At Saliid makeshift military encampment in Sanaag Mtns in an offensive against militants of Al-Itihaad Al-Islami led by Hassan Dahir Aweys then, 1992-1993. This picture was taken by late Ambassador, Yusuf Mohamed Ismail “Baribari’. Because of this camp hardship conditions, Abdullahi Yusuf, the late President of Somalia, developed liver infection, leading to his liver transplant in Crownwell Hospital in London, UK, in 1995.

Three years later, after a successful liver transplant, Mr Yusuf became a leading founder and president of Puntland State of Somalia in 1998, and later, the president of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia in 2004.


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About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at:

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