Traditional elders from two warring clans in Somalia’s Galgaduud region signed a peace deal in Balanbale town, raising hopes of an end to the recurrent violence which ravaged the region.
Over thirty elders were selected from each clan to sign an agreement to end the clashes without conditions. They further agreed to forget what happened in the past and to work towards peace and stability.
The peace deal was signed by traditional elders from the two clans at ceremony attended by Galmudug officials including the state’s chief minister, Sheikh Mohamed Shakir among other officials and other tribal leaders.
Shakir who spoke at the ceremony has welcomed the move saying the elders from the sides had came up with a historic decision to end hostilities.
He urged the warring clans to respect the peace accord noting that development in the region could only be achieved when there is peace.
The clans have been fighting for years over water and pasture.
The clashes displaced hundreds of families and destroyed properties.
Galmudug administration has been carrying out efforts to reconcile hostile clans in both Galgaduud and Mudug regions.