Somaliland: Memoirs of an SNM Veteran

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HARGEISA–The long-awaited memoir of the literary historian and SNM veteran, Boobe Yuusuf Du’aleh, was launched at Maansoor Hotel in Hargeisa.

The book chronicles the tribulations of citizens and armed encounters between SNM fighters and the Somali Army under the former military regime. Boobe joined SNM early 1980s following a journalistic career as a member of the former Somalia Revolutionary Socialist Party to whose organ, Halgan, he contributed and co-edited.

Boobe urged people not to take offence at the initiative to publish the book about SNM. Entitled Dharaaraa Ina Soo Maray (Days to Remember), it is the first book by a former SNM member to reconstruct key stages of the second armed opposition against the military dictatorship.

The fourth President of Somaliland, Ahmed Mohamad Mohamud, appointed Boobe as Information Minister in 2010. He lost his cabinet portfolio after a minor reshuffle. Boobe is remembered for serialising in Somali websites his experience in government. He was the director of the Somaliland Academy of Peace and Development. Boobe published a collection of essays, and co-edited the anthology of the poems of the patriotic Somali poet, Abdullahi Suldan Tima’adde.

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