The Dissolution of Somaliland–Part VII. Floods, IDPs, and Tribal Clashes as Reported by IRIN
In the present article, I republish two recent reports released by IRIN that shed light on the chaos ensued from fratricide clashes in Gabiley region – just yesterday – and the flooding of Wajale river. Both reports corroborate the reason behind my earlier call for general insurgence in North Somalia against the loathsome Rayaale mafia that helps only implement the colonial agenda of total destruction of Somalia.
Somalia: Hundreds Flee Inter-clan Clashes in Somaliland
Hargeisa, 8 April 2009 (IRIN) - Hundreds of families in Somalia's self-declared republic of Somaliland have fled inter-clan fighting in the mid-west Satiile area in Gabiley region, officials said.
The fighting, the second flare-up in three months, started on 7 April after a group of men drove into Satiile settlement area and shot dead a local farmer and wounded his brother.
Ahmed-Bare Sa´id Kibar, a village elder in Satiile, said at least 200 families had fled from Xar-Makahiil, Dacawalay, Laaca, Maslayaha, Jaldhaabta and Satiile farmland settlements to Adado Dhaadheeray, Kalabaid. Some of the families had fled to Gabiley, the region's capital, he added.
Elabe Mohamoud Hufane, the deputy mayor of Dilla District in Awdal region, said: "We received reports mid-morning yesterday that a man, identified as Ahmed Yasin Kule, had been shot dead on his farm while his brother survived and managed to flee.
"We went there to calm the situation with the district police; we were told the men who shot dead Ahmed Yasin were from Elberdale area in the north, where a land-based conflict had started some time ago".
In late February, two men were shot dead following inter-clan fighting between the Reer Hared of Gabiley region and the Reer Nour of Awdal region. The conflict dates back to 1998 when the clans confronted each other over the war between the Somali National Movement (Somaliland's liberation organisation in 1981-1991) and the army, which was loyal to the late Mohamed Siyad Barre, then Somali president. At the time, the Reer Nour supported Barre while Reer Hared supported the liberation movement.
Over the past two decades, attempts to reconcile the two were made and a ceasefire agreed but the issue has since transformed into a land conflict, focusing on a farming development project founded by Sheikh Muhumed Rage in the late 1950s.
After the February clashes, a committee from Somaliland's upper house of parliament, the Guurti, toured the region. The committee was also in the area when the latest clashes erupted, according to Hufane.
"We met several dozen families fleeing to Dilla District, and we spoke to them urging them not to flee but they went ahead saying they feared for their security," Hufane said.
Somalia: Floods Havoc in Western Somaliland
Tog – Wajale, 3 April 2009 (IRIN) - Dozens of families were displaced and thousands of livestock killed in three days after torrential rain induced flash floods in the west of the self-declared republic of Somaliland, officials said.
Most of the livestock deaths were reported in Tog-Wajale district where the mayor, Omar Aden Gazali, said at least 5,700 animals died after it rained for 72 hours.
Gazali said two people had died in the floods, more than 100 families (600 people) were displaced and homes and business premises destroyed.
The mayor said most of the families who lost their livestock came from the eastern parts of Somaliland in search of pasture.
Gazali said a bridge connecting the town to neighbouring Ethiopia was inundated with water and almost destroyed.
"The police started to stop people from crossing the bridge between the two sides of the town," he said.
Said Mohamed Ahmed, the mayor of Wajale, on the Ethiopian side, said the floods had also affected their part of town.
"We sent our teams to survey the problems caused by the rains; there is a lot of damage caused by the floods," he said.
Khadar Abdi Hussein, a local resident, said the flooding of Wajale river, which is seasonal, had also reportedly displaced hundreds of families in Gabiley region, including Ged-baladh vilagge, Allaybaday District.
Hussein said many animals weakened by a prolonged drought had succumbed to the rains. "They were too weak to survive," he added.
The floods come days after Somaliland officials said the east of the region remained drought-stricken.
Mohamoud Awed Du'alle, the deputy mayor of Erigavo, the region's capital, had earlier told IRIN the situation was deteriorating in Jiidali, 35km southeast of Erigavo, and Yufle, Goofa and Booca areas, where cattle and sheep had already started dying.
Picture: IDP children in Somaliland (file photo): Hundreds have fled inter-clan clashes in the mid-west Satiile area, in the Gabiley region of the country. (IRIN picture)