Fwd: Republic of Somaliland Requests Exemption from U.S. Executive Order Intended to Prevent the Entry of Foreign Terrorists

For Immediate Release


Hargeisa, Somaliland – The Republic of Somaliland today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to request an exemption for Somaliland residents from the January 27 U.S. Executive Order restricting entry into the United States by individuals from Somalia and six other nations.

In the letter, Somaliland’s Foreign Minister Dr. Sa´ad Ali Shire urged the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to take this action in light of the fact that Somaliland is an independent, democratic and stable nation that– unlike the nations affected by the Order – does not suffer from what the Order describes as “deteriorating conditions… [that] due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States.”

The letter also explains as the collapse of Somalia’s governing institutions and civil society dominated global attention and vast resources from the United States and other nations, Somaliland focused on building strong state institutions, maintaining peace within its borders and creating a sustainable economy. Having met the requirements for sovereign recognition, Somaliland functions as an independent government and nation, as well as a model for others. Unlike the nations subject to the suspension imposed by the recent Executive Order, Somaliland has full control over its territory and has not experienced the emergence of terrorist organizations. In fact, no acts of terrorism have occurred in Somaliland since October 2008. In contrast, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism has collected data indicating that Somalia has endured no fewer than one hundred terrorist attacks each year over the same period, and a significant increase in these numbers in recent years.

The letter notes that despite Somaliland’s accomplishments, “As a result of the January 27 Executive Order, Somaliland residents may not travel to the United States to visit family, pursue educational advancement or strengthen commercial ties between our two nations.” The letter also states that, “The mutual benefits realized through these contacts are immeasurable, and contribute both to our nation’s continued vitality and its ability to serve as a reliable partner to the United States in a challenging region.”

The Foreign Minister’s letter appeals for the U.S. Government’s favorable consideration of this exemption, which would “not only relieve Somalilanders of the unintended and undue burdens caused by the Executive Order, but also acknowledge – for Somaliland and others in the region and the world – that strong and responsible governance provides a foundation upon which America’s partners can secure progress for their citizens and contribute to shared international objectives.”

The Republic of Somaliland is a sovereign state in the Horn of Africa sharing its borders with the Republic of Djibouti, Federal Republic of Ethiopia and Federal Republic of Somalia. The former British Somaliland Protectorate achieved full independence from the United Kingdom in 1960 and subsequently united with Somalia, thereby creating the Somali Republic. The Republic of Somaliland reclaimed its independence in 1991.

All in a Day’s Work at Edna Adan University Hospital

All in a Day’s Work at Edna Adan University Hospital

HARGEISA, Somaliland – It was early in the day and Dr.Shukri Mohamed Dahir of the Edna Adan University Hospital (EAUH) had already successfully completed four hydrocephalus surgeries — shunt procedures – on infants, all under the age of 12 months.

Each shunt surgery took approximately an hour, and Dr.Dahir had purposefully planned all four to take place on the same day.

“I schedule the surgeries so that all infants and their mothers get post-op care in the same room, away from other hospital patients. This significantly reduces the risk of infection that is high among post-op hydrocephalus patients, “Dr.Dahir said.

Before seeking professional medical help, parents often pay traditional healers to burn the babies’ swollen heads with hot sticks in the belief that they will shrink to normal size. The procedure does not work, but because in a small percentage of infants hydrocephalus stops on its own (arrested hydrocephalus), families continue to seek out traditional healers in the belief that this will ‘cure’ their babies.

“Most untreated infants become mentally and physically impaired as the condition worsens, causing blindness, deafness full paralyses and premature deaths,” Dr.Dahir explained.

The tiny patients had to travel long distances to receive medical treatment; three came from neighboring Somalia, and one from a remote region of Somaliland.

For eleven months-old Cabas Dahir Xasan it took a grueling two days and nights by car, to get to the EAUH hospital from the town of Cadaado (Adado) in central Somalia.

Cabas’s family tried the traditional method first — scabs from the burns and healed fresh skin where the scabs had fallen off, still visible on his head.

“We tried four times with four different healers. It did not work. A doctor in Mogadishu recommended Edna’s hospital, so we came here,” Cabas’s mother, Fadumo Muxumed Cilmi, 25, said.

