Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Somaliland (Somaliland)

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

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map of Somaliland

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Map: Somalilandgov: Somaliland Republic.

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Deaf and social services

Somaliland Disability Movement. The Broad aim of the SDM Somaliland Disability Movement in Somaliand is to: improve the social status, rights and quality of life of disabled people in Somali society. [Webmaster: click on "People who are Deaf > deaf sign language".]

Deaf culture

NDCS. Fatima and Saynab Hargeisa, Somaliland. In Somaliland, some people strongly believe that, if you have a child with a disability, it is a curse from God. If your child is disabled, it is because you have done something wrong and God is punishing you. For that reason many parents decide to keep their disabled child at home. They hide their child to avoid others seeing that they have a disabled child.

Deaf education & youth

IPRT. Hargeisa School for the Deaf.


golden marble bullet(2006, February 20). Improving the education and social situation of deaf children and youth and their families. The challenges facing Somaliland's two schools for the deaf are huge. There is no formal policy on deaf education and high levels of discrimination. This project will encourage the two schools to learn from each other as well as enhancing the capacity of parents and young deaf people to come together to participate in lobbying and awareness raising activities. The project will also work with parents to improve family communication.

golden marble bullet(2001, September 12-13). An EENET meeting to discuss Deaf issues in the South. Scroll down to "Somaliland".

Shettle, A. (2004, Spring). Deaf Children with Additional Disabilities in Developing Countries, Somaliland.

Somaliland Times. (2006, June 1). Annalena Tonelli School Of The Deaf And ‎The Blind Faces Bleak Future‎. The Annalena Tonelli School of the Deaf and the Blind faces uncertain future after an Italian organization decided to stop its financial support to the school. No explanation was given for Comitata's decision to suspend its assistance.