Published On: Sun, Mar 13th, 2011

This week in Somaliland: stories making headlines, first neurology clinic

Here are some news stories that made headlines in Somaliland this week.

Tuesday, 3 March

The Khartoum-based Arabic daily Al-Intibaha this week reported that the government of Sudan expressed deep concerns about a recent trip to South Sudan by Somaliland’s former civil aviation minister, Mr. Ali Mohamed ‘Waran Adde”. The newspaper quoted one of the senior officials in Omar Al Bashir’s cabinet saying the visit was to strengthen bilateral ties between Somaliland and South Sudan. He also claimed the two states were planning to have trade, defence and military ties.

Omar Al Bashir and number of Arab leaders have long maintained they would block any international recognition for Somaliland. They claim Somaliland was part of Somalia and that they would not tolerate foreign interference in an Arab League member nation.

To read about Waran Adde’s trip to South Sudan visit Former Somaliland minister visits South Sudan.

Wednesday, 9 March

Noradin Schools graduation ceremony - Baadiya

A colorful graduation ceremony was held in Mansor hotel for more than 1,200 students graduating from Noradin School. This was the largest number of students to graduate from a single school in Somaliland and Noradin’s largest class ever . Over 40 percent of the graduates were girls. In recent years the number of girls enrolling at schools has almost doubled nation wide. Studies also support that girls have an edge over their coed peers when it comes to examination results often scoring in the top ten.

Noradin School currently has 14,000 students enrolled full time and is said to be the largest private school in Somaliland. The school provides free education to over 28 per cent of the students who are from poor families.

Osman Ibrahim Isse, the Principal of Noradin congratulated the students for their hardwork and urged parents with low income to enroll in their children for free. He added the school will open two new facilities; one in Hargeisa’s Hawadle district and another in Somaliland’s second city of Burao.

The school offers English, Arabic, mathematics, information technology and science classes in three different levels (primary, secondary and tertiary levels for adults). It is ranked one of the top schools for languages.

This is huge development in Somaliland considering in 1995 shortly after departing from Somalia, there were only 8,667 students in Somaliland. In the same period, the of primary schools were 159. Today, more than 200,000 are enrolled in 392 primary schools alone reaching 40 percent of Somaliland children. The literacy levels have also been lifted from 25 percent under Somalia to 45 percent. Somaliland plans to reach 75 percent by 2015. In early February, the new government of Ahmed Silanyo announced it was making education free for all Somaliland children. Experts in the region are predicting more than 70 per cent of Somaliland students will have access to education but the system was putting pressure on the shortage of teachers. There are only 2,367 teachers for primary schools.

Friday, 11 March

Somaliland’s representative to Kenya Mr. Mohamed Ahmed “Indhabur” received a Danish delegation consisting of ten members in his office. Also present were Parliment speaker Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi (Irro) and Deputy minister of education Mr. Ali Hamoud Jabril.

The Danish delegation was from the ministry of defence, foreign affairs and Justice. It was led by Mr. Anders Tang Friborg, the Deputy chairman of Africa Commission, an organization affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Somaliland and Denmark meet over security and development

The two sides discussed security, education and development. Denmark said it would assist Somaliland coast guards directly to combat pirates. The Scandinavian nation is funding a prison and regional court in Hargeisa to prosecute captured pirates as well.

Earlier, the Somaliland delegation met with officials from the American embassy in Nairobi. The two sides agreed to work together on the areas of development, security and humanitarian reliefs.

Saturday, 12 March

Somaliland lawmakers approved two new ministers after February cabinet reshuffle by President Ahmed Silanyo. The speaker of the house, Mr. Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi said Mr. Ahmed Abdi Habsade, information minister and Dr. Abdi Aw-Dahir, minister for livestock welfare both received 53 votes from the 54 seat parliament. He was the only one that did not vote.

Saturday, 12 March

Dr Essa Kayd and Dr. Sisay Gizaw (East Africa's leading neurologist)

Essa Kayd, a chief neurodiagnostic specialist of Somaliland origin based in Boston, U.S. announced he will be opening a state of the art Clinic for neurophysiology in Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa.

The clinic will be a joint investment between Kayd and Ethiopia’s leading neurologist Dr. Sisay Gizaw from Addis Ababa Medical School. Kayd received his education in Ottawa University and Harvard Medical School. Mr. Kayd is the chief Neurodiagnostic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard Medical School in Boston. He occasionally travels to Africa to offer his time; gives training to leading doctors in the continent. He is also trains physicians at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Medical School. Brigham and Women’s Medical Hospital is ranked one of the top hospitals in the US by U.S. News & World Report Top Hospitals. He has been helping Addis Ababa’s main hospital for the past several months, where he noticed most of their patients were Somalis who had travelled miles for the treatment. He opened his first clinic in Addis Ababa early this year and plans to open one in Hargeisa in early April.

