The situation in Gebileh including clans and their size, NGO services, and availability of schooling, local administration, local police force and a judiciary [SML29562.E]

A former professor of History and African Studies at Gainesville University in Florida, now resident in Ottawa, stated that Gebileh is a small town located between Hargeisa and Borama in Somaliland (18 June 1998). He also stated that the main inhabitants of Gebileh are the Jibril Abokar, a sub-sub clan of the Habr Awal, which is a subclan of the Isaak.

Information on the situation in Gebileh, whether there are NGO services, schooling, a local administration, a local police force and a judiciary could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Former professor of History and African Studies at Gainsville University in Florida, Ottawa. 18 June 1998. Telephone interview.

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