Heritage in partnership with the Association of
Somalilanders of France has welcomed at the French Senate
for the celebration of the Independence day of Somaliland,
media, scholars, politicians thanks to the Senator Piras.
SAR Prince Sixte-Henri de Bourbon Parme and Henri Senghor
(former Ambassador for Senegal) honoured the invitation. Dr
Ahmed H.Esa and other Somaliland compatriots have supervised
the dinner in order to facilitate dialogues and increase
awareness. The tables were given names of citiesi-e Hargeisa,
Berbera, Borama to familiarise with geography.
Safia Otokore originally from Somaliland, Deputee for the
Parti Socialiste (PS) has responded to the invitation.
The media participants such as Le Figaro, France 2, Beur Fm,
Le devoir Africain, Le Parisien, Les Nouvelles d'Addis have
taken the opportunity to interview the Somaliland
representative of Belgium, Mohamoud Da'Ar.
Maryan Ibrahim Abdi, president of Somaliland Heritage, gave
a speech with a focus on responsability and universality
towards the protection of Somaliland heritage not for
Somaliland but for the entire world . Abdourahman Yassin,
president of ASLF encourages more actions and collaborations
French and Somaliland ONGs with a focus on education, health
and economic development.
This event has contributed to the awareness of Somaliland
existence . The activism and the coordination of
Somalilanders have sensibilized a great number of
paticipants. It is likely that the actions entreprised in
France would lead to a better knowledge of the state of
Somaliland and increase its visibility. The event was a
great step in the effort of recognition. France may or may
not be the first country to recognise, however it is a
strategic political scene to launch the campaign for
recognition. A more cultural event would soon follow the
independence day party, the location is yet to be confirmed.
Somaliland Heritage in partnership with the Association of
Somalilanders of France have reuinited media, politician,
friends of Somaliland to share the situation of Somaliland,
a country still unrecognised.
Collaborations have started with the journalists.
Radio France International (RFI) reported the event the
Jeune Afrique published a grand reportage on Somaliland
after the event. Somaliland Heritage aims at
preventing the deterioration of Somaliland heritage and
urges to a rapid intervention in order to protect this
Jamila Mimouni (France 2 ) Dr Ahmed H. Isa
Maryan I-Abdi (Somaliland Heritage)
Awil Herci, Henri A. Senghor