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How Edna Adan Became a Global Inspiration and Won the Templeton Prize

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An Inspiration for Somaliland and Beyond

Edna Adan: A Life Dedicated to Helping Others

The Will of Edna: How She Built a World-Class Hospital and Changed Lives

Edna Adan is a living inspiration and global hero. Her lifelong dedication to helping others through medicine and philanthropy is unparalleled. Born in 1937 in Hargeisa, Somaliland, Edna overcame immense challenges to become the first Somali woman to earn a nursing degree and work for the World Health Organisation.

Edna’s compassion and perseverance know no bounds. In the late 1990s, she sold her home and car to fund the construction of the Edna Adan University Hospital, Somaliland’s first maternity hospital. She has since served as its director, overseeing the safe delivery of thousands of babies and the training of thousands of nurses and midwives.

The Indomitable Spirit of Edna Adan

Edna’s optimism and passion for improving lives are utterly contagious. She sees opportunity where others see obstacles and brings people together to create positive change. Edna is admired globally for her integrity, accountability and patriotism. A champion for women’s health and human rights, she has dedicated her life to empowering women in Somaliland and beyond.

Edna at Clinton Global Initiative

At 85, Edna shows no signs of slowing down. Her drive to establish Somaliland’s first postgraduate medical school is yet another example of her vision and resolve. Edna’s faith inspires her belief in each person’s potential for good. She is a shining light, reminding us of the heights humanity can reach when motivated by compassion.

At conference in Libreville

Edna Adan is a pioneer, a role model and living proof of what can be achieved through hard work, patience, and an unwavering commitment to serving others. The world is undoubtedly a better place thanks to her remarkable life and legacy. She is richly deserving of the Templeton Prize and so much more.

Her Relentless Drive and Passion for Improving Healthcare

Ambassador Etienne de Poncins presents award. May 2013

To say Edna Adan is an inspiration would be an understatement. Her relentless drive and passion for improving healthcare in Somaliland against all odds is truly awe-inspiring.

Edna grew up at a time when girls had limited opportunities for education and careers. But her father, a doctor, encouraged her ambitions. She went on to become Somaliland’s first qualified nurse and midwife, and the first woman from Somaliland to earn a WHO scholarship to study in the UK.

Edna 1959 nursing student

Upon her return, Edna worked tirelessly to improve Somaliland’s healthcare system in her roles as a WHO officer and Somaliland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Family Welfare. She built health centers, trained nurses, and provided healthcare to nomads and the poor. Her efforts were instrumental in drastically reducing Somaliland’s infant mortality rate.

At 82, Edna shows no signs of slowing down. Her hospital has become a lifeline for thousands in Somaliland, and a symbol of hope. Edna’s lifetime of service, fueled by her passion for helping others and her belief in the power of women, has made her a global inspiration. She is living proof that one determined person can change the world for the better.

A Pioneer for Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Somaliland

Hillary Clinton with Edna Adan

Edna Adan is a pioneer for women’s rights and empowerment, not just in Somaliland but globally. Through her iron will and indefatigable spirit, she has reshaped lives and lifted communities.

A Visionary for Healthcare

As Somaliland’s first nurse-midwife and former WHO officer, Edna Adan had a vision for high-quality healthcare for women when none existed. She founded the Edna Adan University Hospital in Hargeisa, which provides life-saving treatment for women and newborns where before there was none. Under Edna’s leadership, the hospital has become a premier medical facility that serves over 40,000 patients annually. Her name is synonymous with compassion and healing across Somaliland.

A Champion for Women

Nobel Prize winner Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with Edna Adan

Edna Adan is one of the world’s most ardent advocates for women’s health, rights and freedom. She has campaigned against female genital mutilation, child marriage and other practises that endanger women. Through scholarships and training programmes, she has advanced opportunities for women to pursue careers in medicine, nursing and community healthcare. Edna believes that when you empower women, you transform societies. Her vision and advocacy have lifted women’s lives and given them a voice.

