Somaliland: The Country in East African Country That Isn’t


A colorful if not very intimidating police checkpoint in a Peri urban of Hargeisa the capital of somaliland

Somalilandsun – Wedged in between troubled neighbors, Somaliland manages to stay a peaceful democracy. One day, it hopes be recognized as an official country.

When you think of Somalia, your mind probably conjures up images of a poverty-stricken, war-torn and lawless state – a place populated by pirates and bloodthirsty warlords, as seen in news bulletins. Somalia’s neighbor Ethiopia doesn’t fare all that much better, either, and to describe the region as troubled would be an understatement. Yet between these two countries is a small and so far officially unrecognized state that the United Nations envoy to Somalia Nicholas Kay calls “an island of relative peace and stability.” This is Somaliland.

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