The 26th anniversary of Somaliland’s reacquisition of its independence

Topic: Liberty and freedom


Liberty, in philosophy, involves free will as contrasted with determinism. In politics, liberty consists of the social and political freedoms to which all community members are entitled. In theology, liberty is freedom from the effects of “sin, spiritual servitude, or worldly ties.” Thomas Jefferson

“There is nothing more precious than liberty.” Ho Chi Minh

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature “Benjamin Franklin.”

“Give me freedom or death” Patrick Henry

Freedom is a right bestowed upon humans by God, and it is the most precious commodity in the universe, its value is priceless. That is why millions of people give their lives to get it. There are many times freedom is hijacked or betrayed by narrow-minded naive people, sabotaged with the help of collaborators, or traitors. Never let tyrants usurp your God given inalienable rights for freedom. Tyrants are the enemies of freedom. They hijack and abuse freedom. There is heavy dose of tyrants in Africa. Africa and the Middle were cursed with the worst of tyrants and unelected presidents for life. Africa and (Horn of Africa) the Middle East are the graveyards of freedom. Few of the most brutal tyrants in the universe who rules Africa were Mengisto, Haile Salessie, Siyad Bare, Motto, Bokassa, Idi Amin, Jaffer Al Numiery, Saudi kings, Jomo Kenyatta, Kaddafi, and Hosni Mubarak. It is tyrants that have underdeveloped and abused its masses. In the Horn of Africa, the Republic of Somaliland is surrounded by cynical, paranoid, dysfunctional, fragile, failing and collapsed entities.  Therefore, we be need to be vigilant and be ready for all eventualities that might come up in this volatile region.

Freedom is what the founding fathers fought for with the once mighty colonial Great Britain’s army, and navy. Freedom is what Ho Chi Minh struggled for thirty years against three imperial powers, freedom is what Simone Bolivar fought for to liberate South Africa from the colonial yolk of the Spanish, freedom s what the people of former Rhodesia fight for more than 7 years, the struggle for Freedom is what sent Nelson Mandela for 27 years. Freedom is what triggered Kamal Ataturk to fight against resurgent colonial powers, and became victorious an action that has led to the independence and founding of modern Turkey.  Freedom is what Dr. Martin Luther King struggled for so hard, and eventually died for. Freedom is what led Mahatma Gandhi led 400 million Indians for their freedom through non-violence disobedience. Freedom is what led Ahmed Gurey, Shiekh Bashir, Farah Omar, and the SNM to wage long armed struggles for independence and freedom.

Since millennia millions and millions of people have given their lives for the achievement of freedom. This has happened for so many people around the world. It happened in Algeria where the NLF fought against the French Imperial forces for about ten years. The French was so brutal and atrocious in that war and killed more than one million civilians. The French were fighting keep for the status quo. In Vietnam, this is the story of rural people who fought and defeated three powerful imperial powers, the Japanese, French and the Americans is a glaring example of people fighting for their liberty against imperial powers trying to keep them oppressed and subjected. Castro and other brave men of the Cuban revolution who initially started with not more than eighty fighters defeated Batista’s powerful army in 1959 against tremendous odds, and eventually their sacrifice paid off and they acquired their freedom and liberty.

You have the ELF and the EPLF freedom fighters of Eritrea who waged a thirty years war of independence for their liberty and freedom.  It is also the SNM and the Somaliland people who fought the 4th most powerful in Africa, Siyad Barre’s army for about ten years, and eventually defeated the tyrant’s army. Though the struggle for the re-gaining of Somaliland independence has started in 1961,the active, full-fledged struggle has fully started in 1980, and ended in 1991, but remember the freedom struggle will continue until we achieve our full independence and freedom. We must remember the fact that, the independence and liberty we are enjoying today did not come easy or cheap, In fact it happened with very high price.


Freedom is a priceless commodity

No amount of money can buy freedom

Nothing more precious than freedom

Freedom in the day and night, and forever

There is nothing to exchange freedom with

Here are few of 1960 independence nationalist songs wrote by some our most creative and famous playwrights and composers. (Heesa Wadaniya)

Kuwa Dhawaaqayaa Dhulkooda Doonayaa Ilahayaw U Diib ( legendary Abdullahi Qarshe).

Dalintii Wadankiyo Dholkaanu Nu Nahoo Inaan Nuu Dhalinyo Anaan Nu dhimanoy Maantaan Waxba Nooga Dhaxaynaynay ( Mohamed Ismail Barkhad cas)

Gubanimoy Waxaad Gudiyo Waxaad Gashaba Garanay-(Hassan Sh. Mumin).

An Maalo Hasheena Mandeeq-(Sahardiid Mahamed Jabiya)

Waa Mahad Alee Madaxeen Banaan-(Hussein Aw Farah).

Suleiman Egeh is a freelance writer and senior science instructor