To: - H.E. Dahir
Rayale Kahin, President of Somaliland
- Speakers of the Houses of Somaliland
- Leaders of Somaliland
Political Parties of UDUB, Kulmiye and
To: - H.E. Mohamed Adde Muse, President of the
Autonomous State of Puntland, Somalia.
- Speaker of Puntland House
To: - Political
and Traditional Leaders of Sool region.
Date: 21 Oct.
2007.A call for cessation of hostilities and resorting to peaceful dialogue on
We, the undersigned concerned citizens of Somaliland and
Puntland appeal to the above mentioned leaders of both Somaliland
and Puntland to stop all kinds of hostilities in the Sool region and resort to
reason and peaceful dialogue in resolving the dispute.
At a time when Somali blood is being spilled in many parts
of the Somali peninsula, at a time when Somaliland
and Puntland stand as shining examples of what the Somali people can achieve
with their own wisdom and resources, it causes us great pain and sense of shame
that such last beacons of peace and stability in the region, the last source of
pride and identity for the Somali people are dragged into the abyss.
Being away from home and living with the shame of being
Somali, it pains us deeper whenever we see another conflict and another war
flare up in a previously peaceful part of our territory.
As the Somali proverb says “Dagaal wiil baa ku dhinta ee
wiil kuma dhasho”, we remind you that as leaders of the nation you bear full
responsibility for every child that dies, every mother that grieves, every
elderly persons that are evicted from their homes and care, every young man or
woman who is killed or is maimed by the fighting.
We have enough suffering, enough death, enough bloodshed,
enough shame before the world of the daily carnage taking place in Mogadishu, the hundreds of women and children who lose
their life in the sea in an attempt to escape from the life of fear, poverty,
homelessness, misery and the hell that Southern Somalia
has become.We appeal to you that you don’t have to add more misery to
the suffering and shame our people already carry.
War brings only death and death breeds more death and
suffering. There is no winner in war; no heroism and pride in killing women,
children and poor civilian people who are all blood relatives.We, the undersigned are neither politicians nor have
political ambitions, neither opposed to Somaliland
people, nor have any enmity to Puntland people, we hail from both sides and
view the people of both sides as our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and
friends. Their pain is our pain and indeed your pain as well.
We, therefore, call upon you to stop the bloodshed, let the
people of Sool return to their homes and allow the elders and the wise of
people of Sool to resolve their conflict by their own.
We are hopeful that you would heed our honest call, because
we know you also feel the pain more than we do and bear the responsibility for
any more loss of life before the Almighty Allah and before those who lost or
will lose their beloved ones in the conflict.
Names of signatories living in the UAE:
Dr. Yousuf Hamud
Mr. Ali H. Abdulla
Dr. Noah Yaseen
Dr. Abdi Fokheye
Safi Abdi -Somali Writer
Zahra Yousuf - Somali Business
AbdiRashid Husein Arab
Amina Mohamoud Dahir -Student of
Hussein Abdi Mohamed
Omer Adan Liban
Awil Jama Haad
Awil Abdillahi Farah
Abdillahi Abdurahman Ismail
Bashir Sh. Omar
Shamis Hussein (Somali writer)
By Ali H. Abdulla , October 22,2007