Somaliland: The Imperatives of International Recognition

Downtown Hargeisa, which mixes traditional Somali culture with modern offices.

Somaliland’s tenacity finds its clearest demonstration in the capital, Hargeisa. “In 1991 it had been totally destroyed

Since 1991, and its proclamation of independence following a civil war that resulted in about 50,000 deaths, Somaliland has existed as a de facto independent nation separate from Somalia, albeit one legally unrecognised by the international community.

As a result, cut off from international assistance, Somaliland has had to help itself. It successfully rebuilt its economy and infrastructure, shattered by the rebellion that forced much of its population into Ethiopian refugee camps.writes James Jeffery in a piece titled