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...
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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, HelpAyaan.org, was created,...
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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...
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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....
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FGM: Torturing Girls

In the third article in a series from Somaliland, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about the persistence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) despite concentrated efforts to eliminate the practice. “This is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide, with three million girls mutilated each year in Africa alone, according to United Nations estimates. A hospital...
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Edna at Women in the World Summit

Edna Adan will visit New York City next weekend to participate in the Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit and she will appear on one of the panels. The following is from Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast. Now, I’m thrilled to announce The Daily Beast will be producing a compelling live event that focuses in depth on powerful human stories about women. We will showcase leaders...
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University of Pretoria awards Medal to Edna Adan

Edna Adan was at the University of Pretoria this past Thursday to accept the Chancellor’s Medal for her outstanding contribution to humanity, and particularly with regard to helping the under-privileged people of Somaliland to realize their right to health. Here is the original article by Saeed Mohamed Dr. Edna Adan spoke at the university’s graduation ceremonies on International...
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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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The Terror of Motherhood in Somaliland

Edna Adan has published a new article which summarizes the health issues facing women and infants in Somaliland. Here are a few excerpts: “My theory is that women in Somaliland die because of ignorance on their part and on the part of those assisting them. Poverty is a strong factor that prevents women from seeking help because they convince themselves that they cannot afford the cost of...
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