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Somaliland: A would-be nation state

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In the eyes of the international community, Somaliland is an autonomous region in Somalia, on the Horn of Africa. But most of its 3.5 million inhabitants do not consider the territory – which has a president, a flag and even a currency – part of Somalia.

Since its self-declared independence in 1991, Somaliland is seen by many countries as an island of stability in a complex region and a solid partner in the fight against piracy and Al Shabaab Islamists.

Our reporters went to find out more about this would-be nation state.
 

By Sarah SAKHO , Duncan WOODSIDE

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