After declaring independence from Somalia in 1991, Somaliland has its own government, security forces and currency. Unlike Somalia, Somaliland is very stable and has not had any problems with Terrorism or pirates. However, it is still denied recognition by the international community. Despite this lack of recognition, Somalilanders, have on their own, built a built a functining political system, institutions and schools.

This article written by Rasna Warah in theelephant.info shows how Somaliland has achieved this stability.

Denied international recognition for nearly three decades, the breakaway republic has built a hybrid political system that some scholars term the first modern African democracy

Hargeisa adopted a unique hybrid system of governance that incorporates elements of traditional customary law (known as xeer), Sharia law and modern secular institutions, including a parliament, a judiciary, an army and a police force

Although Barre is credited with many progressive reforms, such as expanding literacy and women’s rights, he failed to bring about democracy in Somalia, and is also blamed for pitting clans against each other through favouritism, political patronage and persecution of certain clans

Somaliland Desert

Somaliland Desert

Reporting from the General Hospital in Burao, Africa correspondent for ABC News Australia, Sally Sara, writes a powerful article about the situation of the people caught up in the worst drought in living memory is Somaliland. She describes how children are needlesly dying and what the different factors are that are contributing to this dire situation.

It’s hard to know whether to write this story in a whisper or a shouting rage. A whisper for the families and their suffering. Or a furious shout at the senselessness of it all. Maybe it’s both.

The next day, Canab’s life flutters, pauses and disappears. She dies on the floor in the arms of her mother and father. Gone. She dies not because of the drought, but because of a chain of circumstances so complicated and yet so simple, so infuriating and wrong. In a time of plenty, she dies of hunger. In a time of science, she dies without medication.

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