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Published On: Fri, Sep 8th, 2017

First museum opens in Somaliland to preserve history of its secession

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Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland has inaugurated its first museum to preserve the history of its self-declared independence in 1991. The Saryan Museum built in the Somaliland capital Hargeisa was founded by Saed Shukri Hussein, one of the liberation fighters of the autonomous region, local news portal Horn Diplomat reports.

Among the collection at the museum are exhibits from the Somali National Movement (SNM) which fought for the region’s independence. The SNM fought against the government of the Somali Democratic Republic’s military ruler Siad Barre who ruled from 1969 to 1991 after a coup.

Four militia groups including SNM led a rebellion that ousted the Barre regime.

The SNM declared the northwestern Somali regions independent and established the Republic of Somaliland after disagreements with the other rebel groups.

Although not recognised as a sovereign state, Somaliland is internationally recognised as an autonomous region of Somalia. With a population of about 4 million, Somaliland can boast of an army, its own currency and legal system, and is appreciated for holding credible elections.

The territory has been experiencing stability, economic prosperity and has been influential in the fight against piracy and terrorism in the horn of Africa.

The territory has been under pressure to hold unity talks with Somalia which have so far been futile.

25 years of diplomatic isolation has made it difficult for Somaliland to have access to loans from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

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  1. Ibrahim says:

    You talk as if having access to loans from IMF and world bank is a good thing.
    Taking loans from these sharks is the worst possible decision any third world country could make. The interest rate is extremely high for poorer nations. These banks owned by the rich nations are there to feed of the smaller nations.
    So for an African to say this, shows complete utter ignorance.

  2. Ibrahim says:

    Very sad that those who destroyed Somalia. Those who were the tools that Somalia’s enemies (namely Ethiopia) used to destroy Somalia are now being honoured with a museum. If you didn’t know Ethiopia created and funded and managed and controlled the SNM you have a lot to learn..
    Some of us from the Isaaq clan are indeed against the break up of Somali, hate what the SNM did and wish for the reunion of Somali and the end of qabilism.
    Somalis should take of the qabilistic spectacles and see the reality. Honor, respect and dignity and prosperity is in unity. Stop competing with each other and start competing with the rest of the world.

  3. Gobaad says:

    Why don’t you use your real name and identity coward! You are Isaaq, but one of these who were behind the genocide and the total elimination of Isaaq clan. You destroyed Somalia and don’t blame anybody but yourselves!

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