Vintage Somalia

Working Girls.
Once upon a time before the war when there were opportunities within Somalia for men and women. It’s sad to see how a lot of the progress that was accomplished post independence has been completely wiped out in the past two decades. Hoping for a better future in this new year.
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Working Girls.

Once upon a time before the war when there were opportunities within Somalia for men and women. It’s sad to see how a lot of the progress that was accomplished post independence has been completely wiped out in the past two decades. Hoping for a better future in this new year.

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Somali Airlines pilot and cabin crew from before the civil war. Somali Airlines will be in operation very soon in 2014. A Boeing 737-476 already painted with the national colors, which the Somali federal government has purchased has recently been spotted in Nairobi airport. The current management team of Somali Airlines are working hard to bring back the airlines famous “White Star Service”.
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Somali Airlines pilot and cabin crew from before the civil war. Somali Airlines will be in operation very soon in 2014. A Boeing 737-476 already painted with the national colors, which the Somali federal government has purchased has recently been spotted in Nairobi airport. The current management team of Somali Airlines are working hard to bring back the airlines famous “White Star Service”.

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Lieutenant Lloyd of Maidenhead, an English master at Sheikh [British boarding school), talking to students during “break” in what was then British Somaliland ~ C. 9 July, 1945  © IWM (K 8545) 
Education in British Somaliland ~ Colonial Times
The basis of education in British Somaliland during colonial times consisted of a a chain of elementary schools established by the Education Department in the various towns, giving three years’ course in English, Arabic, arithmetic, the Qoran, nature study and hygiene. From there, the most promising students progressed to the Primary School at Sheikh, 40 miles inland from Berbera, where history, geography, science, technical work and gardening were added to the curriculum. The boys ages ranged from 13 to 17 and were expected to become the  country’s future teachers, government minor officials and administrators. They lived in dormitories similar to English boarding schools and played football, hockey and other British games. The Headmaster was an Army Captain who was a school-master in England before he came to Somalia. Advanced subjects were taught by British officers. There were several Somali teachers as well. [source]

Lieutenant Lloyd of Maidenhead, an English master at Sheikh [British boarding school), talking to students during “break” in what was then British Somaliland ~ C. 9 July, 1945  © IWM (K 8545) 

Education in British Somaliland ~ Colonial Times

The basis of education in British Somaliland during colonial times consisted of a a chain of elementary schools established by the Education Department in the various towns, giving three years’ course in English, Arabic, arithmetic, the Qoran, nature study and hygiene. From there, the most promising students progressed to the Primary School at Sheikh, 40 miles inland from Berbera, where history, geography, science, technical work and gardening were added to the curriculum. The boys ages ranged from 13 to 17 and were expected to become the  country’s future teachers, government minor officials and administrators. They lived in dormitories similar to English boarding schools and played football, hockey and other British games. The Headmaster was an Army Captain who was a school-master in England before he came to Somalia. Advanced subjects were taught by British officers. There were several Somali teachers as well. [source]

Yesteryear’s from Al-Uruba hotel in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, Somalia 1980s
Health Workers in all white - I love their happy faces and abundance. There are so many of them, it is beautiful to see. This picture harks back to a time when Somalia took care of its citizens and provided free health services. Everything Somalia needs today in terms of providing services and access to health care, education, governance, security, and peace; it once had before and it can surely have again. We have a window of opportunity not to be missed and wasted. For the first time since 1991 it is possible to make real lasting changes to rebuild and re-develop Somalia today. This has already started. The insecurity and instability we’ve been exposed to for so many years is almost over. Mogadishu, along with many other cities are in the control of the Somali government and security forces. Somalia is at a junction in its history today, where a lot of things that weren’t possible before is possible today.  I know it is easy to be dismayed and disillusioned from all the negative stories we hear of our homeland in the media, the violence, the instability and those whose resolve is to destroy what was once a place of peace and respite for all. We must not give up. God loves those who do good and keep peace. 
We must not give up, I reiterate. It is important more now than ever to participate and take part in the rebuilding of Somalia. We must have unwavering hope. Somalia will become a developed nation. The spark has already been lit. It is up to us and the young Somalis living in Somalia and across the world now to also take part and help in the rebuilding of our homeland even better than it was before. Somalia needs educators, entrepreneurs, doctors, law men, scientists, its youth, and its women. Everything happens for a reason. When the civil war broke out, many Somalis emigrated to different continents around the world.  Today, the talent pool seen in the Somali diaspora is breathtaking. The talent Somalia so desperately needs today can be found within its highly educated and goodhearted diaspora population. Life is full of blessings and lessons. We’ve learned so much from the war and all that was destroyed. We know better now and we must do better. Please keep Somalia in your plans and prayers. Always remember with God anything is possible. 
For ways to get involved and if you just want to talk please send me an email vintagesomalia (at) gmail (dotcom). I am always interested to hear your thoughts. 