But most parents, as Dr.Dahir explained, find out about Edna’s hospital by word of mouth, like Layla Macalin Mohamed, 27, mother of seven months old Asma Abdilaahi Ali, who flew to Hargeisa from Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

“I met a man at a bus stop who told me about Edna’s hospital when he saw my baby,” said Ms. Mohamed.

“In the last five years the number of parents seeking medical attention for this condition has increased from 125 to about 400 a year at our hospital because of our reputation and patients spreading the word,” Dr.Dahir confirmed.

In Mogadishu, if at all possible, the procedure costs some $2000 per patient, not including medications, post-op in-patient care and accommodation, while the same surgery can cost as much as $15,000 in places like India or Malaysia – not including travel expenses and only affordable for a tiny fraction of the region’s population.

In contrast, EAUH offers this surgery free of charge.

“Even if they wanted to pay, it would be maybe with a $20 bill. They could not afford more, so why kill a tree and make paper out of it,” said Dr. Edna Adan Ismail, founder and head of the EAUH.

Ms.Adan’s fingers fly over a calculator. “To give you an idea, the 400 surgeries done at EAUH for free would have cost an equivalent of $6 million abroad.”

In all four cases the families, too poor to afford the shunt surgery, raised fund to tralve to Hargaisa from family and friends.

Hydrocephalus is widespread in the region mostly due to infections in utero, or contracted during and post-delivery, as well as by poor to non-existent antenatal care and insufficient quantities of folic acid in the diet of the pregnant mother. Often, babies born with hydrocephalus also have spina bifida, a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. In such a case, EAUH performs additional surgery to address it.

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the brain, causing increased pressure inside the skull. It is typically treated by the surgical placement of a shunt system.

Call For Research Abstracts

Call For Research Abstracts

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Edna Adan University is hosting a three-day Brain Awareness Advocacy Conference in collaboration with International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)

Conference Dates
28-30 January, 2017
Hargeisa, Somaliland



A healthy Brain for a healthy nation and its development in Somaliland

    Abstract Format and Submission Guidelines:

  • The abstract should address the conference theme and is
    expected to be presented by one of the authors.
  • The abstract must be submitted by email in Word document format (.doc, .docx).
  • Submission deadline is 20 December, 2016.

Abstracts will be selected by panel of experts.
Notification of selection status will be concluded by 1 January, 2017.

Contents of the Abstract

Title, author name(s), institution name(s), presenter name (if different), address of presenter, telephone number, email address, abstract contents, background, objective, method, result, conclusion, and recommendation. Maximum 500 words.

Focus Areas

Brain injury & hypoxia


Substance abuse in Somaliland & beyond

Any mental disorders

Mental health services in Somaliland

Cognitive disability

Submit Research Abstracts to

Temesgen Sidamo Summoro

Email: summoro.sidamo2015@gmail.com

Mobile: +252 633 810 951


Fikru Debebe Moekonnen

Email: debebefikru@yahoo.com

Mobile: +252 634 862 672

Graduation Ceremony Class Of 2016

Graduation Ceremony Class Of 2016

We couldn’t be more proud of the 264 students who recently graduated from the Edna Adan University as fully fledged health professionals. Please join us in congratulating the 82 midwives, 48 nurses, 13 anaesthesiologists, 63 pharmacologists, 17 lab technicians, and 41 public health workers who are the future of healthcare in Somaliland. We salute you all!

New Ambulance Donated by Australians

New Ambulance Donated by Australians

Sincerest thanks and appreciation to Australian Doctors For Africa (ADFA), Rotary Club of Brisbane High-Rise, and the many friends in Australia who gave so generously to our hospital’s ambulance fund.

Our old and unreliable ambulance

Our old and unreliable ambulance

This new vehicle replaces the tired 15-year-old ambulance that has been in continuous use since the doors of our hospital first opened. The lifesaving value of this gift to those whom our hospital serves is truly immeasurable.

From the bottom of our hearts, and from all our staff, thank you so much.

ADFA volunteers have come to assist local midwives and nurses

ADFA volunteers have come to assist local midwives and nurses

Ayaan after facial reconstructive surgery proided by Australians.

Ayaan after facial reconstructive surgery provided by Australians.

