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Togdheer (Somali)
تُوْجْدَيْر (Arabic)
The Togdheer seasonal river in Burao
The Togdheer seasonal river in Burao
Location in Somaliland
Location in Somaliland
Country Somaliland
Administrative centreBurao
 • GovernorHamse Mohamed Abdi
 • Total350,000 (estimate)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
HDI (2017)0.313[1]
low · 5th

Togdheer (Somali: Togdheer, Arabic: تُوْجْدَيْر‎, romanizedTūjdayr) is an administrative region (gobol) in central Somaliland. Togdheer is bordered by Maroodi Jeex to the west, Saaxil to the north, Sanaag to the northeast, Sool to the east and Ethiopia to the south. Its capital is Burao.[2][3]


Togdheer is bordered by Maroodi Jeex from the north and west, while Ethiopia to the south, and eastern side of the regions of Sanaag and Sool. With its capital at Burao (Burco), the region's name is derived from the Togdheer River, which means "Long River" in Somali. The region has an approximate population of 350,000 people.[4]

As with much of Somaliland, most local residents in the Togdheer region are nomadic pastoralists.[5]


The Togdheer region consists of the following three districts:[6]

District Grade Capital Comments Location
Burao A Burao Regional capital Burao in Togdheer (Somaliland).svg
Odweyne B Odweyne Odweyne in Togdheer (Somaliland).svg
Buhoodle B Buhoodle Buhotle in Togdheer (Somaliland).svg


It is inhabited by the Habr Yonis, Habr Je'lo, Arap and Issa Musse sub-divisions of Isaaq. The Dhulbahante of the Harti Darod clan is also present in the Buuhoodle district.[7][8]

Major towns

See also


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ Law, Gwillim (2015-09-01). "Regions of Somalia". Statoids.
  3. ^ "Somalia". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia, the USA: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Togdheer regional development plan (2014-2016)" (PDF). Republic of Somaliland Ministry of Planning and Development.
  5. ^ Bradbury, Mark (2008). Becoming Somaliland. Progressio. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-2533-5178-4.
  6. ^ "Districts of Somalia". Statoids. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  7. ^ Hoehne, Markus V. (2010). Borders & Borderlands as resources in the Horn of Africa. p. 113. ISBN 9781847010186. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  8. ^ Gebrewold, Belachew (28 March 2013). Anatomy of Violence: Understanding the systems of conflict and violence in Africa. Ashgate Publishing Ltd. p. 130. ISBN 9781409499213. Retrieved 14 November 2017.

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