The Rejected Freedom – Three days ago, it gained its independence; on Friday, it gives it up again
Somaliland, a British colony for nearly 80 years, became independent last Sunday. And on Friday, after four days of freedom, this British outpost will surrender its sovereignty and merge with its sister, Somalia. It has decided not to remain in the Commonwealth. Somaliland, eastern gateway to Dark Africa, was hardly worth a sniff in the world’s press until three days ago. Now it has become an area of historical significance. And the reason is that its merger with Somalia is unique, as Somalia itself is not yet free. Somalia, once known as Italian Somaliland, is still technically under UN trusteeship, and becomes formally free only in December.
The Italian Plot
In order to facilitate the domination and exploitation of Somaliland by Somalia, Italy engineered to give Somalia its freedom on 1st July instead of December 1960 as scheduled under the United Nations Trusteeship Agreement. Unfortunately the British Government did not challenge the Italian Plot despite the naivety of Somaliland people and their leadership who were blindly and emotionally wanted to join Somalia without a realistic negotiation as advised by the British Government. If the Italians did not engineer this trick or the British Government challenged it, as Somaliland people were still under her protection at the time, Somaliland would have been independent for at least six months before Somalia became independent in December 1960. Therefore, by implication Somaliland would not have been exploited and underdeveloped by Somalia but in vain!!
The Results of the Rejected Freedom
Among others the results of the rejected freedom were: 31 years of bondage, humiliation, massacre of civilians and summary executions with a death toll of over 80,000, mass arrests, brutality, rape, unfair trails, harsh prison conditions, systematic patterns of torture and a Policy of Extermination and Genocide named Final Solution of particular “Groups” in Somaliland as explicitly stated in the Official Secret “MORGAN’s Death Letter” dated 17 Jan 1987. The atrocities committed by Siad Barre are well documented and the carnage during those years (1981-1990) as Rt Hon Alun Michael former MP of Cardiff, Wales labeled it is known as the “Hidden War in Somaliland“.
Long Live and Victory for Somaliland!
Eid Ali Ahmed Chartered Fellow CIPD, MBA, PGCE