Friday, 12 August 2016

Post Office - Mogadishu Somalia

It was a big hope for me to visit the Post office in Mogadishu. In fact I did better then that and also had a meeting with the Director General of the Ministary of Post and Telecommunications .

Here is the Director General of the Post after our meeting in Mogadishu. 
There is no out going mail at present , just incoming with an arrangement with Emirates Post. The mail arrives twice a week .  If they put a mobile number on the package or letter the Post office will call you and you can collect. 

Here is the breaking news -
The DG Ahmed Haji Abdi, has just come back from a meeting with Djibouti Government. As a result of this Somalia will launch outgoing mail in early 2017, so a full functioning Post Office. All outgoing mail will go via Djibouti. New Stamps are being planned at this time for release .  I am now in personal contact with the DG and will have more up to date news . I will publish it here. 

That outside of the Post office known still as the GPO. This is the original Post office from the 1970 and has been somewhat restored. 

The entrance to the Post Office. The only function at the present is to collect mail. You must pass a security check. 


The inside of the GPO now restored and getting ready for business in early 2017. 


Here I am with the Deputy of the Postal section. 

I was delighted to find that Somalia still has issues available. I had asked had they any stamps and was surprised and delighted find yes they did. These stamps were from the "Philatelic ".  


Here I am with a Postcard I brought with me and some of the stamps that the Post office has. These are now new issues but from their stock.  As you can see there is in fact a new postmark. 


Post office boxes that will be back in use. 

Incoming mail from Emirates Post. This is the mail they have that they can't find the person. A phone number is needed on the address or else it can't be delivered. Amazing one of those sacks is full of mail was due to go to Solomon Islands. But it ends up in Somalia instead. So now Solomon Post. Now you know where all your missing mail is !!!


This is me outside the main building. 


Here is the new cancellation. First time to be seen.  Somalia Post to open 3 post offices in early 2017. Staff just back from training in Djibouti. New stamps will be released. 



3 comments:

  1. Amazing story david!! And great news!

    ReplyDelete
  2. wow, that is my goal to have Somalia letters and stamps sent directly from Mogadishu since 1991 ago :-)
    please email me if someone need items from Indonesia, I will be very happy to swap with stamps, letters, postcards etc etc sent by normal or registered mail from Mogadishu Post Office erickbm22oct@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete