Monday, 22 August 2016

SOMALIA - Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya

the Federal Republic of Somalia (SomaliJamhuuriyadda Federaalka SoomaaliyaArabicجمهورية الصومال الفدرالية‎‎ Jumhūrīyat aṣ-Ṣūmāl al-Fidirālīyah), is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa's mainland, and its terrain consists mainly of plateaus, plains and highlands. Climatically, hot conditions prevail year-round, with periodic monsoon winds and irregular rainfall. 
Northern Somalia is now de facto divided up among the autonomous regions of Puntland (which considers itself an autonomous state) and Somaliland (a self-declared but unrecognized sovereign state). In central Somalia, Galmudug is another regional entity that emerged just south of Puntland. Jubaland in the far south is a fourth autonomous region within the federation. In 2014, a new South West State was likewise established. In April 2015, a formation conference was also launched for a new Central Regions State.

You feels shock when seeing these covers with postmark? It is real ! Proof of Somalia has a semi working postal system. These beautiful airmail covers sent by my very good friend David, when he made a special visit to Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. The country is changed a lot, opened new post offices, and also going to start international mail service by early January of 2017. They also going to start new post offices in the self declared Somaliland capital Hargeisa, as Somalia Post.  Now they have limited internal postal service, found it better than we expected. The existing mail services is done via Djibouti. When they start international mail service in advanced way, Djibouti will be the transit hub. 

The Mogadisho General post office has a working philatelic section but it is not exactly meant so because there is no news stamps or fully operational postal service. We found some old series stamps too. It is very rare in the market because the country has very limited stamps since 1991 sold via post offices. Somalia stamps were printed by the Italian printing company IPZS, they issued stamps till 2002 even the postal service not in function. The stamps issued till 1999 are listed in main catalogues. 

It was a big surprise that the stamps sheets brought from the philatelic section. All the covers and postcards which we prepared got perfect postmarking from Mogadisho GPO with date stamp. New stamps are designed and given for printing, just waiting to be delivered into post offices. By the end of December all existing post offices will have basic postal facilities including Registered mail.

David got a great opportunity to meet the Director general of Somali Post , he shared the latest status and details about Somali Post. He very much interested and appreciated my envelopes and postcards, he showed them to all the other staff. He offered a whole hearted help for our philatelic projects, so we will definitely come to know when will be the international mail service starts.
When I see the covers as postmarked, I could not believe. I am sure mine is the first philatelic airmail cover  from  Somalia as postmarked in recent years. I am waiting for the next golden moments to make possible the first international airmail to India and Ireland from Mogadishu and Hargeisa.

This is the General Post office Building in Mogadishu. Need special entry permit to go inside. 

My Friend David is with Philatelic Bureau General. You can see my covers kept on his table and the last set of stamps we bought from the bureau. These stamps issued in 1995 and 1997. There are a number of thematic stamps issued but very few reached to Philatelic bureau. The Italian company IPZS was printing the stamps, They printed Somalian stamps till 2003. The stamps issued till 1999 are listed in the catelogues, one among them I used on the above showed covers - the orchids.

The meeting with Philatelic Bureau Deputy personal.

My friend David and The Philatelic Bureau Deputy personal. You can see my covers and the last set of available stamps on the table. 

The first image taken when all the covers arrived in my hands ! Wonderful moments !

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