Posts by Mohamed Beerdhige

Somali Pirates Use Commercial Vessels to Hijack
09/27/2011
Somalia's fisherman
Somalia Report
Somalia's fisherman

Fishermen in Bayla district, Puntland, state are voicing concerns over illegal fishing vessels that are looting natural resources and destroying thier equipment.

Also, at least four boats owned by local fishermen were destroyed by international warships on anti-piracy patrols, the mayor of Bargal alleged.

“The ships, including the warships and ordinary vessels, usually arrive in our waters every night and they destroy our fishermen's boats, also they damage our resources,” Sa'aid Ateno, told Somalia Report.

EU NAVFOR said the statement was an unsubstantiated allegation, and denied ever having carried out such actions. These allegations are made regularly by local communities, but no evidence has ever been produced.

Ateno stated that the residents of Bayla district depend on fishing, accusing illegal fishing ships of affecting their daily live.

However, Ateno also accused Somali pirates of using Bayla district as a piracy zone.

   

Twelve Others Remain Unknown
09/27/2011
Flood Village
Somalia Report
Flood Village

At least 12 people are reportedly killed after flash floods triggered by days of heavy torrential downpour hit parts of Somalia's northern breakaway region of Somaliland.

The floods wrecked havoc in villages in between Djibouti and Somaliland countries where people and their animals were swept away by floodwater.

According to resident of Somaliland capital city of Hergeisa, some 12 people were killed after their cars were washed away.

"Floods has caused the deaths of 12 people in Agabar Valley, and there are others who were not found their body’’ Abdirisaq Hajji, a resident in the hargaisa told Somalia Report.

Hajji Added that the total of the passengers were 24, 12 others are still remaining unknown.

Somaliland‘s First Aid agencies have arrived on the scene and they are still busy to rescue the passangers.

UPDATE
Nationlink Telecom Paid $30,000 to Al-Shabaab
10/02/2011
Al-Shabaab in Trucks
Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen
Al-Shabaab in Trucks

Update: Nationlink Telecom has agreed to pay around $30,000 and restarted operations today in insurgent-controlled areas, while money transfer company Dahabshill has also reopened its agencies, although there have been no details on how much, or if, they paid.

"Now we are working as usual after our manager informed us to come to the offices in morning; the company paid al-Shabaab $30,000," a Nationlink officer said.

The militant group al-Shabaab ordered several telecommunications companies to cease operations in Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle regions, officials said on Sunday.

According to the local operators, the Islamist fighters switched off transmitters belonging to Nationlink Telecom and Telecom Somalia.

Operations at a local money transfer services provider had also been halted following the order from the militant group.

Locals said outlets of the Dahabshiil money transfer service operations in Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle regions had been closed.

“No one knows the reason behind the order (by al-Shabaab) targeting our operations in those two regions," said an official from Nationlink Telecom.

But telecoms officials told Somalia Report that the decision by al-Shabaab came as the operators opposed a move by the Islamist fighters demanding contributions to fund the insurgents.

According to local residents, only one company has been allowed to operate in the area.

"These companies will remain closed until their managers agree to pay taxation for the war against the infidels as well as the crusaders,” a junior al-Shabaab member who identified himself as Abu-Yusuf told Somalia Report.

Residents in Jowhar, the capital of Middle Shabelle region, said it would be difficult for the banned companies to operate in the region.

“People are not willing to support al-Shabaab any more, so this is why they ordered the companies closed,” a Mogadishu-based business expert, Gelle Mohamed Dahir, told Somalia Report.

Beating women for not wearing veils

In the meantime, residents in the northern parts of Mogadishu told Somalia Report that 40 women, including a 14 year-old girl, were lashed for not wearing veils on Saturday.

“I was beaten badly.. I received 30 lashes of the cane from fighters who told us that they were working for the al-Shabaab. I live near Karan Market," one of the victims named Muno told Somalia Report.

“They were masked men armed with pistols and sticks,” she said.