Before they open their clinic, the two doctors will be offering three day neurodiagnostics training at Edna Adan Hospital in Hargeisa. Interested individuals are advised to call Edna Hospital or contact Dr Essa Kayd Email: Kayd_1@hotmail.com.

Somalilandpress | 13 March 2011

  • Jale

    All statistics and stories in this post indicate that Somaliland has done far better than it ever has during its union with failed Somalia. This positive indicators show that we are on the right track despite been held back by few obstacles such as lack of recognition but that does not bother us any more we are pushing forward, step by step, day by day.

    The fact that we also have genius doctors such as Essa Kayd shows with hard work we will achieve the unthinkable. Dr Essa is one of few Somali neurologist if not the only one but definitely he is the best. He is known throughout the United States medical world, Africa and Arabia.
    We welcome his clinic and look forward to his other ventures.

    Omar al Bashir should be worried about ICC rather than Somaliland and what is not his business. Like Siad Bare he divided his country and is rather looking at other's issues. He bombed south Sudan, Dafur, Chad, the guy is an animal and should be obtained soon.

    • Som- Djiboutiene

      Thank´s for both Dr, bless you, constipation is killer, by far, food, Kate,was at Hargeisa last December,
      which I am very happy about, since 1969, I am Djibouti from Zela, -all the way to Das-Bieuh, Cercle-Ali-Sabeth,
      I vote for kind, constitutional federation, Hergeisa-Djibouti.
      N:B, as Neuraliist I applaud you, with this stone throw, much better _ Kalnkos.!!!,

      • Naliye

        Now thats a new call for union I have never heard of :D .. talk about thinking outside the box

  • Jale

    Also Doctor Sisay Gizaw welcome, we are people who value education and people who want to combat same diseases and ignorance.

  • Jale

    Congratulations to the students of Nuradiin School, we welcome the Danes iniatitives, the Americans and big thumbs up to our education ministry but more teachers should be hired at least they should be 10,000 what is 2000 for 200,000 students>>>>??

  • mahad

    omar al bashir ,husni mubarak and now gaddafi are all criminals who should be brought to ICC . so enough worry for them instead of talking about somaliland they should now think how to defend themselves in ICC

  • nasir

    1,200 students graduated at single school at a single day; that news is totally mind refreshing and mind massaging news to me.
    For so many years under the administration of Dictator Barre full scale of educational destruction fight was addressed to our society, but thanks god after heavy cost we now enjoying freedom of education and health.

  • Hodo

    Masha Allah so proud of the new government and the previous. Walahi this is a good news. The Somaliland diaspora need to start working hard as well including myself. Insha Allah may the rest of Somalia settle as well.

    Thank you SomalilandPress always enjoy your coverage.

  • Feysal

    somehow sL Press' reporting (coverage, quality, etc.) is improving by day. Keep up the good work guys!

  • togdheer boy

    I always hate when somalilanders say WE injoy freedom peace and progress. No Sir, there is no peace in this crazy world. you Must always remember the SNM strugle…..
    The work has not yet done. Never injoy life for life is a STRUGLE………
    Keep going forword.
    calanyahaw ha dhicin ha dheeliyin weligaa………….

  • Najeeb Galbeed

    Togdheer Boy,

    bravo thats the spirite, Somalilanders must not sleep and forget themselves and think the struggle is over, we have only reached 2% of our goal. The amazing thing is few years ago, I wrote on one of my youtube videos which were quiet popular: "The road to success is always under construction" which are the words of Lily Tomlin, and the amazing thing is the other day I saw the same words on one of Hargeisa's Schools…..so those should always be our motivation.

    Hawsha hala si wado. There is no such thing as peace in this world as long as there are evils, ignorance, greed and injustice. Somaliland is no Janah Fardowsa….must stay vigilant and pro-active.

    Greetings to all my former foes and fans, NajeebGalbeed Youtube channel is coming back soon!

  • middlepath

    Awesome mahsAllah!

    When you seek knowledge then know that Allah is with you, for seeking knowledge is the resposibility of every muslim man and woman,according to the Prophet(saws) :D

    Thanks for the great article, and may Allah bless the sons and daughter of Somaliland and every lover of good.

  • ayan

    Knowledge is the power, and Somaliland has reach place to help it; s own people. This is an example for all of us and the world. please every one do what you can to help one another Horumar SLand.

  • Guest

    It is about time to forget old world thinking and about time to move forward for Somaliland and Somalis. Support Dr. Essa Kayd and Dr. Sisay Gizaw for they have brought new change for Somaliland to move one step forward.

  • Kayse

    Dr Kayd is smart young man but he is not the only neurologist in Somaliland, I dont know how many there are but I know Dr Gabose (interior minister) is also neurologist.

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