Hargeysa, Somaliland, June 18, 2011 (SL Times) Ė African childrenís day
was celebrated on June 16th in Somalilandís capital Hargeysa. The event
took place at Hargeisaís orphanage center.
The event was put together by Caritas and Somalilandís first lady, Amina
Weris Sheikh Mohamed Jirde, and was attended by the Minister of
Education, Zam Zam Abdi Adan, the Chairman of the anti-corruption
committee, Ahmed Muhumed Madar, the commander of the custodial corps,
Mohammed Husein Hirane, the Governor of Hargeysa region, Ahmed Omar
Abdillahi (Hamarji), the Director of Humanitarian activities, Amina
Mohamud Diriye, Mohamed Hassan Jidhif (representing Mercy Corps), and
officials from Caritas, UNICEF, NOW as well as other distinguished
guests. Representatives from Oomaar company which contributes to the
orphanage were also present.
The Director of the orphanage, Asha Mohamud Qalib gave an introduction
about the history of the orphanage and its current situation.
Somaliland first lady, Amina Weris, stressed the importance that
Somalilandís government gives to children, especially the ones who live
in orphanages. She also thanked the companies, NGOs, and individuals who
support the orphanage.
The minister of education, Zam Zam Abdi Adan, the commander of the
custodial corps, Muhammad Huseen Hirane, the Governor of Hargeisa
region, Ahmed Omar Abdillahi (Hamarji) as well as other officials spoke
to the audience and they all highlighted the importance of the occasion.
The children at the orphanage expressed their happiness with songs,
including Somalilandís national anthem, and theatrical performances.
The womenís organization NOW donated a variety of food supplies to the
orphanage to mark the occasion.
Somalilandís first lady, Amina Weris, cut the ribbon to a new dining
hall for the children, and two classrooms which were constructed for the
orphanage children by Mercy Corps. She also thanked the organization
that built the hall and the two classes.