Horndiplomat-Somaliland government handing over to his mother 14-year-old whose names is Liban Abdi was among the prisoners of war arrested by Somaliland National armed forces during recent fighting between Somaliland and Somalia’s semi-autonomous region Puntland in Tukaraq, Sool region of Somaliland. Horndiplomat Reports
The mother of 14years old child soldier, Sacdiya Abdi Muhumed travelled to Buroa after when she’s heard her son Liban being treated at Buroa Hospital.
The commander of Somaliland armed forces, General Nuuh Ismael Taani ordered to release the injured child soldier Liban Abdi and also handed over Sacdiya Abdi Mohamed the mother of Liban 1000$ dollars in cash to cover their transport to Puntland.
#Somalia soldiered teens below proper age & training. This kid was emprisoned in #Tukaraq. His mom approached #Somaliland army & wanted him released. Command on the ground decided such infant couldn't be considered as enemy combatant, he was cured & released. Both were so glad. pic.twitter.com/3RqsVgfPcv
— Abdirashid Jeeni (@ajeeni) May 27, 2018
Fadlan akhri qisadan dhexmartay taliyaha Ciidanka Qaranka #Somaliland iyo Hooyo reer #Puntland ah oo dhashay maxbuus dhaawaca oo lagu soo qabtay dagaalkii #Tukaraq …Thanks Sir .. Ilaahaw Waa bil #Ramadan ee dagaalkaa Nabad ku bedel Aamiin yaarabi. pic.twitter.com/DUiO3dAjRo
— Mohamed Abdi Duale (@MohamadDuale) May 26, 2018
After when Somaliland government released a 14-year-old Liban, The mother of Liban Sacdiya Abdi Muhumed thanked the people and Government of Somaliland for releasing her child Liban.
Meanwhile, the commander of Somaliland armed forces speaks to the media also confirmed there are many other children that Somalia’s semiautonomous region Puntland recruits forces.
The children in armed conflict
Twenty years ago, the world united to condemn and take action against the use of children in armed conflict.
Since then, over 130,000 boys and girls have been released as a result of Action Plans mandated by the UN Security Council aimed at ending and preventing the recruitment and use of children in conflict.
Launched in 2014, the campaign Children, Not Soldiers, an initiative of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and UNICEF, aimed to bring about a global consensus that child soldiers should not be used in conflict. The campaign was designed to generate momentum, political will and international support to turn the page once and for all on the recruitment of children by national security forces in conflict situations. The campaign received immediate support from Member States, UN, NGO partners, regional organizations and the general public. The UN Security Council and General Assembly welcomed “Children, Not Soldiers” and requested regular updates through the Special Representative’s reporting.
At the time of the launch, the countries concerned by the campaign were:
Somaliland declared its independence nearly three decades ago from Somalia, but despite having its own currency, parliament, military and legal system The territory has been experiencing stability and economic prosperity and has been influential in the fight against piracy and terrorism in the Horn of Africa.
By: Mohamed Duale Editor-in-Chief HornDiplomat Tweets @MohamadDuale