PRESS RELEASE: 18 May Celebrations Abroad and Role of Somaliland Diaspora + Schedule of the Events

Unlike previous events, preparations for the 25th Anniversary of  regaining Somaliland Independence 18 May 2016 has been extensively going since January in the most host countries of Somaliland Diaspora communities abroad, Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Africa as well.

Somaliland Diaspora Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation has encouraged all Diaspora communities to commemorate 18 May more strongly and differently than ever before and submitted action plan to the Somaliland Diaspora communities committees as guideline in regards to the preparations of the Diaspora communities for 18 May. The government emphasized the performances of powerful rallies and highly organized receptions, more media exposure and more engaging of the host governments and Somaliland friends in the events. There have been noteworthy efforts of the Diaspora communities committees, scholars, umbrella associations and appointed preparatory committees in preparations for 18 May 2016 to strengthen unity, cooperation and collective action of the communities in commemoration of 18 May, 2016 mainly countries in Europe. What is also worthy of mention that the most of the preparatory committees have been well reporting to SLDA and MOFA upon updates of their works including the Students Associations.


The key activities include remarkable and historic rallies planned to take place in different countries including UK, Sweden, Canada, USA and Australia plus more participation of Somaliland friends and bigwigs from host governments in key receptions. The most Somaliland Diaspora communities celebrating 18 May also submitted petitions and the legal case of Somaliland Recognition to their host governments.

The celebrations for 18 May abroad which have already taken place in some countries started on 13th May for the first and will continue in the last week of May and first week of June to the last in some places.

Somaliland Diaspora Agency estimates that 18 May this year will be celebrated in nearly 70 capitals and major cities and towns in about 40 countries abroad by Somaliland Diaspora population.

EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA & AUSTRALIA:  UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Turkey, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

AFRICA:  include Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Djibouti, Sudan, Egypt, South Africa, and South Sudan.

ASIA: include UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Philippines, China and other countries.

Somaliland Diaspora Agency sends congratulations to all Somaliland Diaspora communities abroad including the active students associations, who are as well celebrating for 18 May in many countries on how patriotically they are all commemorating for the 25th Anniversary of Somaliland, 18 May, 2016.  SLDA also appreciates role of the most Somaliland Ambassadors in the 18 May Events preparations and their cooperation with the Somalilanders in their receiving countries.

Finally, we are calling all Somaliland Diaspora communities to greaten celebrations for the national day 18 May 2016 and particularly the upcoming planned rallies in support of the sovereignty and the quest for recognition of the Republic of Somaliland.


No Country (Wadanka) City/province

(Where Receptions and demonstrations are taking place)

Date/time for the celebration (Receptions and demonstrations)
1 UK London

 A big demonstration will be held at  Richmond Terrace opposite 10 Downing Street in the day time on 18 May and the Reception will be held in the night time

Date: 18th May

Demonstration time: 1pm–4:30pm




Commemoration event for Somaliland friends in Islington Town Hall in London Date 18th of May

18:00 – 21:00pm



Date: 21st May

Starting time: 4:30pm

Bristol Date: 18th May
2 SWEDEN Stockholm

A big demonstration will be held opposite the Parliament House in the day time

Demonstration at Stockholm on  18th May


Malmö Date: 14th May
Tröllhattan Date: 21st May
Stockholm Date: 27th May
Jönköping 28th May
Göteborg 28th May
Motala  21st May
Karlstad Date: 14th May
3 GERMANY Munich Date: 13th May
Frankfurt Date: 14th May

A big demonstration will be held

Date: 15th May
4 FRANCE Angers             12th May Date: 12th May
Lyon                 14th May Date: 14th May
Toulouse          04th June Date: 4th June
5 HOLLAND Utrecht Date:  21st May

Time: 18:00pm – 3:00pm

6 DENMARK Copenhagen

Jagtvej  107 2200  Copenhagen

14  May

Starting time:  13: pm


Axel   klersvej    24     8270   Hojberg

Date: 20th May

Time: 7:00pm – 3:00am



Date: 18th May

Time: 15:00pm – 21:00am

9 BELGIUM Brussels

Rue Du cinema 1A, 1080 Molenbeek

Date: 14th May

Time: 18:00pm – 3:00am

10 SWITZERLAND Zurich Date: 13th May

Starting time: 12:00am

11 AUSTRALIA Sydney  
12 AUSTRIA    
13 ITALY    
15 TURKEY Istanbul Date: 20th May

Night time

16 CANADA Ottawa Date: 14th May

Time: 8pm – 4pm

Edmonton Date: 14th May

Time: 8pm – 4pm

Toronto Date: 21st May

Time: 8pm – 4pm

17 USA Washington DC – May 20-21 Date: 20-21 May
Columbus, OH

Wilson Blvd and W. broad ST

Date: 21st May
Connecticut Date: 21st May
Seattle, WA. Date: 21st May
Minnesota Date: 21st May
 San Diego, CA Date: 21st May
18 ETHIOPIA Addis Ababa 18th May

Night time

19 DJIBOUTI Djibouti,  Sheraton Hotel Date: 18th May

Time: 7:00pm

20 SUDAN Khartoum

International Garden

Date: 18th May

Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm

21 UGANDA Kampala Date: 18th May

Time: 7:00pm – 1:00am

22 KENYA Nairobi Date: 18th May
23 TANZANIA Dar Es Salaam

A demonstration will be held

Date: 18th May

Time: 6:30am – 12:00pm

24 EGYPT Cairo,

Qaacatul Malikia Hotel

Date: 20th May

Night time

25 SOUTH AFRICA Johannesburg Date: 18th May

Night time

26 SOUTH SUDAN Juba Date: 18th May
27 UAE Abu Dubai Date: 14th May


28 S/ARABIA Jeddah Date: 18th May

Night time

29 KUWAIT    
30 QATAR Doha  
31 MALAYSIA Kuala Lumpur

Golden Chersonese Media Hall

Date: 28th May

Time: 7:00pm – 11:30pm

32 INDIA Hyderabad Date: 18th May
33 BANGLADESH Dhaka Date: 19th May

Night time

34 CHINA    
35 PHILIPINES   Date: 18th May

Night time

36 OMAN    
37 BAHRAIN    
38 PAKISTAN Islamabad  
40 UKRAINE    

Source: Somaliland Diaspora Agency

HQ: Hargeisa, Republic of Somaliland


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