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Somali leader in exile -Awdal State President Story
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Father, worker, leader in exile With his cabinet members scattered all over the globe, Rashid Hersi heads the shadow government of a breakaway Somali state
By Louisa Taylor, The Ottawa Citizen
We consider Awdal State occupied land,’ says Rashid
Hersi, the elected president of a region that is seeking separation from
Somaliland. From his Barrhaven home, he gets daily updates on conditions on the
ground in Awdal State, and stays in contact with his ministers.
— Meet Rashid Hersi — Barrhaven father of five, part-time mail room employee at
the Citizen, president of a self-declared independent state in the Horn of
between inserting flyers into your daily paper, taking his kids swimming and
dropping them at homework club, 43-year-old Hersi has a cabinet to wrangle, a
fledgling parliament to consult, a constitution to fine-tune.
State is new, small and recognized by no one. Its stated goal is to seek
separation of the region of Awdal from Somaliland, itself a self-declared
independent state that broke away from Somalia 20 years ago, and is recognized
by no one. Hersi represents a cadre of people from Awdal who want to return to
the broader Somali federation. Imagine Quebec separating from the rest of
Canada, and pro-federalists in Florida setting up a shadow government to push
for Canadian unity.
is not a joke, it’s a political tactic, one to which Hersi and his friend — and
chief of staff — Suleiman Douksieh are deeply committed.
consider Awdal State occupied land,” says Hersi, whose writings on the topic
refer to the “deviant and destructive” intentions of the Somaliland militia and
accuse them of “heinous organized murders, imprisonment, repression and
Rights Watch issued a report last January critical of the Somaliland government
for its weak judicial system and “low-level harassment” of opposition activists
government of Somaliland is getting millions in international aid and people
have no idea what is going on there,” says Hersi. “Not a dime is spent in
Awdal, and so many of our supporters are in jail.”
the fall of Somali dictator Siad Barre in 1991, Somaliland — a former British
protectorate in the north — declared independence from the rest of Somalia. It
has a functioning, relatively stable government and over the years it has known
far more peace, if not prosperity, than its neighbours to the south. But in
recent years tensions within the state have increased and separation movements
have grown. Awdal region is on its western flank, along the border with
Djibouti and Ethiopia. To the east of central Somaliland is Khatuumo region,
which is itself deeply unhappy with the government of Somaliland and whose
leaders have taken up arms to make their point. Clan politics are pivotal
throughout — the majority of Awdalites are from the Gadabursi clan, while the
Isaaq dominate the central region. Many Somali-Canadians in Ottawa are of
November, Awdalites from around the world gathered in London to elect a
president and parliament. Hersi was one of four people contending for the top
job; according to a statement issued by the Electoral Commission of Awdal
State, two candidates dropped out and Hersi defeated his final opponent by a
simple majority. Hersi, who says he studied law as an undergraduate in Somalia
before coming to Canada in 1992, later drafted the constitution and picked his
says he gets calls from people living in Awdal every day, updating him on
political developments and conditions on the ground, including the jailing of
anyone who speaks up about separation from Somaliland. Every weekend he shoos
the kids out of the TV room in the basement of his townhouse and has a
conference call with his cabinet ministers. The minister of planning lives in
England, minister for information and telecommunications in Switzerland,
minister of justice in New Zealand, and his minister of fisheries and ocean
resources is based in Edmonton.
on the call is Hersi’s chief of staff, Suleiman Douksieh, 58, an Orléans
network specialist with a background in marketing. Something of an elder
statesman in the Awdalite disapora, Douksieh says everyone involved in the
Awdal state government is constantly surfing Somaliland news and blogs and
talking to supporters back in Awdal for developments. They maintain an Awdal
State channel on YouTube, post to blogs and diaspora websites and issue press
releases critical of Somliland policies.
is a shadow government,” says Douksieh. “The Somaliland president has a chief
of staff, and I keep an eye on him. Whatever he says or does, I reply. The same
goes for the other ministers.”
tools may be new, but running a shadow government in exile is not. Charles de
Gaulle organized the Free French from a suburb of London, and even now, Wikipedia
has a whole page devoted to the different types of government in exile (Awdal
seems to fit in the “alternative separatist governments of current subnational
territories” section). Even Somaliland has its own apparatus abroad, including
a newly appointed representative to Canada, Ottawa accountant Loula Isman. She
says her job is to lobby Canadian officials to recognize the state of
Somaliland — an uphill task.
recognizes the state of Somalia and as such, does not accord formal recognition
to Somaliland,” according to a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs
and International Trade.
denies the accusations of mistreatment of Awdal, and says everything was fine
until an Awdalite president of Somaliland was succeeded by someone from the
Isaaq clan. Now, Isman says, the situation is “very delicate.”
Awdal state is not reasonable,” says Isman, who has lived in Ottawa for 20
years. “Awdal is a part of Somaliland. If they have problems they can sit down
and address the issues in a positive way.”
January Hersi and his foreign affairs minister — who lives in Edmonton —
visited Kenya, Somalia and elsewhere, where they say they received warm support
for Awdal’s efforts to reunify Somalia. Hersi recently booked time off from the
mail room to fly to Istanbul, Turkey to join international talks on the future
government of the Somali federation. As a result, he missed the big Awdal State
celebration that was held on June 6 at the Villa Marconi on Baseline Rd.
effort is a labour of love for all involved, says the president’s chief of
of us are spending half our salaries for this cause — with our wives’ support,”
“We are here physically, but mentally we are there.”
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