Dr. Abdishakur was a giant among his peers; he was someone willing to walk the walk in helping his people. He left a successful medical practice and a comfortable life in North America and returned to his homeland to be with his people and give back. His untimely death is a great loss to his family and to the Somali nation at large.

TLC Governing Board.

———————– sends its heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Abdishakur Sh. Ali Jowhar. May Allah (SWT) bless his soul, our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Mohamed Ibrahim Gulied, Editor in Chief.


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  1. Hargeisawi-In-London says:

    Ilaahay ha unaxariisto Dr Abdishakur Sh. Ali Jawhar, ehelkiisiina samir iyo iimaan ha ka siiyo.

    Geeridu waa xaq, se malaha wax garadka inay ka warwareegto ayay ku wanaagsanaan lahayd.

  2. osman5 says:

    I'd like to extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues…..

    Osman Qaal

  3. amal says:

    @ Abdiwahab

    What a SHAME! this article is about a deceased scholar and you are writing hateful comment.

  4. amal says:

    May Allah forgive him and grant him the highest jannah, May Allah shower his mercy on his soul, and may Allah give his family patience and emaan. Rest In Peace

  5. Omer Hussein Dualeh says:

    God bless his soul, Insha Allaah.

  6. HMObsiye says:

    I am so sorry to hear the death of Dr. Abdishakur. May Allah rest his soul in peace.

    I have known Dr. Abdishakur, seen early ninety and even then, when some of the current Somaliland leaders were against Somaliland independent Dr. Abdishakur was the few who even then support whole hearty, the self-determination of Somaliland people. I believe every Somalis who know this guy lost a great man today.

  7. MsSomaliland says:

    My deepest condolences to his family & friends, Ilahay ha u naxaristo.

  8. Gobaad says:

    Dr. Abdishakur Sh. Jawhar Ilaahay naxariistii janno u ka waraabiyo, Samir iyo iimaanna Ehelkiisii iyo qoyskuu ka baxay ha ka siiyo. Aamiin ya Rab Alcaalamiin.

  9. AAmm says:

    Inallilah waa ina rajacuun: It's very sadden to hear the accidental and unexpected death of great man who have sacrifice a lot to help not only his country but all the Somali speaking region. might Allah SWT grant his Mercy on brother Dr. Abdishakuur, also I'd like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and his friends across the Globe. Ameeen RIP.

  10. Yusuf Dirir Ali says:

    Ilaahay naxariistii jano ha ka waraabiyo oo dambigiisa iyo ka Muslimiintaba ha dhaafo, dhamaanteena samir iyo imaan haynaga siiyo.

    Ina Lilaaha wa inaa ilehi raajucuun, lilaahi maa acdaa wa lilaahi maa akhad.

  11. S,Shaw says:

    Not only Somaliland mourns the death of Dr. Abdishakur Jowhar. All who ever met him will forever remember his kindess, his genuiness, his peaceful loving nature. The world is a darker place without his presence. I hope his legacy will be peace and that all his work will not be lost. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. It is still with disbelief that I consider I will never see his shining happy face ever again. He was a giant man with a giant heart.

  12. Kayse says:

    My heart felt condolences to the family and friends of Doctor Abdulshakur Sheikh Ali Jowhar. We will miss him but I am confident the way Somaliland is going today, we will soon have many Dr. Jowharis.

    Our educations are thriving, people are hungry to learn and honoring the intellectuals is also the way forward to promoting education and knowledge.

    Few years ago, Somalilanders used to go to Ethiopia for a basic healthcare, today Ethiopians are coming to Hargeisa for their medical treatment…if you don't know now you know.

    At least five private clinics were opened in the last year alone by Somalilanders who spent over 20 years in the medical field in Western countries.

    Dr Jowhar's contribution to our society will forever be remembered.

  13. Mohamoud.H.Jama says:

    On behalf of me and my family I send my deepest condelnces to the family of Dr. Abdishakur and his friends. I know Dr. Abdiskakur since 1982 when he immigrated to Canada. He first came to Edmonton Alberta Canada in 1982 and stayed here in Edmonton for a long time before he moved to US and after that to Tronto where he opened a clinic. He was in my wedding in Edmonton in 1986 and when I told my wife about his passing she cried like every one who knew him in Edmonton. We will realy miss him. We will miss his prelient articles and serious discussions . He was a true Somalilander and a patriot._I propose that Borama airport should named after him in his memory Dr. Abdishakur Ali Jowhar Air Port._May god bless him and may god bless us all._

    • A.Luul.M.M says:

      Mr. Jama, I completely support your idea of naming the Borama Airport after my sweet uncle Dr. Abdishakur Sh. Ali Jowhar. The hearts are heavy indeed, and the eyes are swallen due to constant weeping. The agony and the pain, too much to handle. May Allah ta'ala have mercy on his slave and grant him His highest Jannaatil Firdaus aamiin. And let him join his beloved family who passed before him, and may he rest in peace for he indeed, over worked in the cause of others. I just wish I spoke to him more and kept a better contact with him. He is surely missed..

