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For Somalia, lessons from stable breakaway north

HARGEISA, Somalia — Banknotes in piles the size of desks lie on a dusty street guarded by dozing civilians — money exchange offices in Somaliland, the northern breakaway state of war-torn Somalia. While war rages in southern Somalia — where regional armies and government troops battle Shebab fighters allied to Al-Qaeda — the relative stability […]


‘Yusuf’ to blame for misery in city

For the past 20 years, the most feared man in Mogadishu has been a character known by his only name: Yusuf. A conversation in the Somalia capital might go like this. Where is Hassan Abdi? Oh, he was killed by Yusuf. Or, I have not seen Fatuma for a while. Where is she? Unfortunately, she […]


Somaliland: Working in Somaliland Part 7

Hargeisa - Somaliland capital

Iain will be writing to about his experience in Somaliland and will be offering tips to anyone who may want to visit the unrecognized republic along the way – discover Somaliland from a Non-Somali perspective.“English is really hard.” I was interested to read the blog of a traveller who recently passed through Somaliland. He […]


Somailand Hero Speaking at UCSB on Thursday

Edna Adan Ismail is, to be blunt, a hero. Born in Hargeisa, Somaliland, in the Horn of Africa, Adan is the former Foreign Minister of Hargeisa. She also worked for the World Health Organization as the regional nursing adviser, and the technical officer for maternal and child health. She was the first woman in her […]