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The State House camp for displaced persons on the outskirts of Hargeisa, Somaliland, on Saturday, July 21, 2007..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 formally recognizes Somaliland's sovereignty. With high unemployment and widespread poverty  Somaliland's leaders believe recognition will pave the way for much needed aid and support from International financial institutions. With officially recognized diplomatic offices in London and Brussels and improving relations with many other nations, Somaliland is making increasingly credible claims to statehood.