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Jilib Gosha
Nickname(s): Jilib Gosha
Jilib is located in Somalia
Location in Somalia
Coordinates: 0°30′N 42°46′E / 0.500°N 42.767°E / 0.500; 42.767
Country  Somalia
Region Jubbada Dhexe
District Jilib
Population (2008)
 • Total 125,000 est.
Time zone UTC+3 (EAT)

Jilib (other names: Gilib, Gelib, Jillib, Jillio; Arabic: جلب‎) is a town in Somalia, with an estimated population of approximately 125.000 Mainly subclan of Darod Marehan and other minority clans like jareerweyne clans.[1] It is located on the main road from Mogadishu south to Kismayo and is the most populous town in the Middle Juba Region, the capital city is Buaale. Distance between Kismayo and Jilib is 70 miles or 112 kilometers. [2] Jilib is prone to flash floods and it is located near the Juba river bank.[3]


During the Middle Ages, Jilib and its surrounding area was part of the Sultanate of Bqor (King)Nasib Bundo that governed much of Goshaland Somalia and eastern Ethiopia, with its domain extending from Hobyo in the north, to Qelafo in the west, to Kismayo in the south of Somalia.[4]

In the early modern period, Jilib was ruled by the Sultan Nasib Bundo. The kingdom was eventually incorporated into Italian Somaliland protectorate in 1910 after the death of the last Sultan [Nasib Bundo].[5] After independence in 1960, the city was made the center of the official Jilib District.

The Islamic Courts Union was defeated there in the Battle of Jilib December 2006 January 2007. The ICU recaptured the town on May 17, 2008.[6] The city is presently under the control of Al-Shabaab.


  1. ^ "Jilib". World Gazetteer. world-gazetteer.com. Archived from the original on 2007-04-29. Retrieved 2007-01-02.
  2. ^ "Search: distance between Jilib%2C Jubbada Dhexe%2C Somalia and Kismaayo%2C Jubbada Hoose%2C Somalia". www.distance-cities.com. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  3. ^ http://allafrica.com/stories/201511121506.html
  4. ^ Lee V. Cassanelli, The shaping of Somali society: reconstructing the history of a Farmares, 1600-1900, (University of Pennsylvania Press: 1982), p.102.
  5. ^ Cassanelli, Lee Vincent (1973). The Benaadir Past: Essays in Southern Somali History. University Microfilms International. p. 149.
  6. ^ "Rights leader: Islamist fighters seize Somali town". The Seattle Times. May 17, 2008. Archived from the original on June 10, 2008.

Coordinates: 0°30′N 42°46′E / 0.500°N 42.767°E / 0.500; 42.767

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