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Situation in East Gargaara, Awdal, Somaliland : Awdal-Gabilay-Selel Diaspora of North America

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Sat 26 January 2019.

Situation in East Gargaara, Awdal, Somaliland - click here to read in pdf format

 

To: Whom it may concern
Cc: Governor of Awdal, Republic of Somaliland
Minister of Interior, Republic of Somaliland
Office of the Vice-President, Republic of Somaliland
Office of the President, Republic of Somaliland


Object: Situation in East Gargaara, Awdal, Somaliland


We, the Diaspora of the regions of Awdal, Gabiley and Selel of Somaliland residing in North America are
appalled by the tragic events that occurred in East Gargaara in the recent weeks.


Various media reports and multiple witness accounts indicate that the Governor of Awdal unfairly ordered
on 2019-01-23 the local population of Gargaara East to stop their agricultural activities that they had
undertaken in their own lands to break free from a vicious cycle of famine and economic dependence.


This unfair administrative decision follows the recent attacks perpetrated by armed militia whose only goal
was to disrupt the economic development of these regions and keep the local populations under a regime
of dependence.


Considering that:
1) The local population of Gargaara East is entirely made up of survivors from the recent disaster
caused by the Tropical Cyclone Sagar.
2) The local population of Gargaara East has yet to benefit from any sustainable economic support
from the Government of Somaliland.
3) The local population of Gargaara East has long suffered from a succession of drought episodes that
eradicated their meager livestock, while last year’s Tropical Cyclone Sagar disseminated their
remainder livestock.
4) The local population of Gargaara East has no other livelihood than to cultivate their fields, at times
with rudimentary means and under hostile attacks from armed militia.
5) The local population of Gargaara East has strongly supported in the last elections the current party
in power in a hope to help build a national unity and avoid falling for politics of fear and division.


Therefore, we are urging the Government of the Republic of Somaliland to reconsider its decision
regarding Gargaara East and provide assistance, be it logistic or humanitarian, to these people as soon as
possible.


Failing to act swiftly to repair this unfair decision, we will resort to:
 Call on the international community to stand against this injustice and undertake any correcting
measures deemed appropriate for this situation in Gargaara East.
 Seize all legal forms of contestation, whether with funding organizations or with international
countries, to voice our rejection of this orchestrated plan to keep Gargaara East underdeveloped



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