Bossaso, Somalia — A revolutionist by the name Mohamed Salah Deer (Ladane) who was part of the Somali Youth League (SYL) - who were fundamental in fighting for the independence of Somalia during colonial rule - died in Bossaso on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports.
Ladane who was born after the First World War was one of the last remaining well known SYL revolutionists. Ladane was not part of the original 13 members of SYL which was originally named Somali Youth Club and was the first Somali political party established. However he was a very focal part of the youth political party established in 1943 that gained Somalia's independence in 1960.
During the movement Ladane traveled around Somalia gaining supporters for the SYL movement and played a role in founding the youth movement during the 40s.
Ladane ran for Somali parliament in 1964 but was unsuccessful in his bid. He then ran for parliament again in 1969 in which he was successful.
For quite some time Ladane was ill and was in and out of hospital however family and friends say that he was all was in good spirits. According to his friends he would constantly be reminding those around him that the fight SYL began in the 40s still needs to be pursued.
In a statement to press, Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole, said that he was deeply saddened that a revolutionist figure had passed and that it was a sad day for Somalis at home and abroad.
"I am sending my condolences to the family and friends of Ladane, Somalia has lost a great man who fought for his land and people that he loved so much. May God grant him paradise," said President Farole.