SIRAG would like to update Somalilanders both in Somaliland and
the Diaspora that outcome of the ministers from Somaliland in their
last visit to the UK has concluded with the great success where a
high level of UK MP delegates visited Somaliland.
It is important that we present our case to the International
community so that they can see it for themselves the results of our
hard earned efforts of establishing the rule of law and a young
democracy in Africa that needs total nurturing. Without recognition
and development this young democracy will not survive. The illegal
union of Somaliland with Ex-Somalia have costed our young and bright
generation to lose 40 years of their history and identity a tragedy
that would never be repeated again.
SIRAG has facilitated tirelessly with the support of individual
members from both Houses of Parliamen(House of Commons, House of
Lords) to form a friendly group that would support the case of
Somaliland especially the Recognition and developmental needs of
Somaliland which is desperately needed for Somaliland. SIRAG also
liases with EMPs(European MPs), UK MPs and Democracy Institutions on
promoting the success of Somaliland's emerging democracy and
Somaliland's case in general with special emphasis on recognition
including our cultural identity.
Some of the issues that SIRAG has achieved in facilitating are:
-Lack of Recognition and its implications on our nation both
mentally, physically and culturally
- General Security issues of Somaliland such as the recent and
tragic killings of the Foreign Aid workers
- Developmental Needs of Somaliland and how this is hampered by
lack of recognition
Note:The above issues can be checked in the debates published on the
UK Parliament Publications website.
Somaliland has achieved democracy and as we all know Democracy is
expensive and challenging to maintain both mentally, physically and
intellectually. The nation of Somaliland have put on their shoulders
a heavy responsibility that will take centuries to maintain.
Democracy and the rule of Law are the pillars of a democratic
nation. The International community is sensitive to the needs of
poor countries that achieve democracy and the rule of Law. The Case
of Somaliland is certainly unique and the people of Somaliland have
worked tirelessly to convince the International community that they
have earned their efforts with minimum assistance from the
International community in terms of aid and so on. It is only fair
that the International community should lend us their ears and eyes
to see for themselves the reality of Somaliland and the poverty that
exists in Somaliland with no infrastructure and no basic facilities
be it health, education and social services the list is long.
Surely, anyone who listened to the case of Somaliland through their
hearts would be compelled to see the reality and extend their help
to a nation that desperately needs help.
SIRAG acknowledges the assistance and the tireless support
extended by friends of Somalilanders who believe in humanity and the
rule of law. Those Honorary friends with hearts of Gold have only
done their job and surely would not expect any thanks from anyone.
But we must honour their support. Though we can not name all the
individual names at this turning point in Somaliland's quest for
recognition but one day once the cycle of Somaliland's quest for
recognition is complete we would extend our full gratitude in
writing as well as letting the nation of Somaliland extend their
full thanks in the best way they can. However, in saying that there
is one person we can mention at this stage who is forever a
supporter of humanity, intellectual honour and champion of Africa's
emerging democracy and that is Professor Iqbal Jhazbhay for his
Long Live Democracy, Long Live Somaliland
Marwo Lulu Farah