Exclusive
Interview with Ras Aseyr President Farah Doha Jog
10/07/2011
Ras Asyer President
@Somalia Report
Ras Asyer President

On April 17, 2011 the Siwaqroon clan (sub clan of Majeerteen) of Somalia's eastern coastal region of Bari declared the new state of Ras Aseyr to be self-regulating and independent from the semi-autonomous region Puntland, which has been battling for control of Bargal. In an effort to understand the reason for their declaration of independence, Somalia Report interviewed Ras Aseyr President Farah Doha Jog in his office in Alula.

Can you tell us more information about the establishment Ras Aseyr as a state?

Yes, Ras Aseyr was established as a state by group of intellectual Diaspora and community leaders who felt very deeply about their people. Therefore, these leaders and the inhabitants of eastern Bari region agreed to formed their own state after 13 years of neglect by Puntland. On April 17, 2011 we declared a new state consisting of 36 Members of Parliament who elected me as a president. Now we are going to extend our administration across all territories of Ras Aseyr.

Can you tell us the basic reason for establishing this new state?

Yes, certainty, Puntland neglected our people and then we lost confidence in them so we decided to establish our own state to develop and work with our community. Later we asked Puntland to extend a helping hand to our people and to establish educational institutions, social service and improve infrastructure. Unfortunately, their response was that 'this state does not exist' and we were very sorry to hear these shameful words.

Have you been ousted from Puntland because you were once a cabinet member of the former Puntland Administration?

No. I came here to Ras Aseyr to work for my community.

What will you do you do if the Puntland administration will not accept your new state?

We have to be realistic. We are not asking Puntland to accept us or not. We are an independent state of Somalia like Galmudug.

Do you have enough strength to defend your territory?

Yes. We have already registered 1,500 police forces to serve in the towns of Bargal, Alula, Ras Aseyr, and to defend our people from any outside enemy.

New Cabinet Named

‘’The president of Ras Aseyr state today named an 8 cabinet members with four remaining. Once complete there will be 12 cabinet members,‘’ Abdirashid Mohamed Yusuf, Ras Aseyr's Minister of Information for State, told Somalia Report. The new cabinet members of Ras Aseyr are:

1. Mohamed Mohamud Yusuf - Minister of Religious Affairs

2. Hared Issa Omar - Minister of Internal and Security Affairs

3. Ahmed Saleban Awad - Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy

4. Abdirashid Mohamed Yusuf - Minister of Information, Post, and Telecommunication

5. Abdiqadir Yusuf Ismail - Minister of Health and Sports

6. Dr. Mohamed Mohamud Aloore - Minister of Education

7. Abdiqadir Mohamed Mumuin - Minister of General Affairs and Housing

8. Idiris Ahmed Mohamed - Minister of Fishing and Sea Resources

Somaliland Blames IDPs for Creating Insecurity
10/09/2011
Somaliland security forces in Sool region forcibly deported at least 100 Somalis who came to the region after they were internally displaced from southern Somalia due to famine, drought and pressure from al-Shabaab insurgents.

The deported were they taken to the Somaliland border by truck, according to a resident of Las Anod district. They arrived in Tuka Raqa village, 30 km east of Las Anod

"I saw policemen arresting people who came from southern Somalia. The police forced them to climb up into the trucks, but I don’t know to where they have been deported," Mohamed Yahye, a resident in Las Anod, district told Somalia Report.

This event comes after Ahmed Ibrahim Muse, the chairman of Las Anod appeals court, was killed by unknown gunmen. This caused the Somaliland administration to blame the IDPs for sparking insecurity in Sool.

"We don’t want to blame all the displaced people who live and work here. We are targeting only the people from Bay and Bakool Regions, especially youth, because these people are the enemies of Somaliland so we are deporting them from our region to avoid their problems," Kayse Ahmed Hajji Hussein, Somaliland Governor of Lasanod district, told local media yesterday. Somaliland authorities confirmed the deportations and vowed to continue the operation, but refused to provide further details to Somalia Report.

Also it is unclear whether all of the deported are from Bay and Bakol regions as the governor claimed, or if they had committed any crimes.