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A residential area in Burao.
A residential area in Burao.
Location in Somaliland .
Location in Somaliland .
Country  Somaliland
Capital Burao
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Togdheer (Somali: Togdheer, Arabic: تُوجدَير‎) is an administrative region (gobol) in central Somaliland.[1] [2]


Togdheer is bordered by Woqooyi Galbeed from the north & 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.

As with much of Somaliland, most local residents in the Togdheer region are nomadic pastoralists.[3]

Territorial dispute

The Buuhoodle District are disputed between the Somaliland government, and the government of the autonomous Puntland state of Somalia. Both recognize the district as the region named Ayn.


The Togdheer region consists of the following four districts:[4]


It is equally shared & dominated by Habar Jeclo & Habar Yoonis sub-divisions of Isaaq well represented.

It is also inhabited by a sizeable minority of Isse Musse sub-clan of Habr Awal who inhabit Northern Togdheer, mainly Sheekh which is exclusively inhabited by Isse Musse.

The district of Buuhoodle is also nearly exclusively inhabited by the Dhulbahante clan. [5][6]

Major towns


  1. ^ Regions of Somalia
  2. ^ "Somalia". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Bradbury, Mark (2008). Becoming Somaliland. Progressio. p. 201. ISBN 0253351782. 
  4. ^ "Districts of Somalia". Statoids. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Hoehne, Markus V. Borders & Borderlands as resources in the Horn of Africa. p. 113. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  6. ^ Gebrewold, Belachew. Anatomy of Violence: Understanding the systems of conflict and violence in Africa. Ashgate Publishing Ltd. p. 130. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 

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Coordinates: 8°36′48″N 46°15′8″E / 8.61333°N 46.25222°E / 8.61333; 46.25222