An Inspiration for Somaliland and Beyond

Ghana President Jerry Rawlings with Edna Adan

At every turn, Edna Adan has been a pioneer and inspiration. She was Somaliland’s first female government minister, serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Family Welfare and Social Development. Her integrity, passion for service and commitment to excellence have made her a revered leader and role model not just in Somaliland but globally. At 80, she remains devoted to progress and justice. The world watches in awe at all she has achieved and continues to achieve. She makes us believe in the power of vision, purpose and perseverance against all odds.

Edna Adan is a lodestar for what humanity can accomplish through faith, compassion and an unyielding will to empower others. Her light has brightened the world.

Wins the 2023 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion

Edna Adan is a living inspiration and a shining example of human progress. Through her indomitable will and passion for helping others, she has changed the course of history and improved countless lives.

Wins the 2023 Templeton Prize

In 2023, Edna Adan was awarded the Templeton Prize, the world’s largest annual award given to an individual, for her extraordinary contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension. At over 80 years old, she has dedicated her life to improving women’s health and empowering communities. Her pioneering work establishing the Edna Adan University Hospital has provided healthcare training and services to hundreds of thousands of people where none existed before.

Cardiff University Fellowship

Driven by her vision and optimism, Edna Adan persevered against all odds to build the first modern hospital and medical training facility in Somaliland. Overcoming obstacles and setbacks that would discourage most, her patience, integrity and determination never wavered. She stands as a model of moral courage, compassion, and faith in action.

A trailblazer for women’s rights and healthcare equity, Edna Adan has given a voice to the voiceless and new hope to the hopeless. Her accomplishments have inspired people around the globe and reshaped what is possible where only poverty and suffering once reigned. She exemplifies the power of purpose and spirit to transform lives and uplift humanity.

Somalia First Lady with Munich Mayor

The Templeton Prize recognizes Edna Adan as one of the world’s most impactful spiritual leaders. Through her vision, sacrifice and service she has affirmed the spiritual values of human dignity, equality and justice in a way that has brought greater meaning, purpose and progress to countless lives. She is a shining light for Somalia, for Africa, and for people of faith worldwide. Her story is one of inspiration, courage, and moral vision triumphant.

Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba with Edna Adan

Edna Adan is a living testament to the power of purpose and spirit to change the world. Her light will continue guiding us all toward a future of greater progress, promise and hope.

An Inspiring Example of Excellence, Faith and True Patriotism

Edna Adan is a shining example of excellence, faith and patriotism. Her life’s work and accomplishments have made her a global inspiration and role model. Through sheer willpower, passion and dedication, she overcame immense challenges to become an advocate for women’s health and advance medical care in Somaliland.

A Relentless Vision

Edna dedicated her life to realizing her vision of building a hospital to serve the women of Somaliland. For over a decade, she traveled the world raising funds to construct the Edna Adan University Hospital, which opened in 2002. Her hospital provides life-saving care for women where none existed before. An unstoppable force, Edna continues leading efforts to train nurses and increase access to healthcare across Somaliland.

A Pioneering Spirit

As Somaliland’s first First Lady and Foreign Minister, Edna was a trailblazer who championed women’s rights. She has been instrumental in drafting laws against female genital mutilation, child marriage and violence against women. A former WHO officer, Edna’s expertise and advocacy have brought global attention to healthcare challenges facing women in Somaliland and beyond.

An Inspiring Faith

Edna’s Muslim faith inspires her compassion for others and commitment to justice and human rights. She believes that “true faith means making the lives of others better, easing their hardships and helping those less fortunate.” This guiding principle has shaped her life’s purpose and mission.

