18th May 2021 the people of Somaliland are celebrating the 30th anniversary their independence. Following thirty years of bitter war with Somalia; Somaliland has established its lost independence again and withdrawn from a faulty so-called union with Italian Somaliland. In 1991, Somaliland freedom fighters (SNM) defeated Siyad Barre’s occupation army and marched victoriously into Hargeisa the capital of Somaliland. As Somalilanders we need to preserve our independence, and peacefully resolve our differences. We need to know our friends and enemies. We need to be careful about the little sinister and terrorist state of Qadar. That small state should never be trusted. Somalilanders have struggled for their freedom and sovereignty for many years and paid a huge price in blood and treasure. Freedom is the state of being free, self-determination, liberty, opposite of slavery; and the power of acting in the character of a moral personality. It is the free will of the people that could not be subject to any outside checks, limitations, or prohibition. Free people are those who determine and control their destiny. This is what Somalilanders have achieved following so many years of a bitter struggle with a brutal dictatorship, and the sacrifice of countless lives and treasure. The tree of freedom is watered with the blood of gigantic number of martyrs. Somalilanders are ready to defend, preserve and sustain their hard-won independence and sovereignty. I would also want to remind you 90% of our struggle for full independence and sovereignty has been achieved, but 10% of that struggle is still left. From that backdrop it is the duty of all Somalilanders wherever they are to keep the struggle until we achieve and realize out full sovereignty and independence. Somalilanders are celebrating the day with independence songs such: An Maalo Hasheena Maandeeq which was a masterpiece composed by “Sahardiid Mohamed (Jabiye) and sang by Mohamed Ahmed (Kuluc). Another amazing independent song: “Dharaartaan Waxyeeladii Dhaqdhaqee Calan Kaan Dhidbay saw Masoo dhacin” which was composed by another legendary playwright Ali Sugule (Duncarbeed) and sang by Mohamed Yusuf.
“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are people want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”Frederick Douglas
The Republic of Somaliland is a peaceful country located in a highly volatile region in the Horn of Africa, which is laden with both ancient, modern, man-made, political, ethnic disputes, and conflicts. It is an island of peace and democracy surrounded by several dictatorships and for life presidents. Somalilanders are peace-loving people but make no mistake about it they are also tenacious, resilient, and ferocious people who are so dedicated to defend the sustainability and existence of their independence, sovereignty, and self-determination. They are masters of their destiny who have their faith in their hands. The people of Somaliland will stick to their self-determination and independence forever, and they are ready to defend it by any means necessary and at any cost. They honestly believe that their freedom, independence, and sovereignty are priceless commodities that no money can buy on the face of this earth.
Prof. Suleiman Egeh is a freelance writer, Horn of Africa analyst, and a senior science instructor.