Somaliland: Open Letter to Foreign Minister Bihi Yonis


Somaliland Foreign Minister M Behi Yonis and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon/file

Somalilandsun – Mr. Minister remember how high the hopes were when you were nominated as Foreign Chief in a country that exist only in the minds of its proponents and never officially recognized by any other nation but with notable exception of Ethiopian representation office in Hargaysa.

Many nationals thought you’ll enter the White House from behind and bring recognition to 3.5 million people who suffered international blockade and continue to do. People thought your expertise in international relations would benefit their isolated country.
But unfortunately, since your nomination, though many of your fellow country men and women believed in you that you would deliver, but none of the dramatic prophecies crystallized. In contrary, Somaliland’s ties with outside world died down. To be exact, Somaliland has only one important gateway to the outside world, that is Ethiopia, but its border now is closed down in the face of thousands of cardiac patients intending to go to Ethiopia for medical follow-up due to your counterproductive diplomacy.
Mr. Minister how do you feel when elderly woman not privileged as you, and diagnosed with cancer unable to travel to a country that is willingly to share its overburdened medical resources with her to mitigate her pain but closed its border because of your inability to tackle perceived threats within your system. How do you feel Mr. Minister when you heard that hapless women died because the cancer developed into terminal one, so she died of preventable tragedy, she died because of the only two countries on earth that used to accept her travel documents refused her to step in their countries for security concerns. How do you feel Mr. Minister when told that elderly woman that died was the mother of unsung hero who left North America to fight against Siyad Barre’s brutal regime while you chose to wait and see to what happen to your people in early eighties?
Mr. Minister do you feel guilty conscience when one of your people dies in vain because your diplomacy is directionless, and dysfunctional or the system you serving for is unreliable in the eyes of the world and thus become international pariah. A Foreign Relations Committee summoned you to appear in the parliament to update, but you told them you busy, busy of what? Inaugurating private fishing factory in Sweden? Are you businessman or aggressive diplomat for non-exist country that need double effort because it’s anomaly case.
Mr. Minister are you acting because simply you are not in a position to affect change because some else more powerful yet blind steering the boat! If that is the case, just resign before the boat sink and die in honor. When you came to office, we thought you were satiated with money having worked at the UN for decades.
Mr. Hon. Minister the number that died as a result of international isolation outnumber those died in conflict in early eighties and the civil strife combined, but we meant and ready for all eventualities but compare yourself with late minister Maygag Samatar who was once Somalia finance minister of Somalia and PHD holder from Yale University and decided to leave his comfort and safety in return of hellish war and harsh conditions. Allah bless his soul, after 22 years of struggle in different forms, today we are more vulnerable, therefore; we need to see your tangible results not just luxurious trips back and forth. All your diplomacy is hot air.
Mr. Minister, if you’re good man, which we still think you’re , tell us what is going and then step down because your people, our people are dying for curable diseases for the border closure your inept diplomacy has caused. if you’re a man of high caliber, westernized who is above the Somaliland ministers’ mentality of making money out of dead corpses, just resign but if our guess about you is wrong, then be friendly nurse for Hirsi for he pays double of UN scale salary and be indifferent to the agony of the dying masses. End of the story
By: Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye