Medeshi Feb 25, 2009
Somaliland : Gebiley / Boorame confrontation
I have been saddened by the news item from Togdheer news which reported about a confrontation between two militias from Somaliland , particularly Gebiley and Boorame who have been in confronts for some time. The clash between these two groups left two dead and eleven wounded today and may go on for sometime. It is sad that the government of Somaliland has not sent any government troops to separate the two militias and has left the matter prone to escalation any time soon.
But the strange thing is that a group of intellectuals from the united stated sent a peace petition through Google news weeks earlier alerting the nation to this tragic waiting if peaceful settlement of the dispute between these local clans was not pursued.
While the politicians are busy in wresting the seat of power from each other, the people of Somaliland are either dying of conflicts, hunger or poor health . Do we need a new president OR peace and a sustainable livelihood for the people of Somaliland is the big question that the public should question and ponder.
We here in the united Kingdom urge all those involved in this conflict to exercise ultimate restraint and avoid further bloodshed among the brotherly neighbours and to respect the rule of law to solve this conflict.
Here is the peace petition by the group from the US that I have distributed through many websites and also disseminated through Google RSS few weeks earlier before this happening:
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Conflict resolution in Somaliland : Peace Petition
Conflict Resolution In Somaliland : Peace Petition
Coalition of Somaliland Crisis Group Release Petition with hundred of signatures urging to prevent any civil clash in Gabiley-Awdal area. Feb,14,2009Petition to prevent any clash, discord or conflict in Ceelbardaale and surrounding area in SomalilandFriday, February 14th 2009"Every Somalilander must avoid any kind of clash in any form in Somaliland territory."News Release
(Photo: Reer Guurayiyo Gabadh tima tidcaniWaa waxa dadkeena u gaar ahee la inagu garteeMaantey galadi noo toostey ee Gobonimadayada Guulow adkee : Nomadic girl infront of Somali dome and and pastoralist on the move )For Immediate Release: Feb, 14, 2009Contact available at firstname.lastname@example.orgAfter organizing two days campaign to gather more than hundred of supporters for this petition, Coalition of Somaliland Crisis Group received this outpouring of support from Somaliland communities around the world. This respond has strengthened our resolve and validate our belief that a silent Somaliland majority that was waiting ready, and eager to speak our emerging. Today we join together and speak as one “No need any clash in any form in Somaliland Territory"Recommendations* taking the necessary steps to preventing all attacks, threats and violent intimidation of civilians by any party or group, including both sides;* respecting the livelihoods and property of the individuals and communities;* ensuring the principle of good neighborhood and decent manner and valuable cultural heritage of peace loving and solving problem through dialogue.*Protecting the rights of rural society in the area to cultivate their fields in stable and security.*cooperating fully with current government and coming government alike to implement a sustainable peace in the area.*appointing an independent commission of traditional Gurti to solve this dispute land through dialogue.* Any involvement of violation of any kind of agreement should be reported to the appropriate authorities or current government and any one who commit this violation should be accountable.Coalition of Somaliland Crisis Group plans to continue to gather signatures on their future website which will launch shortly, so please join and be part of the Gurmad. Send your support to our media partner saylac.com at email@example.comThe least you can be part of peace making effort is to forward this petition to a friend or publish in your site.
CSCG Press OfficeWashington USA
temp' email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Medeshi on Saturday, February 14, 2009