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Saturday, May 23, 2015

British Somaliland - Aerial photo of Medeshi - 1919

(Medeshi)- Description: Medishi. 4,000 ft. Location: British Somaliland. Date: 1919
This image is part of the Colonial Office photographic collection held at The National Archives, uploaded as part of the Africa Through a Lens project.
Medeshi valley  is located in North East of Erigavo, the capital of Sanaag, of Somaliland. It is approximately 10 kilometers North of Jiidale and is the place of birth of Medeshi webmaster. Medeshi is  known for its abundance of water and frankincense as well as fertile land. It is also the first place in the Horn of Africa that the British Empire sent its war planes from a location just north of El Afweyne and Garadag to bombard the army of Sayid Mohamed Abdulla Hassan in January 21 1920.
The airplanes had been shipped from Aden as parts and later assembled in a location north of El Afweyne and Garadag . An airstrip was made at the time for the planes to take off and land after bombing the Mad Mullah at several locations in the former British Somaliland protectorate.