HARGEISA (SD) – Somalia has forcefully deported two doctors to Somaliland after three days in detention, former Somaliland foreign minister confirmed Wednesday.
In a press conference in Hargeisa, Dr. Edna Adan Ismail, a diplomatist has accused Mogadishu government of arresting two Somaliland doctors while transit at Adan Adde Airport in Somali capital.
“He is a trainee medical worker. He was travelling with a valid Somaliland passport with a valid Kenyan-issued visa,” Dr. Ismail.
Dr. Ismail further blamed the authorities in Mogadishu of destroying Somaliland passports belonging to the doctors.
“If Somalia knew the law, these transgressors would not have taken their passports or torn them, they would not have been held hostage for three days,” she said.
Somali government has not yet commented on the incident which could further deteriorate the relations between Somalia and Somaliland which declared its secession from Somalia more than three decade ago.
According Dr. Ismail, the doctors, who are working with Dr. Edna Adan Ismail’s Maternity Hospital in Harigesa will travel to Kenya again with their passports renewed but are expected to pass through Addis Ababa.
In 1980 alleged massacres by former autocratic regime of Siad Barre in northern regions had culminated in proposed secession by Somaliland stakeholders.
In 1991, Somaliland announced to have broken with Somalia which formerly consist of former British Somaliland Protectorate and former Italian Somaliland but did not gain international recognition.