Somaliland: 18 May Celebrations Abroad and Role of Somaliland Diaspora + Schedule of the Events

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Somalilanders celebrate their Independence Day in style file photo

Unlike previous events, preparations for the 25th Anniversary of  regaining Somaliland Independence 18 May 2016 has been extensively going since January in the most host countries of Somaliland Diaspora communities abroad, Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Africa as well.

Somaliland Diaspora Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation has encouraged all Diaspora communities to commemorate 18 May more strongly and differently than ever before and submitted action plan to the Somaliland Diaspora communities committees as guideline in regards to the preparations of the Diaspora communities for 18 May. The government emphasized the performances of powerful rallies and highly organized receptions, more media exposure and more engaging of the host governments and Somaliland friends in the events. There have been noteworthy efforts of the Diaspora communities committees, scholars, umbrella associations and appointed preparatory committees in preparations for 18 May 2016 to strengthen unity, cooperation and collective action of the communities in commemoration of 18 May, 2016 mainly countries in Europe. What is also worthy of mention that the most of the preparatory committees have been well reporting to SLDA and MOFA upon updates of their works including the Students Associations. 

The key activities include remarkable and historic rallies planned to take place in different countries including UK http://somaliland-rally-uk.tumblr.com/likes, Sweden, Canada, USA and Australia plus more participation of Somaliland friends and bigwigs from host governments in key receptions. The most Somaliland Diaspora communities celebrating 18 May also submitted petitions and the legal case of Somaliland Recognition to their host governments. 

The celebrations for 18 May abroad which have already taken place in some countries started on 13th May for the first and will continue in the last week of May and first week of June to the last in some places.  

Somaliland Diaspora Agency estimates that 18 May this year will be celebrated in nearly 70 capitals and major cities and towns in about 40 countries abroad by Somaliland Diaspora population. 

EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA & AUSTRALIA:  UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Turkey, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.   

AFRICA:  include Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Djibouti, Sudan, Egypt, South Africa, and South Sudan.

ASIAinclude UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Philippines, China and other countries. 

Somaliland Diaspora Agency sends congratulations to all Somaliland Diaspora communities abroad including the active students associations, who are as well celebrating for 18 May in many countries on how patriotically they are all commemorating for the 25th Anniversary of Somaliland, 18 May, 2016.  SLDA also appreciates role of the most Somaliland Ambassadors in the 18 May Events preparations and their cooperation with the Somalilanders in their receiving countries.  

Finally, we are calling all Somaliland Diaspora communities to greaten celebrations for the national day 18 May 2016 and particularly the upcoming planned rallies in support of the sovereignty and the quest for recognition of the Republic of Somaliland.  

SCHEDULE OF  18 MAY  EVENTS ABROAD AND ROLE OF SOMALILAND DIASPORA

No

Country (Wadanka)

City/province

(Where Receptions and demonstrations are taking place)

Date/time for the celebration (Receptions and demonstrations)

1

UK 

London 

A big demonstration will be held at  Richmond Terrace opposite 10 Downing Street in the day time on 18 May and the Reception will be held in the night time 

Date: 18th May 

Demonstration time: 1pm–4:30pm 

   

Commemoration event for Somaliland friends in Islington Town Hall in London 

Date 18th of May 

18:00 – 21:00pm 

   

Manchester 

Date: 21st May

Starting time: 4:30pm

   

Birmingham 

 
   

Sheffield 

 
   

Cardiff 

 
   

Bristol 

Date: 18th May

2

SWEDEN 

Stockholm 

A big demonstration will be held opposite the Parliament House in the day time 

Demonstration at Stockholm on  18thMay

   

Malmö                   

Date: 14th May 

   

Tröllhattan           

Date: 21st May

   

Stockholm            

Date: 27th May 

   

Jönköping             

28th May

   

Göteborg             

28th May

   

Motala                  

 21st May 

   

Karlstad 

Date: 14th May

3

GERMANY 

Munich 

Date: 13th May 

   

Frankfurt 

Date: 14th May 

   

Kassel

A big demonstration will be held 

Date: 15th May 

4

FRANCE

Angers 12th May 

Date: 12th May

   

Lyon 14th May 

Date: 14th May

   

Toulouse 04th June 

Date: 4th June 

5

HOLLAND 

Utrecht 

Date:  21st May

Time: 18:00pm – 3:00pm

6

DENMARK

Copenhagen

Jagtvej  107 2200  Copenhagen 

14  May 

Starting time:  13: pm  

   

Arhus

Axel   klersvej    24     8270   Hojberg     

Date: 20th May

Time: 7:00pm – 3:00am 

7

NORWAY

Oslo 

Yougstorget

Date: 18th May 

Time: 15:00pm – 21:00am 

8

FINLAND

   

9

BELGIUM

Brussels 

Rue Du cinema 1A, 1080 Molenbeek

Date: 14th May 

Time: 18:00pm – 3:00am

10

SWITZERLAND 

Zurich 

Date: 13th May

Starting time: 12:00am 

11

AUSTRALIA

Sydney 

 
   

Melbourne 

 
   

Perth 

 

12

AUSTRIA 

   

13

ITALY

   

14

NEW ZEALAND 

   

15

TURKEY

Istanbul 

Date: 20th May

Night time

16

CANADA

Ottawa

Date: 14th May 

Time: 8pm – 4pm

   

Edmonton 

Date: 14th May

Time: 8pm – 4pm

   

Toronto 

Date: 21st May

Time: 8pm – 4pm

17

USA 

Washington DC – May 20-21

Date: 20-21 May

   

Columbus, OH 

Wilson Blvd and W. broad ST

Date: 21st May 

   

Connecticut     

Date: 21st May 

   

Seattle, WA.    

Date: 21st May 

   

Minnesota        

Date: 21st May 

   

San Diego, CA 

Date: 21st May 

18

ETHIOPIA

Addis Ababa 

18th May 

Night time 

19

DJIBOUTI

Djibouti,  Sheraton Hotel 

Date: 18th May

Time: 7:00pm 

20

SUDAN

Khartoum

International Garden 

Date: 18th May

Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm 

21

UGANDA 

Kampala 

Date: 18th May

Time: 7:00pm – 1:00am  

22

KENYA

Nairobi 

Date: 18th May

23

TANZANIA

Dar Es Salaam 

A demonstration will be held 

Date: 18th May

Time: 6:30am – 12:00pm  

24

EGYPT

Cairo,  

QaacatulMalikia Hotel 

Date: 20th May 

Night time 

25

SOUTH AFRICA 

Johannesburg 

Date: 18th May 

Night time 

26

SOUTH SUDAN 

Juba 

Date: 18th May 

27

UAE

Abu Dubai

Date: 14th May 

Time:

28

S/ARABIA 

Jeddah 

Date: 18th May 

Night time 

29

KUWAIT

   

30

QATAR

Doha 

 

31

MALAYSIA

Kuala Lumpur 

Golden Chersonese Media Hall 

Date: 28th May

Time: 7:00pm – 11:30pm

32

INDIA

Hyderabad 

Date: 18th May 

33

BANGLADESH 

Dhaka 

Date: 19th May 

Night time 

34

CHINA

   

35

PHILIPINES 

 

Date: 18th May

Night time  

36

OMAN

   

37

BAHRAIN

   

38

PAKISTAN

Islamabad 

 

40

UKRAINE

   


SLD logoSource: Somaliland Diaspora Agency 

HQ: Hargeisa, Republic of Somaliland 

www.sldiasporaagency.org

Email: sldiasporaagency@gmail.com

15th May, 2016

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