Dr. Edna Adan Ismail was present while Somaliland was a British Protectorate, as well as throughout its independence and unification with Somalia.

She is currently the president’s advisor on the country’s quest for recognition. Such occurrences are not a narrative for her, in contrast to the majority of Somalians and residents of Somaliland.

On International Women’s Day, she was recently invited to the European Parliament, where she spoke about many different elements of Somaliland.


“We trusted ourselves to rebuild our country. We generate our own resources. We defend our country. We provide health, education, and social services for our people. We run a peaceful country where a woman like me can live free and safe. Because I live in Somaliland”

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