By: Latifa Yusuf Masai
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The Management of issues related to Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons-IDPs in Somaliland is no longer in the docket of the interior ministry.
This is per President Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo who decreed that the mandate to handle Refugees and IDPs affairs in the country is from now henceforth the sole preserve of the ministry of Resettlement and Rural Rehabilitating-MR&RR.
The presidential decree #JSL/M/XERM/249-3134/042015 justified the change of mandate to the fact that the MR&RR having been shelved from its earlier status of a department in the ministry of interior, is now, in its own rights’ a fully fledged ministry in the government of Somaliland.
Though Somaliland is host to thousands of refugees from neighbouring courtiers the elevation of the MR&RR to fully fledged status years after it was established is a move geared to give the administration of President Silanyo an effective and exclusive organ of handling the ongoing flow of Yemenis fleeing war in their country.