Somali Sign Language

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Somali Sign Language
Native toSomalia (Somaliland), Djibouti
  • Somali Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Somali Sign Language (SSL) is a sign language used by the deaf community in Somalia (more specifically Somaliland) and Djibouti.

In the 1980s a school for the deaf was established in the Somali Kenyan town of Wajir by Annalena Tonelli. Students there became fluent in Kenyan Sign Language. In 1997, three graduates from Wajir helped establish the first school for the deaf in Somalia called the Annalena School for the Deaf named after the late Annalena Tonelli, in Borama. One of the teachers at Boroma soon founded a school in Djibouti, and, with a bit more difficulty, another was established in Hargeisa.[1]

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  1. ^ Woodford, Doreen E. (2006). "The beginning and growth of a new language: Somali Sign Language". Enabling Education Network. Retrieved 30 August 2013.