August 17, 2012 ·21 Comments
LAS ANOD — The head teacher of a school in Togdheer region is appealing to kidnappers to release four teenagers held hostage in the restive buuhodle region on humanitarian grounds.
The four teenagers were kidnapped in the village of Kalshale while tending to livestock during their school break. They are being held by a splinter group of the SSC rebels, known to be against the recent peace deal between the government and the SSC leaders.
Mr. Jama Hassan Abdi, the Head teacher of Qadi Mohamud primary school, where the three hostages attended, appealed to the group to free the teenagers while speaking to local online website, Somaliland.org. “I am Appealing to those holding the four teenagers to free them on humanitarian grounds so that they attend their classes and continue with their education as soon as the school holidays end in a weeks’ time,” he said.
Considering the both the teachings of our religion and our tradition which forbid us to harm children and women during times of conflict and the fact the oldest of the four kidnapped teenagers is said to be fifteen years.
The Head teacher said the kidnapped teenagers had nothing to do with politics nor did they contribute to the ongoing turmoil in buuhodle in any way whatsoever.
The school said the names of the students are; Khadar Hussein Aidid, Mohamed Ahmed Aidid and Abdi Suleiman Aden and Hussein Ahmed Arab .
A spokesperson for the hostage takers said, they will not release them until their demands are met including the release of a man held by the government.
The militia insisted all hostages were soldiers but the government denied their claims stressing that none of them ever held a gun.
Unconfirmed reports suggest plans to free the four kidnapped teens are currently under way.
By Goth M Goth
August 17, 2012Follow @somalilandpress
By goth Mohamed