Mogadishu, Somalia 1980s

Health Workers in all white - I love their happy faces and abundance. There are so many of them, it is beautiful to see. This picture harks back to a time when Somalia took care of its citizens and provided free health services. Everything Somalia needs today in terms of providing services and access to health care, education, governance, security, and peace; it once had before and it can surely have again. We have a window of opportunity not to be missed and wasted. For the first time since 1991 it is possible to make real lasting changes to rebuild and re-develop Somalia today. This has already started. The insecurity and instability we’ve been exposed to for so many years is almost over. Mogadishu, along with many other cities are in the control of the Somali government and security forces. Somalia is at a junction in its history today, where a lot of things that weren’t possible before is possible today.  I know it is easy to be dismayed and disillusioned from all the negative stories we hear of our homeland in the media, the violence, the instability and those whose resolve is to destroy what was once a place of peace and respite for all. We must not give up. God loves those who do good and keep peace. 

We must not give up, I reiterate. It is important more now than ever to participate and take part in the rebuilding of Somalia. We must have unwavering hope. Somalia will become a developed nation. The spark has already been lit. It is up to us and the young Somalis living in Somalia and across the world now to also take part and help in the rebuilding of our homeland even better than it was before. Somalia needs educators, entrepreneurs, doctors, law men, scientists, its youth, and its women. Everything happens for a reason. When the civil war broke out, many Somalis emigrated to different continents around the world.  Today, the talent pool seen in the Somali diaspora is breathtaking. The talent Somalia so desperately needs today can be found within its highly educated and goodhearted diaspora population. Life is full of blessings and lessons. We’ve learned so much from the war and all that was destroyed. We know better now and we must do better. Please keep Somalia in your plans and prayers. Always remember with God anything is possible. 

For ways to get involved and if you just want to talk please send me an email vintagesomalia (at) gmail (dotcom). I am always interested to hear your thoughts. 

Banking in Somalia

In 1920 Banca d’Italia opens a branch in Mogadishu. This was the first bank of its kind in Somalia.

1938 Banco di Napoli  opens a Branch in Mogadishu.

1920-1940 Banca d’Italia and Banco di Roma establish branches in Mogadishu, Kismayo and Merca.

1952 National Bank of India opens branches in Berbera and Hargeisa.

1960 The Republic of Somalia after unification (of North and South) establishes the National Bank of Somalia (Banca Nazionale Somala) following decolonization.

1975 The Somali Government renames the Banca Nazionale Somala (National Bank of Somalia) to Central Bank of Somalia. 

1990 The Central Bank of Somalia ceased operation along with the Commercial and Savings Bank of Somalia due to break down of government as the result of the civil war. 

2009 The Transitional Federal Government reopened the Somali Central Bank.

When financial institutional collapsed in 1990 due to war, business savy Somali entrepeneurs filled the void left and created money transfer industries that have made them millionaires today (see Dhabshiil) 

What is interesting from all of this is how the Somali shilling has been able to survive without a government for over 20 years. It’s quite remarkable as noted by The Economist. The Somali Shilling has been in use in what is Somalia today since 1921.