The country that does not exist
A journey through Somaliland
There are still areas of the world off the beaten track that can excite and amaze. On the southern shore of the Gulf of Aden lies Somaliland and it is not on many tourist maps. In fact, it is not on any maps at all. According to the international community, Somaliland does not even exist. Despite that, Somaliland ticks almost all the boxes of statehood. It has its own currency, a reasonably effective bureaucracy, and a trained army and police force. The government maintains a respectable degree of control over its territory, and is by and large–peaceful.