Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Somalia's new order: filthy rich pirates

A parcel of land here that sold for $US12,000 ($A12,900) two years ago now costs more than $US20,000 ($A21,500). The price of a nice pair of men's shoes has gone up from $20 to $50.
The reason: pirates.
The influx of millions of dollars in ransoms has changed life in this coastal Muslim community, driving prices up and creating a schism between the pirate haves and have-nots.
(Mogadishu markets ... 'mad money' from pirate ransoms has driven prices through the roof. Photo: AFP)

Somaliland: Democracy not in practice

In 1991, after the collapse of the central government in Somalia, the northern part of the territory asserted its independence as the Republic of Somaliland. The State of Somaliland had been briefly independent in 1960 after the Bristish colonialism which started in 1884, but since 1991 it has not received international diplomatic recognition for various reasons.

Occupied Somalia : Accomodation facilities at EP Gode, Ethiopia

Emergency Aid Programme and new SOS Children's Village for the South of Ethiopia SOS Children's Villages is launching an emergency medical aid programme for children at risk in the drought-stricken region of Ogaden. Preparatory measures are also being taken for the construction of an urgently needed SOS Children's Village in Gode. A local assessment of the situation in Ethiopia conducted by SOS Children's Village staff showed that relief aid is of vital importance for large sectors of the population in the remote rural areas, especially in Ogaden Province in the southeast of the country where the famine is most acute.

Ethiopia strongly condemns Somalia Bomb slaying

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
December 4, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — The Ethiopian government in the strongest terms has deplored the suicide attack that ripped through a university graduation ceremony on Thursday in Somalia capital, Mogadishu.
At least 20 people, including three government Ministers were killed in Thursday’s bombing when a man dressed like a women blew him self up in the middle of a graduation ceremony of medical students at a Hotel in the heart of the capital.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Five Pakistani clerics killed in Somalia

Gunmen on Wednesday stormed a mosque in Somalia's central town of Galkayo and shot dead five Pakistani Muslim clerics after dawn prayers, officials and witnesses said.
They dragged the preachers out of the mosque and opened fire on them, said a police official in the town straddling Somalia's self-declared state of Puntland and Somalia proper.
"The five were from Pakistan," the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the news agency AFP.
Authorities had launched a manhunt for the killers, he added.


ADDIS ABABA, Dec 4 (NNN-ENA) — Ethiopian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Tekeda Alemu held talks here Thursday with the visiting Foreign Minister of Somaliland, Abdulahi Mohamed Duale, on elections to be held in that autonomous region of Somalia.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement issued after the meeting quoted Dr. Tekeda as saying that Ethiopia had given prime attention to maintaining peace and stability in the surrounding Horn of Africa region.
He said in particular the effort to maintain peace and stability in Somaliland should further be strengthened as it was significant to bring about peace and development in the Horn of Africa.

In the heart of Somaliland, a climate tragedy

Louis Belanger , Oxfam International Spokesman in New York

Muhammed interrupted me by pounding the ground, laughing out loud and exchanging a few words with Seleban Yussuf , the village's elder sitting next to him.
"Unbelievable. Can you believe this guy came all the way from America to see Somaliland?," he said in Somali. "All the way just to talk to us. Sorry Mr. Louis, carry on."
Indeed, Muhammed Yassin Abdel Llahi was right. There aren't too many people that make the journey to Somaliland these days. The place is sort of the forgotten corner of what used to be a united Somalia. It has a President, a lower house, an upper house, its own money, and more importantly has been relatively stable for over 15 years. If you imagine Somalia as the number seven, Somaliland is at the top left corner, bordering tiny Djibouti and Ethiopia. It's one of the most underdeveloped regions I have ever seen.

Somalia : Victims of Violence

Editorial: Victims of violence
4 December 2009
Last year, a spectacularly inept analysis of the chaos that is Somalia by a US think tank said that the people there “needed to make choices”. Tragically, that is precisely what they cannot do. This failed state has been riven with violence since President Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991. Had ordinary Somalis ever had a choice in the last 18 years between peace and endless conflict, there can be little doubt what they would have selected.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Explosion in Mogadishu injures two SOS Hospital doctors

A blast at a graduation ceremony in the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least seven people, including two doctors who work at the SOS Hospital in the city. Dr Abdullahi Hussein, the senior medical officer at the SOS Hospital and his colleague Dr Tahlil Abdi, were attending a graduation ceremony for medical students of Banadir University. They were among the invited guests at the ceremony, who also included government ministers and other dignitaries. According to the BBC the huge explosion occurred in a meeting hall of the hotel which held several hundred people. It is reported that at least two government ministers died in the blast including the minister of health.

