How a DIY nation has made it this far

Hassan Mohamed Ali, Somaliland's Minister of Planning and National Development, denies resignation

Hassan Mohamed Ali is asked the same question about his homeland so often that he has it printed on the back of his business card.

“Where in the world is Somaliland?” the text reads, beside a map showing the location of the self-declared state in the Horn of Africa.

That is the trouble with being the minister of planning and national development for a country that technically doesn’t exist. Most people don’t even know where to find you.

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