2 Somaliliand Passport Holders Enroute To Nairobi Detained & Deported From Mogadishu
Authorities in the capital Mogadishu have reportedly deported two people who were travelling with Somaliland passports to Nairobi.
The duo who are said to be medical staff were detained in Mogadishu for three days and their passports ripped before they were deported back to Hargeisa.
Dr. Edna Adan, the founder of Edna Hospital where the staff worked, described the action as an “abduction.
“The staff have safely arrived today in Hargeisa after they were abducted in Mogadishu for three days,” Edna said.
”They had Somaliland passport and had a Visa for the country they were headed to and were transit in Mogadishu,” Edna said.
Somaliland broke away from Somalia after the overthrow of Somali military dictator Siad Barre in 1991.
It has since been a self-governing region of Somalia for thirty years, but its claim of independence is not recognized by Mogadishu or any foreign government.
While this has limited Somaliland’s access to international markets, it has not prevented the breakaway state from making steady democratic gains and attracting foreign investment.