This Blog

I was in my mid-20’s when I told myself, I’m going to Africa. There was a strong sense of certainty inside me that I will set foot in this continent, I didn’t know why or how, I just believed that it will come. It did. Somaliland was my first taste of Africa.

This blog has evolved since 2002. What started as a simple recollection of short encounters since I set foot in Hargeisa in October 2002 grew into a collection of stories, images and documentation of events. It became a space that gave a glimpse of the day to day life in Somaliland and a venue for Somalis all over the world to take a peek and once more get back that feeling of familiarity and comfort of their homeland.

Most of the texts were written in a spur of the moment situation, in the middle of the day when gunshots are suddenly heard, after a meeting when I got struck by the contagious Somali survivor spirit or sometimes at night when I just had to take stock at what happened during the day. I only knew one thing, I had to write.  

My apologies for the very raw entries, I am now trying to edit some and hopefully get the decent version online soon.

I left Somaliland in December 2005 and now in Sudan. Although I am physically present here in the largest country in this continent,  my heart and spirit were left in that country at the tip of the Horn of Africa.



  1. Lorna said,

    December 14, 2006 at 3:18 am

    I enjoyed reading from your blog. I was in Somalia from 92 to 94 and miss the people and the place very much. Thanks for sharing, I reminisced a lot and feel real sadness (at times despondent) that things are not any better since.

  2. Yvette said,

    December 17, 2006 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Lorna,

    Thanks for visiting. I’m glad to enjoyed browsing through the blog.

  3. December 27, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Yvette,

    I hadn’t noticed that you had changed your blog URL (again) until today. I’m updating my blogroll link to Inside Somaliland right away. Good to know that you are alive and kicking. Happy Holidays despite the raging conflict to your South. Stay safe and well over there.

  4. booyaka said,

    March 2, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    all somalians are rude, ill mannered and have no consideration of other people around them.

  5. booyaka said,

    March 2, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    i have lived around somalian ppl all my life, and its okay wen they make noise or throw food into ur garden after they finished, but then u go to knock on their door for them to stop, they swear and shout at you. when u call the police, they put the water works on. Even their kids, they bring them up with no manners. they grow up thinking they some rap stars, swearing and trying to act ghetto. i know u get that in all societies and cultures, but looking at the hard life that their brothaz go thru in their home land, at least they should considerate.

  6. fuad cirrobeh said,

    March 21, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Hi Yvette,

    hi my dear hve countrymate, i am glad dat i got ur new blog site for inside somaliland…. i miss my home somaliland.. i wish i will be der soon… n i wish dat u will be back to my best kept secret coutry in african,,, somaliland

  7. Grigorios said,

    May 17, 2007 at 11:32 am


  8. Moris said,

    June 5, 2007 at 5:24 am


  9. Kostas said,

    June 10, 2007 at 10:04 pm


  10. Agias said,

    June 13, 2007 at 1:10 am


  11. Savvas said,

    June 13, 2007 at 3:25 am


  12. Ari said,

    June 13, 2007 at 7:43 am


  13. Matthaios said,

    June 13, 2007 at 11:30 pm


  14. Timotheos said,

    June 14, 2007 at 5:55 pm


  15. Aristotelis said,

    June 22, 2007 at 4:53 pm


  16. Kypros said,

    June 25, 2007 at 5:05 am

    Sorry 😦

  17. Spiridon said,

    July 9, 2007 at 12:55 pm


  18. Argyros said,

    July 9, 2007 at 2:35 pm


  19. Aineias said,

    July 10, 2007 at 12:38 am

    Sorry 😦

  20. Loukianos said,

    July 10, 2007 at 8:22 am


  21. Stratis said,

    July 10, 2007 at 4:45 pm


  22. Charilaos said,

    July 11, 2007 at 1:27 am


  23. Odysseus said,

    July 12, 2007 at 11:43 am


  24. Angelos said,

    July 13, 2007 at 4:01 am


  25. Antonios said,

    July 19, 2007 at 8:21 am


  26. Ibrahim said,

    July 27, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    Well, Yvette, haven’t seen your writings for long time. I couldn’t get your blog for a while and accidently i found this new blog by googling your name( Yvette). Frankly speaking, never have i seen some one who is more objective and more skilled in journalistic terms than you. You covered in all aspects of life in Somaliland and you were the only source of information of so many people . In addition , your photos of Somaliland such as Parlimentary, presidential, mayoral elections and pictures of common citizens were superp. These beautifull snap shots will remain in the memory of so many people.. Good luck Yvette..!! Be safe in Sudan..

  27. November 9, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    i like that i wana go there

  28. November 9, 2007 at 2:11 pm


  29. Cosmo said,

    November 30, 2007 at 11:48 am


  30. Zaharias said,

    January 3, 2008 at 1:36 am


  31. Khadijah said,

    November 14, 2008 at 3:41 am

    Name khuda Nasar nasay
    Besiyar Maqbool!!

