John Drysdale: Lifelong Friend to Somaliland

John Drysdale: Lifelong Friend to Somaliland

We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of John Drysdale, who passed away yesterday. John was a British citizen who first came to British Somaliland Protectorate in 1943 as a young Lieutenant during the Second World War, and who lived in Somaliland for most of the intervening years.

John was a friend of Somaliland and a friend of my late parents as well as my late first husband, President Mohamed Ibrahim Egal. When the Edna Adan Hospital was opened in 2002, John was a member of the first Board of Trustees of my hospital. John had many books published about Somaliland and was among the few foreigners who spoke our Somali language fluently. He will be greatly missed. – Edna Adan Ismail

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