Monday, 30 October 2017

SOMALILAND - Republic of Somaliland / Jamhuriyadda Somaliland

Somaliland (Somali: Somaliland, Arabic: صوماليلاند‎‎ Ṣūmālīlānd, أرض الصومال Arḍ aṣ-Ṣūmāl), officially the Republic of Somaliland (Somali: Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland, Arabic: جمهورية صوماليلاند‎‎ Jumhūrīyat Ṣūmālīlānd), is a self-declared state internationally recognised as an autonomous region of Somalia.
The government of the de facto state of Somaliland regards itself as the successor state to the former British Somaliland protectorate, which as the State of Somaliland united as scheduled on 1 July 1960 with the Trust Territory of Somaliland (the former Italian Somaliland) to form the Somali Republic.

Somaliland lies in northwestern Somalia, on the southern coast of the Gulf of Aden. It is bordered by the remainder of Somalia (per international recognition) to the east, Djibouti to the northwest, and Ethiopia to the south and west. Its claimed territory has an area of 137,600 square kilometres (53,100 sq mi), with approximately 4 million residents. The capital and the largest city is Hargeisa, with the population of around 1,500,000 residents.
When thinking about Somaliland postal service in 2017, there is no postal service or postal system. Even the stamps issued by Somalia in the past also not accepted for postmarking. There is a ministry for Posts and Telecommunications but ever taken effort to issue stamps or restore the postal service. there are some stamps like labels available, the public use them for paying taxes and fees.

 This is the cancellation what he got from Post and Telecommunication department. No date is mentioned.

My friend Caydaruus arranged these covers by getting cancellation from Posts and telecommunications department in Hargeisa, the capital city of Somaliland. I prepared envelopes with Old "Somaliland Protectorate" stamps issued in British Colonial time, and also Somalia stamps which are bought from Mogadishu by my friend David in 2016.
My friend planned to send a cover from Kenya with Somaliland 'stamps' , hope will reach in my hands. I sent and received the covers via DHL only, It serves via Kenya and Ethiopia.This cover sent via DHL on October 19,2017 and I received on October 24,2017. Old Somaliland Protectorate stamps or Somalia stamps are not valid in Somaliland, so they haven't put cancellation on them. Recently Somalia made agreement with Djibouti regarding international mail exchange, hope in future Somaliland also can start postal system with the cooperation of Somalia and Djibouti.

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