  32. dave donald said,

    December 13, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    On the whole,Somalians and Sudanese have an attitude problem.They lack manners and finesse, are rude and abbrupt.
    Obviously there is good and bad in all peoples, but culturally they lack the good manners that are instilled in the majority of Western countries.
    For example, pushing in, given verbal threats and resorting to violence.
    They also have no consideration for peoples feelings, like making noise, and invading peoples privacy.
    A lot of the youth are uneducated and bombastic, They are also very intimidating.They have a mob mentality, and with their warlike mentality are bringing their problems to our streets.
    They are not grateful for being in the U.K.and feel we owe them everything.
    The U.K has been very kind to these ingrates, and before you say im racist, i am married to an asian/west indian and let me tell you they feel the same way!
    All they need to learn is R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    • Yasmine Ali said,

      March 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      EXCUSE ME, I am a somai , born and bred in the uk and as far as i am aware we somalis have been accepted in society , assests , have you not heard of MO Farah , Who won a gold medal for britain and is expected to win , not all somalis are rude maybe they come across as rude but that is the way you reat them ,how would you likeit if i called all english men and women monsters because of what they did to african slaves it would be unjust and unfair so next time get your facts right. I was very angry and upset when i sw this..[color=#FF0040][color=#FF0000][color=#FF0000][color=#FF0000][/color][/color][/color][/color]

  33. cia said,

    December 18, 2008 at 8:41 pm


    Bigla kitang naisip. You won’t remember me, Cia, but you might recall I wanted to say hello 🙂

  34. Mohammed said,

    December 23, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    David Donald,
    Does the word Holigan sound familir, to color all of England under the holigan banner would be wrong. Do not judge a society by a few. Problems have always been on your streets, you only now have a “NEW” minority group to place them blame on.

    As for so called ingrates, who do you think is building the british economy. The so called immigrants do the had work while you sip tea and judge others

  35. muse said,

    September 6, 2009 at 11:41 am

    hi Yvette
    i am a school teacher in burao your blog is very intrested . stay safe if you come back to somaliland we wil give you horse that is a promise

  36. Joey said,

    September 18, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    David Donald, well, considering we are contires apart it would seem you have a point. You can talk to most any working woman in our area and they will tell you the same stories. For some reason the Somalians in our area are the most rude people I have yet to meet as a whole. They are not in thier homeland and should really learn to respect others instead of being ungrateful ingrates. USA.

  37. greater somalia said,

    March 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    nice hargeysa is the weirdest place i ever been there is no were elese got rocky roads but hargeysa

  38. Ryan said,

    September 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I like where this is going. I love Africa and appreciate the struggles of Somalia and Somaliland. I’d love to read more!

  39. Shorty said,

    December 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    somaliands are fuckin* twats honestly i dont know why they are begging to be different, at the end of the day they are somalians they can’t face the facts that they ruined somalia and now they are trying get away from the trouble they cuased. I pray to God that karma gets them back, beacuse karma is bitch!

  40. Ayan Awell said,

    April 30, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Good stuff this! and Good luck!

  41. Naj said,

    May 25, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Firstly,some of these blatently racist comments are just shocking,and at the very least contradict themselves.How can one speak of respect and rudeness when her so rudely refers to a whol community group he chooses to know very little about.If you have tried to co-operate with these people and they have shown you violence,and aggression then perhaps i could understand where your judgments derive from but i could you are just observing from a distance are actually deeply prejudiced.It weird how you ended up on a blog dedicated to the lands of the people you and your West indian wife (who too is perhaps the same ;racist) claim to hate.
    Anywho as a person who lives in the UK i know that i am neither of those things you describe,i know plenty of white troublemakers in my area,who can be very offensive,but i also know more than plenty who are lovely and good people.
    If your not racist i would challenge you to attempt to have so sort of cummication with a suitable person from the somali community and i gurantee you will be surprised.

    great blog by the way and i apologise for giving so much attention to bigotry,and that it seeks to hijack your blog.

  42. fadh said,

    October 15, 2011 at 5:48 am

    nice blog. visit me too

  43. maryan said,

    February 1, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Salamu Caleykum, walaalaha tartanka raba in ey ka qeybgalaan waxaa idin ogeysiinayaa in aad wali fursad u heysiin in aad ka qeyb gashaan. Waa tartan aad u xiisa badan oo anaga oo dhan aan ka wada faaideysan karno miraha ka soo baxa. Qofki raayana waxaa inshallah la siin donaa $200 iyo qoraalkiisa oo la soo bandhigo iyo shaacin iyo waliba mamuus iyo magac. Qofka kaalinta labaad galana waxaa la siin donaa $50. Faahfaahinta tartanka waxaa aad ka heli kartiin Somaali business world facebook group ama

    P.s Blogaaga aad buu u fiican yahay ee ma kuugu daraa websitekeena, markaas adigana link u samee websitekeena.

    Wish u luck, we need more somali people blogging.


  44. Moh said,

    July 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Great blog. A bit disappointing that it hasn’t been updated for a while.


  45. Nimco said,

    July 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Great blog. A bit disappointing that it hasn’t been updated for a while.

    Guul Group

  46. mike said,

    April 19, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Hi everybody! I’m an American trying to help a Somalian friend. His sister lives outside of Hargeisa. She has a serious diabetes problem that I’m trying to help her with, through her brother here. Can anyone offer me advice on the food markets in that city? I need to know what kind of spices, herbs, vitamins, minerals, & healthy foods that are sold there. This will help me put together a total body & mind plan for her success in lowering her blood sugar naturally. Thanks to anyone that can help me out!!! Peace & blessings. Mike

    • taki said,

      September 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Somalis should be more grateful to be in uk . Asylum means the 1st safe country you get to so I dont know why they are here if uk was f***d they wudnt give us houses cars benefits and healthcare for free

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