Condolences from Somaliland Forum for Richard and Enid Eyeington

Somaliland Forum 

The Somaliland Forum, an independent organisation that represents the Somaliland Diaspora, is sending its condolences to the family and friends of Richard and Enid Eyeington ,who were killed on Monday, 20 Oct.03 by unidentified gunmen in the Republic of Somaliland. First and foremost, our sympathies are with the two children and grandchildren, which Richard and Enid have left behind. In addition, we send our condolences to the staff of SOS Children’s Village, the organisation for which Richard and Enid worked, and the British public, in general.

The President of Somaliland, Hon Dahir Rayale Kahin, as well as the Leaders of the two houses of Parliament have also sent their condolences to the family and friends of the diseased; and promised to bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice, as soon as possible. In fact, six persons have already been arrested in connection with these murders, and we promise to update you on the progress developments of the case.

It is indeed ironic that the British public, and also most European and American citizens, the majority of whom have probably never heard of Somaliland, are introduced to it in this fashion. However, we would like to re-assure them that Somaliland is and remains a peaceful country with hospitable people that welcome visitors and foreigners to their country with open arms.

It has been 12 years since the Republic of Somaliland, a former British Protectorate, reclaimed its sovereignty from the union it entered with Somalia, a former Italian trustee. During these 12 years, while chaos and anarchy was the norm in Somalia, Somaliland has been a peaceful and stable country that has evolved from a primitive clan based system of governance, to a multi-party democratic system of government. The security and safety of visitors and foreigners has never an issue. And, as evident from the British government's advise to its citizens on travel (that it is safe to travel to Somaliland), hostility against foreigners has not been on the increase in Somaliland, lately. All around the world, be it Somaliland or Britain, there are mindless criminals who have no respect for human life.

Finally, once again, our sympathies are with the family and friends of Richard and Enid Eyeington, especially with their two children and grand children, and the larger family of SOS Children’s Village.

Somaliland Forum

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