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'We All Live in Fear': How Climate Change Is Devastating to Refugees

In Somaliland, a crippling drought has driven many women and children from their rural villages and into dangerous and overcrowded refugee camps.
Alice Rowsome
4.8.17
The Horse Is a Horse of Course of Course Issue

The Glue-Sniffing Street Kids of Somaliland

No matter how prosperous Somaliland might become, it's doubtful that any of that good fortune will trickle down to Hargeisa's homeless children—young outcasts living on their own who are at best ignored and at worst abused and treated like vermin.
Sean Williams
12.29.14
News

Communities Full of Land Mines Are Rejecting Land-Mine Removal

Which is a tragedy, because getting rid of things that explode people indiscriminately should be one of the world's more uncontroversial aid projects.
Mark Hay
5.7.14
Stuff

Degmo Is a Cultural Boot Camp for Somalis in the Welsh Countryside

Between April and October, Hangingheld Farm in the UK transforms into Degmo, a name derived from the Somali term for nomadic families who’ve pitched tents together. Degmo aims to solve some of the problems of this huge immigrant community by...
Mark Hay
2.19.14
Travel

Somaliland's Circus Performers Are Acrobats with a Social Mission

The performers draw people in with the novelty of the circus and then hit them with didactic plays on the major social ails of the country, like khat abuse, human trafficking, unemployment, and female genital mutilation.
Mark Hay
10.22.13
News

Inside Somaliland’s Pirate Rehab

If you've ever wondered what happened to all those pirates who were terrorizing boats—including Tom Hanks'—off the coast of Somalia a while back, many of them got scooped up and sent to a prison in Somaliland with a focus on rehabilitation.
Mark Hay
10.1.13
News

Midgaans and Ethiopians Are Fighting for Last Place in Somaliland

The truly troubling thing about the Midgaan-Ethiopian competition for “unclean” jobs is that, if these minority groups joined forces, they’d constitute a fair power block of well over 100,000 people in a nation of just 3.5 million. But the groups can’t...
Mark Hay
8.26.13
Stuff

My Time with One of Somaliland’s Khat Kingpins

Khat is a longstanding part of Somali culture, and people familiar with the plant in Yemen and Ethiopia jump to defend it as a recreational social lubricant. But it’s not so benign in Somaliland anymore. Ethiopian growers flood the market, realizing...
Mark Hay
8.8.13
News

Al Qaeda's Somalia Cell Is Fractured and Dangerous

Al-Shabaab is the terrorist group that’s been periodically ravaging and ruling parts of Somalia for the past six years and, in 2012, officially became a subsidiary of al Qaeda. I had a sit-down with one of its alleged former soldiers.
Mark Hay
7.24.13
Travel

Somaliland Is a Real Country, According to Somaliland

At the back corner of the top floor of a little office building in London’s East End, around the corner from the Tesco down Mile End Road from the Whitechapel subway stop, sits the one-room Somaliland Mission in the UK. Yes, Somaliland, not Somalia.
Mark Hay
6.6.13
Travel

Crossing Pirate Alley on a Yemeni Cookie Boat

After a week of lingering around in Aden, I secured a spot on a ship bound for Somaliland, transporting a quarter-million pounds of cookies.
Adam Valen Levinson
6.12.12