Bihi Says Somaliland Cannot Take Burden of Refugees From South Somalia

Somaliland president Muse Bihi

HARGEISA (Somaliguardian) – Somaliland president Muse Bihi Abdi said on Sunday that the break-away state could not take the burden of refugees from south Somalia following the forceful eviction of thousands of people from the town of Lasanod.

In response to UNOCHA statement saying that more than 7,000 people had been forcibly displaced by Somaliland authorities from the town of Lasanod, Bihi accused the United Nations of “hypocrisy” and of trying to receive funds through its claims.

The people evicted from Lasanod had been living in the town for more than 30 years and the UN had not provided them with needed assistance, he added, in a blistering attack against the world body.

He accused Somalia’s government and regional states of failure to provide security to the communities in areas under their control that has forced many to flee their homes.

Speaking on a vote held recently in Mogadishu for senators set to represent the self-declared state at the Upper House of Somali Parliament, Muse Bihi questioned the legitimacy of those chosen by delegates, who had covered their faces due to fear of being identified. He said it is a responsibility on the shoulder of every citizen in Somaliland to fight against attempts to weaken their self-determination.

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