Somaliland: An Example to all African Countries


Somalilandsun – Reader Sara Noor reacting to the Samira Sawlani article on Journalist Sean Williams Titled “Curiosity of AfricaLanders: An exmple to Africa‘s Best Kept Secret Leads Journalist to an Exploration Expedition says the yet to be recognizd nation of Somaliland is an Example to all Africn Countries due to its achievements garnered amidst a bad neighbourhood. Read below her comments

By: Sara Noor

A very nice article by Samira about Somaliland. Djibouti, Ethiopia and Eritrea have a lot to learn from Somaliland.

Somaliland is an example to all African countries. We are located in a bad neighborhood with wars, dictatorship and corruption. I have Ethiopian,Djiboutian and Eritrean friends who envy somalilands democracy, peace and progress.

Yesterday they was talking about Ethiopia and Eritrea have oil and gas, but with corruption and dictatorship i dont think nothing will change. People in Ethiopia and Eritrea are jailed for expressing themselves and fleeing oppression. Eritrea is called Africa’s North Korea because of their military dictatorship, where people are forced to join the military.

Djibouti are getting worse for each day, a lot of journalists, politicians and businessmen are put in jail without trial. Dictators get to power with promises and lies and always rule with fear and threats and telling everyone how they should live. So how can the Ethiopian, Eritrean and Djibouti leaders expect the diaspora people to come back and build their countries. Look at Nigeria, they have Africa’s biggest oil reserves. Corruption and greed have destroyed their countrie, and billions of money are hidden in European banks instead of using this money to build hospitals, infrastructure, roads and schools.

We dont have those probems but we should always seek progress. We should first of all become one unity and seek togetherness. This has been proven to be the key to success over and over again. Just look at South Korea and Japan. We should also ban khat for both health and economic reasons. Last but not least we should make a very strict anti-corruption laws to avoid the same situation in Nigeria and rest of the African countries where minerals and resources are taken from the countries for free. Banning the drug khat will most difficult. But it takes a habit to replace a habit. This goals should be our next progress. We should not forget Somaliland are today known for their democracy, peace and progress. I dont have to mention but our strongest resource is the entrepreneur mentality of our people. If you include that with our oil and gas, Alhamdulillah. We will suddenly become more succesfull then rich Arab countries with dicatatorship. Because the secret of happiness is freedom.

According to the United States, the pursuit of happiness is defined as: “…one of the “unalienable rights” of people enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, along with “life” and “liberty.” “The right to pursue any lawful business or vocation, in any manner not inconsistent with the equal rights of others, which may increase their prosperity or develop their faculties, so as to give them their highest enjoyment.”

Neil Armstrong said it best when he landed on the moon, One small step for man, one giant leap for Somaliland.