- [Awdalnews editorial] It is a historical fact that it is always the will of the people that outlives the test of time. Tyrannies, dictatorships and despots come and go, leaving behind only scars to remind people of their past suffering, their past misjudgments and miscalculations. The scars are there to warn them against going down that fateful road again.
In Somaliland scars are plenty and the people have spoken. Not only once but twice. The first time was on 18 May 1991, when the people made the historic decision of withdrawing from the union and restoring the separate existence their country had before the union with the Italian South at the time of independence in 1960. And the second time was on 31st May 2002 when 97 percent of the voters had endorsed the country’s new Constitution which included a section asserting Somaliland’s independence.
Soon after reinstating their sovereignty, the Somalilanders embarked on the hard work of reconstruction including building government institutions from scratch and consolidating peace and stability as vital prerogatives for any future progress.
Today, despite economic hardships resulting from politically motivated ban on Somaliland livestock by the Saudi government and lack of international assistance, the city of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, with its sprawling and beautiful villas, five- star hotels, booming business and thriving democratic institutions and freedoms stands witness to the people’s resolve to march ahead and live by their decision.
Against this solid rock will of the people to safeguard their sovereignty and independence and in spite of the success in the process of democratization and nation-building, it is outrageous to see some cynics throwing wishes in the air and betting on Somaliland’s doom.
As the Nairobi conference for the warlords and factions of former Italian Somalia staggers to its end, we re-affirm to the soothsayers, hailing from Somaliland, and participating in Mbagathi talks that Somaliland is here to stay by the resolve, resilience and strong will of its people. We are all one, government and opposition, civic societies and community councils, men and women, old and young and we declare in a clear and loud voice for all to hear that OUR HOME IS SOMALILAND.
We, therefore, tell those nay-Sayers not to deceive themselves by taking ongoing democratic debate in Somaliland as an ominous foreboding for their wishful dreams of a country in identity crisis. We would like to remind them that as Somaliland's day of judgment arrives and the sifting of chaff from grain begins, they have chosen their side with obdurate persistence and under the watchful eye of history.
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