A Patriot of Somaliland

Somaliland President Bihi Holds Special Reception for Edna Adan

Despite offers to work abroad, Edna chose to devote herself to improving lives in her native Somaliland. She is a fiercely proud patriot who has garnered tremendous international support and recognition for her country. By winning the prestigious 2023 Templeton Prize, Edna brought further awareness of Somaliland’s aspirations for independence and democracy. Her achievements and advocacy exemplify the potential of Somaliland’s people. She is a hero for her country and all of Africa.

Edna Adan is a woman whose drive, compassion, integrity and optimism have changed the course of countless lives. She is a shining light and inspiration to people across the globe. Through her, we see what true excellence, faith and patriotism can achieve.

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US assessing military responses to Iran-backed attacks in the Middle East

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US defence and military officials have been deliberating over a response to Iran-backed attacks across the Middle East as they await approval from the Biden administration, according to officials and sources familiar with the matter.

US forces in Iraq and Syria have been targeted over 100 times since 17 October, which was just 10 days after the deadly Hamas attack on Israel.

The US military has publicly announced at least six different potential responses as they look to contain the conflict in Gaza and prevent a new war that would require deploying US boots on the ground again.

After several weeks of attacks, US President Joe Biden had initially only authorised responses inside Syria, which analysts and former officials have described as largely symbolic strikes despite some of the attacks on US troops occurring in Iraq.

The US had avoided responding inside Iraq due to already frustrated public sentiment amongst Iraqis towards Washington. However, the US has since targeted Iran-backed militias inside Iraq and killed several fighters, officials said.

Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke to the Iraqi Prime Minister regarding Baghdad’s obligation to protect US diplomatic and military personnel in the country. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also held similar discussions with the Iraqi Premier to reinforce this message.

Austin stated the US had the right to act in self-defence against those attacking US forces and called out Iran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah and Harakat al-Nujaba for being behind most attacks.

According to one US official, who spoke anonymously to discuss sensitive information, the United States was giving the Iraqi government an opportunity to curb these militias.

Baghdad’s security forces have arrested a handful of perpetrators. However, the official said it seems unlikely the Iraqi government will be able to fully stop attacks on Americans in the country at the invitation of the Iraqi government.

In recent days, the top US military general for the Middle East held discussions with the top US military general and Pentagon chief to discuss potential responses.

US Central Command (CENTCOM) chief Gen. Erik Kurilla now has a list of different retaliatory attacks prepared, ready for approval once the US President authorises a response.

“Deterrence has not worked so far,” said one US official.
Gen. Kurilla travelled to Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Israel last week. He also visited the USS CARNEY in the Red Sea, which has shot down ballistic missiles and drones launched by the Houthis multiple times over the last few weeks.

Calculating an appropriate response
The Biden administration has publicly stated its intention not to launch any attacks that would escalate fighting in the Middle East.

Thousands of US troops are based in the region and any retaliation to US strikes could put them in danger immediately.

Nevertheless, the US military is prepared to strike back at the attacks as well as the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen for shooting down an American MQ-9 Reaper drone and for hijacking and attacking commercial vessels in the Red Sea.

An official said any potential response would have more impact and send a stronger message to Iran than previous strikes, which the US has accused of being behind the uptick in attacks across the region. However, calculating the scale and type of attacks remains ongoing.

Carrying out strikes against the Houthis in Yemen and militias in Iraq and Syria would be almost tantamount to declaring war, one official said, pointing to the various factors under consideration.
That is something the US aims to avoid as part of its policy objectives on Gaza. According to officials, policy decisions are being made based on five pillars: protect, deter, contain, assure, and project force.

So far, the US has been able to protect its troops in the region for the most part as well as contain the fighting to Gaza. Officials say the US has also reassured Israel of its commitment to helping defend itself and respond to Hamas.

Washington has also demonstrated it is capable of surging assets to the Middle East while not neglecting the threat from China to the Indo-Pacific or its ability to provide assistance to Ukraine as it continues to defend itself from Russian invasion.

The fifth pillar that has not been achieved is deterrence, according to current and former US military officials.

