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Somalia Flag The Republic of Somalia (Somali: Jamhuuriyadda Soomaaliya) is a country in the Horn of Africa. It shares land borders with Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya, as well as having a long coastline on the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden (an arm of the Indian Ocean), and the Indian Ocean.

As of 2009, the population of Somalia was estimated as being 9,133,000. The country's capital and largest city is Mogadishu (Somali: Muqdisho) which has a population of about 2 million.

Since 1991, Somalia has been involved in a long and complex civil war. However, the country does now have a Transitional Federal Government (Somali: Dowladda federaalka kumeelgaarka), which is recognized by the UN, the African Union, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and by many countries including the United States.

Somalia Country Details


Country Name Somalia
Political Status Country
Geographic Location East Africa
Flag Somalia Flag
Principal Languages
  • Arabic
  • Somali
  • Capital Mogadishu


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    Birds of the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Socotra (Princeton Field Guides)
    By Nigel Redman & John Fanshawe

    Princeton University Press
    Paperback (512 pages)

    Birds of the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Socotra (Princeton Field Guides)
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    • Princeton University Press
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    Birds of the Horn of Africa is widely regarded as the best field guide to the more than 1,000 species of resident, migrant, and vagrant birds found in northeast Africa―and it just got even better. Now fully revised and expanded, this comprehensive, easy-to-use guide has been updated with the latest information on distribution, identification, and taxonomy. New vagrants to the region have been added; color plates, illustrations, and distribution maps have been thoroughly updated and improved; and much more―making this still the must-have guide for birders, naturalists, and travelers in the region.

    • Covers Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and the Socotra archipelago
    • Features more than 2,600 illustrations on 213 stunning color plates
    • Provides a color distribution map for every species
    • Detailed species accounts on facing pages describe key identification features, similar species, geographical variation, habitat, status, and voice
    • Includes a glossary, identification tips, and information about habitats
    • Key identification features are shown more prominently in the text
    • Now includes an annotated distributional checklist by country and a comparison table for large white-headed gulls
    The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World
    By Jay Bahadur

    Jay Bahadur
    Released: 2012-08-21
    Paperback (336 pages)

    The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World
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    • The Pirates of Somalia Inside Their Hidden World
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    The first close-up look at the hidden world of Somali pirates by a young journalist who dared to make his way into their remote havens and spent a year infiltrating their lives.
     
    For centuries, stories of pirates have captured imaginations around the world. The recent ragtag bands of pirates off the coast of Somalia, hijacking multimillion-dollar tankers owned by international shipping conglomerates, have brought the scourge of piracy into the modern era. Jay Bahadur’s riveting narrative exposé—the first of its kind—looks at who these men are, how they live, the forces that created piracy in Somalia, how the pirates spend the ransom money, how they deal with their hostages, among much, much more. It is a revelation of a dangerous world at the epicenter of political and natural disaster.
     

    Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea
    By Robert D. Kaplan

    Brand: Vintage
    Released: 2003-11-11
    Paperback (222 pages)

    Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea
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    Robert D. Kaplan is one of our leading international journalists, someone who can explain the most complicated and volatile regions and show why they’re relevant to our world. In Surrender or Starve, Kaplan illuminates the fault lines in the Horn of Africa, which is emerging as a crucial region for America’s ongoing war on terrorism.

    Reporting from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea, Kaplan examines the factors behind the famine that ravaged the region in the 1980s, exploring the ethnic, religious, and class conflicts that are crucial for understanding the region today. He offers a new foreword and afterword that show how the nations have developed since the famine, and why this region will only grow more important to the United States. Wielding his trademark ability to blend on-the-ground reporting and cogent analysis, Robert D. Kaplan introduces us to a fascinating part of the world, one that it would behoove all of us to know more about.
    Somalia & Djibouti 1:1,700,000 Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
    By ITM Canada

    Gifts International Inc
    Map (1 pages)

    Somalia & Djibouti 1:1,700,000 Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
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    • Djibouti Somalia Africa Horn map
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    Folded road and travel map. Scale 1:1,700,000. Distinguishes roads ranging from primary paved roads to other roads/tracks (poor quality). Legend includes trails railroads, sand dunes, lava fields, international/national airports, aerodromes, ports, gas stations, hospitals/medical facilities, viewpoints, points of interest, ruins, mines, museums, campsites/huts, accommodations, missions/churches, mosques, oasis, lighthouses, caves, waterholes/wells, national parks. Indexed.
    A Map of Somalia in Africa Journal: Take Notes, Write Down Memories in this 150 Page Lined Journal
    By Map Lovers Journal

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (152 pages)

    A Map of Somalia in Africa Journal: Take Notes, Write Down Memories in this 150 Page Lined Journal
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    Journals are great for writing down ideas, taking notes, writing about travels and adventures, describing good and bad times. Writing down your thoughts and ideas is a great way to relieve stress. Journals are good for the soul!
    Warriors: Life and Death Among the Somalis
    By Gerald Hanley

    Brand: Eland Books
    Paperback (228 pages)

    Warriors: Life and Death Among the Somalis
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    This superb portrait of one of the world's most desolate, sun-scorched lands, inhabited by fiercely independent tribesmen, is Rageh Omer's favorite book on his native land. A grueling description of a little-known aspect of WWII, Warriors describes a group of British Army soldiers charged with preventing bloodshed between feuding tribes at a remote outstation in Somalia. Hanley turns this period of his life, a difficult time that drove seven officers to suicide, into a devastating critique of imperialism.
    Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Women Writing Africa)
    By Fadumo Korn

    Brand: The Feminist Press at CUNY
    Paperback (196 pages)

    Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Women Writing Africa)
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    “A courageous . . . indispensable testament.”—Elfriede Jelinek, 2004 Nobel Laureate in Literature

    Selected as a Kirkus Reviews top pick for book clubs, Fadumo Korn’s story describes her brutal circumcision at age seven and her agonizing path to physical and psychological recovery.

    As a feisty nomad, Fadumo freely roamed the wild steppes of her native Somalia until her mother delivered her into the hands of an excisor to undergo female genital cutting (FGC, also known as female genital mutilation or FGM), to be made a woman in the eyes of her tribe. The complications brought on by the circumcision provide the impetus to her search for health and her story. Fadumo first travels to the bustling city of Mogadishu and the household of a wealthy uncle, brother of the Somali president. She enters a world of luxury underpinned by political instability and cruelty in a country gearing for rebellion. As her symptoms worsen, she journeys to Germany, where she receives not only therapy but love and acceptance from the most unlikely of places.

    Fadumo Korn weaves together a sensitive understanding of traditional practices with revelations about their disturbing effects. This deftly crafted tale, full of sorrow and surprising humor, provides a candid history of a life sculpted by crippling rheumatism and an unexpected path to recovery.

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