The self-declared Republic of Somaliland has been sidelined for 25 years. Now it’s looking to strengthen economic ties and maritime presence. Internationally it is recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.
Twenty-five years and counting
Since its establishment in 1991, the international community has stopped short of recognizing Somaliland as an independent state. But this quasi country continues to survive. Its isolation means little is known about it. Somaliland has 850 kilometers of unspoilt beaches. But Somaliland isn’t entirely forgotten, not regionally—hence potentially crucial ties with Ethiopia continue to strengthen.