“There’s a fine line between avoiding escalation and inviting continued opportunities for Iranian and Houthi attacks, based on a perceived fecklessness on our part,” said former US Central Command head Gen. Frank McKenzie in a recent interview with POLITICO.

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Exclusive: Secret Intel Leak Suggests Somaliland’s Recognition

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Diplomatic Sources Reveal Shocking Details of Somalia’s Failed Attempts and Exorbitant Spending

US Lawmakers Back Somaliland’s Quest For International Recognition

In a stunning development that could reshape the geopolitical landscape of the Horn of Africa, a secret intel leak obtained by WARYATV suggests that Somaliland’s long-awaited international recognition is on the horizon. The leaked information, obtained from diplomatic sources, reveals that 3 European and 11 African countries are poised to recognize Somaliland as an independent nation.

The secret intel leak sheds light on the behind-the-scenes efforts of Somalia to prevent Somaliland’s recognition. Startling details emerge, indicating that Somalia has been paying millions of dollars annually to halt the recognition process. Even more alarming is the revelation that Somalia has assigned officials, some of whom are Somaliland nationals and former employees of the successive governments of Somaliland, to spearhead this covert operation.

Diplomatic sources point to the government of former Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as the primary instigator behind these efforts. The leaked intel indicates that the Farmajo administration has spared no expense in its attempts to thwart Somaliland’s recognition, diverting significant financial resources towards this cause.

Despite Somalia’s desperate attempts, the tide appears to be turning in favor of Somaliland. The leaked information suggests that key European and African nations have grown increasingly sympathetic to Somaliland’s case for recognition. These countries, driven by geopolitical considerations and a desire to support stability in the region, are ready to break ranks with Somalia and grant recognition to Somaliland.

The implications of this potential recognition are significant. Somaliland, a independent state since 1991, has long sought international recognition to solidify its sovereignty. Recognition would not only bestow legitimacy upon Somaliland’s government but also open doors to foreign investment, development assistance, and greater diplomatic engagement.

The leaked intel leak has generated a wave of anticipation and excitement among Somaliland’s patriotic citizens. For decades, they have yearned for their nation’s recognition and the benefits it would bring. The revelation of imminent recognition fuels their hopes and dreams, as they envision a future where Somaliland takes its rightful place among the community of nations.

As this diplomatic saga unfolds, the world watches with bated breath. Will Somalia’s efforts to block Somaliland’s recognition be in vain? Will the international community finally acknowledge Somaliland’s achievements in governance, stability, and democracy?

Only time will tell. Stay tuned as WARYATV continues to bring you exclusive updates on this groundbreaking development. The recognition of Somaliland may be just around the corner, and the world will bear witness to the birth of a new nation in the Horn of Africa.

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The Phenomenon of Bihi Syndrome

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President Muse Bihi and the Journey to Transform Somaliland

Explore the mysterious Bihi Syndrome that has gripped Somaliland’s political landscape. Delve into the reasons behind its occurrence, the impact on former government officials, and the president’s strides towards a healthier political ecosystem. 

Somaliland President Muse Bihi

In the realm of Somaliland politics, President Muse Bihi’s leadership has sparked fierce opposition, leaving many individuals afflicted with an enigmatic ailment known as Bihi Syndrome. The origins and characteristics of this perplexing disease have remained a mystery, fueling curiosity within the public. After an extensive 120-day investigation, intriguing revelations have come to light, shedding some much-needed clarity on this unprecedented condition that has beset Somaliland’s politicians.

The study encompassed a broad spectrum, involving politicians, parliamentarians, religious leaders, traditional leaders, sultans, women, youth, foreigners, ambassadors, and Somaliland diasporas. Surprisingly, all who were interviewed voiced a shared disdain for President Bihi. This outbreak of Bihi Syndrome, an ailment with an unknown cure and its potential for contagion yet to be determined, has predominantly affected former office-holders within Somaliland.

