Puntland’s Regional Identity

Puntland, established in 1998, has been a beacon of hope & stability in an otherwise troubled nation. In late 2009, the parliament approved a state flag, coat of arms & song. Some opponents of Puntland have used the introduction of the flag as “proof” of Puntlands true intentions ( secession from Somalia). This assumption, however, could not be further from the truth. Puntland has long championed the idea of federalism in Somalia and under the Transitional Charter of the Somali Republic, regional/state administrations are allowed to have their own regional identity (through the use of flags, songs, coat of arms etc).

Calanka Puntland ( The Puntland Flag):

Meaning of the flag:

Top: the blue stripe with the white star in the center symbolizes the Flag of Somalia
Center: the white stripe in the center represents peace and stability in the region
Bottom: the green stripe symbolizes the natural wealth of the Puntland State of Somalia

Astaanta Puntland ( The Puntland Coat of Arms):

Heesta Puntland ( Puntland State Anthem/Song):

Puntland barwaaqiyo
Baro weeye nabadeed
Bulsha caafimaadbaa
Mawlahay ku beeroo
Barkhadbaa u hoyatee

Waa dhul beri-samaadloo
Baaxaddiisu weyntoo
… Baaxaddiisu weyntoo
Macdan baa ka buuxdee

Boocamiyo Galdogob iyo
Badhan baa ku taallee
Boosaaso iyo Ayl
Baylaa ku taallee

Bilan Gaalkacyiyoo
Bilicsame Garoowiyo
Beled Laasacaano
Buuhoodlaa ku taallee

Laasqoray baddeediyo
Xaafuun bidhaan wacan
Buuniga Qardho iyo
Ceerigaabo waad u bogi

Hooriska:

PUNTLAND PUNTLAND

Waa beyd nimcadu taal
Baahi laguma seexdoo
Barbarkaad u eegtaba
Waa wada baraaree
Rabbow noo badbaadi

BADBAADI…RABBOW NOO BADBAADI

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