MOGADISHU–Former retired Somali army General has said that the deceased military leader, Said Barre was morally justified and right to order Somali army to use Somali’s air force and bombarded innocent civilians in Hargeisa and Buroa in 1988.
Mr. Abdirahman Abdi Hussein alias Guulwade made the revelations in an interview he gave to Shabelle television.
Mr. Guulwade has said in the interview that Somalia could not accept one thing:-
- The freedom and unity of Somalia were undermined by foreign countries.
He strongly defended that there was no other alternative option but to bombard the civilians in Hargeisa and Buroa to defend the country from separation.
He stated that Somali National Movement was not struggling for the toppling of Somalia junta leadership.
He argued that the number one vision of Somali National Movement (SNM) fighters was to separate the north from the rest of Somalia.
He said that every government in the world is responsible for the protection of its unity, sovereignty and religion.
He took for instance that the current Somalia Federal Government’s sole duty is to keep the sovereignty and solidarity of Somalia.
He went on to say that the government had the overall power to defend its land and sea.
The number of civilian deaths in this massacre is estimated to be between 50,000-100,000 according to various sources, whilst local reports estimate the total civilian deaths to be upwards of 200,000 Isaaq civilians.
Somalia has taken clear stance by not acknowledging the ethnic cleansing that transpired in northern Somalia (Somaliland) during the 1988.
Villa Somalia issued a statement announcing that Adirahman Guulwade has resigned from the commission that president Farmajo appointed to represent the stalled talks between Somalia and Somaliland.