26 February, 2010

Somaliland: the wonder Land

Most people know Somalia. Somalia, a country that - since 1991 - has had more suffering and turmoil than any other place on Earth. Somalia, a place associated with guns, bombs, blood, famine and pirates. But there is another Somalia: Somaliland. Very few people know of Somaliland. Very few people know of it, because it is quiet and peaceful. And is a success.

This is what The New York Times had to say about Somaliland way back in 2007:
  • It is all part of a Somali puzzle: how one area of the country, the northwest, also known as Somaliland, can seem so peaceful and functional — so normal, in fact — while the rest continues to be such a violent, chaotic mess.
And this is what the BBC says about the country:
  • A breakaway, semi-desert territory on the coast of the Gulf of Aden, Somaliland declared independence after the overthrow of Somali military dictator Siad Barre in 1991............Though not internationally recognised, Somaliland has a working political system, government institutions, a police force and its own currency. 
Very hopefully, Somaliland continues to remain as peaceful and as successful as it is. Even more hopefully, is that - that peace and success spreads to the south.

Read more about Somaliland here and here. And watch videos on it here.