Private Eye : Letter from Hargeisa

from Our Own Correspondent
IMAGINE, just a camel ride away from the  cauldron of violence, creeping Islamism and dodgy American activity that is Somalia, a country with the same language, people, culture and  religion.
Somaliland is the only place in the Horn of Africa that is democratic, stable and tolerant. Yet because of misplaced fears of the mushrooming of micro-states, we remain unrecognised by the international community, 18 years after declaring our independence. As a result, the world keeps us at arm’s length and has instead forced on us consultants so greedy and inept that the very peace we now enjoy is under threat.

Explosion kills Somali ministers

A blast at a graduation ceremony in the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least seven people, including three government ministers.
Hundreds of people had gathered at the Shamo Hotel to watch 43 students from the local Banadir University receive their graduation diplomas.
Witnesses said the attack appeared to have targeted government officials.
Islamists are fighting the UN-backed government, which controls small pockets of territory in the country.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Edna Hospital was 7 years old in March 2009.

(Edna Hospital News Letter)

I owe much to Edna Hospital as my youngest son ,Rageh , was born there in April 2003 under the supervision and care of medical professionals working at the Hospital. Since then I have been a supporter and sometimes advocator for this noble work being carried out by Edna Hospital under the leadership of Edna Aden .
Below is a newsletter from the hospital which summarises the simplest achievements  since the Hospital turned 7 years old in March 2009... (M. Ali)
During that period, we received patients from all corners of the Horn of Africa as well as providing care to UN and international staff and their families in Somaliland, and to screen or treat refugees brought to us for treatment by the United Nations.

No peace for the peacekeepers in Somalia

By Herve Bar (AFP)
MOGADISHU — In a khaki tent shielded by sandbags, four Ugandan officers are watching "Black Hawk Down," the Hollywood account of the devastating ambush of US troops in the chaotic streets of Mogadishu.
It's maybe not the ideal cinematic fare when you are a peacekeeper supposed to be maintaining some semblance of stability in the lawless Somali capital, where life is cheap and international troops come under daily fire.

Grenade attack wounds 24 in northern Somalia

By Abdiqani Hassan
BOSSASO, Somalia (Reuters) - Unidentified attackers hurled a hand grenade into a crowd watching a film in Bossaso port in northern Somalia late on Tuesday, wounding at least 24 people, witnesses and medical officials said.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Rwanda admitted to Commonwealth

The Commonwealth has admitted Rwanda as its 54th member.
The African country was admitted at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, a statement from the group said.
A Rwandan minister said the move showed his country's "tremendous progress" over the last 15 years.
The former colony of Germany and Belgium is the second country to be admitted without a British colonial past or constitutional link to Britain.

Muslims Mark Eid al-Adha Festival on 4th Day of Hajj

Muslims around the world are celebrating the festival, including more than two million pilgrims taking part in annual Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia.

Muslims around the world are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Adha, including more than two million pilgrims taking part in annual Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia.
Pilgrims in the Saudi holy city of Mecca threw stones at three pillars representing Satan, a ritual that began Friday and continues until Sunday. No major incidents were reported Friday, the third day of the pilgrimage.

Pirates seize Greek vessel off eastern Somalia

ATHENS, November 30 (RIA Novosti) - A Greek vessel with 28 crew members on board has been hijacked off Somalia's east coast, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
"The vessel, owned by the Greek company Kristen Navigation, headed from Kuwait to the United States. The captain's aid said there were nine armed Somalis on board, and the vessel is heading towards Somalia's coast," the spokesman said.

Muslims in Ethiopia celebrate አረፋ (Eid al-Adha) عيد الأضحى‎

አረፋ (Eid al-Adha) عيد الأضحى‎ Celebrated throughout Ethiopia
Source: Nazret
The 1,430 anniversary of Eid-al-Adha, Festival of Sacrifice, was celebrated here on Friday through out Ethiopia among Muslim faithful. Here in the capital the holiday, celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God, was celebrated before thousands of resident Muslims.
The day was celebrated through the offer of prayers at the Addis Ababa Stadium.