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Somaliland: Somaliland Diaspora Voices: Commemoration of Dhagax-tuur and DROUGHT APPEAL



Monday 14 February 2011 SMC



Somaliland Diaspora Voices: National Somaliland Youth Day and Commemoration of Dhagax-tuur. Sunday 20 Feb, at 3pm till late, Praxis community, Pott street London E2 0EF, Bethnal Green station.

Somaliland Diaspora voices invites you to the commemoration of Dhagax-tuur, the official Somaliland at National youth day. On this day we are calling out to Somalilanders and friends to contribute to our DROUGHT APPEAL. This devastating situation is currently affecting more then 40% of our people. Our priority is to provide water, through the local groups who are already working in the area, to those affected most severely by the drought the spirit of 20 February is solidarity and social consciousness: On the 20th February 1982, school students took to the streets to protest by stone-throwing (Dhagax-tuur) against the oppression, injustice and killings of citizens. They were fighting particularly against the trial and death sentencing of UFFO, group of young professionals who where volunteering for Hargeysa Hospital.

This year we will commemorate this historic event, through fund-raising but also through a series of talks and film screenings. We will hear the members of UFFO talk about their experiences and a range of Somaliland youth in the UK discuss the importance of this event to their lives. Two films documenting Somaliland youth’s societal responsibilities and sources of inspiration will also be screened. Furthermore, on this day and as part of our ongoing campaign to strengthen Somaliland National identity, we will be launching the Somaliland UK Census Campaign. The aim is to encourage Somalilanders to strengthen their national identity by registering themselves as ‘Somalilanders’ in the forthcoming UK census. Red-sea online have donated books to the event for sale and our local community have donated food. All proceeds go towards the drought appeal.

Preliminary programme of the day:

Somaliland Youth will share their perspective on identity, citizenship and nation building:

  • Quman Jibril will represent the voice of Somaliland Youth in the Diaspora.

  • Ridwan M. Osman will represent the voice of home based Somaliland Youth.

  • Somaliland Youth in Somaliland different cities will connect through a teleconference session.

An appeal to the drought:

  • Sheikh Mahamud Shiekh Dalmar,

  • Suldaan Mahamoud Haaji Hussein.

Somaliland UK Census Campaign

  • Id Hassan (WLSLC) will present the importance of this campaign.

  • Abdirahman A Jibril will talk about the Somaliland Societies in Europe and their activities for community cohesion and participation.

Dhagaxtuur - Commemorating historic event through fund-raising

  • Jama Musse Jama will share his writings on this historic day.

  • Rashid Shiekh Abdillahi and Saeed Jama will testimony the importance of documenting history and its preserving for future generations.
  • Former UFFO members living in the UK (Omer Isse Awale, Adan Warsame Said and Eid Ali Salan) will celebrate with Somaliland Youth around the globe.

UK based artists will contribute draught fund-raising drive

Ahmed Saleebaan Bidde, Abdirahman Abees, Asha Luul Maxamud, Mowlid Adan Qolqol, Nuur Daalac and many more London based artists will be guests of the event and they will share their art production with the audience.

For more information, email to: somaliland2011@gmail.com  



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