Federal government donates USD 1M to Somaliland drought victims

Federal government of Somalia has donated USD 1 million to self declared state of Somaliland.

The move followed after reports of intense drought and famine that affected northern parts of the larger Somalia including areas under the control of the self declared state of Somaliland.

Special committee to oversee the effects of drought in the country formed by the federal government earlier led by the chairman Sheikh Barud Gurhan have reached Hargeisa on Sunday to deliver the donation.

Somaliland Religious affairs minister Sheikh Khalil Abdullahi Ahmed and respected clerics welcomed Sheikh Gurhan and his delegation upon arrival at Cigaal International airport.

Somali Deputy PM Mohamed Omar Arte has told the media that the aid is part of several other supports meant for those affected by the drought in the north.

Mogadishu good gesture to Hargeisa comes after similar move by Somaliland authorities during the wake of 2011 drought.

Somaliland sent food aid and other non food items to its Somali brothers affected by the famine in the southern part of Somalia.

Somaliland declared its self independence in early 1990s a move that was not recognized by both Mogadishu and the international community.