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Somalia 101

Posted in History, Introduction, Siad Barre on March 7, 2011 by Home Strange Home

Different Somalias

On January 26th, 2011, the BBC published a collection of articles entitled “Somalia: 20 Years of Anarchy” to mark 20 years of war and instability in Somalia.  Since January 26th, 1991, when the military dictator Siad Barre was ousted, Somalia has not been under the control of any single national government.  The only part of the “country” that functions today as an effective state is Somaliland, an autonomous region in the north which declared its independence from Somalia in May 1991 shortly after Siad Barre was overthrown.  Because its independence has not been internationally recognized, Somaliland does not appear on most maps as a separate country, but it has risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of broken, war-torn Somalia.  For a quick beginner’s overivew of the (non-anarchic) situation in Somaliland, see BBC’s Somaliland Hope. This map from The Economist indicates the internal division of Somalia, rather than treating it as one undifferentiated mass. I’ll be based in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland.

Welcome to Somaliland

Posted in Introduction on March 6, 2011 by Home Strange Home

Starting this week, I’ll be living and working in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, a self-declared sovereign state which is the success story of Somalia. I’ve started this blog to share my day-to-day experiences of life in the Horn of Africa and, more importantly, to inform people about the existence and situation of Somaliland, an independent nation that is yet to be internationally recognized as such. Through this blog, I hope to share my knowledge as I learn more about the culture, history, politics, and future development of Somaliland and Somalia.