British Aid Money Goes a Long Way

British Aid Money Goes a Long Way in the Former British Somaliland Proctectorate Recently there’s been a lot of discussion in the media about how £480,000 (USD $744,400) worth of British humanitarian aid supplies found their way into the wrong hands in former Italian Somalia. Earlier this month, the United Kingdom Department for International Development acknowledged that its...
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Dr. Eve Bruce Discusses her time at Edna Hospital

By Dr. Eve Bruce, February 21, 2013 I had read the statistics. We all have. I knew about the problems and the need. What I did not know was how generous the people are with their loving kindness ~ and their laughter.Awakening the first morning in Hargeisa at the Edna Adan Ismail Hospital to the sound of the Muezzin Call to Prayer, I peaked out the window where I sleep in the hospital....
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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, which is a condition suffered by approximately 140 million women worldwide. Edna Adan has always used her hospital and her notoriety to educate the people of Somaliland to reject this practice, which has extraordinarily deep roots in the culture throughout the Horn of Africa. On this day, Edna has provided the following...
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Somaliland: An Epic 4000 Kms Journey on Foot for Edna Hospital

Here is an article from the Somalilandsun celebrating the arrival in Hargeisa of Christopher Stansfield, who walked from Cairo in support of Edna Hospital. • “Yes I have indeed reached my final destination. It’s been a gruelling four months and couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome from Edna and everyone here at the hospital in Hargeisa. After seeing the hospital with my...
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Somaliland Should be Recognized

Somaliland is holding an election on Wednesday. The country has won international praise for past elections, deemed “Free and Fair,” and the many international election observers here this time have been well pleased. What Somaliland lacks is international recognition. Here is a real nice summary of the situation written by a young University of Maryland student, John Ford. When...
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Edna Adan Ismail: a Somali Inspiration

The following profile was written by Joanne Butcher, BA Politics, University of Sheffield, and published here: Edna Adan Ismail: a Somali Inspiration Born in Hargeisa in 1937, Edna Adan Ismail is one of Somaliland’s most prominent public figures. From 1954 to 1961, she studied in Britain – the first Somali woman to do so – to become a nurse and midwife. After working as a civil...
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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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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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A French Doctor’s Perspective

The following is written by a volunteer at the Hospital, Dr. Brigitte Herant Dunais. A link sent by my son – I have no idea how he came across the Edna hospital website – prompted me to apply as a volunteer for the month of October 2011, an experience I do not regret. This was an opportunity to discover Somaliland, its people, its history and its plight as it strives to obtain recognition...
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Edna Lobbies London for Somaliland

Following her presentation at the recent TEDx conference in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was invited to speak about ways to improve women’s health in developing countries, Edna went on to London. There, she met with Members of the British Parliament to discuss how important it is that the United Kingdom recognize the independence of Somaliland. Everybody knows that Edna feels...
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Visiting Medical Student’s Reflection

“Tell them the truth,” she instructed me. Those were the only guidelines Edna gave me when she encouraged me to write a post for her blog. The task sounded simple, but for many weeks after my return from Somaliland, I could not articulate all that I had experienced. Only now am I beginning to understand the reason behind my difficulty. The truth is that The Truth is much more...
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Somaliland’s Success Raises Doubts about Foreign Aid

Here is a very interesting news article from London’s Daily Mail. The writer, Ian Birrell, met with Edna and says of her, “no one epitomises the nation’s indomitable spirit more than Edna Adan Ismail, or Dr Edna, as everyone knows her.” Turns out, the remarkable success of Somaliland – in spite of going unrecognized as an independent country – is being cited...
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