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Gabiley is a beautiful city 54 km west of Hargeisa the nation's capital of Somaliland. Gabiley locates on Somaliland's western fertile region known as "Dhul-beereed". Gabiley is called the bread basket of Somaliland because of its agricultural productivity level compared to the other regions of the country. It is also the administrative center of the district of Gabiley.

The district of Gabiley is bounded on the west by Awdal region, and on the north by the Gulf of Aden. On the east it is bordered by the nation's capital Hargeisa, and on the south Gabiley district is bounded by the fifth-Somali State in the Ethiopian Federation.

With the application of new system, technology and new methods for farming it is generally noticeable that the district's agricultural productivity is increasing year after year, even though the demand for the agricultural products in the country is far greater than the supply in this sector of the economy. Only huge public and private investment in this sector will increase the productivity and the supply of these products.
A good example of these products :

a) Corn known as "Elmi Jama"
b) Maize, Wheat, and barley
c) Beans, Peas, and groundnuts
d) Potato, tomato, Onion, Garlic, Salad, and Cabbage
e) Orange, Papaya, and watermelon.

Gabiley district is probably one of the most densely populated regions in Somaliland. It is roughly estimated about 500,000 or half a million people live in the district alone.
Even though there is no general census in Somaliland, the majority of Somalilander's believe that Gabiley district is the 3rd most populated region in the country, Hargeisa city is 1st and Togdheer region is the 2nd.

Because the majority of the people in the district are settled for the last 300 years, there are more townships in Gabiley district compared to the other regions of the country due to this early settlement, and also there are more major and minor towns in Gabiley district than anywhere else in the country for the same reason.
Examples of Major towns:
1. Togwajale
2. Allaybaday
3. Arabsiyo
4. Kalabaydh
Examples of Minors towns:
1. Geedbalaadh
2. Ceel-Sheekh
3. Harcadaad
4. Qabri-bahar
5. Agabar
6. Argeegta
7. Teysa
8. Xidhinta
9. Ijaara
10. Elbardaale
11. Boqor
12. Bus
13. AliHaydh
14. Gogeysa
15. GeedAbeera

Primary education is almost available in the whole district; even the smaller communities have their own primary schools. On the other hand the chances to enrol a child at school in Gabiley district is far better than most of the country.

Even though the district is the bread basket of Somaliland, country's 3rd most populated region, has more townships, more Schools and probably more number of students than the majority of the regions and districts as well, but unfortunately the whole district has no hospitals from Togwajale to Ceel-Sheekh on the Gulf of Aden; therefore, the patient's chances to get a medical treatment is almost zero.

Finally, it is both the responsibility of the local people and the Somaliland Diaspora to find a solution about this problem and at least build One (1) Hospital for the district's 500,000 or half a million people without hospitals.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at:


June 21, 2006 new by reen

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