This comprehensive investigation uncovered a common thread among those afflicted. The source of their angst stems from President Bihi’s failure to provide them with desired political positions or appointments within the government. Over the past few months, President Bihi reshuffled his administration, exacerbating the disease’s prevalence when these rejected individuals witnessed their counterparts assuming positions of authority.

One striking finding of the study reveals that this group of former ministers exhibits two conflicting personalities, further intensifying the chronic syndrome and perpetuating toxic politics.

Firstly, this group relentlessly berates the president and his administration through incessant media criticism. Secondly, they paradoxically harbor an intense desire to become employees of President Muse Bihi and his government, thereby seeking to corrupt the system from within.

A reliable source closely associated with the President’s administration divulged that this disease has permeated the very fabric of Somaliland’s political arena. He revealed, “This group primarily consists of those who vehemently opposed the liberation of Somaliland during President Bihi’s tenure in the Somali National Movement (SNM) war, which aimed to free the country.” 

Traditional leaders, who have recently embarked upon a newfound political journey by donning both religious and political garments, emerge as the first group to harbor animosity towards the president. It is disconcerting to learn that these very leaders receive funds from organizations actively working against the existence of Somaliland.

The second and most severe group affected by this insidious disease comprises former government officials who currently lack political positions. Renowned for their embezzlement and extensive monetary theft during previous Kulmiye administrations, these individuals now harbor an overwhelming hatred for President Muse Bihi. The investigation ultimately exposes a shared objective amongst these infected groups: to dismantle the nation of Somaliland due to their deep-seated animosity towards its president.

Dr. Amina Ayaanleh, an expert in political brain diseases and a key contributor to this investigation, explains the underlying causes of this affliction. She expounds, “At the heart of these political brain diseases lies unparalleled greed. Picture two childhood friends turned neighbors, where one amasses wealth through a brief stint in Somaliland’s government, constructing lavish mansions, while the other wallows in poverty, despite possessing greater capabilities and knowledge.” Dr. Amina Ayaanleh emphasizes that this pattern reigned during Silanyo’s government, which witnessed rampant corruption and wanton appropriation of national wealth by ministerial thieves.

Dr. Amina further asserts that the individuals plagued by Bihi Syndrome primarily comprise the very thieves responsible for bankrupting the country during Silanyo’s regime. These groups, instigators of the present turmoil, harbor connections with Somaliland’s enemies who perceive their vulnerability as financial in nature. Exploring this vulnerability eventually unravels the roots of the Lasanod war.

Amidst exhaustive analysis, a remedy for this group’s ailment emerges – to attain the highest seat in the country and regain control over Somaliland’s national economy. President Muse Bihi, understanding the urgency to nullify the effects of Bihi Syndrome, embarks on a mission to select honorable politicians who uphold the virtues of integrity and service to Somaliland.

As Somaliland grapples with the ramifications of Bihi Syndrome, President Muse Bihi’s pursuit of a stronger, healthier political landscape shines as a beacon of hope. By addressing the concerns and frustrations of citizens, he endeavors to unite the nation and bring about an era of progress and prosperity, untainted by the toxic politics propagated by Bihi Syndrome.

In conclusion, the enigma surrounding Bihi Syndrome continues to challenge Somaliland’s political sphere. However, President Muse Bihi’s steadfast commitment to rid the nation of this affliction inspires optimism and highlights the tremendous potential for growth and stability within Somaliland. Through inclusive governance and meticulous leadership, a brighter future beckons, where the shackles of Bihi Syndrome will ultimately be broken.

Dr. Amina Ayaanleh, an expert on political brain diseases, sheds light on the underlying causes of this affliction, linking it to rampant corruption during previous administrations.

WARYATV explores the concept of a unique political affiliation affecting those who oppose Somaliland President Muse Bihi’s leadership. The investigation reveals that this syndrome predominantly affects former government officials, who resent not being given desired political positions by the current administration.

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