An Epic Journey to Somaliland

Explorer Christopher Stanfield is embarking on his most profound adventure to date… Trekking over land and sea, across the vast barren desert of north east Africa, from Port Sudan down through the Red Sea to Djibouti, across the immense Djibouti terrain descending into the rugged mass of Somaliland, continuing on to his final destination Edna Adan’s Maternity hospital. This world...
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Recent Achievements at Edna Hospital

Here is a summary, provided by Edna Adan, of some of the highlights of these past few months: 1. After the operating theatre was opened, we had the visit of surgeons from Kijabe hospital who performed the first operations in the new facilities equipped with supplies received from the Fistula Foundation and Direct Relief. Among the operations performed were seven children with hydrocephalus who...
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Foundation Funds Fistula Treatment Facility

The following is excerpted from a newsletter published by The Fistula Foundation. Together with Direct Relief, they are funding the construction and equipping of an operating theater block where women from throughout this region of East Africa will undergo surgery to repair obstetric fistulas. Photos of the newly constructed operating theaters appears below. We hope to soon be able to provide...
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Somaliland: Africa’s Best Kept Secret

Horn of Africa needs an Internal Hero is a newspaper article by South African Iqbal Jhazbhay. Edna Adan was very pleased by the article and recommends it to you. “..But it is Somaliland that has accurately been dubbed Africa’s best kept secret. “In June this year, the region held its second democratic presidential election, which was observed to be free, fair and credible by...
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Somaliland Shows the Way

Somaliland: What Somalia Could Be is a new article written by Dr. J. Peter Pham recounting some of the history of both Somaliland and Somalia. Dr. Pham speaks highly of Edna Adan and of the hospital as an example of the good things that can happen in the presence of good governance. He discusses at length just how good government in Africa can come about. (And why it has failed to come about in...
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L.A. Times article about Somaliland

The Los Angeles Times has published an article about Somaliland, its quest for international recognition, its history, and its achievements. The news is not all good but Human Rights Watch says, “The government in Somaliland has a better human rights record than any other government in the Horn, including Kenya.” For most of the last decade, Somaliland’s governance and human...
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Video History of Somaliland

This brief video from the Voice of America features an interview with Edna Adan. “The people of the African republic of Somaliland voted in 1991 to become an independent nation. They argue that there are enough cultural, political and social differences between them and the people of Somalia to make Somaliland a separate country, as was the case briefly in 1960. But the world has not yet...
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Female Genital Mutilation Seminar Held at the Hospital

Reported by Jennie Goutet, HOPE worldwide The first regional consultative seminar on Female Genital MutilationRead a Study of FGM in Somaliland (FGM) was held for the countries of the Horn of Africa February 19-21, 2002. Seminar attendees gathered from Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somaliland and Somalia (Bosaso, Mogadishu) to discuss ways to end this barbaric ritual. FGM dates back to ancient Egypt when...
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