Sarah Kimani of the SABC was among a dozen or more top African journalists who attended the 28th commemoration of Somaliland’s restoration of independence in 1991.

Following intensive consultations among clans who had been on opposite sides of the 10-year long armed struggle which culminated in the ousting of a cruel military dictator and his equally heavy-handed regime, Somaliland decided to bury the hatchet and build a modern state based on the pre-colonial boundaries.

Somalia, however, conveniently clouding the issue that Somaliland was the first-born among 5 siblings planned to, together, form a Greater Somalia state, started to claim that Somaliland was part and parcel what never was – a state called ‘Somalia’ – a fallacy it stills to the world.

Greater Somalia never materialized and the union Somaliland formed with Somalia was a non-starter right from the beginning. Somalia intentions were not concealed even to the overzealous ‘Landers who rushed their independence to Somalia when it all offered for their pain was an education Minister to the man who sacrificed the country’s independence to the union.

On Saturday, Somaliland, again, celebrated 28 years of success as a modern, ultra-democratic state that laments the dismal state of affairs in Somalia but has no intention of ever making the same mistake twice.

Sarah Kimani reports:

Transcript:

the breakaway state of Somaliland health
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celebrations in the capital here in Hargeisa
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to mark its 28th year of independence
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Somaliland president Musa be extended an
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olive branch to Somalia but ruled out
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reunification
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Somaliland declared independence from
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Somalia back in 1991 but it is yet to
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receive legal international recognition
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ceremony filed this report a sea of red
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white and green filled the independence
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square as thousands of Somali Landers
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marched past the diocese in jubilation
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it’s close to three decades since
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Somaliland broke away from Somalia and
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this day holds a special place in their
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history books we are so tired because
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we’ve seen that the Somali land is
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growing today people are united in a
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show of my term nationhood the military
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parade then followed close to three
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decades in Somaliland declared
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independence its status remains in limbo
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at the Independence Square that seemed
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to be put aside it was time to celebrate
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other diplomatic recognition will always
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about how Somaliland perform its economy
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it is social it is military it is a
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knowledge base the rest of it it will
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come that can I have no problem your
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countries the international community
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continue to snap Independence Day
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celebrations here in Somaliland but the
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breakaway nation is not giving up its
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resolve to seek international
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recognition
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Somaliland was left in ruins after the
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civil war that ended in the 1980s
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citizens however managed to reconstruct
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without international community’s help
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the breakaway state is now riding on
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that success to love its neighbours for
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recognition and we are yet to act the
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international community visit the item
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to recognize the Republic of Somaliland
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president Musa Behe reached out to
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Somalia urging that the two countries
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work together he was however clear that
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reunification with Somalia which has
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refused to recognize Somali lands
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independence is off the table
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Sarika money as a bussiness hargeisa
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Somaliland

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