Edna Hospital Radiology building under construction.

Edna Hospital Radiology building under construction, another project of Australian Doctors for Africa

ADFA also helped us to build the Edna Hospital Radiology Unit while it is thanks to the Brisbane Rotary Club that Ayaan got reconstructive surgery for her shattered face.

We at Edna Hospital love Australia!

Thank you Australia


‘Bursting with pride’: the Class of 2015

‘Bursting with pride’: the Class of 2015

Mansoor Hotel, Hargeisa

A new chapter in the history of the Edna Adan University was written as the class of 2015, the first to graduate since the university opened its doors, were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees in Anesthesiology, Laboratory Technology and Pharmacology. This magnificent achievement was celebrated by the university community, special guests, family and friends, who gathered to witness this milestone event. Fikru Debebe Mekonnen, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health, reports:

A total of 46 graduating students were graced by the presence of Her Excellency Amina Weris Sheikh Mohamed, the First Lady of Somaliland. For the graduates, and their families, the occasion was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity they will never forget. The ceremony was attended by a host of special guests, including the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Mr Ahmed Nur Faahiye, former Ministers of Health, Dr Suleiman Abdi Guled and Mr Abdi Haybeh Mohamed, and Vice Minister H.E. Mawliid Mohamoud Karaani. Also present were political leaders, representatives of UN agencies, INGOs and government officials, not to mention proud parents and other family members. The result was a vibrant, colorful and celebratory atmosphere.

Guests included the former Minister of Health and other dignitaries

Guests included the former Minister of Health and other dignitaries

A proud daughter witnesses her mother graduate

A proud daughter witnesses her mother graduate

The Minister of Higher Education congratulates the graduates

The Minister of Higher Education congratulates the graduates

The ceremony opened with the Somaliland National Anthem and was followed by speeches from faculty Deans and student representatives. The keynote was delivered by the Chancellor, Dr Edna Adan Ismail, who paid tribute to the different stakeholders who support the university. His Excellency the Minister of Education and Higher Education, and political party representatives, also congratulated the students. The President of the University, Mr Mohamoud Hussein Osman, then announced, “Dear Graduates I hereby confirm that you are today recipients of a Bachelor of Health Science Degree, so please turn the tassels of your graduation cap right to left.”

H.E. Amina Weris Sheikh Mohamed, the First Lady of Somaliland, receives an Honorary Doctorate in Maternal and Child Health

H.E. Amina Weris Sheikh Mohamed, the First Lady of Somaliland, receives an Honorary Doctorate in Maternal and Child Health

The first award, an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Maternal and Child Health, was presented to Her Excellency the First Lady of Somaliland in recognition of her contribution to maternal and infant health as a Nurse, Midwife and Global Ambassador of CARMMA. In her acceptance speech, Her Excellency promised to maintain her efforts to ensure Somaliland achieves its targets in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and congratulated our graduates on their achievements: “I acknowledge that your journey in getting to this point has been far from easy and I know that, for all of you, it represents a long and sustained commitment to a program of study. I thank your parents and teachers who made it possible to achieve this success and to bear the responsibility that will hopefully bring better health to the people of Somaliland.”

Together with the Chancellor and President of the University, Her Excellency then awarded Bachelor Degrees to the 46 graduating students, 11 women and 35 men, in the fields of Anesthesiology, Laboratory Technology and Pharmacology. Our graduates, their family and guests, were notably impressed by the magnificence of the ceremony and splendor of the auditorium. Many declared themselves to be “bursting with pride”.

The Dean of Public Health and graduates stand shoulder to shoulder

The Dean of Public Health and graduates stand shoulder to shoulder

The University President surrounded by Pharmacology graduates

The University President surrounded by Pharmacology graduates

Tassels to the left, graduates wear their cap and gown with pride

Tassels to the left, graduates wear their cap and gown with pride

The 46 new graduates of the Edna Adan University bring the total number of health professionals to have received diplomas and Bachelor degrees from the Edna Adan University Hospital to 888 since the founding of the institution in 2002. A further 1038 students are currently enrolled in foundation, diploma and degree programs in Midwifery, Nursing, Anesthesiology, Laboratory Technology, Pharmacology, Dental Technology and Public Health.

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