By: Mahmoud Qodah
Gabiley (Somaliland Monitor) – As the Vice President and currently the acting President of Somaliland Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail (Seili’i), during a joint meeting between the National Drought Committee and UNOCHA, once more reiterated Somaliland government’s serious concern regarding the worsening drought situation in the country which lead for many people to be in a very dangerous and delicate situation, as he appeals for the continuation of immediate aid to the affected people, neighbouring Ethiopia is becoming the first country to respond as the Federal government has today (Friday) sends 16-Trucks Convoy with Humanitarian Aid Relief to Somaliland’s drought hit people, mainly from eastern regions of the country.
Ethiopia Federal Government sends this humanitarian food assistance Somaliland following Somaliland delegation led by the Chairman and Presidential Candidate of ruling Party, KULMIYE’s visit to Ethiopia 2 weeks ago, where they have been received by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. According to Somaliland delegation, Somaliland and Ethiopia had discussions to boost relations in terms of security, education, trade, infrastructure and droughts as well.
Those aid-convoy trucks were carrying almost 72,000 tons of nourishing food supplies, and have been sent to Somaliland, as part of Ethiopia’s efforts of reaching Somaliland’s people who were hit hard by the extremely deteriorating and unprecedented droughts, and for those who were in direly in need for immediate support, “SomalilandSpan”, an online paper reported this on Friday.
Mr. Ageze Amelo, the Commercial Attache of Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs of Ethiopian Embassy in Hargeisa who handed over the dozens of the aid-trucks to the national and regional drought committees stressed that his country, Ethiopia is always standing beside Somaliland during tough times and particularly when such challenges arises.
The Diplomat likewise spoke about the tie between his country and Somaliland in which he described a strong and long-time existing one.
According to Somaliland’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs Mihile Boqore, those food aid sent by Ethiopian Federal Government will be provided for Somaliland citizens who direly in an emergency condition, as such will be vitally important for Somaliland’s efforts of reducing the risks resulted by current droughts which is unprecedented.
“Firstly, we are thanking Ethiopia for its support for the drought affected people in Somaliland. The people of Somaliland and Ethiopia are same. We have the same people who live in both sides. We have a lot of things in common. Somaliland and Ethiopia have a good cooperation in terms of security, trade etc.”