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

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.

Somaliland: A Pocket Of Stability In A Chaotic Region

America’s National Public Radio has broadcast a report from Somaliland, saying the country offers huge investment potential right now because it’s a wide open market without competition.

A new investor could come in and gain a “tremendous market share.”

The report centers on the new Coca Cola bottling plant.

“Somalia is synonymous with failed states, pirates and Islamist militants. But in the nation’s northwest lies a peaceful, stable territory with an elected government known as Somaliland. The enclave broke away from the fractious Horn of Africa nation in 1991 and has been going it alone ever since.

“To the disappointment of its residents, Somaliland has not been recognized as an independent nation, but its stability is attracting investors that other parts of Somalia can only dream of.

“The biggest investment project so far sits along a dirt road in the desert some 20 miles outside of the capital, Hargeisa. There, Moustapha Guelle and his four brothers have built a new $17 million Coca-Cola bottling factory.”

Read or listen to the report at NPR

Ayaan to receive Facial Reconstruction Surgery in Australia

Update March 26, 2013 Australia has refused to grant a visa to Ayaan to enter the country for medical treatment. We are utterly dismayed.

Those of you who have been following Edna’s work for a long time will be aware of her efforts to find help for Ayaan who, as a small child, was shot in the face Somaliland’s war to regain its independence.

A web site,, was created, a YouTube video was produced, and sufficient funds were raised but it took a long time before everything finally came together.

Edna has made the following announcement:

Wesley Hospital We are so grateful to The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, for their offer to provide care for Ayaan free of charge. Blessings to them. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to the Rotarians of Brisbane who are supporting Ayaan to finally get her face fixed. We have been trying for many years to help Ayaan but there has been one obstacle after the other until now. Let’s hope there will be no more disappointments for Ayaan this time.

We are now in the stage where we have to satisfy Visa formalities. If all goes well, and Ayaan gets her new face, I hope and pray that this will replace the picture we have had in the websites for so many years.

Please keep praying for Ayaan and keep wishing her well. -Edna

And, from Australia, the following: “All of the team appreciated reading your kind words and look forward, as you do, to seeing Ayaan’s face post-surgery, smiling from that space.”

Ayaan’s YouTube video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times. Thank you, Devin Foxall for producing this!

Ayaan Facial Reconstruction

Every Woman Every Child

Edna Adan was in New York City to make a presentation at a United Nations meeting of Every Woman Every Child.

The group was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. It is an unprecedented global effort that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multi-laterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world. The effort puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which presents a road map on how to enhance financing, strengthen policy and improve service on the ground for the most vulnerable women and children.

Edna reports, “Event was full of VIPs including Presidents and Prime Ministers. Ban-Ki Mon opened session for us, shook hands with us four presenters and left. Christiane Amampour was moderating our session.”

More than 100 new partners, including governments, civil society and multilateral organizations, joined Every Woman Every Child in just the last year, bringing the total to more than 200 since the effort was launched. Private sector partners include Merck, which will launch a ten-year effort to
prevent, treat, and diagnose the top three causes of death in pregnant women; Sesame Workshop, which will produce multimedia early child initiatives aimed at promoting general health, HIV/AIDS education and early prevention of malaria; and Safaricom, which will focus on creating a Kenya-based mobile health partnership in collaboration with World Vision.

Every Woman Every Child

Edna Adan at Every Woman Every Child

Somalia's Mother Theresa Fights Famine

Here is a new report in The Daily Beast about the situation in neighboring Somalia, where Dr. Hawa Abdi has carved out a safe-haven for 100,000 refugees amid the warfare. The women who run the camp now face a grave new threat – famine.

Read Full Report at The Daily Beast

East Africa has been struck hard by drought and people are dying. Nowhere is the situation worse than in Somalia. “Every international aid organization has now abandoned her, in part because of the political challenges of reaching the camp.”

Last March, at The Daily Beast’s Women in the World summit, the heroic and courageous Dr. Hawa Abdi explained how she managed to take 1,300 acres in the middle of violence-plagued Somalia and run a peaceful community for tens of thousands who receive medical care and food. Now, those efforts are threatened and dozens are dying, with untold lives still at risk. Read about the forces devastating the community, and find out how you can help.

The 100,000 people who are squatting on Dr. Hawa Abdi’s farm in Somalia, which she has turned into one of the world’s most innovative camps for displaced people, are today under assault by both weather and war.

At the camp, the nearby river has dwindled to a trickle. This year, the rains hardly arrived before they’re ending.

“People are starting to eat grass,” Hawa said. “All the animals are dead, now it is the humans.”

Read Full Report at The Daily Beast

Dr. Hawa Abdi, Somalia

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