Somaliland (40 images)

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Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in May, 1991, after a brutal civil war ended with the overthrow of military dictator Siad Barre. For the past 16 years the country has operated as a de facto state with relative stability; it has a constitution, a working political system, government institutions, police and military and its own currency. The multi-party elections of 2002 were declared the most peaceful in Africa for 20 years.

However, despite its success, no country...
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