Somali Unity: A Failed Experiment "Don't think of it as a failure, think of it as a designing experiments through which you are going to learn" – Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO.
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Somali Unity: A Failed Experiment "Don't think of it as a failure, think of it as a designing experiments through which you are going to learn" – Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO.

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    Somali Unity: A Failed Experiment "Don't think of it as a failure, think of it as a designing experiments through which you are going to learn" – Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO.

    Somali Unity: A Failed Experiment "Don't think of it as a failure, think of it as a designing experiments through which you are going to learn" – Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO.

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Somali Unity: A Failed Experiment "Don't think of it as a failure, think of it as a designing experiments through which you are going to learn" – Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO.
58 years ago, Somaliland has taken its long waited and struggled independence from theColony of the United Kingdom. Within four days they sacrificed without any pre-agreedconditions to their unforgettable flag, independence, and administration to test the
experiment of Somali Unity.This experiment has taken for a period of almost 30 years; during this period there wereseveral trials to add the missing Somali states in to the unity but all failed. During thisperiod there were wide range of complains of that was existing among the two united
Somali states, i.e. (Somali Italian and British Somaliland).This complains was rooted to power sharing, inequality among national resource sharing,
elimination, coercion and intimidations targeted to the people of British Somaliland andafter performing this for decades, this irritated fury of people from Somaliland and has leadto the foundations of Somali National Movement (SNM), in which after decade of fightingagainst dictator regime of Siyad Barre, they finally ousted Barre’s regime from the power.I personally believe and consider this as an experiment that we have tried to conduct andmade it successful but it was failed, and those who were responsible on its failure are yetthose who want to re-try it, in a moment when Somaliland has been harvesting the benefits

 

of the governance, peace and stability for the last 28 years.Somaliland today, is attracting foreign international investments, and optimistically looking
forward international recognitions from the rest of the world. The government of Somaliaand its Arab allies wouldn’t stop Somaliland to use and benefit from its resources, the wayforward isn’t to try to stop the unstoppable but the way forward is to look and search a win-
win solutionsSomaliland is unrecognized and poor but is able and willing to use its resources and attractforeign international investment so as to tackle the level of poverty and unemployment
among its societies.Even in Somaliland there are power sharing complains in which the Isaq clan has takenmost comparing to other clans of Harti and Samaroon, but Somaliland societies have achance to correct their errors and complains, cause of that their experiment is yet ongoing
and not yet finished and if its corrected then Somaliland unity in the long run will be
successful.

Above all, strengthening the pillars of existing democracy in Somaliland including but notlimited to freedom of speech and free and fair on time elections will help Somalilandcommunities remain stable and prosperous nation in the horn of Africa. Lastly Somaliashould think wisely and forget the Somali unity which is an experiment tried before 58 yearsbut failed and the only option they have is to learn lessons from that experiment.
An opinion of Ahmed Suleiman Omer

 
 
 


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