Somaliland: Over two hundred immigrant Somalilanders perish in the Mediterranean

epa04186845 An image made available on 30 April 2014 shows migrants being rescued during operation 'Mare Nostrum' in the southern Mediterranean sea off the Italian coast, 29 April 2014. The Mare Nostrum ('Our Sea') mission started in October following two fatal shipwrecks - one near Lampedusa, Italy's southernmost point, and the other in Maltese waters - in which more than 400 people died. The Mediterranean boat patrols credited for saving tens of thousands of migrants' lives may have to be stopped, an Italian government official suggested, because they were encouraging more people to embark on dangerous sea crossings. EPA/GIUSEPPE LAMI

Over four hundred immigrants perished in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe on Saturday, it has now been confirmed.

More than two hundred of the dead were identified as Somalilanders hailing who left the regions od Togdheer, Marodijeh and Awdal. About 80% of the dead belong to Togdheer, Social media reports circulated.

The boat carrying the immigrants left Egypt on its way to the Greek islands in search of a ‘better life’ – as is oft-times quoted to explain the seemingly senseless influx into Europe leaving behind the comfort of homes and love of parents that only learn of their children’s plights when they fall into the hands of ransom-demanding traffickers or are in need of passage fare on ‘death-boats’ attempting to cross the daunting high seas.

There is hardly a home in Burao, Togdheer, and many residential areas in Hargeisa that the deaths did not touch. One could hear the anguished wails of mothers and the pained cries of relatives in many of those homes. Somalis have extended family systems that defy clan delineations and boundaries.

Some of the reports indicate that another ship trying to ‘save’ the immigrants’ overladen boat rammed into it causing it to capsize and drown the over-wrought passengers – most of whom knew not how to swim or keep themselves afloat until help arrived.

Some of the reports even pointed an accusing finger on European policies that may have encouraged the advertent – or inadvertent – deaths of the immigrants whether it be in the circumstances they happened or in the high-handed handling of those policing the seas.12993561_869780703167811_8903666405297709588_n

A Lucky Exception


One of the youngsters on board the death-trap boat saved his mourning family of more agony when he found a connection and posted a brief message on Facebook announcing his safety.

Abadalla Warsame Sandhool, a.k.a. Awale ‘Safiirka’, said he was safe and taken to one of the Greek islands along with 22 more Somalis and an unspecified number from other nationalities.

” I thank God that I among twenty-three Somalis saved have been taken to an island on the Greece border . I request that you – my family and friends – who have been posting  condolences on my death on social media take it down,” Abadalla said.

The survivor said the boat was carrying over 500 immigrants.

This incident goes down in history as the one that reaped the death of the largest number of Somalilanders. Among the dead were husbands and wives and single mothers with their children.

The names of some of the deceased are printed below, followed by photo shots of a number of them some of which had been taken only days before they boarded the ill-fated boat to their watery graves (God have Mercy on their souls).


  1. Hodan

  2. Xamda Wali

  3. Maxamed Khadar

  4.  Tayasiir Axmed Yusuf

  5. Cawaale Xawaadle

  6. Koos Xusen Cali

  7. C/casiis Maxamed Khadar (shiyo)

  8. Sakariye Caynsane

  9.  Mukhtaar Laangadhe

  10. Ubax Axmed Cabdiwali 

  11. Asad Xasan

  12. Cabdicasiis 

  13. Bilaale Milyare dheeliye

  14. Xamda Cabdilaahi 

  15. Warda

  16. Nawaal Jibaaxe

  17. Sacad Sulub

  18. Axmed Shuuriye 

  19. Mukhtaar Ciise

  20. Kowsar (Gabadhii Mukhtaar)

  21. Jamaal Cabdilaahi Mataan

  22. Cawil Gaardi 

  23. Shiine Khadar 

  24. Farxaan (Shoodhe Guray)

  25. Muxumed Saleebaan (Socoto)

  26. Nimoco (Waxay ahayd hooyo inan yar wadata)

  27. Kaltuun 

  28. Siciid Casaanyo

  29. Cabdirisaaq Guray

  30. Samatar Cilmi

  31. Faysal Hanad 

  32. Maxamed Mire 

  33. Barwaaqo 

  34. Ayman 

  35. Maxamed Faroole 

  36. Baashe Faarax Jaamac

  37. Khadra 

  38. Cawil 

  39. Axmed Abiib (Jano Gale )

  40. Aadan 

  41. Nuura Cismaan Axmed 

  42. Muuna Yuusuf Axmed

  43. Layla Xuseen Axmed

  44. Salma Muxumed 

  45. Xamda Maxamed Dhakhtar 

  46. Cabdirisaaq 

  47. Ciise Cali 

  48. Cismaan Cabdiwali Shagaxle 

  49. Mukhtaar Ciise 

  50. Axmed Aadan 

  51. Farduus (BURCO)

  52. Ruqiya Idiris 

  53. Guuleed Dalmar 

  54. Deeq 

  55. Cabdicasiis Cali 

  56. Khadar Axmed 

  57. Cabdirisaaq Maxamed Case

  58. Qadan Saalax Cabdilaahi 

  59. Nuur 

  60. Ubax.