Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Somalia (Somaliya)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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Name: Albert Mohamed Abdulkadir Mursal 性別 Sex: Male 國家: Nationality: Kenya. My name is Albert Mohamed Abdulkadir. I am a Deaf Somali refugee living in Kenya. I arrived in Kenya in June 1988 on a full Missionary Scholarship due to lack of special education for the Deaf in Somalia.

Deaf education & youth (2006, April 11). SOMALIA: Rare opportunity for hearing-impaired children as school opens.

Deaf school.

Wikipedia. Boorama. Borama is also the home of the first Deaf school in Somalia Borama Deaf School trains and provides the deaf children with education that extends up to high school. Since the school is the first and the only one of its type, it has attracted a great number of deaf pupils from across the Somalia and even beyond.


Somali Deaf Union / Midawga Dhagoolada Soomaliyeed. Somali Deaf Union [SODU] is an umbrella that unites Deaf people in Somalia. It was established by a group of Somali Deaf after assessing the sad conditions of the hearing impaired which include, but not limited to: discrimination, ignorance and lack of education, unemployment and other social problems. / Midawga Dhagoolada Soomaliyeed waa dallad ay ku midoobaan dhamaan dhagoolada Soomaaliyeed unkida Midawga Dhagoolada Soomaliyeed waxaa iska kaashaday koox Dhagoolayaal ah oo ku sugan gudaha dalka kadib markii ay darseen xaalada aqoon daro kalsooni daro iyo go'doon ee haysato dhagoolada.

Somalia Sign Language

Woodford, D. E. The beginning and growth of a new language - Somali Sign Language. The establishment of schools for deaf children in Wajir in Kenya as well as in Boroma and Hargeisa in Somaliland and in Djibouti contributed significantly to the development of the language. However significant challenges were posed by the mobile population, the difficulty of involving parents, the use of several official written languages and the lack of knowledgeable af-Somali-speaking personnel.