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In 1991, with the fall of the dictator Siad Barre, Somaliland proclaimed its independence. Although it has not yet been recognized by the international community, the northwestern Somalia country has enjoyed peace and stability for the past thirty years. This is the story.

30 years ago, on May 18, 1991, Somaliland declared its independence. Since then, it has struggled to be recognized as a country by the rest of the world, a fight so far unsuccessful.

Despite zero international support, this semi-desert territory anchored in Somalia has slowly woven several achievements such as lasting peace and stable governments on a continent that has suffered for decades from violence and political instability.

This is the story of Somaliland, the African “oasis”: