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May 19, 2015

Somaliland flag flies high in Birmingham as Councillors participate 18 May celebrations

(Medeshi)- Councillor Hibaq Jama and officials from Bristol  council joined Somaliland community yesterday in Birmingham on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the secession of Somaliland from Somalia. Tom Watson,  a labour Councillor since 2003 also participated in the celebrations.

Councillor Hibaq jama ( Centre ) with members of the Somaliland community in Birmingham ( Photos by A. Mead ) 
Celebrations took place in most cities of England and Wales and as far as Ireland and Scotland .
In London , the Somaliland ambassador in UK for Somaliland submitted a petition to No 10 Downing Street asking for the recognition of Somaliland by the British government .
UKIP political party which is gaining publicity and achieving success  in the political arena of the United Kingdom also called for the British government to recognize it's former colony - the Republic of Somaliland.
Tens of thousands of People of Somaliland origin live in Birmingham while similar or more numbers live in Wales and in parts of England including London.

Somaliland gained independence from Great Britain on June 26 1960. The country united with Southern Somalia on July 1st 1960 to form the Somali Republic.
That union failed on May 18, 1991 when Somaliland seceded from greater Somalia after a bloody civil war that had killed tens of thousands of civilians.
Somaliland has a functioning democracy with elected parliament and president. It has its own army , national flag, currency , passport and security forces.