  14. Mohamed Beergeel says:

    Mohamed Beergeel · 7 minutes ago

    To ALLAH we belong, and to him we return. The peoples in Horn of Africa, Somali speaking communities in general and the Somaliland people in particular lost a great human being. Dr. Abdishakur had unique and special qualities. He was a friend, a brother and a healer to everyone. He was aways available to eveyone who needs help. No one will stay in this temporary world forever but the timing of his passing is saddening indeed. His passing has affected the Somali-Canadian communities in Canada. He was our a role model.

    We will be remembering him at the May 18th Somaliland Conference in Washington too.

    In memory of Dr. Abdishakur for all the kind deeds he has done, I call on the Somaliland Government to name the Hargeisa/Borama highway after him. This will be a small token to acknowledge and remember his generosity, devotion and great contribution to Somaliland.

    May ALLAH, the Almighty place Dr. Abdishakur's soul in Jano Fardawsa. Amen, Amen.

    Mohamed Beergeel, Toronto, Canada.

    • A.Luul.M.M says:

      I agree to that suggestion as well. Before, I felt the airport of Borama. But it makes more sense to name the highway after him since he did die on the road. He contributed more than money can buy. His intelligence, wisdom, kind heart and lots of smiles.

  15. Omer Hussein Dualeh says:

    Yes Mr. Beergeel, I that is very good ideal Sir, and I believe the government and the people of ARDA and Awdal at large has to agree with you. This is very important and as you said a small token, that will remain in our hearts forever. It will also a blessing in disguise, because whoever passes this road will remember him and pray for him.

    I appeal the government to do just that before it's too late.

  16. Madar says:

    Dr Abdishakuur Sheikh Ali jowhar,may he rest in peace and may allah have mercy on his soul and grant him paradise in the hereafter. We all wish and hope for speedy recovery for all those who were with him in the car during the accident, most importantly his wife. We wish to say to his immediate family and to Somaliland community as a whole samir iyo imaan.

  17. Caroline Menzies says:

    Doctor Abdulshakur Sheikh Ali Jowhar touched our lives here in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, where he worked as a psychiatrist for a time before returning to work with Somalia refugees. He was funny, kind, gentle and an amazing human being. His death is a huge tragedy and I offer my condolences to his family and all who knew him.

  18. D Zehr Holst says:

    Dr. Jowhar will be deeply missed in Owen Sound, words could not even begin to describe how much we will miss him and how we so much appreciated all that he did here. He was a man with many talents and a heart of gold. We will never forget his smiling face his thoughtfulness, kindness, his compassion and of course his hugs. My condolences to his family, I can not even imagine how much you will miss him.

  19. gmccoy says:

    Dr. Jowhar…..The most caring compassionate man I have ever had the honor to know…He will be greatly missed here in Owen Sound, Canada where he gave so much of himself to his patients and to his colleagues. He loved his home country of Somalia and strove to give back..and he will be missed by those of us in his adopted country of Canada.
    An esteemed Doctor with a great capacity to care and an even greater heart.
    My sincerest condolences to his family,
    G. McCoy

  20. Hinda says:

    We only had a few doctors in our community and now we lost one of the best :(.Dr.Jowhar was a caring professional man and i only hope for him to rest in peace.

    By: Hinda Rn From the Emergency Room S.G.H.

  21. Avis says:

    I knew Dr. Jowhar, and worked with him in Canada. He was a gentle, generous, sweet soul, and he will be missed greatly by all who knew him. As a nurse, I had occasion to have many interesting, wonderful conversations with him….and I have to say he had a great curiosity about life, his fellow human beings, loved his job, was great with his patients, and had the most infectious giggle I've ever heard in a psychiatrist! A lovely man….my condolences to his family.
    Dr. J., you died in your beloved homeland, the place in which you began life….I'm glad our paths crossed, I will miss you. R.I.P.
    p.s. Love that crazy beard…(he was clean shaven when I knew him!)

  22. Jennifer E. says:

    I did not know him well, but liked him immediately upon meeting. Such a kind and gentle soul and always so happy. We were fortunate to have him here in Canada and I respected him so much for going back to Somalia to help his homeland. This is such a tragic and terrible loss. My very deepest sympathies to his family and all those who knew and loved him.

  23. Nikki says:

    What a shock it was to learn of Dr Jowhar's passing. I cannot begin to imagine the loss his family must feel.He was kind and gentle with the most infectious smile. And who can forget the robust cheeks. He was always in good spirits. I enjoyed the great conversations we had. He loved his homeland of Somalia and enjoyed giving back. I am sorry you had to go so soon. We had planned to continue one of many conversations on your return here in June. I cherish the time we had spent, be it at times in passing on the corridors of the hospital in Owen Sound. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

  24. Saleebaan Xaaji says:

    Ilaahay ha u naxariisto Dr. Abdishakur Sh. Ali Jawhar. qoyskii iyo ehelkii ka tagay samir iyo iimaan ha ka siiyo.

  25. Elisa Yang says:

    I am deeply sadden by the news of Dr. Jowhar's untimely death. My work with him at Whitby was very memorable. He was a compassionate and intelligent person who was well respected by all of his colleagues. His humanitarian spirits and work ethics were admirable, to say the least. Truly missed him as a psychiatrist and a very decent man. Rest in peace, my friend and hero!

  26. Muna jowhar says:

    He was my uncle

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