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Welcome to the Edna Hospital, Hargeisa, Somaliland

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Somaliland: Country Background

The Republic of Somaliland, formerly British Somaliland Protectorate, became Independent on June 26, 1960. It merged with the former Italian Colony of Somalia when it too became Independent on July 1, 1960. This merger was, however, doomed from the start because of economical, cultural and administrative differences and problems that made themselves felt very soon after the union of these two Somali Nations.
Hargeisa Nursing School destroyed in the war
Here is the old Hargeisa Nursing School destroyed in the civil war
As a result, the people of Somaliland took steps to disassociate themselves from Somalia as early as 1961.
Regretably, it took a long and protracted civil war between the people of Somaliland and the troops of the former Dictator Siyad Barre, for the sovereignty of Somaliland to be finally restored on May 18, 1991. During those years of struggle, the cities of Somaliland, including Hargeisa, were bombed and ruthlessly blown to bits. Over half a million Somalilanders lost their lives, and millions fled the country to seek refuge either in neighbouring countries or elsewhere in the world where they could find shelter.
Mass grave of innocent Somaliland victims during the civil war

Mass grave of innocent Somaliland civilians killed by troops of Somalia's dictator Siyad Barre





These vicissitudes have been well-documented by the United Nations and other International Human Rights bodies who have witnessed the extent of the destruction the entire country had suffered and also how its schools and health services were razed to the ground.
An added tragedy was the death or disappearance of trained professionals who had served in the health services of the country. The result being that those health facilities, which recently have been rehabilitated (meagre as they are), suffer from a serious and ongoing deficiency of trained health manpower.

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