Khatumo State

a political organization headed by Maxamuud Caano-nuug for the reer darawiish community

Khaatumo or Khaatumo State of Somalia is an unrecognised Federal Member State of Somalia established in 2012. It borders Somaliland to the west, Federal Republic of Ethiopia to the south and Puntland to the east.[3] In 1991, when Somalia's government collapsed, the government of Khatumo was called NSUM. NSUM stands for National Somali Unionist Movement. In the next decade, it used to be called Northland State. Northland State areas were the areas claimed by the Khaatumo government.[4] The name Khaatumo means positive agreement. This name was chosen after local Dhulbahante clan leaders all agreed on creating the state in 2012.[5]

Khaatumo State of Somalia
  • Dowlad Goboleedka Khaatumo ee Soomaaliya  (Somali)
  • ولاية خاتمة  (Arabic)
  • Wilāyat Arḍ al-Khatoum aṣ-Ṣūmāliyyah
Flag of Khaatumo
Anthem: Qolobaa Calankeed
Location of Khaatumo
CapitalLas Anod (de jure), none (de facto)
9°8′N 48°25′E / 9.133°N 48.417°E / 9.133; 48.417
Largest cityLas Anod (de jure), none (de facto)
Official languages
Reer Darawiish[2]
GovernmentAutonomous presidential democracy
• President
Mohamud Abdullahi “Caano Nuug”
• Vice President
within Somalia
• Established
• 2014 estimate
CurrencySomali shilling (SOS)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
• Summer (DST)
UTC+3 (not observed)
Calling code+252 (Somalia)
Today part ofSomalia 🇸🇴


Most residents belong to the Dhulbahante tribe. Most Khatumites speak Somali. English and Arabic is also spoken and taught in schools. Khatumite media uses Standard Somali. Most Khatumites are Muslim. There are also other Harti clan members who live in the area.[6]


  1. "Somalia". World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. 14 May 2009. Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2009.
  2. Adam, Asha Mohammed. Legitimizing Puntland: exploring Puntland’s hybrid political order. MS thesis. Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, 2018.
  3. Hirad, Abdighani. "Jubaland State of Somalia: a model state to Somalia." Wardheer News (2013).
  4. Barnes, C. "Somalia: Puntland’s Punted Polls." (2013).
  5. Lewis, Alexandra. "Between Somaliland and Puntland: Marginalization, Militarization and Conflicting Political Visions." (2017): 402-404.
  6. Hoehne, Markus Virgil. "The Rupture of Territoriality and the Diminishing Relevance of Cross‐cutting Ties in Somalia after 1990." Development and Change 47.6 (2016): 1379-1411.

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