Somaliland: Oasis of calm


Ayan Hussein, a London stylist originally from Somaliland, shows dresses she sells to local Muslim women at her store in Somaliland’s capital Hargeisa. Hussein returned to the region two years ago and started both a clothes store and a cafe. She is one of many immigrants who have found their way back to the relative calm of Hargeisa and Somaliland. The northern territory of Somaliland, which declared independence in 1991, is home to nearly 4mn people and has emerged as a relatively safe haven of peace as the rest of Somalia remains plunged in a state of civil war